For Melbourne nine piece Saskwatch, a gentle warm up involves a blaring, brassy wall of sound complete with boisterous horns and filling-loosening drums. Things go up another gear with the arrival of singer Nkechi Anele, who brings along a huge, soulful voice reminiscent of Aretha Franklin. Together they’re an authentic sounding blend of soul and funk with the volume turned to eleven, mostly originals but with a few cheeky covers thrown in, including a funky version of Robbie William’s ‘Kids’ that’s far better than the original. Near the beginning of the set, Anele playfully coerces audience members into dancing with the promise of free CDs. She needn’t have bothered: by the end, the dance floor was full anyway.
The Famous Spiegeltent, 21-27 Aug, 5.00pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]