Tijuana Cartel plays with verve and an infectious rhythm that brings a crowd gleefully to their feet. Paul George’s virtuoso flamenco guitar challenges the dance club keys of Carey O’Sullivan and the whole marvellous fusion gets thrummed into a frenzy by latin percussionist Daniel Gonzales. Frequent guest player Shannon van Horn blows into the frenzy with jazzfunky trumpet lines and some hipster swagger.
A Facebook friend I met through Gary got to go out dancing last night with TC, who I caught live and instantly fell in love with last summer at Peregian Originals while travelling in Australia. She picked them up at the Blues & Roots Festival in Freo (er, Freemantle as the english-speaking world knows it.) What could be better than that? Well, nothing. But almost as good is getting to meet the band. A distant third, but still grin inducing, is when your friend gets the band to write you a little greeting and posts a pic of it on FB.
So I’ve been playing TC this morning. The vid above, Holiday in Baghdad, is a great track with great sound. But if you really want to sense the vibe at a TC performance, check out the one below. The sound’s a bit weak, and the song doesn’t have the intensity of Baghdad, or my favourite of theirs, Persian, but when you see a big audience pogoing in unison, well, it kinda makes your morning. The mob behind Peregian Beach’s Surf Life Saving Club last summer was smaller, but the energy just as bouyant and I was in it.
Mmmmmm, yah! BOING BOING BOING