After more than 30 years at the forefront of the live jump-jive jazz scene, it is no wonder that the musical institution of King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys knew how to put on a show and draw a large crowd as they closed the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival.
With a crowd-pleasing set list and retro onstage clothing and musical instruments, the band know how to put on a thrilling show, but they also know how to really play.
The group led by King Pleasure himself on vocals and saxophone, also included keyboard player Matt Foundling, double bassist Shark Vab Schtoop, drummer Gary Barber, and guitarist Bullmoose Shirley.
Their set list relied on old swing favourites, such as Roll With my Baby and Bring it on Home Baby, before a slow blues which acted a showcase for the talents of guest saxophone player Paul Murray.
Fats Domino’s I’m Walkin’ was delivered at a fast pace, while Everyday I Have The Blues and Well Alright showed the blues prowess that the band possesses.
Founding keyboard player Danny McCormack joined the ensemble for a frenetic reading of House on the Hill, before other crowd-pleasers such as Tequilla, Ain’t Nobody Here but us Chickens, and Shake, Rattle and Roll were popular sing-along songs and were a great way of closing a festival that had presented excellent entertainment for the many audience members.