Entertainment Hive 2020

27 Club

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Friday, June 19

Review by Honey B

This musical club features some of our greatest but is it a club you want to sell your soul for? MC Henry Wagons would have us believe that bluesman Robert Johnson did just that back in the 1930s. Legend goes that Johnson took his guitar to the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, where he made a deal with the devil, who returned his guitar in exchange for his soul. Johnson died of alcohol poisoning in 1938 at the age of 27. Other musicians have died at the young age of 27 including Brian Jones (drowning), Jimi Hendrix (aspirated vomitus from barbiturate overdose), Janis Joplin (heroin overdose), Jim Morrison (drug-induced heart attack), Kurt Cobain (suicide by gunshot) and Amy Winehouse (alcohol poisoning). They all died at the peak of their careers and they all poured their tortured souls into their music. Delving into the music of these tragic musos were Adelaide's Carla Lippis, The Jezabel's Hayley Mary, talented guitarist Daniel Champagne and Wagons and backed by the rockin' band The Hellhounds, musically directed by John Thorn. It was hard to take your eyes off of guitarist Champagne who soared - hopefully he hasn't sold his soul, but he was that ridiculously amazing as his fingers flew across the fretboard. Lippis was also a stand-out performing Amy Winehouse's Rehab as well as Cobain's Lithium. Mary was perfection channelling Janis Joplin's Piece of My Heart - she's sinewy and awkward. Wagons was the perfect host with plenty of facts and he came down into the audience for a rendition of People Are Strange. Set in the Dunstan Playhouse, this performance was one that really needed a more rock venue or at the least it should have been in the Space Theatre.
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