Live Last Night: Backyard Band
As the seemingly never ending inaugural weekend rolled into its fourth night of after-hours revelry, the city's go-go scene hardly blinked. As with any holiday weekend, go-go concerts dotted the city's grid and the surrounding suburbs, including a Martin Luther King Day performance by the esteemed Backyard Band at Club 24, a large nightspot quietly sequestered off Bladensburg Road NE.
The band's first set bubbled and thumped despite the fact that founding member Anwan "Big G" Glover was nowhere in sight. (Fans of "The Wire" know Glover as Slim Charles, the character he played on the revered HBO drama.) The nine-piece troupe still managed to give Ron Brownz's "Jumping Out the Window" a more sturdy pulse while putting a Motown-inflected twist on Jermaine Stewart's '80s R&B bauble "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off."
When the band returned from a long intermission around 2:30 a.m, the venue had filled up considerably but Glover was still AWOL. So Backyard soldiered on softly with a lithe cover of Lil Wayne's "Mrs. Officer," the song's "whee-oo-whee-oo-whee" chorus resembling vintage doo-wop more than a police siren.
-- CHRIS RICHARDS
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