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.


By J. Freedom du Lac |  January 20, 2009; 5:10 PM ET Live Last Night
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I think the last week has seen more coverage of the weekly-ish go-go concerts on Post Rock than the previous six months in the Post proper did. Applause for this development. I hope the reviews continue.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 21, 2009 6:05 PM

Big G still missing shows, he needs to get off that 'caine

Posted by: Bushw1ck | January 23, 2009 11:03 AM

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