Look what those crafty kids at Street Heart Berlin unearthed ahead of my encore Berlin show: vintage live footage of The Ray Mann Three playing at Beck’s Bar, Sydney Festival, January 2009, opening for Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (two nights after we opened for Jamie Lidell – good week, no?). Pssst: you can watch the entire show at moshcam – for free!
The rain that had threatened Sydney all weekend finally came down in buckets minutes before The Ray Man (sic) Three took the stage. They opened with a slow number and kept things at that pace throughout; the tempo only stepped up mid-track when the band broke down their singles to funk and blues jams. Mann’s vocals were smooth and light, perfectly complimenting the relaxed soul and breezy lyrics. Adding further to their happy ambience, all three members played with such infectious joy that the soggy audience quickly forgot the conditions.
Reviewed by: Katie Benson
Source: Drum Media, Sydney, 20.01.09
A testament to Mann’s talent as singer and guitarist…