Messias and the Hot Tones
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Messias and the Hot Tones, Ondajazz, Fabrica do Braco de Prata, Lisbon 22/11/14

Must first of all thank Barry for sorting the flights and Mo for the research into finding a gig in Lisbon. We had originally booked up too see the latest hot English band Royal Blood. I say they are hot, I don’t know anything about them but a night out in a foreign City is a bit too much to resist. As in all things in life you have your disappointments, about a week before we flew out Royal Blood had cancelled with illness. This left us with flights booked and nothing to see. Mo done a bit of surfing on the web and came up with a couple of Jazz clubs, one which had a blues band playing that night. (click on image to play video)

We travelled from Stansted and arrived in a bar in Lisbon at about 1 in the afternoon. We had decided that we were not going to do our usual thing and do a pub crawl and end up hammered at 5. An open top bus tour of the city was the order of the day, quite enjoyable, I must be getting old soaking in the atmosphere and architecture of a foreign capital was really very satisfying. Lisbon is quite a good place to go exploring, there are plenty of museums, bars, restaurants and it is also cheap. For a capital city one and half euros for a small beer is pretty good I think. We had a good meal at what looked quite a good restaurant, with drinks and a tip 100 euros for four.

In the evening we tried a few bars and found one which had a band busking right next to our table, they were playing Jazz covers, Superstition and Sweet Home Alabama were 2 of them, behind them rumbling up a hill were pre war trams.

Next stop was Ondajazz, it is an arts centre, little craft shops and rooms that are hired out for various events. We were upstairs to see Messias and the Hot Tones. They are a 4 piece blues band, lead guitar, bass, drums and keys. I enjoyed them a lot, all of the musicians were excellent and combined into a tight knit group, we were treated to covers of “the thrill has gone” “sweet home Chicago” “Milkcow blues” “trouble in mind” “all your love, I miss loving” “CC rider” a fantastic version of “Hey Joe” “the sky is crying” and finishing with a song that always reminds me of my Nan and Grandad, Ray Charles’s “What did I say.” There was lot more but I am pretty vague on the blues. As I said all covers but all well done and I will definitely go and see this band again, the guitar was really crisp and pure, percussion and bass were powerful, driving the band along and the chap on the organ and piano was fantastic. All this for 7 euros.

The night didn’t end here downstairs, a Jazz band with the strange name of Infuenza played, I think it is free jazz and with a few beers inside you, most enjoyable. I think I am turning into a bit of a Jazzer as this is the second time in a fortnight after being at Ronnie Scott’s a couple Fridays before. A few more beers, then a taxi to the airport to catch the 06.30 plane home.

Summing up a great weekend, it’s the first time we have done a foreign city without a hotel. I thought it would be hard work but as long as you are sensible and don’t start drinking to heavily too early, it’s quite easy. We left Stansted at 09.30 Saturday morning and arrived back 09.20 Sunday morning all for the princely price of £60 return, as the blokes trying to sell us umbrellas in the squares of Lisbon when it was raining would say “as cheap as chips.” My other little victory was that I gave my season ticket to my son to watch Arsenal embarrass themselves against Manure, so I didn’t have to endure that rubbish either. I know that we will do this again, either music or football, but whatever it is we will be lucky to catch a band as good as these again.

Duncan, November 2014.

Umbrella Only 5 Euros.
Downstairs at Club Ondajazz, Fabrica do Braco de Prata,
Local Graffiti.
Lisbon Tram
Street Buskers.
Coffee in the square.
Fabrica do Braco de Prata, Lisbon. (click on image to go to website