Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush, London
Built in 1904, the small, but beautifully formed, Bush Hall was the perfect venue for the third UK outing of Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders. Wes has been organising Cabinets in the US since 2009. His genial manner and sharp wit means that his little black book of contacts is extensive, including all the musicians and authors you heard of, and many that you haven’t. The Cabinets have often been described by Wes, as by their very nature, being something of a curate’s egg. As the master of ceremonies and organiser in chief, he’ll love all the acts on the bill but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the audience will. However, this was certainly not the case tonight. With members of The Jayhawks, The Rutles, a soul legend, a top British comedian and one of England’s best novelist putting in a turn, it was difficult to see where any dips in the night’s entertainment were going to occur.
Wes is not a performer who does things by rote or on autopilot, so although the Cabinets are rehearsed; there are always plenty of ad-libbed moments to add to the fun. Pete Aves » Continue Reading.