Reviews: Public Enemy, Sister Sledge, Jon McClure and Shirley Patterson and the Ralph Salt Quartet

TRAMLINES 2014'Disco legends Sister Sledge play the MainStage at Tramlines on Devonshire Green
TRAMLINES 2014'Disco legends Sister Sledge play the MainStage at Tramlines on Devonshire Green

Our reporters have been out and about at some of the best events across the region.

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Music

Sister Sledge,

Devonshire Green,

Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

Disco queens Sister Sledge ruled at Tramlines when they turned the centre of Sheffield into one huge dance floor to wow thousands of fans as headliners on the Main Stage.

They performed all their greatest hits - including the funky Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards written and produced classics He’s The Greatest Dancer, Thinking of You, Lost In Music and finale highlight, We Are Family.

By then, the capacity crowd of different music tastes and ages, was one big family.

Younger fans who might be more into everything from Katy Perry to the Arctic Monkeys, dedcided disco was their guilty pleasure.

If just for one night.

Devonshire Green bounced, with fun lovers singing along sat on shoulders, or forming their own disco dance circles to boogie with the same passion and energy that greeted rap legends Public Enemy earlier in the day.

The hits may be 35-years-old but they bridged the generation gap as children, mums, dads and grandparents all set out to prove they were the greatest dancers on one of Tramlines greatest ever nights.

- Graham Walker

Public Enemy, 
Devonshire Green,

Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

Given the fact the venue was full to its 8,000 capacity more than half-an-hour before the hip-hop legends took to the stage, it was clear something special was expected – and Public Enemy didn’t disappoint.

Despite the late afternoon heat and their advancing years, 53-year-old frontman Chuck D and rapper Flavor Flav, aged 55 – backed by DJ Lord on the turntables, musicians and two dancers in US Army gear – put on a show full of passion, energy and classic tracks for the crowd.

Hits such as Fight the Power and Bring the Noise had the crowd bouncing before the 60-minute set was over all too soon and the clearly-shattered Chuck D and crew dashed off to another show.

- Jon Ball

Jon McClure

Players Bar

Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

Front man of Reverend and The Makers Jon Mcclure came back to his home town for a live DJ set on Saturday, July 26.

During the Tramlines festival, the Rev’s diehard fans crowded round the DJ box at the Players Bar to dance at his playlist.

The set started with the Sheffield classic tune Fake tales of San Francisco by the Arctic Monkeys, which got the crowd immediately bouncing.

Fans enjoyed a two-hours show with real classics such as Could you be loved by Bob Marley, Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes and Fools Gold by The Stone Roses - one of Jon’s favourite bands.

It was only half way through the show that he decided to play the tune everyone was waiting for, his debut single Heavyweight Champion of the World.

Jon treated his audience also with Silence is talking, followed by Bassline.

It was strange not seeing The Rev singing his tunes, but the fans enjoyed being able to interact with him throughout the show,

People were queuing up in front of him to ask for autographs and pictures.

He spent most of the time holding phones in his hand to take selfies from the DJ box with the requesting fan on the background.

“I don’t mind doing it.”

“Obviously I prefer it when it’s a nice lass approaching me than a sweaty man,” he joked.

Jon ended his performance with another great tune by the Arctic Monkeys which suited perfectly the atmosphere - I Bet That You Look Good on the DanceFloor.

-Federica Bedendo

Shirley Patterson and the Ralph Salt Quartet,

Doncaster Conservative Club

The Show began with “Honeysuckle Rose” featuring Ralph Salt (Keyboards) and Alan Hayden (Tenor Sax).

It was followed by swinging version of Take the A Train with fine solos from Ralph and Alan, plus good contributions Brian Bestall on drums with Chris Goodwin on bass.

Shirley Patterson then delighted us with The Very Thought of You, Let There Be Love, and toe tapping Them There Eyes.

Later we enjoyed Brazilian Beat (Barney Kessel), with Ralph Rhythm Section. Shirley continuing with Ain’t Misbehavin, and lovely ballad Georgia.

In final session of the concert we heard “Do I Love You” and the closing number “Good Morning Blues”.

Another enjoyable evening with this fine Jazz/Blues Singer and The Ralph Salt Quartet.

- Malcolm Silverwood

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