Fatoumata Diawara

Last Friday, Rocketjuice and the Moon took to the Savoy stage to open the annual Cork Jazz Festival. More commonly known as Honest Jon’s Chop Up Shop, Rocketjuice and the Moon is the moniker that Damon Albarn and Flea have given to this group of musicians who are only playing a handful of shows together. Cork was their second ever time playing to an audience together and it was fascinating, according to Brid O’Donovan, who took the photo of the beautiful Fatoumata Diawara above and all the photos you can see after the jump. It was more a rehearsal than anything else, but it was engrossing and had the whole crowd dancing. Albarn and Flea, obviously, are the big draw, yet they stayed towards the back of the stage throughout; Albarn behind two keyboards. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble were front and centre and thoroughly enjoyable – easily some of Cork’s favourite visiting sons. Shangaan Electro performed towards the end and had the whole crowd moving like their lives depended on it. Listen to a full Rocketjuice and the Moon concert here. The band plays Vicar Street, Dublin, tonight. Get your dancing shoes ready. Click the jump for all Brid O’Donovan’s photos and click on each photo to get a bigger look.


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Flea onstage in Cork

M.anifest

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Flea

Fatoumata Diawara

Shangaan Electro

Shangaan Electro

Shangaan Electro

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Fatoumata Diawara

Fatoumata Diawara

Rocket Juice And The Moon

Rocket Juice And The Moon

Damon Albarn