Concerts

Brand New Heavies

So it's Tuesday night, and you're hungry for some British soul. MTV doesn't have you covered, BET wouldn't even know where to start, and the new Mark Ronson album just isn't doing the trick. What can you do to fill the void? Head to Seminole Hard Rock to check out the recently reunited Brand New Heavies put on a casino review. It's not exactly clear why the Heavies got back together — which probably means former lead singer N'Dea Davenport realized that having a solo career was an oxymoron and decided to link up again with her old mates — but they are on the road again, and the four Londoners are playing their unique blend of acid jazz meets British soul-hop for audiences that remember how good it was the first time. They had a string of moderate hits with songs like "Never Stop" and "Stay This Way" in the early '90s and arguably influenced the neo-soul movement in America shortly afterward. But when Davenport left the group to go solo, most of the group's backbone and commercial appeal left as well. Since Davenport rejoined in late 2005, the Heavies have been on a tear, toying with a new sound and touring behind the widely praised Get Used to It album they dropped last October. The album is different in that the members are more mature and sound less like the U.K.'s answer to A Tribe Called Quest and more like the accomplished soul-acid-groove band that they've been growing into since the late '80s.

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Jonathan Cunningham