This verbal acrobat and his Spasm Band launch the Huvila season – expect unsitdownable beats.
Check out the renaissance man! Trinidad-born, British-based Anthony Joseph is a musician, a poet, an author and a humanitarian to boot, not to mention the PhD he has just been awarded. This verbal acrobat and his Spasm Band launch the Huvila season – expect unsitdownable beats and a few choice words from the main man. With the ensembles musical stylings drawing influences from afrobeat, funk, calypso and jazz, their sound has been dubbed variously as congo-punk and voodoo-funk. But this is no fusion for fusion’s sake; the band’s brand of cheerful and immensely danceable grooving is guaranteed to impress. This year’s Huvila season kicks off with Gracias, a leading light of Finland’s English-language rap scene. His is an old school brand of rap, packed with insightful lyrics and fresh beats. The songs are informed by 80s, 90s and noughties American rap with a distinctive, and thoroughly Helsinki, sound. ANTHONY JOSEPH & THE SPASM BAND Anthony Joseph, vocals Andrew John, bass Christian Arcucci, guitar Colin Webster, saxophone Marjus Aleksa, drums GRACIAS Gracias, vocals Omar Zakik, guitar Janne Nissilä, bass Elias Gould, percussions, backing vocals Lassi Jokinen, drums Age limit: 18 Gracias concert starts at 7 p.m. Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band start at 8.15. p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.