Review by David Jackson
To say they were having the time of their lives in Newcastle on Thursday night is an understatement.
The founding six of Jurassic 5 hit the stage with power and precision playing a powerful ninety minute set to a packed and appreciative house. Founding MC’s Akil, Zaakir and Marc 7, moved synergistically with the deep voice of Chali 2na to give the Newcastle fans a real treat. DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist showed the crowd a new concept of becoming portable from behind the confines of their turntables. The portable turntable/drum machine and the extended DJ scratch break ensured fans kept with the rhythm as the four DJ’s briefly left the stage.
The band covered songs from all four albums as well as some prized samples. It’s hard to believe this act started in 1993. After a marathon 70 minute set with very little breaks the band left the stage returning to do a great sample of the plain white Tee’s classic “The Way We Do It”. For me the highlight of the show was the acapella version of “Without A Doubt” from their debut album Jurassic 5.
Newcastle was the start of an Australian tour for these guys, if you get an opportunity to catch them please do it. Be prepared to hydrate yourself before you go, you’ll need it.
After School Special, I Am Somebody, Jayou, Desk, The Influence, Break, Monkey Bars, Improvise
Quality Control, Concrete Schoolyard, Long Road to Glory, High Fidelity, Comin’ Thru, Future Sound, Open, Close, Hey, Baby Please, Gotta Understand, Freedom
Without a Doubt (acapella), Countdown, In the House
King Tee, The Way We Do It, Red hot, A Day At The Races, What’s Golden…
Jurassic 5 – jurassic5.com
March 26, 2015