Brixton’s latest live sensation, the Mrs Mills Experience, well & truly rocked the boat at Tamesis Dock in Vauxhall on Thursday 21st June.
On an unseasonably dark & blustery summer evening, we scuttled along Albert Embankment searching for shelter from the howling rain. Climbing aboard Tamesis Dock, we slid along the narrow gangway & ducked inside where a cheerful crowd were already buzzing in anticipation of the night’s live performances.
Since their victorious debut gig at Brixton’s Offline Club at The Prince Albert, the Mrs Mills Experience have been making quite a splash in South London. A tribute band to the versatile piano jollity of the post-war light entertainment phenomenon that was Mrs Mills, this motley crew of Brixton musicians & DJs make the audience the star and have crowds dancing & singing from the palms of their hands.
First up however was all girl 60s Go-Go dance troupe The Actionettes who dazzled Tamesis Dock with their carefully crafted choreography, making waves & shaking their tail feathers to rapturous applause & glad appreciation.
A couple of pints of Porter later and we had all forgotten the awful weather outside as the boat began to rock. Not because of Old Father Thames, but because the nautically attired Mrs Mills Experience had taken the stage and were belting ‘Roll Out The Barrel’ across the water.
With the audience cheering, laughing, singing and dancing along, Mrs Mills Experience sailed through a set that included a selection of feel good classics including ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, ‘Enjoy Yourself’ & ‘Oh! I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’.
They finished with an unruly rendition of ‘The Can Can’ & kept the crowd dancing & smiling all the way through. It was a great gig, by a great band in a great venue.
You can catch Mrs Mills Experience live back in Brixton at The Dogstar on Saturday 30th June
To find out more about Mrs Mills Experience visit their website here. To find out more about The Actionettes visit their website here. To check out Offline Club’s website click here. Photographs courtesy of Urban 75.