Alex Rossi’s After Party is the perfect way to cap off your night of Fringing. The US singer/guitarist does rhythm and blues the old school way – really hitting that sweet spot. A guitar virtuoso who is equal parts Hendrix and Prince, Rossi has an affable stage presence and a silky smooth voice that makes for a terrific blend.
The set list is a mix of blues and soul covers with a sprinkle of originals. It’s all upbeat and engaging, creating an atmosphere where you can either dance the night away or head for a booth in the atmospheric Spiegeltent to soak in the spectacular sounds over a bottle of wine or two.
Rossi is also armed with an excellent band. His bassist is an Adelaide local but you wouldn’t know it – the ensemble feel like they have been playing together for years, able to improvise on a jam while Rossi changes a guitar string mid-song. The three piece have a bit of a Jimi Hendrix Experience vibe – matching first rate musicianship, a terrific sound and a nicely loose aesthetic.
The sound desk in the Fortuna Spiegeltent also does a first-rate job of mixing, with the music coming through crystal clear.
The only downside to the gig was the smallish audience in the room – but this is the kind of show that should grow in reputation over the course of Fringe. Make no mistake, the After Party should be on your list of Fringe experiences – and with a rotation of guest artists promised, possibly multiple times.
Alex Rossi & Friends perform Thursday to Sunday throughout Fringe in the Fortuna Spiegeltent at the Garden of Unearthly Delights with tickets here. Rossi will also play a set at Bowden Fringe on Saturday 9th March.
4 1/2 stars
Reviewed by Matthew Trainor