“The cure for boredom is curiosity, but how do we cure curiosity?” – Bob Parks.
Parks is a British performance artist and unconventional musician celebrated for being memorably weird. He came to public attention after becoming the subject of a BBC Four documentary ‘The R&B Feeling’. In the 70’s, as a bubbling artist, he was part of the abstract art movement in LA. However, after suffering the breakdown of his marriage, he spent the next year walking his local streets in nothing but a string bikini.
Finding respite within the community of a local gospel church, Parks unearthed R&B. Discovering salvation in the music, he spent the next six years singing and worshipping alongside his new faithful family. Thirty years on, he continues to develop what he has self-titled ‘the R&B feeling’.
This distinctive gig is a fundraising benefit for Resonance FM, a “small non-profit community radio station powered by volunteers” which will be held at London’s hippest basement bar, Kansas Smitty’s. A charming venue sitting on Broadway Market, it has become much adored by London’s jazz and music lovers in the know.
Prepare to see the unpredictable as Parks performs a mock voodoo ritual with his conceptual R&B band The Bloomsbury Group. Leave your Monday boredom firmly behind, and seek some quirky medicine for that menacing and persistent curiosity.