Burgundy in New Brunswick, NJ - 5/24/98



I travelled to the lovely city of New Brunswick, New Jersey to check out the soul/R&B group Burgundy, at the Old Bay Restaurant's Bourbon Street Cafe. I ran into Sharieff Ali, the group's leader, and we were discussing his activities with other local musical groups. The group began setting up their equipment around 9:50pm.


At 10:30pm, Burgundy began with some hot R&B tunes. The group personnel included Sharieff Ali (lead vocals & guitar), Melinda (background vocalist), Tammy (background vocalist), "Sugar Bear" (background vocalist), Carlos (percussion), Justin (drums), Chip (bass), and a saxophonist. The group performed on a small stage across from a set of dining tables.

The song set listing included the following:

·         Smoke

·         All of Our Lives

·         Can I Come Over To Your Place

·         Mine Field

·         Fly on the Wall

·         Hold Onto Me

·         I Do


The performance at the Old Bay Restaurant was as wonderful as their performance at the AFRA-FUNKA-DEZIAC show in New York City on May 7, 1998. The tunes were wonderfully-crafted, especially "Fly on the Wall", "Hold Onto Me", and "I Do"!!!

Special thanks to Sharieff Ali for the help on the track listing and the band members's names.

I had to leave around 11:20pm to catch the last train to Philly so I missed the last 25 minutes (the first set ended at 11:45pm). The group had a second set at 12 midnight that ended around 1:30am.

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