By Andy J. Gordon and Jenny Peters Sam Williams, the leader of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, is a high-energy, positive force of nature when onstage. So when the band performed [...]
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It was not just a regular Thursday night in October in Los Angeles. Two great bands played at The El Rey Theatre
. Anders Osborne
, a prolific songwriter and guitarist based in New Orleans and his stellar band opened the show. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
, a funk, soul, rock and fusion band led by the multi-talented saxophonist followed with special guest Zach Deputy
. The KDTU
set ended up as a brilliant tribute to the music of Ray Charles. The night was epic and although the crowd was disappointingly small, everyone in attendance enjoyed an amazing show.
has been a prolific songwriter over the past few years. He opens his new album Peace with a song of the same title that contains a fuzzy riff very reminiscent of “Cortez the Killer,” a Neil Young classic that Osborne often tears up in his live shows. This new collection of eleven extremely listenable tunes follows up on the frequently brilliant singing and guitar playing Osborne demonstrated on 2011’s American Patchwork and 2012’s Black Eyed Galaxy, both on Alligator Records
. With this new Alligator release, Osborne continues to grow as a musician and songwriter.
An excited, boisterous audience greeted Louisiana native Tab Benoit
for his sold out show at Saint Rocke
in Hermosa Beach on September 21, 2012. Benoit has been presenting his unique style of blues to a continually growing fan base and critical reviews for over twenty years. In 2012 he released a greatest hits album, Legacy, The Best of Tab Benoit. His show at Saint Rocke featured smooth vocals, electrifying guitar work and a diverse selection of songs from his extensive catalog.
Warren Haynes has been omnipresent on the southern rock and jamband scene for the past twenty plus years, delivering searing guitar riffs and soulful vocals. As a prominent member of critically acclaimed bands like The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and The Dead, Haynes has a formidable musical repertoire at his disposal. Now, with his new solo project, The Warren Haynes Band, this guitar virtuoso has dedicated his time to reinvigorating the soul sounds that inspired him years ago. It seems only fitting, since Haynes may have taken over for James Brown as the hardest working man in show business. He seems to be everywhere – constant touring with the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule, hitting many festivals, sitting in with virtually everybody, and releasing new albums.
Los Angeles area drummers, students, and funk music fans had an extraordinary opportunity to get an up close view of one of the world’s most prolific musicians from New Orleans. Stanton Moore, the brilliant master of the skins, and founding member of Galactic, brought his Stanton Moore Trio to the Mint for a Wednesday nights residency in July 2011. To add a cherry to the proverbial sundae, Moore gave free drum clinics before each of the Mint gigs. Twenty to forty aspiring drummers, and those just interested in seeing Moore’s incredible technique up close, attended each of the free sessions. Robert Walter, a wizard on the Hammond B3 organ, was a member for all of the Mint gigs, while a different guest joined the trio for each of the four shows.
Two Grammy nominated bands are coming to The Conga Room at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on February 12, 2011. Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Ave. play a unique style of music that they lovingly call Supafunkrock. Los Amigos Invisibles are a Latin dance band from Venezuela heavily indebted to funk and disco (with a dash of acid jazz.) The Conga Room show is sure to be an amazing night and tickets are going fast. Scroll down to see how you can purchase discounted tickets to the show.
On December 16, 2010 Soulive (www.soulive.com) rocked the Roxy Theater with a little help from their talented friends, Nigel Hall, and Karl Denson. The band has been on a lengthy tour across the country. The LA show offered a mix of their old funk, jazz, and improvisation material, as well as highlights from their new tribute album, Rubber Soulive
. That album reinterprets the Beatles classics. Nigel Hall, a brilliant vocalist and keyboard player is part of Soulive’s stable of talent at Royal Family Records, their own label. Karl Denson (www.karldenson.us,) who is a saxophone wizard, as well as accomplished flutist and vocalist, joined the band for a few of the tour stops including the one at the Roxy in LA.