Concert Review - The Return of The Magnificent Carlton J. Smith Revue Show At NY's B. B. King's Club (7/5)

Concert Review - The Return of The Magnificent Carlton J. Smith Revue Show At NY's B. B. King's Club  (7/5)Nice Review from Mike Boone of this great show in NYC.
I was in the house at BB Kings for this one and had a blast myself, along with the rest of the packed house. I got to hang out with a bunch of folks (NYC Soul-Patrollers), I haven't seen in a while. I need to get up to NYC a little more often!

P.S. - I heard a rumor that you will be able to see this show several more times this summer!!!

Thanks Mike for this excellent play by play of the show :)
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The Return of The Magnificent Carlton J. Smith Revue Show At NY's B. B. King's Club

On a warm beautiful Saturday evening, a great musical happening took place at the infamous B. B. King Club, at New York's Times Square at 42nd St near 8th Ave. No one individual looking for a good time, could have asked for a more dynamic entertaining showstopper, than the Carlton J. Smith Revue Show.

With his energetic musical personality and solidarity of his soul revue, Carlton J. Smith creates a happy party setting for his heavily anticipated audience. To set the mood of the evening, DJ Erik Talbert jammed some smoking rare ole skool super funk, that reminded me of my eargasm days, as a avid listener on NY's WWRL (Super 1600) and WLIB-AM, the golden years of R&B/AM radio, on your listening dials. His set included, hits from Kool & The Gang 'Kool It, Here Comes The Fuzz'
(1971) and Nite-Liters' masterpiece instrumental of 1972 'Afro-Strut' that was actually used as background music for a car commercial on WLIB.


As star time at B. B. King's began, Carlton's band in now which I knighted the CJS's' opened with Smith's composition of 'Old School Fool'. Smith (decked in white) entered the stage merrily and delighted us with 3 more of his composed tunes, 'A Man's Gotta Do What A Man's Gotta Do' 'Tripple Nickels' and a beautiful rendition of 'Glisten'.

As Smith exit stage left, Tracy Brathwaite, a extraordinary talent in her own right, chilled us with a heartfelt belting performance of the legendary Etta James' 1961 classic standard of, 'At Last'. Ms Brathwaite informed the audience that she'll portray the great Etta James in near future shows, in which I'm looking forward to.

Entering his 2nd return on stage, this time with a black outfit, Carlton shared with the crowd his memorable moments on stage with footage of his daughter Misa Love Smith as an infant in 2004, and as a 4 year old in 2008.

Now at the age of 10, Misa Love wowed the audience with a wonderful cover of Aretha Franklin's classic hit of 1967 'Chain Of Fools'. With style, poise and stage commandment Misa Love's apple doesn't fall far from the musical tree that her dad planted. She was born to entertain !

After Misa's set, Carlton eased on stage wearing orange. He then rocked the David Ruffin's 69' hit 'My Whole World Ended', giving shoutouts to each member of the Rolling Stones and and tributes to Marvin Gaye (Keep Gettin' It On' Sexual Healing') and Michael Jackson with ('Roses Make Me Feel' aka ' The Way You Make Me Feel)'. With the devil in disguise, Carlton threw his orange jacket into the crowd and jammed with his drummer Lawrence 'LP' Perry on the drums.

Smith's boyhood friends, EQ hit the stage, also attributing to Michael Jackson with his masterpiece smoothie LP cut of 1982, 'The Lady In My Life' with a still photo shot of Carlton and Michael J. taken together in 1977 on the club's screen. EQ member, Rick Torres was giving a heartwarming thanks by Smith, responsible for his humble beginnings in show business, and belief in his talent, during his teenage years.

Background singers, Romona and Zahmu paid great homage to Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell with 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' as Carlton bounced back on in red, paid respect to the late great Bobby Womack with 'Daylight' 'Across 110th Street' and 'If You Think You're Lonely Now'.

Concert Review - The Return of The Magnificent Carlton J. Smith Revue Show At NY's B. B. King's Club  (7/5) The night fun continued with a Motown medley of Four Tops songs, 'I Can't Help Myself' 'Baby I Need Your Lovin' and Reach Out, I'll Be There', the Beatles' 'Come Together' Wild Cherry's 'Play That Funky Music' with participation from an audience member, and James Brown's stellar hit during the summer of 1970, 'Sex Machine'

The powerhouse CJS band consists of, the robust Lawrence 'LP' Perry on drums. the funky Luke Kessel on bass, the groovemaker Mike Null on guitar and the magic fingers of Eric Smith on keyboards. CJS's was extremely tight and always on cue on Carlton's hand command and body gesture. Lawrence 'LP' Perry's skillful synchronized stokes on the skins, stunk up the place, funkier than green onion! He's one of the best drummers that I've seen in years. Mike Null's guitar licks was reminiscing of James Brown's great guitarist Jimmy 'Scratch' Nolan. Luke Kessel's bass was funkier that a mosquito's tweeter and Eric 'Magic Fingers' Smith created an illusion on the 88's that would have made Billy Preston proud. The CJS group were on point!

If you ever want to re-energize your funk and soul, well baby, get refunked to sounds of the Carlton J. Smith Revue Show, whenever they're in your town or city. The CJS Revue is an everchanging musical experience that continues the tradition of keeping the genres of R&B/ Soul/ Funk alive and kicking ! A little medicine to patch the hole in your soul!


Soulfully Yours
Mike Boone
The Chancellor of Soul

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
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I was in attendance at this show and I can tell you that this review, pictures, etc DO NOT do Carlton Smith justice.
You gotta see him LIVE for yourself You will feel that you are being let in on the "NEXT BIG THING"

--Bob Davis

Meet Soul-Patroller Carlton Smith and listen to some STONE COLD SOLID FUNK on the World Famous Nightrain Radio Program!

Listen to 30 min of STONE COLD SOLID FUNK from tha SUPER BROTHA"at the following link:

CARLTON SMITH STONE COLD SOLID FUNK

Is it "old school"?
Is it "new school"?

Personally I think it's "REAL SCHOOL"
You should take a listen and decide for yourself :)

Listen to brotha Carlton as he TAKES US TO SCHOOL
and let us know what cha think?

Listen to 30 min of STONE COLD SOLID FUNK at the following link:

CARLTON SMITH STONE COLD SOLID FUNK


CARLTON J. SMITH'S at the Bitter End on 8/24/01



by

-- Cheryl Page
-- Devie Boone (Unific 29)
-- Mike Boone (The Chancellor of Soul)

Carlton's showing at the legendary Bitter End was a throw-back to the days of old when you paid a little money and you got a great show. It had everything - talent, humor and audience participation. Carlton is a reflection of the past in the form of the present. He wrote most of the songs he sang. His energy on stage goes way beyond that of an average artist. You see him up there giving it his all. He's sweating, dancing, moving back and forth, gripping the microphone and singing with his eyes closed. He does remind you of a young James Brown (you can understand why he was chosen to play James in the movie "Liberty Heights").

Sharon Quinn came on first and sang two songs. She was really great!


Sharon sang:

1) YOU MAKE ME HAPPY - An original Carlton Smith song. In the middle of the song she did a little Tina Turner type spiel "You know, we never do anything nice & easy", etc. And then ended the song by taking us to church - foot stomping and all. I asked Carlton's manager Trudie, why this song sounded familiar. Well, Carlton has a break in the song of "Suspicious Minds"!!

2) WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE - This beautiful ballad was also written by Carlton. Sharon sang beautifully and wished everyone the feeling of falling in love.

Now we're waiting for Carlton to come on, looking to our left toward the "backstage" area. Carlton doesn't just walk on stage. No, not Carlton! We look to our right and there's Carlton standing on the bar. He walks across the bar, jumps down, runs up on stage and starts singing...


...MR. SMITH - Another original song being performed for the first time. This was a funky, funky song. Which actually described him perfectly. And believe me, by the time he got through with this song, you were definitely calling him "MR. SMITH" - that's right, all capitals!!! Again, that's "MR. SMITH!!".

Here are some of the songs that MR. SMITH performed:


M-O-N-E-Y - This was a song about how money don't buy you love. But in the middle of the song, he looked down and saw fellow SP'er Kenny Pitt. This was my surprise to Carlton and it worked. He just stopped singing. He was totally shocked and bent down to hug Kenny. (They had worked together on the movie "Liberty Heights" and hadn't seen each other in a couple of years). This was a genuine Kodak moment!!

SUPERNATURAL THING - Carlton spoke about Ben E King and what a great song this was and he then preceded to tear it up. Sorry, Mr. King, but Carlton sings it better. He dedicated this to the Soul-Patrol. At the end of the song he acknowledged guests in the audience, Aadamsrib's birthday and the Soul-patrol.



KISS YOU IN MY DREAMS - This was another great song. Carlton said that soul has no color and to prove it, he had his bassist, Coyote, do a soulful moan in the middle of the song. Coyote said he needed to start out slow and build up to it, which is exactly what he did. That man can moan!!! He also made Kenny get up and do a "Harlem shake".

IN MY HEART - Another really funky song.

AIN'T THAT GOOD NEWS - Here Carlton spoke about his one of his idols, Sam Cooke. He also told us that he has Sam's name tattooed on his arm - ALONG WITH James Brown, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Sly & the Family Stone, Otis Redding. (He plans on having some others done, like Marvin Gaye, Temptations, etc.) The keyboardist, Dan had a great solo here.

STANDING ON MY HEAD - There was a "Soul Clap" in the middle of this song, along with solos by Jay and Coyote.

SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL - Carlton had 11 women come up on stage and dance. In the middle of this song he sang Mystical's "Shake yo a**, watch yourself!" refrain. All 11 women had to shake their thangs. The crowd was going wild as each of the ladies, all from diverse backgrounds, showed everyone how it's done! The best "shaker" was (our fellow SP'er) Renee's daughter, NaQuavaha. She got up, shook that thang and definitely won the competition.
She was so good that Carlton had her shake it twice (lol!).

RIGHT ON - This was another super-funky song where Carlton had most of the audience throwing our fists in the air during his "right on, right on!" refrain.

SO LONG - This is a song that Carlton wrote for Rod Stewart. Well, as Carlton stated "Rod hasn't sung it - yet!". He sang this with Sharon Quinn.
I gotta tell ya - this would be a perfect Rod Stewart song, but it's also a perfect Carlton Smith song.

At this point, Carlton gave another shout out to the SP and was introduced to Bob Davis, Unific 29, and Mike Boone.

He introduced the band, The Mighty Magnificents:
Joe Mahone - drums
Coyote Turner - bass,
Jay Googan - guitar
Dan Nachimson - keyboards



Everyone had a little solo, but Jay said a little rap and then played a solo and used his wah wah pad. The Mighty Magnificents were a tight, funky, soulful band.

And then the show was over. People were screaming - "More, Come back, you can't be done yet", etc. I honestly believe that if Carlton hadn't have come out for one more song the place would have rioted. He wasn't prepared for an encore and asked what he should sing. At Renee's request, he performed "Mr. Smith" again and we, very, very, very sadly let him go!




But it was just as well, because I - and the entire audience - was exhausted! I don't understand how Carlton could stand or even talk after a performance like that.

Carlton is INDESCRIBABLE! GO SEE THIS MAN!!!

Peace,
-- Cheryl Page
-- Devie Boone (Unific 29)
-- Mike Boone (The Chancellor of Soul)


Meet Soul-Patroller Carlton Smith and listen to some STONE COLD SOLID FUNK on the World Famous Nightrain Radio Program!

Listen to 30 min of STONE COLD SOLID FUNK from tha SUPER BROTHA"at the following link:

CARLTON SMITH STONE COLD SOLID FUNK

Is it "old school"?
Is it "new school"?

Personally I think it's "REAL SCHOOL"
You should take a listen and decide for yourself :)

Listen to brotha Carlton as he TAKES US TO SCHOOL
and let us know what cha think?

Listen to 30 min of STONE COLD SOLID FUNK at the following link:

CARLTON SMITH STONE COLD SOLID FUNK





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