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CONCERT REVIEW: SONNY BOY @ Franks Lounge in Brooklyn (w/special guest LEON WARE)

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This show actually represented something of a historic event and it took place at NOUVEAU SOUNDZ monthly Soul Music event at Franks Lounge! This was one of those once in a lifetime musical events that entities like Rolling Stone magazine are always talking about.
Soul-Patrol is supposed to be all about something we like to refer to as…

GREAT BLACK MUSIC FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE FUTURE


That means we really don't care what generation an artist is from, we just care about the music they produce. Although that's our motto, we don't often get a chance to demonstrate that concept any place else except for the internet. So whenever we can put GREAT artists together from different generations it's something that gets us pretty excited!

SonnyBoyAnd that is EXACTLY what happened at a place called Frank's Lounge on Fulton Street in Brooklyn on a cold Saturday evening on 12/17/2006.

Legendary Soul-Patroller Leon Ware showed up at SonnyBoy's gig, sat in and treated the audience to a couple of songs. I mean this brotha literally walked in off the street, went to the bandstand and gave us an impromptu rendition of Marvin Gaye's classic "I Want You" (a song written by Mr. Leon Ware), that left the audience spellbound.

It was one of those types of moments that 10 years from now, 1,000 people will claim to have been there. But those of us who were there on the scene to witness history, know that there were only about 100 people in the club. later on, after Leon completed his short set, I turned around ans saw Purpose Records co-owner George Littlejohn rush up to to Leon with what appeared to be about 6-8 Leon Ware CD's to autograph. I smiled, because I knew that something great had be accomplished...

--Bob Davis

The After-Show Revue (um, that's Review)...

It's almost 2 a.m. I'm home. Blurry-eyed, Chinese-chicken-winged and fried. But mostly, I am sore-throated from whooooping it up for Sonny Boy. To say that they turned tha mutha out, would be an understatement!

Wow! Where to begin.
· With the big, tight sound that made you look around to see who-all-else joined the band from offstage?
· With the infectious hooks that snagged you into thinking you already knew the songs even though you had never heard them before in your life? (Can we say "Snaggle-puss?")
· With the slick-@ss mid-song breaks done "just so?" (Yeah, done just so yo' @ss will cheer 3-times louder when the groove returns to yo' eardrum.)
· With the driving grooves that escalate perfectly, making you nod progressively harder with anticipation only to stop on a dime (to more cheers)?


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Sonny Boy! You rocked it! Your tight-@ss grooves, your inter-locked-ness wit each other onstage, your exuberance, your twang-chucka-twan-ka-twang-chop spread thick like Karo dark corn syrup over a biscuit converted Bob Davis's recent "Just Show Up" admonishment into a mantra! And speaking of conversions, yes! Sheldon Riser took us to church! That voice! The range! His dynamics! His cadence evoked a revival meeting ("Can I get a witness?") while his especially skilled and adept scat evoked live trombones and horns ("Blow Gabriel, Blow!") Even his ballad went down sweet and "Cool, Daddy-O!"


SonnyBoy And then, there's Sonny Boy, tha band! Okay, I don't get out much, I admit it. But I never seen a 6-string BASS. or any bass mastered and broke down like that! Sheldon too, switched guitars and tickled them strings like it was a keyboard, and speaking of keyboards now, we goin' back to church! The sounds-all of them: Organ, brass, the solos. they rose, they soared, they completely filled the space from back-to-front and from ear-to-ear. On to rhythm guitar who sync'ed the sound, held it together and tight and bobbed in agreement with e'rybody.And y'ain't got rhythm if y'ain't got drums! Again, tight as a muh-fuh. They jammed! Even when breaking down the set, they jammed. They love what they do! And we were loving them loving what they do! (Call the CDC! It's Infectious and spreading.)

Sonny Boy! I was already over budget... (took a cab to be there at 9 p.m. the scheduled showtime-yeah! I kno, don't you know ______-time? [Fill in the blank with whichever group you want to-cuz you know we'z all guilty of it!]...tipped the driver unusually high cuz I was his last fare for the day and you know, I was feeling pretty good. I was going to see Sonny Boy! And, StJuste rocked the club as a warm up, so you know I had to cop her extended CD-single as well). But check it?! Once inspired, budget cain't stop me. And it's not about "Oh, I can get summa dat (a CD-r copy), off of So-and-so." It is about being caught up in a moment and surrounded by a sound because I just showed up. It's showing appreciation and support for the artist. It's getting that CD autographed. Naw, not cuz you's a groupie, but cuz ya really dug the sound. And now, it's personal! And y'caint git more personal than an autograph! (Well, y'can, but c'mon, we're talking in public, peopl!
e!!!)
It's about coming away with a little piece of the night. That night. Last night! When I saw Sonny Boy, Kick-@ss LIVE onstage and in person!

Alas, the clock struck 12 a.m. "Let 'em play, let 'em play!" I whined to the em-cee who had just given the band "tha signal." Introductions ensued, and set break-downs immediately followed. The abrupt ending left me hungry, tho. And that's when CDs were immediately copped! For those who showed up: Deep and multiple inner-ear-gasms! (Right?!) For those who will show up next time: Make that happen!! I will offer you tha money-back guarantee! (Shoot!!)

SonnyBoy

(L-R: Soul-Patrollers - Chief Osceola, "ISH", Bob Davis and Jovie)

by: M'Echo
(a/k/a J'La)
(a/k/a Jovie)
("Official" S-P'r for approx 3 years, previously a lurker going back 3 more!)

PS Bob and Mike: Great to finally meetcha in persons! ('Bout time, righ-eeee'?) Chief Osceolo: Great to meetcha.




Dj Funk Style Intro, Why You Wanna, Soul Junky, Like Collard Greens, For The Love Of Money, Super Flyin', If You  Lose Your Faith, Haters Gone Be Haters

  • Click here to listen to a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio 45 minute WORLD PREMIRE of 'URBAN MISFIT' - SONNY BOY



    CD REVIEW: SONNY BOY: URBAN MISFIT

    SONNY BOY
    * Imagine if Shuggie Otis has made some more albums?
    * Imagine if Al Green had been in a Funk Band?
    * Imagine if Sly Stone had made some more albums?
    * Imagine if D'Angelo didn't cuss?
    * Imagine if Prince hadn't lost touch with his audience?
    * Imagine if Jimi Hendrix had been popular with Black folks?
    * Imagine if Ice Cube could play the guitar?

    Well you don't have to imagine any of this, cuz all you have to do is listen to 'URBAN MISFIT' - SONNY BOY experience the reality of this...



    Dj Funk Style Intro, Why You Wanna, Soul Junky, Like Collard Greens, For The Love Of Money, Super Flyin', If You  Lose Your Faith, Haters Gone Be Haters

  • Click here to listen to a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio 45 minute WORLD PREMIRE of 'URBAN MISFIT' - SONNY BOY


    Back in 1998 I wrote the following in response to a question that I have been unable to answer for over 30 years...

    "FUNK = Blues + Rock n' Roll + Soul + Jazz
    with a little gospel, reggae, hip hop & latin
    (thrown in for a little spice)"


    Now I don't pretend for one moment to actually know what the definition of FUNK is.
    It's probably even more foolish to be so naive to try and boil the definition of it down to a mathematical expression?
    Nevertheless, regardless of how foolish that equation may read 4 years later, that is what I wrote back in 1998.

    However as I have been listening to the new CD:
    "URBAN MISFIT" - SONNY BOY
    (pretty much non stop over the course of the past week)

    I find myself drawn back to this mathematical expression that I wrote down back in 1998.
    Thats because this CD actually fits the intent of that description

    Let me put it to you like this....

    * Did You Like:
    "Riot" - Sly and the Family Stone?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    * Did You Like:
    "Rainbow Bridge" - Jimi Hendrix?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    * Did You Like:
    "Will It Go Round In Circles" - Billy Preston?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    * Did You Like:
    "Crystal Ball" - Prince?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    * Did You Like:
    "Inspiration Information" - Shuggie Otis?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    * Did You Like:
    "Pandamonium" - Time?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    Now before you get to thinking that this CD is simply a "rehash of some old concepts"....

    * Did You Like:
    "Brown Sugar" - D'Angelo?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    * Did You Like:
    Tony, Toni, Tone?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    * Did You Like:
    Erykah Badu?
    (then you will dig "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    (so think again!!!!!)

    Much like some other CD's that I have reviewed over the past few years, this is a CD of MODERN FUNK FOR THE NEW CENTURY....
    (some may be tempted to call it "neo soul")


    Dj Funk Style Intro, Why You Wanna, Soul Junky, Like Collard Greens, For The Love Of Money, Super Flyin', If You  Lose Your Faith, Haters Gone Be Haters

  • Click here to listen to a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio 45 minute WORLD PREMIRE of 'URBAN MISFIT' - SONNY BOY


    If I were a "rock critic", then I might be tempted to call this CD something like...

    "an introspective album by a modern day urban poet covering the emotions from joy to pain with an intensity that combines the key elements of black music of the past 50 years from bebop to hip hop and everything in between..."

    However, since I am NOT a "rock critic", I will leave those type of descriptions to the writers over at Rolling Stone, Spin, etc...
    (if they can be bothered with listening to "Urban Misfit" - Sonny Boy)

    Instead, I'll simply call it FUNK (cuz I know that yall will know what I'm talkin bout)

    The topics covered in this 13 song masterpiece are:
    Male female relationships, unemployment, drugs, money, dancing, slavery, gangbangin, blaxploitation movies, fried chicken, cheating, collard greens (and other important stuff)

    Here is the track listing...

    'URBAN MISFIT' - SONNY BOY


    1. DJ FUNK STYLE INTRO
    2. WHY YOU WANNA
    3. SOUL JUNKY
    4. LIKE COLLARD GREENS
    5. LEAVIN'
    6. FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY
    7. SUPER FLYIN'
    8. IF YOU LOSE YOUR FAITH
    9. DEVILS GOT YOU HIGH
    10. YESTERDAY
    11. HATERS GONE BE HATERS
    12. JONESEN
    13. JULE

    These song titles may not mean much to you right at this moment, however when you hear the songs (and you will have that opportunity in a few days) they will mean quite a bit to you....

    'FUNK = Blues + Rock n' Roll + Soul + Jazz
    with a little gospel, reggae, hip hop & latin
    (thrown in for a little spice)'


    Hindsight is a '20/20 kinda thang'
    However, that definition is looking pretty good to me right about now....

    'I'm a SOUL JUNKY, tryin ta keep it FUNKY...'
    -- Sonny Boy


    stay tuned...


    Dj Funk Style Intro, Why You Wanna, Soul Junky, Like Collard Greens, For The Love Of Money, Super Flyin', If You  Lose Your Faith, Haters Gone Be Haters

  • Click here to listen to a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio 45 minute WORLD PREMIRE of 'URBAN MISFIT' - SONNY BOY



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    May/2002





     

     


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