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NY/NJ: REST IN P - A TRIBUTE TO GARY SHIDER (RIP) - NY/NJ: COMING JULY 10 & 11: Two Funkraisers for P-Funk's Garry "Starchild" Shider

NY/NJ: REST IN P - A TRIBUTE TO GARY SHIDER (RIP) - NY/NJ: COMING JULY 10 & 11: Two Funkraisers for P-Funk's Garry Starchild Shider The Black Rock Coalition, Sweet Relief and Soul-Patrol.com join forces to come to the aid of one of the cornerstones of the Parliament/Funkadelic family, Garry "Starchild" Shider.

For more information on Garry and to make direct donations, click on:

http://www.garryshidermedicalfund.com or http://www.sweetrelief.org

The Black Rock Coalition and Sweet Relief have organized two (2) fundraisers in New York City (B.B. King's, Sunday, July 11) and Bloomfield, NJ (The MMAC, Saturday, July 10) with an all-star lineup performing classic Funkadelic hits.

Confirmed performers include Living Colour, Bernie Worrell/SocialLybrum, Miss Lady Kier, Bernard Fowler, Melvin Gibbs and Ronny Drayton. FUNK-KIN, a New Jersey based band comprised of Shider's brothers and cousins, will open at MMAC show only. On both nights, there will be an all-star P-Funk jam, powered by the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra. Other special guests will be named in later press updates. DIFFERENT LINEUPS EACH NIGHT-CHECK WITH VENUE SITES FOR EXACT LINEUPS!

Saturday, July 10 @ Multimedia Arts Center (MMAC), 562 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ 07003-3302, 1-973-748-MMAC Info@TheMMAC.net, 7PM doors, 8PM show, $25 advance/$30 door;

Sunday, July 11 @ B.B. King's Blues Bar & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036-7297, (212) 997-4144, www.bbkingblues.com, 6PM doors, 7PM show, $25 advance/$30 door.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THESE EVENTS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE SHIDER FAMILY!

http://www.garryshidermedicalfund.com or http://www.sweetrelief.org

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com





Song download link for Pat Cooley's new version of the classic song "HYPMOTIZED"




Also posted at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2010/news4
CONCERT REVIEW: Larry Graham and Graham Central Station at the Birchmere 6/17/2010
(Soul/Funk)

CONCERT REVIEW: Larry Graham and Graham Central Station at the Birchmere 6/17/2010 In this overcrowded desert of modern music, where there's no shortage of faces, but a true lack of originality, it's almost disarming to see an originator. A true funk pioneer, Larry Graham stands in stark contrast to today's group of sound-alikes. It's like we're playing a game of Charades when you listen to the radio today.

Put your finger to your nose to denote "sounds like":
- Rick Ross (finger-to-nose) Notorious BIG
- Nicki Minaj (finger-to-nose) Lil Kim
- Drake (finger-to-nose) mixture of Lil Wayne & Kanye
- Can you tell Ne-Yo from The Dream?

Larry Graham's music is forged in stone (Family Stone?) Graham Central Station was a natural extension from Sly, but they never imitated any other style. Straight-ahead bass-led funk. And, of course, a couple of monster slow jams. (One In A Million, When We Get Married, You Are My Lady)

Larry Graham is also a showman which he proved once again at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA after a prolonged absence from DC stages. One thing about this venue is that it's great for up-close-and-personal viewing of performances. No dancing, but you can whoop it up and party like it's 1979!.

On this night, DC turned out to see what we consider the "inventor" of the thump & pluck bass style that was the backbone of 70s funk. The house was packed, and totally juiced. On arrival, we ran into Soul-Patrol-er Tony Thompson, who was 2nd in line and had been chillin' since 1pm.

Go here for the rest of the review: http://www.soul-patrol.com/funk/graham.htm
"Dr G": Darden and DJ Mike Hall
Soul-Patrol.com
June 17, 2010



Song download link for Pat Cooley's new version of the classic song "HYPMOTIZED"




Also posted at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2010/news4
INTERVIEW: Larry Graham
(BY: "Dr G": Darden and DJ Mike Hall)

CONCERT REVIEW: Larry Graham and Graham Central Station at the Birchmere 6/17/2010 "Dr G": The best known up and coming rapper known as Drake says you are his uncle. Are you Drake's uncle?

Larry Graham: I have not met him yet to verify this. I have read it but I don't know. My daughter responded to his MySpace so we have reached out to him but they have not yet responded. We could be related but I don't know yet.

"Dr G": The first time I saw GCS was at a small club in Atlanta in 1973. I was a poor Morehouse student and you walked me into the club with your arm around me. I had no money but you and Hershall Happiness made sure I saw the show. This was your first show in Atlanta as GCS. How are Hershall and Chocolate doing and how is her funk box?

Larry Graham: Chocolate is living in LA. She toured with us a little while back and she is on the "Live in London" video soon to be available for you to see. Hershall is also on that video. I heard from him in the last 2 weeks. David Dynamite is no longer with us and Willie Wild came to a show recently. I talked to Butch a couple weeks ago.

DJ Mike Hall: The group we saw at The Birchmere the other night was very tight. When I imagine Larry Graham today, I envision a musician living his dream. You work at your own pace, enjoying family & friends, enjoying the benefits of your successes. You are not a slave to the music. You seem to be on top of things. How do you achieve that and what would you say to the young musicians about how to achieve that?

Larry Graham: Put spiritual things first and like Jesus said, you can't serve two masters. If spirituality is first and you love the music it's much more enjoyable and you are not so concerned about material things. You don't want to be a slave to the music and strive after those things like King Soloman did in the Bible. They don't know who their real friend is. We put spiritual things first and music is always a joy. I don't have a bunch of bills so it becomes a joy and I can work when I want to.

"Dr G": You want to speak on your spirituality and how it affects Brother Nelson (Prince) and your beautiful wife Tina.

Larry Graham: I had heard about Tina braiding hair. On the first GCS album cover you see everybody's hair braided except David Dynamite. She breaded everybody's hair.
"Dr G": People ask you everywhere?
Larry Graham: It took her 8 hours to braid my hair. The whole time we talked about the Bible and God. Then Tina's mom was baptized as a Jehovah Witness in 1974. Tina attended and contacted me and we both started studying. I was baptized a year later. I met Prince 12 years ago. GCS played the amphi-theater in Nashville while Prince was at the arena. He asked me to jam with him at a small club in Nashville. I didn't know he was raised on my music from Sly to GCS. He had tons of questions about the Bible and eventually asked me to move to Minnesota to teach him the Bible. We were going to move from Jamaica anyway, so we moved to Minnesota to help Prince study the Bible.

DJ Mike Hall: I just want to say that the tour with you and Prince was the last time I remember you being in the DC area and that conversation on stage between you and Prince was one of the most amazing moments that I have seen on stage. That just lives with me. What's coming up next?

Go here for the rest of the review: http://www.soul-patrol.com/funk/graham.htm

"Dr G": Darden and DJ Mike Hall
Soul-Patrol.com
June 21, 2010






Song download link for Pat Cooley's new version of the classic song "HYPMOTIZED"




Also posted at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2010/news4
MINT CONDITION + LEDISI (3/26) @ the Keswick Theatre

Concert Review: MINT CONDITION + LEDISI (3/26) @ the Keswick Theatre Once again ... you did it!!! May Allah forever Bless you, and thank you!!! The Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA was LEANING SIDEWAYS & ROCKIN'!!! WHAT???!!!!! These performers were OFF THE CHAIN this evening! You know that I'm a Ledisi supporter, but I'd yet to see Mint Condition. I've loved their music, but I'd not had the chance to see them live. They were TIGHT!!! This show had so much vapor, it filled in the spaces that steam didn't cover!!! Ya know what I'm talkin' about???!!! They took a serious bite outta life, and shook it around 'til it was ripe, tender & ready! The crowd was off their seats, and clamoring for more once their individual sets were complete!!! They showed no signs of tiring on either side, the audience nor the entertainers. Their opening songs were just as exuberant as their last, and vice versa! This was a "power punchin' " show!

At first I'd wondered if the show's coordinator knew what the juice he/she was doing! Having Ledisi on first just wasn't computing with me. I knew this Sistah was a headliner, so what was she doing opening the show? I mean . . . her performance, her band, her presentation filled the stage with sound, and with presence! There was no void/room available! When Mint Condition entered, I thought, "It's looking a little sparse up there!", because there were fewer personnel. I grew up in the entertainment industry, so I know the stage. If you can work it, it'll seem like it's hard put to find a baby roach with enough room to live! Well, my proverbial "hat's off" to the coordinator! I don't believe I'd be able to decide who would appear first (not unless they did a "ladies before gentleman" thing, or an "L before M" situation! They're both power house entertainers! I was more than elated from the energies shared at this show!

Both Mint Condition and Ledisi fuse Spiritual, R&B, and some serious Funk, and the results are polished like fine Black Marble!!! Ledisi rang out a message from The Creator, "Put Me First"! How appropriate! This is something that we ALL need reiterated on a constant basis! She satisfied the audience's booming request by liquidly shelling out "In the Morning" and "It's Alright". Each of them using the back and forth "feed back" by having the audience as participants with the background. She humbly announced that she was a Grammy nominee for her astounding music! What a phenomenal accomplishment, Sistah!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You've done us proud!!! During each selection, either those posted here or any others, Ledisi embraced the entire crowd, and made sure they felt included, and weren't just spectators! And the warmth continuuuuues!!!

A half an hour intermission (where more people were rehashing the recent stimulation Ledisi offered with her solid tones, and resonating voice), and a silent roar grew to jubilation when Ledisi was making her way through the audience & waving --- this being her exit from the theater . . . her last moment of touching, and showing that she cares in more ways than one!

Now a new kinda kick (for me, that is)! Mint Condition!!! Mint Condition!!! Mint Condition!!!!!!! Being analytical, I thought I was about to experience the kind of boring show I had witnessed when I saw John Legend (Ooooops!!! Did I say that?!? I tried to be diplomatic when I wrote the review for that brother's show, but MERCY!!! Well, back to the show at hand!) Shock doesn't even describe my reaction to the rocket that hit the stage when Stokley Williams started dealing his spread alllllll over the theater (No! I am not stutterin'!!!) He is so totally engrossed in every note, every beat!!! His body reminded me of electrons firing in the brain . . . he was all over the place!!! He missed NO NOTES, he was soulful, he wasn't breathless, the brotha was just BAAAAAD!!! The band was fantastic!!! Jeffrey Allen - Ricky Kinchen - Homer O'Dell - Lawrence Waddell --- together these brothers took it to another dimension! Music felt like a huge vibratin' rubber band . . . Bouncin' back in time, jumpin' into tomorrow, scoopin' ya up today! Yaaya!!! They were jammin'!!! They kicked out "If You Need Someone to Love", "I'll Be What You're Lookin' For", "Nothin' Left to Say", and a dynamic tribute to the king, Michael Jackson---"Heartbreak Hotel" ---that would've made the whole Jackson family stand up and JAM!!! "What Kind of Man", was like ringing the washcloth, and shakin' it out, giving it all that pound of refreshing air!

Fulfilled and satisfied, yet sad that it was over, everyone was bubblin'!!! Effervescence was everywhere from the night's experience! Brother Bashir said, "They should find a way to put both Ledisi & Mint Condition on stage to perform together! Now that's a thought!!!

Sistah Habibah Abdul-Shaheed





Song download link for Pat Cooley's new version of the classic song "HYPMOTIZED"




Also posted at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2010/news4
CORRECTED FUNERAL INFO: Robert "Butch" Sam (Keyboardist/GCS) - Funeral Info


Larry GrahamThis is a correction to the funeral info we posted the other day + a picture of Robert "Butch" Sam. We apologize for posting the incorrect information the other day.

Robert "Butch" Sam appears on the following Graham Central Station albums; Graham Central Station, Mirror, Now Do U Wanta Dance, Release Yourself, Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It, GCS2000



Funeral Sevices for Rev.Robert "Butch" Sam will start at
11:00 a.m. Wednesday July 14th
Mt Moriah Baptist Church Of Los Angeles Inc
4269 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles - (323) 846-1950




--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com



Song download link for Pat Cooley's new version of the classic song "HYPMOTIZED"




Also posted at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2010/news4

 

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