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Scroll down and check these out, and you will find that we have some reviews for you no matter what your taste is. Thanks to longtime Soul-Patrol.com contributors; Charles Duke, David Brooks, Dr. G, Evan Ginsburg, Gary Tyson, Danny Guilfoyle and Randall Grass for documenting these live performances.

--Concert Review: Branford Marsalis @ Kean College

--Concert Review: Frankie Beverly & Maze (w/ Freddie Jackson) @ Newark Symphony Hall

--Concert Review: Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight @ Radio City Music Hall

--Concert Review: Plunky and Oneness, Randy Crawford/Joe Sample, Maysa, Jonathan Butler, Eric Roberson, and Kim Waters @ Capitol Jazz Festival in Columbia, MD

--Concert Review: Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, and Jordin Sparks @ Prudential Center Newark

--Concert Review: Jaheim and Tamia @ Newark Symphony Hall

--Concert Review: Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten @ Nokia Theater/NYC

--Concert Review: Maxwell and Jazmine Sullivan @ Radio City Music Hall

--Concert Review: Terrence Blanchard & Spike Lee (with his quintet, Patti Austin, Raul Midon, Bilal, and The NJ PAC Orchestra) @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

--Concert Review: Dianne Reeves and McCoy Tyner @ NJ Performing Arts Center

--Concert Review: Mavis Staples @ Carnegie Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday 11/22/08

--Concert Review: Chi-Lites @ Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem

--Concert Review: War & Average White Band @ Capitol One Bank Theatre At Westbury (Ny) Friday September 19, 2008

--Concert Review: 25th Annual Roots Of American Music Festival- New Orleans Tribute Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Fest NYC Irma Thomas & Many More August 23, 2008

--Concert Review: Hilary Cole/Billy Stritch (Birdland Jazz Club 8/15 NYC)

--Concert Review: Neil Diamond (Madison Square Garden 8/16 NYC)

--Concert Review: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings/Mehanham Street Band/Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens @ Central Park Summerstage 8/17 NYC

--Concert Review: Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute To James Brown W/Spam All Stars Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Fest 8/22/08 NYC

--Concert Review: Joel Dorn Tribute-"Keep A Light In The Window" @ Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival- August 13, 2008 New York City

--Concert Review: Hal Willner's Bill Withers Project @ Prospect Park Brooklyn August 9, 2008

--Concert Review: Richie Havens @ Bam R&B Fest- Metro Tech Brooklyn Thursday Aug. 7, 2008

--Concert Review: Liza Minelli/Christopher Cross Asher Levy Park Brooklyn August 7, 2008

--Concert Review: Return To Forever (W/ Bela Fleck & The Flecktones)

--Concert Review: Larry Coryell/Chuck Brown @ Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD

--Concert Review: Dave Mullen & Butta @ Shrine - NYC (8/1/08)

--Concert Review: Hezikiah Walker/Kurt Carr/Dave Hollister & More @ Central Park's Summerstage Nyc July 19, 2008

--Concert Review: Lakeside & the Bar-Kays @ At the Carter Barron Amphitheatre - Washington, DC (7/12/08)

--Concert Review: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80/Afrika Bambaataa/Love Trio & U-Roy Central Park's Summerstage Nyc 7/6/08

--Concert Review: Return To Forever @ Chicago Theatre

--Concert Review: Stevie Wonder @ Taste of Chicago

--Concert Review: La La Brooks @ the Cutting Room NYC

--Black Rock Coalition's Birthday Tribute 2 Prince @ Bam Cafe - Brooklyn, NY (6/6/08)

--Concert Review: Diana Ross- New York State Theater- Lincoln Center 6/2/08

--Concert Review: Clones Of Funk @ Cardinal's Nest - Washington, DC (5/31/08)

--Erykah Badu & The Roots 5/30 @ Chicago Theater

--Concert Review: Bettye LaVette @ Rochester NY Lilac Festival

--Concert Review: Barbara Harris/Willie Winfield/EarlLewis/Cleveland Still/ Teenagers/etc. @ Kupferber Performing Arts Center- Queens College NYC - 5/3/08

--Concert Review: B-52's @ Electric Factory/Philadelphia 4/25/2008 ("Set way back in the middle of a field, is a funky ole shack, that's where it's at...")


Check it all out and thanks in advance for your consideration...

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Concert Reviews: Branford Marsalis, Frankie Beverly & Maze/Freddie Jackson, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight, Capitol Jazz Festival, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, and Jordin Sparks, Jaheim and Tamia, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten, Maxwell and Jazmine Sullivan, Dianne Reeves and McCoy Tyner, Terrence Blanchard & Spike Lee (with his quintet, Patti Austin, Raul Midon, Bilal, and The NJ PAC Orchestra)

Branford Marsalis (February, at Kean College in Union, NJ)--great music--played a lot of straight-ahead/almost avant-garde type of jazz. The musicianship was top-notch.

Frankie Beverly & Maze (w/ Freddie Jackson): Saw them in March at Newark Symphony Hall. It was a birthday present for my son who loves the music of Frankie Beverly & Maze, but never saw them live. Blanche and I have seen them several times at the Essence Music Festival, which we've gone to about 6-7 times. Good show. Freddie Jackson ("Rock Me Tonight," "You Are My Lady"), who I've never seen live, also put on a good show. Symphony Hall somewhat is marred by a poor sound system--but the show was good, nonetheless.

Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight at a May concert at Radio City Music Hall. Diana, Patti, and Gladys were excellent; Chaka was drunk or high (which seemingly is her norm,
nowadays) and just wasn't that good. The concert was some type of fundraiser.

Capitol Jazz Festival in June (Columbia, MD). As the festival is an outdoor event, we didn't really see too many acts--the average temperature that weekend was about 103 degrees. Did catch: Plunky and Oneness (they have a BADDDD jam called "Drop"), Randy Crawford with Joe Sample, Maysa, Jonathan Butler, Eric Roberson, and Kim Waters. There were several other acts I wanted to catch (such as Ledisi); but it was too damned hot.

Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, and Jordin Sparks at the Prudential Center in Newark (also in June). Alicia Keys made up for a horrible performance she did at one of the Essence Music Festivals when she first came out--she put on a PHENOMENAL show!!! She played for a little better than one hour--did most of her songs over the span of her three albums. Ne-Yo--this kid's great. Fantastic showman! We first saw him when he was a relative unknown and opened for John Legend. He just released his third album last month; and in my opinion, he's 3-3. Jordin Sparks was OK.

Jaheim and Tamia (June, Newark Symphony Hall). We'd been dying to see Jaheim live for quite sometime--this kid's got a helluva voice, four great albums, and would've been considered one of the greats had he been around in our day. But live? The poor kid has absolutely NO stage presence--the great voice was in evidence--but he cannot command a stage. Tamia (who I didn't know was going to be there) is one of those singers who appealed to my late daughter Kim. Kinda tear-jerker, "I've-still-got-my-womanly-pride-though-you-messed-me-over" type of songs. Ain't my type of stuff, but she has a good voice.

Review continued here....

--Charles Duke

Concert Review: Mavis Staples @ Carnegie Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday 11/22/08

I arrived at the Carnegie Lecture Hall around 7:30pm with a friend to check out Mavis Staples, but the first act was a local ensemble named The Young Ambassadors

(4 young boys and 5 young girls, all between the ages of 6 and 16). The music style was African-rhythm (mostly timbales and bongos) with accompaniment on keyboards and some African dancing. The best part of the performance was the performance of Louis Armstrong's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", a kick-butt jazz performance with each female vocalist taking their turn on lead vocals....the song also featured some flute playing. The Youth Ambassadors were finished at 7:50pm.

After intermission, Mavis Staples and keyboardist Steve Smith stepped to the stage at 8:15pm. THIS WAS A SHOW DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF GOSPEL GREAT MAHALIA JACKSON ! "I'll Fly Away From Here" featured the soulful, stirring vocal talent of Ms. Mavis Staples and some intense organ riffing by Steve Smith...

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--David Brooks
http://www.gospeloffunk.com


Concert Review: Chi-Lites @ Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem

What can you say about The Chi-Lites that hasn't already been said? How is it possible to give these gentlemen anymore accolades than they've already received? I'll give it a try...

On August 6, Darrell and I headed to Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem to be treated to a free concert (sponsored by NY City Parks) by the incomparable Chi-Lites. The park quickly swelled with people of all ages and hues as Darrell and I maneuvered our way to the front, stage right.

The band came on first and teased us with a medley of Chi-Lites hits. And then...there they were... Looking dapper as ever, donned in Chi-Lite turquoise, they did the "Chi-Lite Stroll" onto the stage and the crowd went wild - except me. Sometimes one just has to be still, take in the moment and pay homage to those who helped shape your musical youth - and that's what I did. After I gave my "thanks", all bets were off and then I went wild!

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--Sally

Concert Review: War & Average White Band @ Capitol One Bank Theatre At Westbury (Ny) Friday September 19, 2008

Ah…great live music. Times two no less.
Now AWB has always had a warm spot in my heart, ever since I saw them open for Marvin Gaye at Radio City Music Hall some 32 years ago. Now a quintet, their incredibly tight sound ranges from cool to funky. They've never had a "stage show" ala James Brown, but just play their hearts out with music that remains timeless. Thoroughly enjoyable would be the best way to sum up their one hour set.

Headliners War, with the lovable Lonnie Jordan, are not only a "show band," but master musicians. Their 7 pieces sound like double that on Westbury's great sound system. Several times I turned to my friend and said, "How GREAT is this band?"...

--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com

Concert Review: 25th Annual Roots Of American Music Festival- New Orleans Tribute Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Fest NYC Irma Thomas & Many More August 23, 2008

It borders on the remarkable that an event of this magnitude can be free. But it's just that. And what a show it was. Opening with a battle of the brass bands, the all-woman Pinettes Brass Band and the all male Hot 8 Brass Band marched throughout the park making a joyful noise. Not as polished as some of the veteran acts to follow, it nonetheless was a happy way to start what would be- for the most part- a wonderful day Betty Harris of Cry to Me and Nearer to You fame is being billed as a "lost" New Orleans R&B queen as she had dropped out of sight for the longest time. Well, I'm certainly glad they found her as she was in fine voice. Unfortunately, she got the short end of the stick for sure, as she did all of four songs before getting the hook. The woman deserves better...

Review continued here....

--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com


Concert Reviews: Hilary Cole/Billy Stritch, Neil Diamond, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Hilary Cole/Billy Stritch (Birdland Jazz Club 8/15 NYC)
Jazz meets cabaret as wonderful vocalist and great pianist join forces for a lovely set in a lovely setting.

Neil Diamond (Madison Square Garden 8/16 NYC)
A master showman with moving lyrics and still powerful vocals backed by an ultra-tight band of 32 years- a sure-fire combination for his ever-adoring audience.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings/Mehanham Street Band/Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens (Central Park Summerstage 8/17 NYC)
A tireless 4'11 52 year old bundle of energy, talent, and showmanship with an ever-tighter band making for a great, great concert; instrumentalists Menahan Street Band were tight (particularly for their first live gig) but lacked showmanship, and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens won over the crowd with some old school gospel.

--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com


Concert Review: Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute To James Brown W/Spam All Stars Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Fest 8/22/08 NYC

This one was special. Very Take James Brown vets Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, vocalist Martha High, and mix them with world class African musicians Cheikh Lo and Vieux Farka Toure and what do you have? A serious jam that not only got thousands on their feet, but showed just how far reaching is the music of the godfather of soul. And what an interesting show it was. Hearing the colorful Cheikh Lo in a thick accent doing This Is A Man's World, was an almost indescribable experience. Sitting third row center, I watched Pee Wee and Fred look at him in both amazement and amusement as he put his own unique stamp on the tune. And watching the joy on the face of Toure as he sang Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud in French was just wonderful. I'd also be remiss in not mentioning that Lo played multiple instruments and Toure is a tremendous guitarist. I look forward to catching their own shows down the road. Although sitting on stools for much of the show and looking quite their age (and both extremely heavy), Pee Wee and Fred nonetheless haven't lost a note. It was a joy to hear them once again doing several old Brown tunes and even sneaking in some P-Funk. I've seen several James Brown tributes since he died and they're always great, but you also feel there's sort of a hole on stage with his absence. But because this was such a unique concept and presentation, I really couldn't say that. File this one under memorable and magical.

--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com


Concert Review: Joel Dorn Tribute-"Keep A Light In The Window" @ Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival- August 13, 2008 New York City

It almost feels "wrong" to review an incredibly heartfelt concert which for all intensive purposes could have been a memorial service. But I'll do it anyway.

For those who don't know, Joel Dorn was a legendary record producer for Atlantic Records. He was not only one of Ahmet Ertegun's in-house producers for Atlantic Records, but a multi-Grammy winner. In his prolific lifetime, he founded the 32 Records, Night, and Hyena labels and produced great pop, rock, R&B and jazz recordings with Bette Midler, Leon Redbone, Roberta Flack, Mose Allison, The Neville Brothers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef, and Max Roach and many others.

Highlights included a duet between Dr. John and Cornell Dupree, the reuniting of the R&B/go-go band Black Heat after 35 years, noted New Orleans producer Wardell Querzergue standing alone on stage "conducting" a stunningly beautiful Aaron Neville tune, surprise visits by Hugh Masekela and The Persuasions, and the showstopper being Les McCann joined by Mocean's band for a smoking rendition of Compared to What?

Review continued here....

--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com


Concert Review- Hal Willner's Bill Withers Project @ Prospect Park Brooklyn August 9, 2008(Bill Withers, Howard Tate, James "Blood" Ulmer fan, Sandra St. Victor, Corey Glover, Nona Hendryx)

Noted producer Hal Willner's Bill Withers tribute concert was loud, long, and some of the performances just plain didn't work. It was also at times simply magnificent. The event featured not only Bill's hits, but far more obscure album cuts. Particularly interesting was the fact that so many of the renditions sounded nothing like the originals, with artists allowed to stretch out and paint their stamp on Bill's genius.

On the negative side, the great Howard Tate muddled through a tune he clearly wasn't familiar with. How did I come to this conclusion? Well, he was reading the lyrics off several pieces of paper. Come on, now- does this even border on professional in a major event in front of 5,000 plus fans? I'm also a big James "Blood" Ulmer fan, but the sound wasn't quite right during his first number and just wasn't doing him any favors.

The wonderful Sandra St. Victor sang like her life depended on it, but was drowned out on much of her first number, although she tore the place up and was one of the evening's highlights on her second...

Review continued here....

--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com


Concert Review- Richie Havens @ Bam R&B Fest- Metro Tech Brooklyn Thursday Aug. 7, 2008

For a man who is generally labeled a "folkie" and not a soul singer, Richie Havens sure has a lot of soul. He's one of those rare performers who is a "sure thing." I've never once seen him put on a bad show.

Singing insightful, passionate songs about the human condition, he's a wonderful guitar player, songwriter, and a great vocalist. And Freedom is one of the all-time great live concert performances.

Now I probably could have lived without one or two of the many "new ageisms" Richie threw at us between songs. For me it got in the way of the flow of the show. For example, I learned we are "all connected." And even though we may never see most of our fellow concert-goers again, we were all "one family" during the event.

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--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com

Concert Review- Liza Minelli/Christopher Cross Asher Levy Park Brooklyn August 7, 2008

Part of Liza Minelli's "magic" is that she is so vulnerable. And it's not just show business "shtick." She truly is. Stating she was "jet lagged," "weak," and "needed a chair," one wondered if she would get through the show. Coughing repeatedly in the middle of several numbers, she clearly was not well. But remarkably, in that Judy Garlandish "Show must go on" manner, she still managed to tear the house down, even if she spent most of the night in her chair.

Backed by an impeccable orchestra and noted pianist Billy Stritch, Liza remains one of the great forces in modern music; she's a throwback to a seemingly lost era. The woman knows how to "tell a story" with a song. And although she barely dances anymore, she is a showman supreme whose every gesture is passionate and means something.

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--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com


Return To Forever (W/ Bela Fleck & The Flecktones)

At 9:30pm, RETURN TO FOREVER (jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Chick Corea and Al DiMeola) started their set with some good fusion-jazz stuff. "Vulcan World" (a Stanley Clarke-penned tune) featured some HARD poppin' bass by Stanley, some spaced-out synthesizer riffs by Chick and blazin' lead guitar slaying by Al!! The next song (a Lenny White-penned tune) was a tune that leaped from jazz to a serious funk groove accompanied by more ferocious lead guitarisms. The next song featured some electronic riffs from Chick's synthesizer and a serious lesson in bass funk by the bassmaster Stanley Clarke....Stanley played some heavy poppin' & thumpin' bass licks, super-fast tempo "mandolin-style" bass licks, and seismic bass riffs (enough to make your bowels quake and have you sh*t on yourself)!!!!!!! "Romantic Warrior" featured Stanley on the upright bass. The encore (performed at 11:00pm) featured the song "The Duel of the Jester and The Tyrant", a great jazz tune featuring standout bass work by Stanley. The Return to Forever set ended at 11:20pm.

--David Brooks
http://www.gospeloffunk.com


Larry Coryell/Chuck Brown @ Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD

Dr G and DJ Mike Hall saw RTF August 4 at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD. The show was just as Dr Brookenstein described above. I ahd not seen these boys since 1975 at the Univ of MD.At the 1975 show Buddy Miles opend with a nice funky set. RTF followed with an amazing show and Santana headlined with NDugu battling Lenny andBuddy fir the #1 drummer of the night crown. I think he squeakedit out. On this night in 2008 Larry Coryell opened with a special bandput together just for the dedicated Columbia MD/DC fans. He hadAlphonse Monson on drums and Wallace Roney on trumpet. Awesome!But it was a RTF night. Stanley and the boys were unbelievable!Two nights earlier I saw Chuck Brown still the show from the Roots and Jill Scott at the same venue. Jill jammed her gogo song from herfirst CD with Chuck after her set ended. Great show!

--Dr G

Dave Mullen & Butta @ Shrine - NYC (8/1/08)

The smooth & creamy sounds of BUTTA (featuring the horniest horn player in the NYC, Dave Mullen) began at 11:15pm, with an intro that resembled the beginning of The Meters's "Funky Miracle", which led into the funky "Mahoney's Way", featuring lead vocals by The Original Eric-Jay, some good wah-wah guitarisms by the one they call GROOVALICIOUS, and the lively saxophone riffing of the BUTTA-FUNK KING........... (drumroll, please)......................DAVE MULLEN!! "March of the Roaches" was good, and "Flip It" followed, with the cool, jazzy piano riffing of Etienne Lytle. The best performance of the evening was the uptempo jazz-funk stylings of "Like Rashaan", featuring some really nice conga playing by The Original Eric-Jay, horny horn riffing with both alto & tenor saxes simultaneously by Dave, strong basswork by Don Martin, and a powerful, kick-butt drum solo by Bernard Davis!!! Unfortunately, since the Shrine wanted to throw a DJ Party after midnight, BUTTA was forced to vacate the stage at 12:00 midnight....WHAT???!!!!!!!

David Brooks
http://www.brookenstein.com

Concert Review: Hezikiah Walker/Kurt Carr/Dave Hollister & More @ Central Park's Summerstage Nyc July 19, 2008

Imagine a field filled with thousands of people.
They're hugging. Kissing. Telling friends, family and even strangers how much they need and love them. Some are so emotional that they're openly crying. Haight Ashbury 1967? A hippie love-in? No, it's Hezikiah Walker and his massive Love Fellowship Choir at Central Park's Summerstage doing the profoundly beautifully I Need You To Survive. To say that being part of this was a moving experience would be an understatement. Mixing modern and old school gospel along with R&B and hip-hop elements, Hezikiah has the perfect formula to reach people of all ages. And reach them he does with his powerful outfit of some 50 or so folk on stage. Kurt Karr's no slouch either. Braving the 95 degree heat, he went with a chordless mike right into the crowd, working the entire length of the park. A tremendous showman and preacher, he got the place rocking right quick. Just thoroughly enjoyable.

However, the rest of the show was nowhere on this level...

Review continued here....

--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com

Concert Review: LAKESIDE & THE BAR-KAYS @ At the Carter Barron Amphitheatre - Washington, DC (7/12/08)

After checking out the last five minutes of The Clones of Funk show at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, I was finally able to witness a live performance by old-school funk band THE BAR-KAYS at 8:30pm. The only problem is that the performance wasn't really up to my expectations....aside from a few moments of standout synthesizer riffing and a moment or two of great lead guitar riffing, there was nothing spectacular about their show. The Bar-Kays started with my favorite "Boogie Body Land", followed by "Shake Ya Rump to the Funk", "She Talks to Me With Her Body", and three ballads (including Lenny Williams's "Cause I Love You"). The Bar-Kays sped things up with a slightly funky uptempo song featuring some standout freakish synthesizer riffs....more of those riffs were evident in "Sex-O-Matic"! "Move Your Boogie Body" was okay, and "Let's Have Some Fun" and "Holy Ghost" got a lot of the fans on their feets dancing! Lead vocalist Larry Dodson introduced the fans to his longtime partner of 30+ years on the guitar, James Alexander. Larry began singing a couple of minutes of the gospel tune "Never Could Have Made It", dedicating it to the fans. "Lean on You/Lean of Me" was followed by "Freakshow on the Dance Floor", featuring a moment of good lead guitar riffing....the band included a little bit of E.U.'s "Da Butt" (as a shout-out to D.C., Chocolate City)! The Bar-Kays set ended at 9:30pm.

At 10:10pm. Lakeside started their set with local vocals by Mark Wood and some funky guitar & bass licks on "Raid", which featured an interesting 1-minute fast-tempo/ rockish breakdown towards the end. Fans were on fire....

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David Brooks
http://www.brookenstein.com

Concert Review: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80/Afrika Bambaataa/Love Trio & U-Roy Central Park's Summerstage Nyc 7/6/08

In 1986 at Madison Square Garden's sold out Felt Forum, I saw what may have been the greatest concert of my life in Fela Kuti, with his incomparable band Egypt 80. With an army of musicians and dancers/wives on stage, the building shook for 3 ˝ glorious, unforgettable hours. So when I heard that his son Seun Kuti would appear with Egypt 80, I knew I just had to be at Summerstage. But could it compare to his late, great, truly legendary dad? Shockingly, in many respects it did. First off, the resemblance between Seun and Fela is almost eerie. And he has that same almost cocky, charismatic swagger. And then there's that band. With 15 musicians, singers and dancers on stage it most definitely is a joyful noise. And a driving one at that. Musically, Seun's politically astute songs are very much in the spirit of Fela's. Thousands danced and chanted along in the hot July sun, and to say that nobody wanted the magic to end would be an understatement. And thus my sole criticism- the set clocked in at a mere 90 or so minutes.

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--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com

Concert Review: Return To Forever @ Chicago Theatre

First of all,my apologies for posting my review of the Return To Forever show from last week. I know there were a few postings from people that went to the show,at various cities. Now the tickets my be pricey for some, but I can say this,it's worth it for a group that haven't played together in 25 years. Once the band took the stage, they kicked some serious butt.

Here's the set list from the electric set:
Opening Prayer, Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy, Vulcan Worlds, The Sorceress, Song To The Pharaoh King

They had a intermission before taking the stage for the acoustic set. Here's the set list from that set.

No Mystery, Supreme Night, The Romantic Warrior, Duel Of The Jester And Tyrant

For the encore the band return to the stage for "Day Ride" and "Spain."

For you folks in NYC,I'm telling you,you do not want want to pass up the chance on seeing them. I believe they are closing out the tour for 2 show in NYC. If you are a Return To Forever fan and want to see Chick,Stanley,Lenny and Al kick some serious ass, GO!

--Gary Tyson
http://www.myspace.com/djgaryt

Concert Review: Stevie Wonder @ Taste of Chicago

Yesterday afternoon, I have the pleasure of seeing a true musical legend that I haven't seen in over 20 years. Stevie Wonder performed at the Taste of Chicago for free. I had the chance to see him up close playing for nearly 3 hours. He played just about everything from his legendary catalog from the hits to a few album tracks like "Visions" and "Golden Lady."

Stevie's daughter Aisha and Keith John (the son of legendary R&B vocalist Little Willie John) were his backup singers. (and both can sing their butts off). If I don't see any other shows this year,(and I know i will see many more) I can honestly say that these two shows are by far the best shows I've seen for 2008.

Finally Chicago is starting to get some great entertainment coming this way

--Gary Tyson
http://www.myspace.com/djgaryt

Concert Review: La La Brooks @ the Cutting Room NYC

Hey, Bob,

I figure you better than anyone knows what it's like to witness a musical performance and be compelled to tell people about it. I just came from seeing La La Brooks, ex-lead singer of The Crystals, at The Cutting Room and I'm in that frame of mind. So here it is; if you feel others would be interested, feel free to share it.

Let me start by saying that I've always had--since I was twelve--a weakness for so-called "girl groups"--female r & b/rock 'n' roll groups of the late Fifties and early Sixties. Not sure why but it may have had something to do with a certain combination of toughness/tenderness that came across in their singing. A lot of the girl-group singers had a lower-register female lead voice with a hard edge--think Ronnie Spector of The Ronnettes, Shirley Alston of The Shirelles, Rosette Hightower of The Orlons, Mary Weiss of The Shangrilas, Jiggs Allbut of The Angels, Gladys Horton and Wanda Young of The Marvelettes, Judy Craig of The Chiffons, Brenda Reid of The Exciters and LaLa Brooks, Barbara Alston and (temporarily) Darlene Love of The Crystals. They sang assertively and guilelessly--often they weren't necessarily the most technically impressive singers (with the exception of Darlene Love of course), witness Ronnie Spector's sometimes wobbly pitch, but their performances were totally authentic, from-the-heart expressions. They didn't really sound "girly" at all even though most were teenagers when they recorded their hits...they sounded streetwize. Yet the sang of the most pure, most ideal love and devotion. And there was sweetness and tenderness in their longing for love and their desire to give their hearts completely to someone. So maybe that was the attraction.

The Crystals--five Brooklyn girls-- were my all-time favorite girl group, starting with a classic ballad in 1961-- "There's No Other Like My Baby" and then the melodramatic social commentary of "Uptown"--which of course referred to Harlem. Then came the street-wize swagger of "He's A Rebel" and the joyous "He's Sure The Boy I Love", which featured the powerhouse lead vocals of Darlene Love, one of the great voices of the past fifty years who, ironically, wasn't actually a member of the group. Then in 1963, La La Brooks took the leads, especially on two masterpiece hits-- And Then He Kissed Me and Da Doo Ron Ron.....

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--Randall Grass


Black Rock Coalition's Birthday Tribute 2 Prince @ Bam Cafe - Brooklyn, NY (6/6/08)


Yes, PRINCE fans...this was 1 of the tributes that New York City had 2 offer in honor of Prince's 50th Birthday (born on 6/7)....this tribute WAS BETTER THAN THE OTHER 1'S BECAUSE THE BAND PLAYED MOSTLY OBSCURE, NON-HIT or BOOTLEGGED MATERIAL!! (THEY PERFORMED ONLY 2 SONGS THAT PRINCE WOULD PERFORM LIVE!) THIS WAS AN EVENT THAT WAS PUT 2GETHER BY BRC MASTERMIND, DARRELL McNEILL! There EYE was, sitting in the front with some of the coolest people in the N-Y-C, like Brooklyn guitar funk star Eric Perl (funkateers may remember him from DEEP POCKET and NAPPYHEAD FUNK ARMY), musician Miles, Baron Keels, and Santa Barbara's own Soul-Patrol Coordinator--the beautiful SALLY FOXEN!

The Black Rock Coalition band started at 10:00pm with "America", with good lead vocals by Doron Flake and a nice fast uptempo groove, despite the use of electronic drums by percussionist Shawn Banks (formerly of NYC's own APOLLO HEIGHTS) -- EYE didn't see what purpose it served during the song. "EYE Wanna B Ur Lover" sounded great with some funky rhythm guitar (courtesy of V. Jeffrey Smith, of the famous R&B band, THE FAMILY STAND)....the best part was the inclusion of some funky basslines & hot, blazin' trumpet and sax lines from BT Express's "Do You Like It?" during the middle of the song!! .......

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David Brooks
http://www.brookenstein.com

Concert Review: Diana Ross- New York State Theater- Lincoln Center 6/2/08

I've always had mixed emotions about Diana Ross. Ditto this concert. Wildly overmiked, the still beautiful and glamorous Ms. Ross appropriately entered the cavernous venue to I'm Coming Out. Unfortunately, she sounded like Diana Ross on steroids.

The icon proceeded to bust out several Supremes classics in rapid succession with Vegasy arrangements. Somewhere on the long road from Motown to Vegas the soul just got sucked out of these songs. And somewhere in American there was a singer in a Karaoke bar singing the very same songs with far more passion.

About four or five numbers into her show, though, she let loose a bit and I felt those little goosebumps go down my spine. Our Diva was in fine form and with two torch songs she actually was a "better," more jazzier singer than in her youth. But something just wasn't "clicking." Maybe at 60 plus the great lady was pacing herself?....

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--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com

Concert Review: Clones Of Funk @ Cardinal's Nest - Washington, DC (5/31/08)
At 10:30pm, it was time for the Mothership to land in Chocolate City....with the performance of "Funkentelechy" by the one and only P-Funk tribute band THE CLONES OF FUNK! The IN & OUT HORNS (saxman Jerry Queene and trumpeteer Mike Powell) sounded tight as a mug & the lead vocal stylings of Wesley Beann & Scrape were also on point! The funk fans were on the floor, shakin' their moneymakers to the funky soundz of "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)", "Gamin' on Ya" and "Red Hot Momma", which featured some nasty lead guitar riffing by Mr. Hot Rod!!! After a nice performance of "Undisco Kidd", the band jumped into the classic "Tear the Roof off the Sucka", which featured a great horn riff from Bootsy Collins's "Psychoticbumpschool" and some of the best drumming from Mark Brown. "Everything is on the One" was followed by the sleaze-funk of "The Goose" (sounding very close to the album version)! The medley "Up For the Down Stroke/I Can Move You (If You Let Me)" was the ending to the first set...

Review continued here....

David Brooks
http://www.brookenstein.com

Erykah Badu & The Roots 5/30 @ Chicago Theater

I'm a few days late posting,but nonetheless here it is. This is the first concert I've attended for 2008. This is part of Erykah Badu's tour of her latest CD "New Amerykah (Part One),with special guest The Roots.

I've seen The Roots many times,and they never disappointed me and they they didn't this time around. They added a few new members to the fold. (a tuba player,new bassist and a rockin' guitarist,that's been with the group for a minute. more on him later) Their set included a few of their hits from their previous recordings and a few from their latest CD.

One of the highlight moments during their set was when they performed "You Got Me",guitarist Kirk Douglas went into this scat mode (ala George Benson) and then turned the afterburners on and really rocked the place. (Kirk is a badd MF on the guitar,if you didn't already know)...

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--Gary Tyson
http://www.myspace.com/djgaryt

Concert Review: Bettye LaVette @ Rochester NY Lilac Festival

This week Rochester NY was the setting for the second Bettye LaVette concert performed here in the last year. The first was last June at the Rochester Jazz and Music Festival in a very small room, so small that hundreds were not able to get into the venue. This year Bettye roamed the big stage at the annual Rochester Lilac Festival and those many hundreds and hundreds more were able to attend. I missed the opportunity to meet Bettye in person last year but knew that I would get the chance this year as I emceed the show. Bettye was as gracious and down to earth as I expected and her show was magnificent. I spoke with many in the audience before the show, and most had become aware of Bettye only in the last few years because of her CD "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise" released in late 2005 and the Grammy Award nominated "The Scene of the Crime" in 2007. Many also mentioned that they had sought of compilations of Bettye's early works after finding out that she was not a "new" artist.

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--Danny Guilfoyle

Concert Review: Barbara Harris/Willie Winfield/EarlLewis/Cleveland Still/Teenagers/etc. @ Kupferber Performing Arts Center- Queens College NYC - 5/3/08

There's something inspirational about a Doo Wop Concert. Partly it's the 1,500 or so seniors who still have the get up and go to be out on a Saturday night and be entertained. There's also that gorgeous music that still resonates some fifty years later.

And then there's the performers themselves. They're still vital, energetic, and even great. And some, like Earl Lewis, Willie Winfield and Barbara Harris, seem to have sipped from a cup of eternal youth, looking virtually the same year after year.

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--Evan Ginzburg
http://www.evanginzburg.com


Concert Review: B-52's @ Electric Factory/Philadelphia 4/25/2008 ("Set way back in the middle of a field, is a funky ole shack, that's where it's at...")

BANG BANG ON THE DOOR BABY (indeed)

Man did I go to a HOT show last night. That's right it was the fabulous B-52's LIVE in Philadelphia @ the Electric Factory. This show was H-O-T. In fact it was just like the "Love Shack" music video.

The place was packed to the gills, both upstairs & downstairs. I dunno what the capacity of the Electric Factory is (I'm guessing 2,000 - 2,500???) Everybody was up dancin their be-hinds off, to the MONSTER FUNK DRUMMING & MONSTER SURF GUITAR grooves. Perfectly executed non stop live performances of concise & crisp 3 min. pop music masterpieces. I was movin and groovin with the crowd. Let me tell yall, it was the most pure fun I have had at a concert in a while.

Of course as I have mentioned many times here in the past, the song LOVE SHACK is one of my favorite songs of the 1980's. But till last night, I had never seen the B-52's perform live. That damn guitarist & drummer had me going the whole time. I never knew that this band was so damn wicked until I saw them live last night. Just before they came on stage the PA system was playing The Standells - "Dirty Water". This was a perfect way to introduce the B-52's, as a sucessor to The Standells and the who garage/party band tradition that the B-52's are obviously a part of.

FUNKY AS HELL ROCK N' ROLL TO THE CORE STANK STANK STANK

They played all of their familiar hits, including Mesopotamia, Rock Lobster and more. The crowd was totally into a "zone", and the dancing just stayed at a fever pitch the whole show.

If they come to your town, go and see them. The B-52's will make you shake your azz and put a smile on your face. And in these troubled times we find ourselves in today, what could be better??? Check out their MySpace at: http://www.myspace.com/theb52s

P.S. - You can hear the song "LOVE SHACK" - B-52's inside of the RnB Mix on RadioIO.com (right in between Pebbles and The Fat Boys....LOL) http://www.radioio.com/channels/rnb-mix

--Bob Davis

 

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