Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bone Shake Me

The Boneshakers ain't fuckin' around. They came to play. Under any conditions.

In the news today, they said there's a tornado in Brooklyn. If the Boneshakers were in Brooklyn that tornado would have mellowed out under the bone shaking funk of The Boneshakers.

The Boneshakers consist of a baadasssss group of the music world's most hardcore funkateers. Randy Jacobs is a guitar hero. Like a surgeon, his guitar work is precise and cutting. The man doesn't use a guitar pick - he plays with his fingers, his thumbs, his wrist - his whole damn hand.

Sweet Pea Atkinson is a dapper crooner with an ability to emote like the Smokey's and the Marvin's and the Curtis' did. He's always impeccably dressed and always throws it down. And the audience always responds. God bless Sweet Pea Atkinson.(After the show we sat around and talked about Wattstax and Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt (whom he has played with in- addition to Lyle Lovett).

Johnny Kirkwood on drums laid it deep in the pocket and kept it on-the-one all night long. I love that.

T.O. Banks - who I've long been a fan of - plays the funky keys with outrageous ease. He channels the late great Billy Preston, which is really sayin' somethin'.

And the funkiest man in the room - the bassist. Known as J.V. Collier (not pictured) this is the one who holds down the bottom end and is one of the top guys in the biz. Incredible.

Neither tornados, inflamed esophagi, little practice time, tinnitus nor busted kneecaps have been able to stop 'em thus far.

They have several recordings available. I picked up 2 or 3 or 4 of them from a nice lady wandering around the club with a box of discs and a change purse. I'm all set.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Harvelle's Weekend : Plan Accordingly!

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Kirk Fletcher : New-jack blues guitarist (formerly of The Fabulous Thunderbirds).Backing Kirk is Luke Miller/keys, Calvin Turner/bass, Lemar Carter/drums, and Kris Bradley on vocals.

Club favorites The Boneshakers bring their super bad grooves featuring the vocals of Mr Sweet Pea Atkinson (Lyle Lovett, Was (Not Was)).

Prepare to dance and let loose, as Arthur Adams brings down the house with his home brew; combining legendary vocals and electric blues soulfulness.

Experience the dark erotic funky burlesque cabaret that is The Toledo Show.

Harvelle's is your one stop shop for an evening out. Located in the heart of Santa Monica's utopian downtown, Harvelle's provides the music, the cocktails, the cats, the dames and the whole dirty deal. If you've been, you know. If you have yet to, check it out; inside it's dark with red booths and a black and white checkerboard dance floor. It's always a great time and I'm usually hangin' out somewhere in the house.
See you there.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Double Trouble : The legions are growing

Ty Taylor on the mic - Rick on the bass

It's the place to be on a Tuesday night. While the rest of you sub-urbanites plug in, turn on and cop out, the cool people are dancing the night away with wild abandon and the soundtrack is provided by Vintage Trouble. The guys have just released their first album entitled "The Bomb Shelter Sessions" <--Click to get it from iTunes!
Richard on drums - Rick on the bass
Nalle - lead guitar
Richard on drums

Tonight's "Trouble Tuesday" started off with the acoustic soul music of Kandace Lindsey. Backed by a trio of exceptional players, KL let her voice do the talking (hehe). She has a new EP coming out in a couple of weeks. It's called "Acoustic Fire". <--Click to get it from iTunes!
She always brings joy whenever I've seen her. Brilliant!


Congrats to Charlie Brumbly of Vintage Trouble on the birth of his baby. One more (soon to be) VT fan on the planet.

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