Back on February 3, New Orleans’ powerhouse of soul and funk Galactic invaded the Madrid in Kansas City. Opening support from Andy Frasco & the UN was excellent featuring Stanton Moore sitting in for a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. Frasco & the UN provided an incredibly high energy set of soulful tunes with a decidedly fresh approach. The nearly hour long set closed out with an appropriate cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”.
Following Frasco, Galactic began approximately two hours of New Orleans tinged funk and jam tunes spanning most of the catalog. It was a pretty solid sampling of Galactic that helped take the chill of the early February night. Ben Ellman provided most of the crowd interaction through the evening with Erica Falls absolutely powerful voice that commanded the stage each time she sang.
Galactic is without a doubt one of the most versatile and sonically curious bands out there. Their willingness to bring in guests performers has given them the ability to constantly evolve while still maintaining their funky roots.
The Phantastics, a funk, soul, hip hop, and jazz band from Kansas City, is celebrating their five year anniversary. On January 6, 2017, they played a celebration show at the Riot Room. Their energy on stage was on phire! The crowd was singing along, dancing, and rocking along. The energy in the room was electric. This band is a must see live! Their music recored is great, but to see them live is to see their creativity flow! Their show on the 6th did not disappoint.
I Love KC Music had a chance to hang out with The Phantastics at their practice space and interview them. You can check out the interview HERE.
Check out all the photos HERE on the I Love KC Music Facebook page.
I Love KC Music also got a video at their show. Check it out HERE.
A couple weeks back, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue put on an incredible show to a packed KC Live stage at Power and Light. The nearly two hour set featured high-energy jazz, funk, New Orleans flavored tunes led by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his backing band Orleans Avenue. In addition to being an incredible trombonist, Shorty is also an accomplished trumpeter and vocalist. He’s a man of many talents and the show is one you don’t want to miss.
I had the awesome privilege of getting to go over to the Voodoo Lounge on Nov 22 to see the Bootsy Collins and his Rubber Band show. It was incredible to finally get to see the one last member of Parliament I never had seen perform live before. The show consisted of a 1 1/2 hour set touching on Bootsy hits as well as several P-Funk tunes. In addition they threw in a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Changes”.
“Bootzilla” or “Casper the Funky Ghost” as he is also known has over-the-top wild style and an incredible grin that beams when he plays. It’s really impossible not to have a good time at a Bootsy show and his musicianship with the bass is second to none. Flanking both sides of the drummer and stage were stacks of Mesa Boogie cabinets with the signature star logo across the front. The bass shook the Voodoo Lounge when the first notes came across the PA and didn’t stop until Bootsy said so.It was a great opportunity to finally catch this legend in the flesh and one I’ll not soon forget.
Here’s images from the show and a partial set list: