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.
Last Saturday at the Riot Room, New Orleans’ Queen Diva of bounce music Big Freedia headlined a sweaty raucous crowd at the Riot Room. Opening support was provided by fellow New Orleans rapper Boyfriend.
Boyfriend is an interesting act. She essentially performs a rap burlesque show complete with fairly elaborate stage set and outfit changes. Her rap is often described as raunchy, which it is. But some have to wonder if the raunchy label is because it’s a woman performing subject matter that has been widely done by male performers over the years. She’s incredibly difficult to categorize as any one thing. In some ways she seems to almost be performing a parody of some of the more misogynistic elements of hip-hop.
There’s no doubt she is a talented performer with a solid ability to rhyme. Her show is highly entertaining and incredibly unique. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Here’s a few images of Boyfriend’s set:
Big Freedia took the stage with four dancers and DJ in tow. The Queen Diva as Big Freedia is known had asses shaking and dancers moving. The show is one of the highest energy shows you’ll ever see. The dancers maintain a frantic pace along with the high-tempo music that bounce is. The bass vibrated the Riot Room for the 85 minute set. Another great Freedia show…
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.
Back on Friday, September 26, Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John filled the Crossroads air with the sounds of New Orleans soul. Conjuring up the ghosts of Professor Longhair, Louis Armstrong and others, Dr. John drew from his extensive catalog of over forty years of music. Backed by a four-piece band his 1 1/2 hour set featured many of the classics Dr. John has grown to be known for as well as New Orleans standards.
Opening support was provided by locals Blue Orleans, and Louisiana natives the Honey Island Swamp band.
Follow the link here to KC Live Music Blog for more images from the show!