November 5, 1996 |
Korn is part of a funk-metal resurgence that includes 311, Rage Against the Machine, and the Deftones. While Korn is clearly not the best of the genre, the Southern California quintet succeeds at making heavy metal viable again and creating loud, aggressive rock for kids raised on Public Enemy and Metallica. Korn has only a few predictable moves, and the group tried all of them out on a capacity crowd at the Electric Factory on Friday night. Dreadlocked front man Jonathan Davis - dressed in a purple sequined sweatsuit - screamed and growled like the Tasmanian Devil, while limber bassist Fieldy played like Primus' Les Claypool.
February 20, 2000 |
South Street west of Broad used to be the "wrong end" of the street, far from the action. But as the Avenue of the Arts is remade, this new South is slowly finding itself under reconstruction. Ron's Ribs and Jamaican Jerk Hut offer exotic foods. Bob & Barbara's Lounge has become a hangout for R&B/jazz fans, drag mavens and jump-blues enthusiasts. Now Eden Roc has made its mark on the block as the place to go for the funk. Eden Roc, on three floors plus a roof deck, moves visually from burned-out Miami chic to brothel red with old woods and bricks, heavy drapery and fireplaces throughout.
August 12, 1995 |
Boxing Gandhis was a multicultural force the audience couldn't resist Thursday at the Middle East. A flood of people hit the dance floor at the first note from the seven-piece outfit, and didn't leave until the last. Heads swayed happily; hands clapped to the punchy funk-blues beat; it was inspirational. There's so much talent in this band, it's ludicrous. From smooth five-part harmonies to the lovely rasp of singer-guitarist Dave Darling to the power of the smoky alto of his tiny wife, Brie, the Gandhis filled the house with raucous, upbeat tunes such as "If You Love Me (Why Am I Dyin')"
May 31, 2004 |
Programmable sounds rule the charts - an oxymoronic idea when you consider the passion necessary for hip-hop and funk. Teena Marie and Morris Day and the Time - hit-makers throughout the '80s - are looking to turn the beat around, playing "jams" that have nothing to do with Phish. At a sold out Tower Theater on Saturday, megalomaniacal singer Day and MC/comic foil Jerome Benton - both dressed to the nines - guided the Time through signature hunks of burning-rubber synths and innuendo-laden anthems.
April 24, 1993 |
So high you couldn't get over it. So low you couldn't get under it. The funk was all over the place at the Trocadero Thursday night. Slippery, hard, screaming, oozing, sticky and sweet. Scribbled on the walls, dropping down from above, rising up from the floor boards. It grabbed you by the hips, and shook you silly. It felt good. George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars rode a monster groove from just after 9 o'clock Thursday until 1:30 Friday morning. No stopping. No intermission.
January 1, 2005 |
As Maceo Parker's old friend George Clinton - or was it that other saxophonist, Bill Clinton? - once said, funk is its own reward. Those who saw and heard Parker blow his horn Wednesday night were richly rewarded. Parker, the longtime musical director for James Brown and one of the world's major exponents of funk, put together an intense set at the Theatre of Living Arts. More than one musician has said that he hears Africa in James Brown's music. And though there wasn't an African percussionist to be seen in the house (with the significant exception of master drummer Dr. Gibbs, who was in the audience)
August 21, 1990 |
Ignore the opening line of Prince's new double album, "Graffiti Bridge" (in stores today). It's a snatch of dialogue from the upcoming "Graffiti Bridge" movie - the sequel to 1984's "Purple Rain" - in which Prince's character, the Kid, tells his suicidal, wife-beating dad he's disillusioned and ready to explode. What that line promises - that is, a shrink session's worth of complaints rehashing the broadest melodramas of the "Purple Rain" movie - is nothing like what follows in the music.
September 21, 1989 |
The air was thick with funk, and the Tuesday night crowd was concerned more with writing rap poems than with getting up for work the next day. On stage the five-member band Dynagroove, a two-guitar assault powered by a heavy back beat and charged with thick saxophone, was dripping sweat. Some favorite 1970s funk tunes made the set danceable, and a group of hard-core fans made it fun for all. Tuesday is Dynaday at the 23 East Cabaret in Ardmore, where the group plays as part of a two-band bill for a $2 cover charge, an attractive deal for suburbanites who want to get their mind off the grind and see some live dance music with a rock-and-roll edge.
April 14, 2000 |
Philadelphians will not be wanting for first-class jazz, funk and blues music this May and June, thanks to three major festivals announced yesterday - the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, May 11-14; Jam on the River, May 27-29; and Mellon Jazz Festival 2000, June 13-18. Also popped was the news that two of these events will be happening, at least in part, at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. The riverside amphitheater was supposed to be under destruction by now, to make way for the Simon Property Group's new entertainment/shopping complex.
July 24, 2007 |
For music lovers who came of age in the 1980s, Prince is like a polymorphously purple Dorian Gray. While his fans are aging like Oscar Wilde's portrait in the attic, the perfectly preserved 49-year-old imp is downstairs cavorting in his funk/R&B/rock playroom, letting his libido run wild and mischievously plotting to stick it to the music industry. Planet Earth, his 24th studio album, which comes out today, finds him in fine, if not spectacular, form. The CD cements a comeback that began with Musicology in 2004 and continued with last year's 3121 before going global with his spectacular performance at the Super Bowl in Miami this year.