October 26, 2009 |
Rock climbing, as Emm (Rachael Joffred) discovers in Nice People Theatre Company's world premiere of Grace, or the Art of Climbing at the Power Plant in Old City, requires the united efforts of every muscle fiber and neuron. It's a taut, focused sport, the endorphin rush of ascent matched by the constant threat of a plunge, instinct working with strategy, raw internal fortitude paired, indeed, with external grace. It's also a pretty handy metaphor if you're writing, as Lauren Feldman is, about a young woman struggling to climb out of a crushing depression.
July 25, 2009 |
Fred Funk shot a 5-under 65 yesterday for a three-shot lead in the Senior British Open at Sunningdale, England. He is a tournament-record 11-under through two rounds and leads Tom Watson by seven shots. Funk has gone 36 holes without a bogey and his round gave him an 11-under 129, a 36-hole record total for the event. He has a three-stroke lead over Sam Torrance, who also shot 65 and 2006 winner Loren Roberts another two shots back at 134. Watson, trying to follow up his British Open runner-up finish on Sunday with a fourth Senior British Open title, shot 69 to share sixth place.
May 8, 2009 |
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings treated the audience at the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday night to the sounds of classic soul, with a little funk sprinkled in for good measure. Combining the elements of a classic soul revue and a foot-stomping dance party, Jones and her Dap Kings set the tone for an evening when sitting wouldn't be an option. The Dap Kings, an eight-member band known for creating the retro sound of Amy Winehouse, floated on stage in all their '60s-era coolness.
March 24, 2009 |
The South by Southwest music conference and festival is an unwieldy beast, a multiheaded hydra that mirrors the Internet - and the culture at large - in the way its fractionalized format caters to nearly every imaginable niche, from Japanese psychedelic to Brazilian hip-hop to regular old American rock-and-roll. It's impossible to get a handle on the whole four-day thing, but you experience as much as you can, as you drift from club to club, pulled this way and that by a text-message recommendation, or the sound of a band on the street, like the Danish ensemble Asteroids Galaxy Tour, which lures you with one song of horn-happy funk before saying "Thank you, good night.
March 2, 2009 |
It's funny that even after releasing six albums of vibrant multinational sounds and live instrumentation, Thievery Corporation continues to get tagged as a band of lounge-music smoothies. They're robots of relaxed-fit funk, of cocktail-culture cool. Just because Washington's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton - the CEOs behind the Corporation - put on suits and ties to work their mostly midtempo mix of reggae, raga, samba, hip-hop, dub, Tropicalia, syrupy funk, and electronic soul, they're labeled "chill-a-tronica" and often nothing more.
October 31, 2008 |
Courtnaey Chelf, Jenn Funk, and the rest of the Triton field hockey team are Egg Harbor-bound. Meanwhile, Millville coach Claudia McCarthy is flying to Centralia, Ill., and her Thunderbolts are going home. Chelf and Funk yesterday led Triton to a 2-1 victory over visiting Millville to advance to the second round of the NJSIAA Group 4 state tournament. Egg Harbor (8-1-5) is the No. 1 seed; the Triton Mustangs (10-6-1) are seeded eighth. Millville, the ninth seed, finished with an 8-9-2 record, its second sub-.
October 2, 2008 |
Referring to his 21 years in the music business, Raphael Saadiq, 42, says, "I wasn't the biggest artist, but I wasn't the smallest. " On Monday night at World Cafe Live, Saadiq and his septet were epic. Few artists have represented the scope of 20th-century African American popular music quite like Saadiq. Doo-wop, funk, Motown, the Philly sound, blues, hip-hop, gospel, new jack swing, old R&B - all can pour from him with effortless grace and precision, sometimes in the course of a single song.
September 9, 2008 |
The recipient of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award has won 10 Grammy Awards as a solo act and with 1970s funk band Rufus. And she has received what many would regard as the highest compliment a musician could garner when jazz trumpeter Miles Davis told her: "Chaka, your voice sounds like my horn. " Still, Chaka Khan, talking from a tour stop in Washington, can't disguise her pleasure in being the top honoree at this year's awards show, at the Kimmel Center tonight.
September 8, 2008 |
Not to get all cosmic or anything, but there was something magically mysterious going on at Penn's Landing Friday night during the lengthy encore that capped My Morning Jacket's grandly ambitious two-hour, 45-minute set at the Festival Pier. The weather had held up for the last night of the Pier's summer concert series. But as bearded band leader Jim James sat down with a Frisbee-shaped keyboard to trigger the slinky electronic pulse of "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream, Pt. 2," rain started to fall.
August 23, 2008 |
In funk music or any of its cognates, cousins or relations, the power and elasticity of the groove is of utmost importance. But time, most specifically tempo, is nearly as important, as could be seen in "Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown" at the Kimmel Center. When the ensemble, which combined venerable Brown sidemen with a couple of African stalwarts, got started Thursday night, the band, curiously, played "Soul Pride" at a fast pace. The groove itself was sleek, near-perfect, but its speed deprived listeners' ears - and their hips and feet - of the many nuances of the funk.