arrived at 7:10pm (10 minutes late) to check out The Family Stone Funk
Experience doing a funky jam. "Dance to the Music" was funky, with
vocals by Dawn
"Bride of Funkenstein" Silva, Fred Ross, Bobby Summers and Gail Muldrow...the guitar
licks by Gail and Vernon Black were hot, the bass romps by Victor Little were
funky, the organ riffing by Bobby Summers (known for his work with the Rev. Al
Green) were great, the drumming by original Family Stone memberGreg Errico was legendary, and the horn riffs by trombonist Frankie J
(originally of the Bar-Kays) & original Family Stone member Jerry Martini were nothing short of spectacular! "Hot Fun in the
Summertime" was a song that fit the hot & humid season, and was
followed by the "Somebody's Watching You" featured some standout
organ work by Bobby. "Stand" was followed by the ultra-funky
"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" featured some kickin' bass
riffs by Victor (oops, not THAT Victor)......Victor Little! The song segued
into "Thank You For Talking to Me Africa" and back to "Thank You
(Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". "Family Affair" featured some
standout synthesizer work, and good percussion by Jerry. The band ended the
hour-long set (AN HOUR LONG?? Are you kiddin' me???) with the funky "I
Want to Take You Higher". The show was over at 8:00pm.
Frankie Jay (formerly of the Bar-Kays), JJ and Dr. G!!!
The only low point of the show was the brevity of the set...I heard the second set was the same length. As much stuff as Sly & The Family Stone released, the show could have easily been 2 hours long.
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