At Da Funky Phish - Bay Shore, NY [Long Island] (10/26/07)


Groovalicious, Eric-Jay & Lisa Michaels!

At 11:15pm, the Funk Dynasty started their soundcheck....and it was a LONG, FUNKY ONE too...this was a birthday tribute show in honor of the legendary P-Funk bassist/vocalist BOOTSY COLLINS, baby baba!! The only problem was that there was no BOOTSY songs included in the show, except for a snippet of "Psychoticbumpschool" on the sax...bandleader Eric-Jay stated that he had some of that material slated for the show, but he wasn't feelin' well enough to do the rehearsals for that stuff (TO ERIC-JAY, I hope that you are feelin' better now.) As stated before, Dave Mullen played the sax riffs of "Psychoticbumpschool" on the soundcheck, and the rest of the band was lyin' down some serious hardcore funk...the foundation of Da Funky Phish must have been swaying to and fro in sync with the grooves, including the NASTAY drum solo at the end (provided by Lamar), the jamming of 2 saxophones SIMULTANEOUSLY (by Dave Mullen), and the funky clavinet work (provided by The Pearl)!!! The first set actually started with "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" was followed by "Cosmic Slop", featuring the ferocious rock guitarisms of Groovalicious and passionate lead vocals by Lisa Michaels. "Rhythm & Rhyme" included the scratch guitar funk & chorus of "Let's Take It to the Stage". "Tear the Roof Off the Sucka" was good, but it sounded like Lisa came in too soon on the first verse (the band was playing the first horn part, leading to the first verse). "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" was nice and funky, with the thumpin' funk bass of Mark Bass! "Payback" was good with the double sax trick by Dave, but it sounded like Eric-Jay started out mixing up the lyrics to the song. The first set ended at 12:30am.


At 1:00am, the second Funk Dynasty set started with a good version of the classic instrumental "Maggot Brain". "Dog Star" had some great lead guitarwork but no one really noticed because the guitar was too low in the mix. "Undisco Kidd" was a funk-de-force, with spaced-out synthesizer riffs by The Pearl! "Red Hot Momma" was a red-hot rock guitar jam with the delicious vocals of Lisa! "Get It Together" sounded good even with the one sax playing, but I noticed that the band was a little off because when Eric-Jay initially asked them to "hit" 1 and 2 times, there was no response. "Atomic Dog" was the funky ending to the second set, with some standout bass lines and some good percussion by Walter. The second set was over at 2:00am.

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