At TLA - Philly (4/18/05)
Clockwise from bottom left corner: funk journalist Dr.
Brookenstein, R&B/funk journalist Bob Davis (of Soul-Patrol), MC Divinity,
Victor Wooten, Joseph Wooten, Soul-Patrol's Philly coordinator Eddie Bowman, JD
Blair, Regi Wooten, Saundra Williams, and Derico Davis.
BY THE WAY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SOUL-PATROL'S
BOB DAVIS & EDDIE BOWMAN FOR BEING IN DA
HOUSE AND MAKING MY NIGHT EVEN FUNKIER!!! REMEMBER FOLKS, SUPPORT SOUL-PATROL
IN THE QUEST TO PRESERVE QUALITY MUSIC....GO TO THE SITE Victor's
bass solo on the next song was cookin' and he did another solo with guitarist
Gerald Veasley. Victor performed "Ari's Eyes", a nice slow song.
"Victa" was dedicated to Mr. Victor Wooten...it was
bassirific.....nuff said! There was a great percussion solo by JD Blair!
Another funky picture, baba!!
The encore featured a mini-movie about the 8 Arm Bass Playing Myth, featuring
an interview with Victor Wooten....Victor asked a series of questions,
answering with a reference to "8" for each answer...the quick flick
ended with Victor's "third" arm flashing the OK sign to the audience!
The music afterwards was a medley of serious hard-hitting funk, a positive
R&B message song by Saundra, some wicked synthesizer keys, eight-arm bass
playing, blasting lead guitar plucking, psychotic-sounding mid-tempo song
called "Thelonius Monk", and Victor's visual tricks of:
1. swinging the bass around his neck, catching it and playing
2. lifting the bass over his head, playing it, dropping it to
his chest, and playing it.
3. using a bass like a yo-yo, by sliding the bass outward
(making a loud thump on the floor) and pulling it back with a free guitar
string, yanking it up, catching it, and playing it.
4. playing a bass where the neck lights up in neon blue with
every riff (the lights were turned off for this trick).
5. holding his bass horizontally while Regi holds his guitar
horizontally, and two played the other's instruments simultaneously.
6. leaning forward about 65 degrees (near-levitation stance)
while playing the bass.
WHEW!!! The journey was over at 12:00 midnight. After meeting the guys
backstage for photo ops, congrats and autographs, I left for home...and passed
out at the crib. THE END.
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