High-Energy Funk from Barrence Whitfield

The last time – really, the only time – I saw Barrence Whitfield perform was about twenty years ago. It seemed that shortly after, his name disappeared from my radar until the past couple of years. This is a long overdue comeback (for me, at least), because he is a fine R&B/soul/funk singer.

Barrence Whitfield

Barrence Whitfield

I was excited to be able to see him at Bull Run, a venue I enjoy quite a bit.

Barrence has an amazing voice; he used to be known as a ‘soul screamer’ but at least at this show he is not screaming the way he did. This might be a good thing – it may help preserve his voice for many more years of performing.

Barrence

Barrence

He is still using the stage to his advantage, strutting across it, hopping up on whatever sturdy box he can find, and singing his heart out.

Barrence, mugging for my camera while standing on a speaker

Barrence, mugging for my camera while standing on a speaker

His band backs him well; they are all accomplished musicians. The only member of the band whose name I can tell you with accuracy is Charlie O’Neal, the guitarist. In addition, the saxophonist is fabulous and adds much to the funk sound.  The drummer and bass players are also wonderful!

Charlie O'Neal

Charlie O’Neal

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Barrence’s bassist

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Barrence’s saxophonist

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Barrence and his drummer

I wish I could remember the names of songs so you could rush out and buy his albums. Better, though, is seeing him live because of the amount of energy and passion Barrence puts into his shows.

Barrence

Barrence

Barrence

Barrence

Opening for Barrence were the Delta Generators, a roots-rock/Americana/soul/blues band based in Worcester.

Delta Generators (Craig Rawding)

Delta Generators (Craig Rawding)

This band did a great job of getting the audience warmed up for Barrence.

Delta Generators (Craig)

Delta Generators (Craig)

The members of the Delta Generators are Craig Rawding on vocals and harmonica, Charlie O’Neal on guitar, Rick O’Neal on bass, and Jeff Armstrong on drums.

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Jeff Armstrong

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Rick O’Neal

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Charlie O’Neal

Craig Rawding

Craig Rawding

My only frustration with this show was not being able to stand up and dance (yes, I could have moved to the back or sides of the room as some others did, but I would have sacrificed camera angles)!

Barrence

Barrence

I’m not sure if this review does justice to the wonderful experience of seeing Barrence in person. He puts his heart and soul into every note he sings. Go see him – I doubt you will be disappointed!

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Barrence

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About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on January 11, 2015, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great photos! I love Barrence. He used to work for me many, many years ago at Strawberries. He’s an amazing talent that doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

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