Funk/Reggae Rocked The House!
This was not the first time The Extended Play Sessions hosted The Get Right Band, a funk/reggae/rock trio from Asheville, North Carolina, so we knew to expect a dance party. Little did we know that more people would be on their collective feet for most of the show!
As I write this, knowing the band will return in the fall for a third show, I feel that The Get Right Band is our ‘house’ band. We are all comfortable with one another and that is evident in their performance.
It was a gorgeous Sunday evening on a holiday weekend, and everyone was in great spirits. The band came to the stage, led by barefoot Silas, and had our attention from the first notes.
Silas Durocher on guitar and lead vocals, Jesse Gentry on bass and vocals, and JC Mears on drums and vocals comprise the band. All are accomplished musicians, but together their chemistry as both band mates and friends is palpable.
Funk and reggae may seem to be disparate styles, but they are not as dissimilar as one might think. They spoke of watching the audience, determining the reaction to those styles and changing up the songs if the crowd prefers funk or reggae on any given evening. That amazed me; the ability to essentially re-write a song on the fly proved the extent of their talent.
This is a listening room, where people come to hear music in an intimate atmosphere without distraction. On this night, more than half the audience danced during the last half of the show finding any nook or cranny of space. The temperature in the room rose as even the camera-people danced!
They performed some songs with which we were familiar, but played a lot of new material which leaned more closely to the reggae side of their repertoire. They also played a couple of covers which were amazing! Bob Dylan’s ‘Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35’ and Prince’s ‘Kiss’ never sounded so good!
It was interesting to watch them go into improvisations, with (usually) Silas leading the divergence until he led them back to the written version of the song and ending it. The first time, I did not realize what was happening but the next time I did and sat/stood back and let them take me on the journey.
For those of you in the Boston area, the band has two more shows that you could attend; tonight in Providence at The Spot Underground and tomorrow night in Cambridge at Toad. If you go, make sure you tell them you read about them here!
Reluctantly, we took our seats for the Q&A portion of the event. We had certainly gotten right with The Get Right Band!
Posted on May 26, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Alternate Root TV, boston, concert photos, concert review, Extended Play Sessions, funk music, JC Mears, Jesse Gentry, music, reggae music, Silas Durocher, The Get Right Band. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.