I did not know what to expect from Victor Wooten and Sinbad‘s Fun ‘N Funk Xplosion Tour’s stop at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center for the Arts, but at the least I knew I would experience an evening of great music. Victor is one of my favorite musicians to see live and I have seen him in many iterations, both with his own band and with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. This show was something completely original.
First of all, who knew that Sinbad is an accomplished musician? I certainly did not… I am familiar with him as a comedian, but he played percussion, saxophone and trombone, as well as sang!
The On Stage! Series at The Chevalier Theatre was an ideal venue to host the incredible Shun Ng and the Shunettes on a lovely winter evening. This series seats around one hundred people at cloth-covered tables on the stage along with the musicians.
I am extremely familiar with Shun and his superb guitar playing, but have only seen him with the Shunettes (Deon Mose and Angel Chisholm) a couple of times (including a very cold New Year’s Day outdoor show). I am almost at a loss for words to describe the power of these artists.
I try not to have expectations of shows, but whatever expectations I may have had of this show by The Funky White Honkies were blown out of the water by the reality of it!
I had never been to a show where the staging was destroyed at the end of the night! It seemed to be a gentle destruction – the drum kits were gently tipped over and the guitar looked like it was playable after restringing – but it was fun to watch Dinty Child create the mess!
This band needs to be seen live to be fully appreciated; they have an energy as well as a way of connecting with their audience that makes them stand out.