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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. Read the rest of this entry

Murali Coryell’s Blues Guitar Enthralled

I knew that Murali Coryell is the son of famous jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, and was as excited to see his show at Regattabar last week as I have been to see his father’s shows at that venue.

Murali Coryell

Murali Coryell

I presumed Murali played jazz. Wrong! Murali is just as talented as his father, but in the blues and soul music genres.

Murali

Murali

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It Was A Rocking Soulful Show

It was another glorious evening at Boarding House Park with Amos Lee appearing as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series.

Amos Lee

Amos Lee

This was Amos’ second appearance at the Series and he was obviously happy to be back there.

Amos

Amos

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Sharon Jones Gave The People What We Wanted

Let me start by saying that my words will not do justice to the performance by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Boston’s House of Blues.

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

This was one of the highest-energy shows I have ever seen, and will certainly make it into my top ten shows of 2014.

Sharon (doing the pony, I believe)

Sharon (doing the watusi, I believe)

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Bluesy Soul Was In The House

I was not familiar with John Németh & The Bo-Keys before this show; to be honest, I went because I wanted a table for the late show that followed.

John Nemeth

John Németh

Whatever the reason, I’m glad I went to Johnny D’s early because I was introduced to a terrific blues/soul harmonica player and singer, as well as to The Bo-Keys.

The Bo-Keys

The Bo-Keys

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Serious Funk and Sweet Soul Music Ruled the Night

By now my regular readers should know how much I love music from New Orleans, so the fact that I went to see Galactic at the House of Blues should not be a surprise.

Galactic

Galactic

Galactic has been around for twenty years. The core group is five musicians with a revolving cast of guests. On this tour, they have Maggie Koerner singing and Corey Henry playing trombone. Read the rest of this entry

Soul Queen Bettye LaVette Amazes!

A friend told me that Bettye LaVette brought her to tears at a concert last year and that impressed me, so I was very excited to see her perform at Johnny D’s last night.

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette

This was a monumental show! She poured her heart and soul into each note than emanated from her and the very large crowd appreciated every one of them!

Bettye

Bettye

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