The Nth Power at City Winery Chicago 8/31/14

The Nth Power - City Winery Chicago

The Nth Power 8/30/14 Chicago, IL @ City Winery (Part 1)
Love What You’re Doing To Me, Holy Rain

The Nth Power 8/30/14 Chicago, IL @ City Winery (Part 2)
Faithfully, Only Love > percussion solo > Jazz Fest 420

The Nth Power – Fall In Love Tour (promo)

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The Van Ghost Unit 8/31/14 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Tangled & Dark [Bonnie Raitt cover] (with Nikki Glaspie), ???, Domino Effect, Full Panic, ??? (with Nigel Hall)

Michael Harrison Berg – guitar, vocals; Grant Tye – guitar; Jennifer Hartswick – vocals, trumpet; Natalie Cressman – vocals, trombone; Nick Cassarino – guitar; Dave Watts – drums; Garrett Sayers – bass.

The Nth Power - City Winery Chicago poster

Seun Kuti – The Funk It Interview

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Bloomington, Indiana @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 blazed through southern Indiana on their current tour of the United States, stopping at the 250 capacity Bluebird Nightclub last Friday. Their act was in top form, performing their entire new album, A Long Way To The Beginning, as well as the Fela Kuti composition V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power).

I sat down with Seun after the show to discuss the current state of afrobeat music, walking in his father’s footsteps with the Egypt 80 band, and working with Robert Glasper on the new album. Check out the video interview, plus a few songs and a 16 minute monologue/rant right here on Funk It…

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – The Funk It Interview 9/12/14 Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Bloomington, Indiana @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 1 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
IMF (International Mother Fuckers)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 2 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Seun speaks

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 3 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Black Woman

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 4 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Black Woman (continued)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 5 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Higher Consciousness (second half), Kalakuta Boy

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Part 6 of 6) Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Kalakuta Boy (continued)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Bloomington, Indiana @ The Bluebird

Seun Kuti - The Funk It Interview

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I also had the pleasure of catching original afrobeat drummer and pioneer Tony Allen perform with the Chicago Afrobeat Project a few weeks ago in Chicago at a small club. I only caught the first 25 minutes before I had to high tail it to the Navy Pier to get on the Spirit of Chicago yacht with Talib Kweli and a conglomerate of funk superstars for the Fiyawrapper Battleship (but that’s a story for another day and blog post).

Tony Allen with Chicago Afrobeat Project

It appears that Tony Allen has recorded a full album with the Chicago Afrobeat Project for release next year and I was able to catch several of these new songs through my video lens…

Chicago Afrobeat Project with Tony Allen (Part 1 of 3)
8/30/2014 Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Chicago Afrobeat Project with Tony Allen (Part 2 of 3)
8/30/2014 Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Chicago Afrobeat Project with Tony Allen (Part 3 of 3)
8/30/2014 Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Tony Allen with Chicago Afrobeat Project

Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk & Bear Creek Allstars come together at Bear Creek Music Fest 2013

Bear Creek 2013

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 1 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Dumpstaphunk plus Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Ryan Zoidis, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik:
Bop Gun (Endangered Species) [Parliament cover] , Dr. Funkenstein [Parliament cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 2 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Baby, I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover], For My Friend [Bill Withers cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 3 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Need To Understand > Jam (with Ivan Neville, then Andrew Block joins and Dave Watts swaps with Nikki, then Wil Blades swaps with Neal Evans, then Eric Vogel swaps with Jesus, then Robert Walter swaps with Ivan Neville, then Joey Porter swaps with Wil Blades, then Matt Grondin joins on guitar.)

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Lettuce - Bear Creek 2013

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Mr. Yancey > Workinonit > Body Movin (J Dilla Tribute)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Salute (with George Porter Jr, Cheme Gastelum & Weedie Braimah)
Lettsanity (with Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & Cheme Gastelum)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Do It Like You Do (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Making My Way Back Home (inc. P-Funk Do That Stuff remix) (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Encore: Madison Square

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Dumpstaphunk - Bear Creek 2013

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Know You Know (with Cheme Gastelum, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)
Raise The House (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Wish You Would (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
If I’m In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up [Betty Davis cover], Put It In The Dumpsta