Freeman (Gene Ween) 9/30/14 Columbus, OH

Freeman

Freeman 9/30/14 (Part 1 of 2) Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Your Party, Golden Monkey, King Billy, Demon Sweat, Exactly Where I’m At

Freeman (Gene Ween)

Freeman 9/30/14 (Part 2 of 2) Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Transitions, Black Bush, All The Way To China, More Than The World, Mountains & Buffalo
Encore: The Grobe, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [Prince cover]

… and then we convinced the door woman next door to let us in to see ICP for free…

Insane Clown Posse 9/30/14 Columbus, OH @ Promowest Pavilion

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