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soulBlog: Kingfish & Third World, Flying Lotus

Kingfish at WYEP and Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival

Blues phenom Christone “Kingfish” Ingram was in Pittsburgh last Saturday for the 2nd annual Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival. Earlier in the day, he stopped by the WYEP studios for an acoustic set plus interview with host Joey Spehar. Kingfish enjoyed the time with us, and mentioned to his manager that it would be cool to record an acoustic album.

all photos and video by soulshowmike

Here is the full WYEP interview:

The only disappointing aspect of Kingfish’s festival appearance was that it was 55 minutes.

Third World at Blues & Heritage

Third World made its second Pittsburgh visit this summer, and this one followed the release of the new album “More Work To Be Done.” Band original members Cat Coore and Richie Daley shared the front stage with vocalist AJ Brown. They played the classics and a couple of tracks from the 2019 release. AJ wowed everyone with his opera singing near the end of the show. Cat played a beautiful rendition of Marley’s “Redemption Song” on his electric viola.

Just by chance, on Sunday I sat between AJ and the band engineer on a Southwest flight to Ft. Lauderdale. AJ said they were on their way home after a long tour. He also asked that if anyone had vids of the new songs, he would appreciate seeing them posted.

Flying Lotus and Brandon Coleman, Stage AE

Flying Lotus aka Steven Ellison is part of the West Coast Get Down jazz/hiphop collective that includes Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar and others.  He headlined at Stage AE on 9/3, playing a lot of the tracks from the 2019 “Flamagra” release on his own Brainfeeder label.

FlyLo is a record producer, musician, DJ, filmmaker, and rapper.  The show was an audiovisual delight.  I was probably the oldest, and most clueless, audience member, so a young guy had to lead me to the complimentary 3D spectacles to improve the experience.

I’ve been trying to see as many of the West Coast Get Down musicians as possible when they come to this side of the country.  Keyboardist and WCGD member Brandon Coleman was one of the opening acts.  His first album, “Resistance,” was released on Brainfeeder in 2018, and you’ve probably heard some of it on The Soul Show.

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