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soulBlog: The Funk Center interview, Shows of Note for this week, Lyndsey Smith joins Water Seed, ’60 Seconds of Pittsburgh’ with Leyla McCalla

The Funk Center interview

David Webb, CEO of The Funk Center in Dayton, OH, joined me on The Soul Show last week to talk about his museum, the funk epicenter that is his city, and the definition of this musical form. Here are the segments presented in the broadcast:

Segment One: Description of The Funk Center, through why Dayton is the center of funk
Segment Two: What is Funk?, through Jimmy Diamond of the Ohio Players
Segment Three: Evolution of bands, through The Funk Center’s goal

Here is the entire episode:


Shows of Note for this week

  • Latin Jazz at Con Alma, 2/
  • Mondays at Con Alma (Vinyl Happy Hour, then Howie Alexander Trio), 2/10
  • JazzLive Series at Backstage Bar, 2/11
  • Tune It! Tuesday – jam session w/ Phat Man Dee at Black Forge Coffee House, 2/11
  • “A Taste Of Soul” Jam Session at The Genuine Pub, 2/11
  • GH3 at Con Alma (new weekly gig)
  • Soulive at Roxian Theatre, 2/13
  • Roger Humphries at Con Alma, 2/13
  • Pittsburgh Living Wax Museum Wings & Wine Affair at Hosanna House, 2/14  (7 pm – 11 pm)
  • Vanishing Black Bars and Lounges at August Wilson Center ongoing
  • I Came by Boat so Meet me at the Beach …. at August Wilson Center ongoing
  • Dennis Garner, Love Space at Kelly Strayhorn, 8pm
  • Black Wax – Gil Scott-Heron and the Midnight Band (film at The Shop in Homewood), 2/15
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s Whiskey Room 2/15
  • Smooth Groove Sunday Session at Rocks Landing, McKees Rocks (weekly), 2/16
  • Me, You & Hennessy Trap + Paint at BOOM Concepts, 2/16

and beyond

  • The Soul Rebels at Thunderbird, 2/28
  • Starship Mantis’ final concert, at Spirit, 2/29
  • Ghost-Note at Thunderbird, 3/29

Pittsburgh’s Lyndsey Smith joins NO’s Water Seed

A few weeks ago on TSS, I mentioned that I’d have some big news to share soon. Now that the announcement has been made by Water Seed, here it is.

This is a pairing that I’ve wanted to see for a couple of years, and when Lyndsey moved to NOLA, it felt like the stars were aligning. After that, it didn’t really take long at all.

I will attend the Tipitina’s debut with her new band, and will deliver a ’60 Seconds of Pittsburgh’ video short right after returning from Mardi Gras.


Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla played the Warhol on 20.02.06 with a quartet. This was her first Pgh solo appearance, following appearances with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and on the Songs of Protest tour. It is good seeing her come into her own, with a lot of her own compositions, as well as Langston Hughes’ words put to song. She ranged from her haunting, edgy ‘Aleppo’ to Louisiana standards. Her cello almost brought tears:

Please check out last week’s soulBlog for my interview with Ms. McCalla. The uncut version talks about her Hughes project.

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