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Month: July 2021

Funk/Rock at Southside Works

Byron Nash, guitarist/vocalist in several Pittsburgh bands and projects, has been very excited about his new collab with Jules Powell and Justin Brown. I needed to check them out, but it turned out there was a new pop-up venue to discover as well. Hear Corp of Carrick is producing a Music on the Mon series at Southside Works, replete with food/bev trucks, mulch for grass, and instant seating. As always, a Nash-fronted band put on a high-energy performance.

Julz, of recent fame with the psych-funk outfit Starship Mantis, played percussion. Hill Jordan the trombonist tells me that bassist Justin Brown and keyboardist Howie Alexander joined forces in an early band.

There is always a reason to stick around for an act you never heard of. In this case, next on the bill was Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band. The first clues were the number of personnel on stage, the continental garb and the woman on sax. Joe himself is a former crack user who brings all of his new joy to the stage. The MD band was tight and much fun. One highlight was their funkified version of “People Make The World Go Round.” Where did all of this POC lineup come from? Many thanks to Hearcorp and Southside Works. The secret is out.

Joe Keyes
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The Soul Show, 7/24/21: George Clinton at Eighty

Electric Basement Studios, where the WYEP and syndicated AAPR editions of The Soul Show are produced

The Soul Show on WYEP Pittsburgh

  • TSS celebrates George Clinton’s birthday this Saturday.  As part of the festivities, Mike Canton revives snippets of his 2016 interview with Funkadelic’s Hall of Fame member, Billy “Bass” Nelson.  It all starts with the barber shop in New Jersey.
  • Join Mike Canton for The Soul Show’s celebration of George Clinton’s 80th birthday.  He starts with The Parliaments vocal group, then delves into the Parliament Funkadelic empire.  
  • On The Soul Show this weekend, Mike Canton provides the latest updates on the concert and festival scene, including his expanding list of must-sees/must-hears.

TSS on the African American Public Radio Consortium

The AAPR edition of The Soul Soul is three more hours of eclecticism, and the broadcast cities are represented this week by Kinetic, Marsvyn David and Masta Ace.

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The Soul Show(s) this week: Clinton pre-bday, MonoNeon, Questlove’s SoS, Bare Your Soul

The Soul Show on WYEP

Most weeks, a day or two before broadcast, I send the WYEP staff a few teasers about the upcoming show. Here they are for 7/17:

  • On TSS this weekend, Mike features more from Kinetic’s new release, “Dances of Lake Volta.”  He’s been following this local band since their beginnings.  “Dances” is his City Paper album pick for this month.
  • The Soul Show begins the George Clinton 80th birthday celebrations with an extended live track from Metropolis in the UK.
  • During 2021, Mike Canton has been looking back at 50th anniversary albums, but this weekend The Soul Show does a decade sweep of 1961 through 2021 (from Gladys Knight through Jill Scott).
  • Now that Mike Canton has seen Questlove’s “Summer of Soul” film, he’ll offer some more thoughts on Woodstock’s alternate universe.  His research has led him to a photographer who captured Hendrix on film in Harlem that 1969 summer.
  • For TSS this weekend, there’s new music from Prince’s last bassist (MonoNeon) and Thundercat’s brother (Ron Bruner, Jr.).
  • Before The Soul Show this weekend, do a little homework.  Check out his “Bare Your Soul” challenge on Twitter (soulshowmike).

Syndicated TSS on the African American Public Radio Consortium

  • There’s music from the cities of The Soul Show’s national broadcasts: Zeng from RI, Blew/Brees/P Busspipe from USVI, and DK Anderson from Pittsburgh
  • Rick James is represented as a solo artist and as part of the short-lived Mynah Birds…this is important music history
  • A great new instrumental from Tiny Room Sessions, featuring MonoNeon and Ron Bruner, Jr.
  • More Geo. Clinton pre-celebration, with songs representing the Cult of Funk
  • Black Violin battling the Stereotypes

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The Soul Show Preview, 7/10/21: Kinetic, Jimi & “Summer of Soul”

On The Soul Show on WYEP today, here’s what’s on tap:

  • The Soul Show presents a weekly spotlight on Pittsburgh musicians – it’s called ’Three Rivers at Three.’  Join Mike Canton as he introduces the third album from Kinetic.
  • On TSS, Mike Canton celebrates the birthday of funk pioneer and James Brown bandleader Fred Wesley with an excerpt from their 2016 interview. 
  • This weekend, Mike Canton digs deeper into the 2021 Mother Nature album by Angelique Kidjo.  
  • On The Soul Show’s ‘Three Rivers at Three,’ Mike Canton celebrates the birthdays of Pittsburgh’s Phyllis Hyman and her greatest duet partner.
  • There are reflections on Jimi Hendrix’s intersection with “Summer of Soul.”

Hendrix, Summer of Soul

Bootsy Collins paid tribute to Hendrix on “Mirrors Tell Lies,” and the track reflects upon how JH was misunderstood. Jimi’s own voice is dubbed in, and he talks about how there should be free concerts, outside, in Harlem. I speculate on today’s TSS (pre-recorded on 7/9) that this is all connected with Summer of Love, but I knew I needed to do some more research. Soooo….this morning I found this article:

Next, I pulled the thread on the credited photographer, Grant Harper Reid. I feel an important interview coming.

Notably, I’ve heard that Jimi isn’t in the film. I’m thinking Questlove would have included him if there was footage. If I can get his attention at the upcoming Roots show in Pittsburgh, maybe he’ll give a sound bite. This is a good story to chase.

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