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October 10, 2012

Bernie Worrell Orchestra at Maxwell’s in Hoboken Saturday, November 03 2012, 7pm

Attention funk lovers (and that includes TheBoken.com’s editor) , a funkadelic trip to the past with spectacular syncopated scintillation and just a funking flat fabulous fun filled fest of music will be coming soon to Hoboken with the artistic stylings of Bernie Worrell and his Orchestra…..

Bernie Worrell Orchestra (of Original Parliament-Funkadelic / Talking Heads)
comes to Maxwell’s in Hoboken Saturday, November 03 2012, 7:00pm

Bernie Worrell Orchestra (w/Special Guests TBA) – this is an early show!

Maxwell’s- www.maxwellsnj.com

Address: 1039 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ
To purchase advance tickets: http://bit.ly/BWOMaxwells
Price: $15 Ages: 18+

Rock and Funk legend, Bernie Worell, recently digitally released two songs, “BWO is Landing” and “Get Your Hands Off.” Combing elements of everything from jazz to salsa to funk and soul, these two tracks have something to offer every music lover. Both tracks are beautifully arranged and very danceable, full of energy and are true works of musical genius from a master of many styles. These are the first tracks by Bernie’s current band, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, which he co-produced with Evan Taylor.

How many artists can say they were in on the ground floor of an honest-to-Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame super-group, while inventing a completely original and uncanny sound and, in the ensuing years, built a legendary reputation as one of the most versatile hired guns in the music business? True “funkateers” know the history. From the fat Minimoog bass lines of “Flash Light” and “One Nation Under A Groove” to the percussive piano runs of “Chocolate City” and “Give Up the Funk,” Bernie Worrell is synonymous with the legacy of Parliament-Funkadelic; in fact, he’s one of the originators of the psychedelic funk sound, having written and co-produced the lion’s share of the music going back to Funkadelic’s formative years, with an eclectic ear for everything from Chopin to the Chi-Lites.

These days the terms “living legend” or “funk icon” really don’t come close to doing Worrell justice. “Funk iconoclast” is probably more apt, considering the breadth of his contributions to seminal albums outside the P-Funk canon, including Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Public Image Ltd’s Album, to name two of the more monolithic examples. Keith Richards, Yoko Ono, Bootsy Collins, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Mos Def, Sly & Robbie, Deee-Lite, Bill Laswell and many more have recruited Bernie into the studio and on tour—all for his versatility, vision and feverish creativity whenever he gets his hands on a keyboard.

Below is a sample video of one of his performances….

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April 18, 2012

John Keim and Friends at Elysian Cafe April 21st 2012

Local musician John Keim a keyboardist has put together a band that will be playing this  Saturday, 4/21 at the Elysian Cafe, 1001 Washington St.  Hoboken, NJ. Bands usually start between 10-10:30pm on Saturdays. Here is his brief note about the event…

“I’ve put together a killer band that’s gonna make ya drop yer butts and boogie – I’m playing keys, I’ve got Bernard Grubman on guitar (his song, Front-side Ollie is currently #1 with a bullet on the Finnish pop charts is not why I brought him on board – he handles guitar for Dr. John when Mac plays NYC), Phil Ippolito is playing bass – I have worked with Phil on and off for years, he is a true professor of modern soul and I’ve got a young hot-shot drummer, Chad Elrod – he plays with everyone who’s anyone in NYC. No charge but we’ll pass the hat for gas money. Hope to see you all there – I finished my taxes yesterday – time to celebrate freedom from paperwork! We’re going to play some classic soul, some old gut-bucket blues and some serious funque. Hope to see you there so we can put a smile on yer face and some movement down below!”
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December 22, 2011

Julio Fernandez and Cat Lingo Rock The Pilsener Haus Beer Garden! Außerordentlich!


Last night Julio Fernandez of Spyro Gyra fame with his band Cat Lingo rocked the German Beer Garden Pilsener Haus in uptown Hoboken. His band consisted of the following musicians:

  • Julio Fernandez – guitar & vocal
  • Rob Focht – keys & vocal
  • Gary Frazier – bass & vocal
  • Lance Comer – drums
  • Bryan Beninghove – sax

Bryan Beninghove an accomplished sax player in his own right, was playing with Julio and the band for the first time and I enjoyed watching him interact with Julio, Gary, Rob and Lance the drummer. TheBoken.com stayed for the first set and a bit from the second. They started with a blues instrumental, played a great version of Bill Withers “Use me”, Steely Dan and other rocking songs with an incredible amount of funk.

Julio and Bryan made almost an instant music connection and their back and forth or follow the leader on several numbers was all improvised but done very tightly. Both Julio and Bryan played solos that were simply out of this world and the band overall was just great. Bryan the sax player cycled through a circle of fifths so fast on one solo it had my musical mind spinning. The back room at the Bier Garten was almost full which is pretty good for a holiday Wednesday. As the music progressed the audience became more and more engaged and into the music and this giant of an editor got a case of the happy feet. The funk was on, beer induced perhaps but the music made me do it I swear!

Recently, the owners of the Bier Garten installed sound absorbing material on the ceiling and it really helped the acoustics a lot. There used to be a great amount of echo from not only the music but the crowd itself. Last night the sound was very good and most of the echo eliminated so you could hear the band crystal clear. Even for non musical moments it will make the back room much more easy to have a conversation in.

I hope to see this band with their new sax player every month or so at the Pilsener Haus Bier Garten. Whether you are 20, 50, or 70, this band has a lot to offer music lovers of all ages. Great music is great music. Thanks to Julio, Cat Lingo and new addition Bryan Beninghove for a rocking evening and the Pilsener Haus for the owners continually trying to improve a successful establishment. The new acoustics coupled with some great acts could make this place a great part time music destination in addition to their other offerings. Hoboken is truly blessed to have a musician of Julio Fernandez’s caliber maintain ties with Hoboken and perform here as his schedule permits.

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