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When the Funk Hits the Fan

Posted in music, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by blogstoryshort

The deep funk outfit known as The Budos Band recently played at The Bluebird Theater in Bloomington.  The band is touring in support of their upcoming album, Budos Band III, off Daptone Records. Daptone is home to Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Menahan Street Band, (their song, “Make the Road by Walking” was sampled by Jay-Z for the song “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)” on the American Gangster album) and a host of other funk, soul and gospel outfits.  The label continuously puts out authentic, original music projects that extend the landscape of funk and soul that was established some 50+ years ago.    Menahan is just one band that lends some of its members to Budos, Antibalas, The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair and Lee Fields & The Expressions also help complete the impressive outfit.

Budos Band, Bluebird Theater, Bloomington, Indiana, Daptone Records, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Jaz-Z, American Gangster, Menahan Street Band, jazz, funk, soul, gospel, Budos Band III

Budos Band at The Bluebird

Daniel Foder is a bass player that is second to none on this planet, laying down a heavy funk, sometimes psych-rock like groove as the platform for the rest of the band.  (Just look at the way he plays his bass in the picture below.)  Drummer Brian Profolio and guitarist, Tom Brenneck continuously joined in to create the perfect pocket.  The horn section, Jared Tankel on baritone sax and Andrew Greene on trumpet, continuously blazed fiery latin fused blasts, hooks and solos so hot, the front rows had to take a few steps back.  Keyboardist Mike Deller and a trio of percussionists, Dame Rodreiguez, Cochemea Gastellum and Rob Lombardo helped to create the polyrhythms and organ layers to complete the sound.

Budos Band, Bluebird Theater, Bloomington, Indiana, Daptone Records, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Jaz-Z, American Gangster, Menahan Street Band, jazz, funk, soul, gospel, Budos Band III

Daniel Foder

From the first note to the last, everyone could tell that this was not going to be any ordinary show.  Yes, the band is all instrumental and no, the lack of vocals do not harbor any threat of boredom.  Th intensity of such numbers like “Ride or Die”, “King Cobra” their new single,“Unbroken, Unshaven”, are proving that The Budos Band tour de force of funk goodness!  I suggest you check their album that is due out on August 10th, it will be one for the ages.

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