The Juke Joint Rhythm & Soul Revue, led by saxophonist Eric Crittenden, continues its “Blue Collar Funk” guest artist series at 9 tonight at the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). You might recall several weeks back when the legendary funk/soul drummer Bernard Purdie joined the Rhythm & Soul Revue for an unforgettable evening of killer grooves at the Tralf Music Hall. Tonight’s show continues these high-stakes pairings. The band – Crittenden, bassist Zuri Elise Appleby, guitarist Michael DiSanto and drummer Deshawn “D Ray” Jackson – will be joined by another living legend of soul and funk, former James Brown guitarist DEJ Jones.
Jones’ resume includes stints with the likes of Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, and Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. In addition to his renowned funk guitar work, Jones is also a songwriter and singer with deep roots in gospel music – a fact he exploited when putting together the vocal group the Dynamic Insiders, an ensemble that worked with Brown for more than a decade. His singing and arranging talents also aided Jones during tours with the Ink Spots and the Platters, for whom he served as both guitarist and vocalist.
What can you expect at these Juke Joint Rhythm & Soul pairings?
The unexpected, most certainly, as the musicians revel in an unscripted funkiness that has during past shows proven to be transcendent.
Admission for tonight’s show will be $10. Have fun and be funky.
Brown Bird @ Babeville
Brown Bird, comprised of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, plays a strain of folk music that forsakes transparently commercial concerns in favor of striving for a deep, organic connection to the Old, weird America. Though Brown Bird’s sound boasts aspects of string-laden “chamber folk,” what Lamb and Swain conjure has much more in common with indie-folk acts like the Low Anthem or Trampled by Turtles, than with the more arena-friendly faux-folk of, say, Mumford and Sons. That’s good news for folks who frequent the Ninth Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), for that warm, intimate venue offers the perfect setting for such stirringly emotional music.
Brown Bird’s most recent effort, the gorgeous, harmony-heavy “Salt For Salt,” is sure to be given an airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ninth Ward. Tickets for Brown Bird, with guests Hookan and Friends of the Sun, are $10 (box office, Tickets.com).
Aqueous leads a workshop beginning at 8:30 tonight, to be followed by a live performance slated for 10 p.m. at SlyBoots Headquarters (351 Ellicott St.). Between the workshop and the gig, a complimentary dinner will be served. Tickets for this interesting and unusual workshop/performance are $10 for the workshop, $10 for the performance, or $15 for both.
Dive House Union kicks off a tour that will conclude in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge with an 8 p.m. show tonight in the Tralf Music Hall. The band will be joined by Lynne Fredericks and the Willie Haddath Band. Tickets will be $30 at the door of the Tralf.
Funktional Flow and Formula 5 share the bill at 9 tonight in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.).
The Black Veil Brides, with William Control and Don’t Be A Hero, play at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Club Infinity (8166 Main St., Williamsville). Tickets are available through InfinityConcerts.com.