Buffalo's funk history runs deep. It didn't start with the late Rick James, though the "Super Freak" himself did an awful lot to carry it on. It would be far more accurate to credit the genesis of Buffalo funk to Arlester "Dyke" Christian and his band, Dyke & the Blazers, whose "Funky Broadway" is a classic of the form. You can hear the deepest strains of Buffalo funk, going all the way back to "Funky Broadway," every time drummer Alan Evans hits the downbeat, which he's been doing as a member of Soulive, the revered band he founded with his keyboardist brother, Neal, more than 15 years ago.
Between Soulive projects and tours, Evans has been working with his own Alan Evans Trio, a soul-organ outfit featuring organist Beau Sasser and guitarist Danny Mayer. One listen to the group's debut effort, "Drop Hop" - start with the positively swanky funk of "Check Your Lugnuts," which you can find easily through iTunes, and let nature take its course from there - will tell you everything you need to know about Evans' new venture.
Listen to "Drop Hop," buy it and then get your tickets for Thursday's Alan Evans Trio gig in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). The show begins at 8 p.m. Rhubarb will open. Tickets are $15 (ECEpresents.com).
- Jeff Miers