The Tralf Music Hall has been packing its roster with high-end funk, fusion, soul and groove music of late, and that trend continues this week, with Friday’s headlining set from the Nth Power. A veritable supergroup comprised of some of the most dynamic musicians in modern-day R&B and funk, the band is barely more than a year old, but the combined experience accrued by its members represents several decades worth of face-melting.
Built, as all successful groove-based music should be, from the ground up, the Nth Power finds drummer Nikki Glaspie – who has worked with Dumpstaphunk and Beyonce – joined by erstwhile John Brown’s Body bassist Nate Edgar in service of a rhythm section capable of summoning the deepest of deep pockets. (Check the band’s 2013 EP, “Basic Minimum Skills Test,” for proof.)
Add to this potent rhythm section combo the considerable skills of Lettuce/Warren Haynes Band singer/keyboardist Nigel Hall, guitarist Nick Cassarino, and West African percussionist Weedie Braimah, and you’ve got a funk/soul powerhouse to rival all who would dare to step.
Fittingly, Western New York’s own Smackdab will kick off the proceedings with its own brand of funk-based pyrotechnics. Show time is 8 p.m. Friday in the Tralf. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door (box office, ECEpresents.com).
- Jeff Miers