Ghostface Killah; Rhythm Roots All-Stars

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I was tempted to title this post simply “Rhythm Roots All-Stars” because I was much more impressed with them than I was with the headliner and his screaming male version of the Pips (except that the real Pips actually sounded good, while these guys…well, not so much). If you’re a rabid Ghostface fan, you might want to navigate away from this review. Or just send me some enthusiastic hate mail. You vent, I laugh, everyone wins!

 

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Still with me? Excellent. Scion hosted one of their ‘monthly no cover’ events at Warehouse Live on Sunday, November 25. Guest of honor was Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan fame, with support from the Rhythm Roots All-Stars and the aforementioned Pips. Eggs and I hadn’t been to a hip-hop show in awhile, so we were looking forward to what Mr. Dennis Coles had in store for us.

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Peter Bjorn and John; The Besnard Lakes

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Friday, November 23rd brought Swedish indie-pop group Peter Bjorn and John to Warehouse Live. Providing support were Canadian up-and-comers The Besnard Lakes.

 

Peter Bjorn and John at Warehouse Live 

Upon taking the stage, The Besnard Lakes impressed me with a sound that demonstrated what would happen if Broken Social Scene covered Explosions In The Sky. The 6-piece indie group from Montreal must have decided that they wanted to make me a fan that night, because that’s exactly what happened (look for a CD review of their latest release, The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse, in the near future). They delivered a full sound to the half-filled Warehouse Live before PB&J took the stage.

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Papa Grows Funk

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The music of New Orleans has held a special place in my heart ever since seeing my first zydeco group in the French Quarter 10 years ago. Since then I have always been interested in any band that had that crescent city flair. On Thursday, November 15, New Orleans staple Papa Grows Funk rolled into Houston for a gig at the Continental Club.

Continental Club marquee - Papa Grows Funk 


Papa Grows Funk are a five-piece outfit formed in 2000 by the group’s namesake John ‘Papa’ Gros. Gros led regular Monday night jam sessions at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans which eventually led to the forming of what we now know as Papa Grows Funk. They have held the same Monday night residency at the Maple Leaf since they formed, while also making short trips to other parts of the country to gig.

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Ghostland Observatory

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There may be no party in a sad, sad city, but that certainly wasn’t the case Friday, November 9 when Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner of Ghostland Observatory took the stage at Warehouse Live. If the lasers, Turner’s cape, and Behrens’ long braids and glossy shirt didn’t tip you off, the immediate dance party that began with the first note did: this was going to be a funky night.

 

Warehouse Live marquee - Ghostland Observatory 

In a display of cloudy foresight and poor planning, the Breakfast On Tour crew was waiting in line for beer when the duo began their set. We enthusiastically and impatiently danced in place, exchanging periodic looks of anguish. Coffee almost couldn’t take it — as soon as her drinks were in her hands, she darted off through the crowd on a mission for a prime spot.

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