Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Live Music: Mike Quinn + Aisha Kenyetta & Friends; Froggy Fresh; Women and Cooke; Gangrene Machine

Great shows to check out this week

Posted by Heath Ellison, Alex Peeples and Kelly Rae Smith on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 5:31 PM

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TRIBUTE | Dance to the Music
Mike Quinn + Aisha Kenyetta & Friends
Wed. Oct. 4
10 p.m.
$10/adv., $15/door
Pour House

Sly & the Family Stone were not only the pioneers of psychedelic soul but also one of the first major racially integrated, male-and-female bands. Their commercial radio takeover happened thanks to hits like "Dance to the Music" and "Everyday People." Active from the mid-'60s until 1983, the group's impact is lasting, as is evidenced by this weekend's Dance to the Music tribute featuring a team of local all-stars put together by Mike Quinn, including Aisha Kenyetta, Zandrina Dunning, Charlton Singleton, Stuart White, David Grimm, Manny Houston, Corey Stephens, and Sheed Staggs. "Frankly we're just gonna get crazy funky playing some of the dopest music ever," Quinn says. "It's a wildly talented crew ... Expect nonstop funk and soul music, improvisation, elements of hip-hop introduced to the music that helped lay its foundation [brought to y'all by Sheed Staggs]." It's also Quinn and Kenyetta's joint birthday celebration, and rumor has it there will be cake that may or may not have an afro. Quinn says, "It's my birthday, and there's nothing I'd rather be doing than wearing bellbottoms and playing funk music with my best friends." —Kelly Rae Smith WEDNESDAY

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HIP-HOP | Froggy Fresh
w/ Those Lavender Whales
Fri. Oct. 6
7 p.m.
$15/adv., $18/door, $50/VIP
Purple Buffalo

Until a few months ago, when actor Tyler Stephen Cassidy revealed his character Froggy Fresh was a joke, many viral video addicts were scratching their heads. It was all just too absurd, right? The guy who claimed to have "made out with every girl in the world" and railed against the horrors of bike theft couldn't be serious, right? The fact that people questioned Froggy Fresh is a testament to Cassidy's weirdly effective deadpan delivery. Cassidy says that, even when the ambiguity was still in the air, comedy "was extremely vital to the process of making music." Originally making waves on the internet under the name Krispy Kreme with videos like 2012's "The Baddest," Fresh has confused just as much as he has delighted. Froggy Fresh's videos have gotten weirder as time has gone on. He's even added new characters like his nemesis James (who gets dunked on in the video "Dunked On"), but his material has stayed relatively similar to his early videos. "The music is just as much comedy as it is music," Cassidy tells us. The beats are somewhat disposable, but they were never meant to be the focal point. The appeal comes down to the gawky, unaware persona that Cassidy employs as Froggy Fresh. Comedy act or not, it is still pretty funny to listen to Fresh rap things like, "Have you ever been to the county fair? I rode the Fireball and I wasn't even scared." —Heath Ellison FRIDAY

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FUNK-PUNK | Gangrene Machine
w/ Get With It, Sexbruise?
Fri. Oct. 6
9 p.m.
$5
The Royal American

It's been almost three years since Gangrene Machine left us, and they left a tough void to fill. Where else are we supposed to get songs that groove as well as "Fat Kids Go to Hell?" Thankfully, the wait is almost over as the Machine preps for a reunion performance. "A lot of it honestly had to do with the political turmoil we've been in ever since Trump became president," says bassist Elliot Vanotti. "Our whole schtick is social satire, and we need more social satire." Damn straight. Vanotti, guitarist/vocalist/CP writer Matt Dobie, and drummer Dylan Ray have proven their satirical prowess on songs like "College Student," which lampooned know-it-all undergrads over a beat that was no joke. So how will Gangrene Machine take on this presidential regime? "I'm wondering if we need something like a big 'Fuck Trump' banner to go behind us," says Vanotti. That idea may not be set in stone, but what the band lacks in inflammatory streamers, they believe they'll make up for in tighter musicianship. Vanotti says, "We're crisper; we're more talented, now." —Heath Ellison FRIDAY

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TRIBUTE | Women & Cooke: A Tribute to Sam Cooke
Fri. Oct. 6
8 p.m.
$12/students/Groups 6+, $17/individual
Charleston Music Hall

The next installment in the popular "Women &" series is back at the Music Hall, this time focusing on soul legend Sam Cooke. Series organizers Hazel Ketchum and Lindsay Holler once again lead the charge of all female vocalists after the huge success the series has had interpreting the songs of Tom Waits, Neil Young, Radiohead, and Bob Dylan, among others. "Over the course of the shows we've been trying to mix things up and diversify sounds," Holler says. "We wanted to go the route of a soul singer, and with Cooke you have a really diverse catalog." Other performers include Alva Anderson, Cindy Jane Kearney, McKenzie Eddy, Vikki Matsis, Exavia Baxter, and Erin Johns, along with Ketchum's Hungry Monks and Holler's Western Polaroids. "We've also got horns on a few of the songs this time, which is always exciting." says Holler. "With Sam Cooke you have both the sacred songs and the soul. We're going to go deep on a few of them ­— even the most avid Cooke fans will find some surprises." —Alex Peeples FRIDAY


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