Dubbed as “the funkiest all-star tribute in show business,” The James Brown Dance Party made their way to Brooklyn Bowl last night, bringing with them a generous dose of the funk. Led by the Chase brothers of Jazz is PHSH, The James Brown Dance Party last night included Elise Testone (American Idol), Mousey Thompson (James Brown), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), Maurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks/The Roots), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Josh Myers (The Dirtybirds), Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Fred Thomas (James Brown), and Chris Rob (Talib Kweli ).
Notably, the radiant interactions on stage between Garett and Testone lit up the room. Myers was tight on the bass, and Rob absolutely stole the stage and the crowd from behind the keys. Special guest in the audience, Testone’s mother, was proudly watching in support of her daughter.
The James Brown Dance Party will continue on tour with a show tonight at The 8×10 in Baltimore, Maryland, and tomorrow at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, D.C.
Photos by Kayla O’Keeffe
Set 1: Watermelon Man, Ain’t it Funky Now, Soul Power, Get on the Good Foot, Pay the Cost, Doin’ it to Death, Get Up Offa that Thing, Cold Sweat – Elise; Set 2: Papa’s Got a New Bag, I Feel Good, Sex Machine, The Payback, Super Bad, This is a Man’s World, Make it Funky, I Got the Feeling; Encore: Living in America