After a 20 year absence from the stage, the always funky Andre Cymone made his return to New York on March 31, 2014 at Bowery Electric. Andre Cymone, along with Prince, was a pioneer in the Minneapolis Sound that so many people have emulated over the years, was once married to Jody Watley and has produced hits for Adam Ant. Now he’s back after a long hiatus with a new album entitled “The Stone.” His hour and a half set showcased a new 5 piece band of amazing musicians who were part James Brown, part Sly and The Family Stone and extremely rockin’ and funky!
He did not play “The Dance Electric,” but he did do an updated version of “Kelly’s Eyes,” and he performed the majority of “The Stone,” which features heart-felt lyrics, a nice rock edge and some funky little grooves that ran the gamut from soul to country music! He also threw in a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and I guarantee you, it’s the funkiest version you’ll ever hear! Just press play!
Tevin Campbell and Geoffrey Dicker. (Photo by a complete stranger)
T.E.V.I.N! If you are like me, you’ve been a fan of Tevin Campbell since he released his single “Round and Round” in 1990. He’s back and he performed at BB King’s in New York on the final day of March, 2013. A prior commitment kept me from the majority of the show; however, I was on hand for my favorite part of most of my evenings, meeting the performer. Tevin was extremely cool and I told him that the first time I met him was at a birthday party for Carmen Electra over 15 years ago. He said that in those days he was a bit of a wild child, so his memory on that meeting was a bit hazy. The good news is Tevin mentioned that he is 6 songs into his new album, so that is very exciting as that means we’ll likely be seeing a lot more of Tevin in the very near future! He was really impressed with so many fans bringing his albums to get autographed and he really loved seeing a copy of the 12″ vinyl to “What Do You Want Me To Do” that my friend had brought.
Tevin Campbell holding “What Do You Want Me To Do” on Vinyl
You had to be there to appreciate how funny this moment was, but Tevin, myself and my friend sure got a kick out of it.
Tevin Campbell and the Cell Phone
Great to see you again Tevin and I am hoping that your fans get to see a lot more of you in the near future.
On March 31, 2011, Tennessee based indie-pop band Magic Kids played a sold out show at New York’s Mercury Lounge. It was a trifecta of great music as I enjoyed seeing Superhumanoids and Cults prior to Magic Kids taking the stage at 11 pm. Magic Kids had tour van problems the night before and they had to miss their show, but New York lucked out and they were back in action. The band has 7 members and they are often described on the net as the “Memphis Beach Boys.” As expected, their music was light and catchy and I really had a fun night!
On March 31, 2011, New York based band Cults played a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. If you’ve never heard them before, imagine the music of the Mamas and the Papas with Janis Joplin on lead vocals! Holy cow! I became an instant fan after the first song! Their music is short and every track is catchy. Occasionally, lead singer Madeline Follin shares vocal duties with Brian Oblivion (I hope that’s really his name because it’s awesome!). I think this is definitely a band to watch. Though they are a tricky band to Google, I think it’s pretty safe to say, when Cults’ album is released in May 2011, they are going to have a huge cult following (pun definitely intended). Final analysis: tough to Google, easy to love.
On March 31, 2011, Los Angeles based band Superhumanoids opened for Cults and Magic Kids at New York’s Mercury Lounge. It was my first exposure to their music and I enjoyed what I heard. Their music is dreamy pop with influences of 60’s and New Wave thrown in the mix. Vocal duties were shared between Cameron Parkins (who sang most songs) and Sarah Chernoff. When Sarah belted out her numbers, you could hear a pin drop inside the noisy venue. You can judge for yourself and download a free mp3 called “Malta” courtesy of Boots N’ Katz while supplies last.