There seems to be a Parkdale/Owen Sound connection growing as of late. Last week, the guys from Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party played in Owen Sound and devoted a few songs in their set to the area in Toronto. And now KC Roberts and the Live Revolution are playing the Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound Friday night. They, too, hail from Parkdale. I, for one, couldn’t be happier. Maybe I need to visit Parkdale more often to see what the hell is in the water there that’s producing so many great live acts.
This area can never get enough funk, and that’s what KC Roberts is bringing with his 7 piece band. They’ve drawn comparisons to the Roots and Janelle Monae and you will definitely hear a little and Jamiraquai in songs like Drift Away where KC Roberts declares “while that band plays, we’re gonna drift away.” I’ve been there – nothing better than the transcendence of music.
These guys are seasoned musicians having shared the stage with heavy-hitters like Five Alarm Funk and the legendary Lee Fields. KCLR fuses funk, jazz and urban styles into a cool blend that will have you up dancing and clapping your hands.
They even venture into the grunge genre by covering Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and held a Nirvana tribute night at the Horseshoe Tavern. How cool are these guys? Well, they’re “beyond f—ing awesome” according manager, Lisa Koop, of Heartwood Hall, where these guys are booked for Friday, June 16.
Their most recent album Parkdale Funk 2: Sides has two hours of funk, dance, soul, hip-hop, and rock and was made possible by a crowdfunding effort that raised over $60 000 and showed just how dedicated their fans are. They’ve got new music coming this year, as well.
I am looking forward to finally seeing these guys live after listening to favourites such as Find You Again and Future Funk Chant. Its one thing to get into a funk band’s studio stuff. It’s a whole other thing to hear them live – that’s where you really appreciate it. And seeing as these guys are winners of the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Live Act, I’m thinking this show might just be off the hook (do the kids still say that?) And maybe, just maybe, I’ll even dance. Now that would the sign of a great funk band!
Doors open at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased here.
You can find more details on the event page
Written by Jesse Wilkinson
Feature image by Ride the Tempo