ToNY CaMM & The Funk Allstars, featuring a litany of special guest performers, along with Earthbound Creatures. P-Funk legend Mike Hampton and vocalist Kendra Foster tore the roof off of the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club this past weekend at Funkateers Ball 6.
Read the review from David "Dr. Brookenstein" Brooks:
The show started at 8:20pm with ToNY CaMM and the Earthbound Creatures (featuring Nappyhead Funk Army's own Zack Roberson (#9) and P-Funk's own Kendra Foster). The band started off hot, getting the fans shaking their hips to all FUNKADELIC music -- the first song was "Standing on the Verge of Getting It On". The synthesizer riffs were nice and funky (thanks to Chris Schmitt) and the funky bass lines were hot. "Super Stupid" featured #9 on lead vocals and this song was nothing short of guitar heaven (with the nastiest, fiery lead guitar work so far this night)!! "Good to Your Earhole" and "Friday Night, August the 14th" were da bomb..."Friday Night" was led vocally by female vocalist Eve-Lynn Deegan and it was another straight-up pyrotechnic lead guitar fest! The ending to this set was a slower song called "I'll Stay", featuring the beautiful vocal stylings of Ms. Kendra Foster! I loved the synthesizer riffing on this song. The set was over around 9:00pm.
The second set began 9:20pm with ToNY CAMM and the Funk Allstars (with Kendra Foster, Zack "#9" Roberson, Linda Shider, Robert Woods and Shirley Clinton). Shirley Clinton came out and performed a super-funky track called "Funk Me If You Nasty" followed by "Give Me The Funk"! After that, it was on to some newer P-Funk stuff called "Pole Power"...the dancefloor was full of funkateers shaking their groove thangs--GIVING UP THE FUNK!! Mr. ToNY CAMM handled lead vocals for my favorite new P-Funk song "I'm Gonna Make U Sick" -- the sax solo on this song was very nice, but the highlight was the intense lead guitarisms of Mike "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton! P-Funk vocalist Linda Shider was featured on "Red Hot Momma" and she killed it on lead vocals -- the band played the verses nice & slow and chorus of the song was nothing short of straight fire. Kidd Funkadelic was up to his usual act of spitting out blazing fire with his lead guitar and Gabe Gonzalez broke it down on a powerful drum solo! "One Nation Under a Groove" was another lead guitar spotlight for Kidd Funkadelic. "(Not Just) Knee Deep" featured #9 on scat vocals, but the highlight of the song was the beautiful voice of Kendra Foster channeling the late Ms. Belita Woods on "Sentimental Journey" (JUST SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL)! The song featured a little bit of "Rubber Duckie" and the "Disco-to-Go" riff (a la P-Funk style). It was on to some more danceable funk stuff with "Flashlight"...everyone got an overdose of DA FUNK on this night...even a new SIR NOSE emerged onstage!
Then it was on "Maggot Brain"...interesting enough, Kidd Funkadelic decided to play some of The Wizard of Oz classic "If I Only Had a Brain" (The Scarecrow Song). Very comical stuff--afterward, he went into the signature Eddie Hazel song "Maggot Brain" -- EXCELLENT performance by The Kidd ! "Cosmic Slop" featured #9 on lead vocals...Kidd Funkadelic had some technical difficulties so he jumped into the solo part of the song a little later...at first, the lead guitar riffs were a little subdued but he finished very strong. "Mothership Connection" was the ending to this funk fest with ToNY CAMM summoning for the mothership. The show ended at 11:10pm.
Watch videos from the show.
"One Nation Under A Groove"
"(Not Just) Knee Deep"