Beloved Congolese Musician Papa Wemba Passes Away After On-Stage Collapse

first_imgPioneering musician Papa Wemba passed away at the age of 66 last night, after collapsing on stage during a performance at the Ivory Coast. Wemba was nicknamed the “King of Rumba,” and was one of the most popular musicians in Africa and the world music sound.Born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, Wemba was a cultural icon for the Congolese, and was an active musician since joining the Soukous band in 1969. His prolific catalog spans five decades and includes dozens of albums, pioneering his unique sound. While performing last night, Wemba suffered a seizure, and passed away hours later.Let’s celebrate Wemba’s life with some of his glorious, reaffirming music, below:last_img read more

Al Schnier Says moe. Is Planning New Year’s Eve Show In ‘Remote Location’

first_imgmoe. guitarist Al Schnier sat down with Made In Utica for an extensive interview earlier today, talking about the band, upstate New York, upcoming festivals like Summer Camp, sit-ins and contemporary musicians throughout the lengthy discussion. One tidbit that happened to catch fans off guard was the mention of New Year’s Eve plans, which Schnier said would be in a remote location.The band has played the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY for the last three years consecutively, so this would be a dramatic shift for fans. Schnier said in the interview, “We have something really out of the ordinary planned for New Year’s this year. We’ve been talking about doing something in a random location for a while, and somebody actually brought something to us. The thing with New Year’s is, and it’s kind of like the Halloween show thing, there’s so much competition on those event nights – especially New Years.”He continued, discussing how competitive the Halloween and NYE markets can be. “Halloween – where are you gonna play? Phish is playing Vegas, Lettuce is playing New York City, Warren’s playing everywhere – so you have to pick some place else. That’s why the Palace was good for us, nobody’s playing Albany. We’ll be Upstate New york, that’s what we do. But then we thought, what if we did something that’s completely random and out of the way.” Schnier continued to say that, although he can’t say specifically where just yet, the New Years show will be in a “remote location.”“If you want to come, come, and if not, it doesn’t matter… It’s not quite Alaska, but we talked about Alaska.”You can watch Made In Utica’s video below, with the discussion of NYE coming in around the 32 minute mark:[H/T NYS Music]last_img read more

Steely Dan To Play Vegas For 9 Nights With “Reelin’ In The Chips” Residency

first_imgThe prolific rock-jazz, Steely Dan will be hitting Las Vegas this April, with nine shows at the Opaline Theatre at The Venetian. To support their nine-day residency, dubbed “Reelin’ In the Chips” as a nod to their 1973 classic “Reelin’ In the Years,” Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have assembled a solid crew of musicians to round out the ensemble, including guitarist Jon Herington, drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington, and keyboardist Jim Beard. The horn section will be filled with Roger Rosenberg, Walt Weiskopf, Michael Leonhart, and Jim Pugh, and Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle, and La Tanya Hall will serve as vocalists for the nine-day affair.Dates for the residency include April 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, and 29. Advance tickets go on sale for American Express® cardholders on January 17th at 10 a.m. (PT). Tickets will be made fully public this Friday, January 20, at 10 a.m. (PT).[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

New Eric Clapton Documentary Titled ‘A Life In 12 Bars’ Currently In The Works

first_imgA new documentary on legendary guitarist Eric Clapton is currently in the works, as reported by Variety. The movie, which will be titled Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars, is meant to be a career-spanning glimpse into Clapton’s professional and personal life. Lili Fini Zanuck, who produced the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, is to direct the film, and John Battsek, who produced Oscar winners Searching For Sugar Man and One Day In September, has been brought on board as a producer.In a statement, director Lili Zanuck noted, “Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days. . . . He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.” Zanuck continued, “It is indeed a melancholic victory lap, full of nostalgic myth, but always musically potent, always looking to the future. . . . Despite the fact that his path is strewn with tragedies, addiction and loss, he never fails to regain his bearings and continue to serve what he holds dearest: his music.”To create the film, producer John Battsek noted that for the project, they had “unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries — elements with the power to transport audiences to each era, from obsessive student, to peer, to transcendent figure in musical history and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.”As of yet, there is no official release date for the film, though footage from the film will be debuted at Berlin’s European Film Market.last_img read more

Phil Lesh Hosts “Terrapin House Party” With Nicki Bluhm, Neal Casal, & More [Videos]

first_img[H/T Jam Buzz] Check out more footage from YouTube user C B below, featuring “West LA Fadeaway” and “I Know You Rider,” featuring guitarist Danny Click on both! Phil Lesh is back on the West Coast at his Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California after an exciting run at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC. He and his Terrapin Family Band hosted a “Terrapin House Party” with Ross James, Jason Crosby, Grahame Lesh, and Alex Koford. Special guests Neal Casal and Nicki Bluhm also joined the celebration.The evening consisted of three sets of Grateful Dead tunes and classic covers. See below for video footage of “China Cat Sunflower > The Music Never Stopped” and “Truckin’” courtesy of nowiknowuryder:last_img read more

The Main Squeeze Covers Tears For Fears, Childish Gambino, & More [Full Video/Photo]

first_imgThe Main Squeeze | The Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL | 10/27/17 | Photos by Nick Langlois Load remaining images Ghouls and ghosts came out in force for the Main Squeeze and Zoofunkyou’s Halloween celebration at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago on Friday, October 27th. Batman, The Dude, and the many other usual suspects gathered outside the venue before showtime was evidence that this was a full blown Halloween celebration. A green light hovering in the sky over the club turned out to be the Main Squeeze’s drummer, Reuben Gingrich, snapping some drone photos for his latest creative endeavor.Born and bred in the midwest, the Main Squeeze called Chicago home for years before relocating to Los Angeles. “The Squeeze” receives a true homecoming reception every time they come back through the Windy City, and this show was no exception. Even though it’s been a number of years since they moved to L.A., fans in the Chicago scene still very much claim the Main Squeeze as their own. Chicago based six-piece rock outfit, Zoofunkyou, rounded out the bill for this hometown throw down.The Bottom Lounge was filled when showtime rolled around, and Zoofunkyou got things going with a huge four-song set opener, including an extended cover of Pink Floyd’s “No Cigar”. Blending their psychedelic-soul foundation with boogaloo grooves, dueling guitar parts, bluesy crooning, and catchy melodies, Zoofunkyou had the room bouncing from the moment they hit the stage until they played their final note. Look for this young ensemble to make some waves in the future—they’ve got it all.The Main Squeeze delivered two hours of powerful music to a packed crowd on the second-to-last night of their tour. Their unique and impressive mix of soul, funk, rock, and hip-hop sets them apart from the pack, but their top-notch musicianship is what makes their performances such high energy spectacles. The band took the stage without lead singer Corey Frye and vamped on the intro riff of their rock number, “Get At Me”. Guitarist Max Newman looked entranced, bouncing around on stage with his signature SG slung over his shoulder offering an absolutely ripping sound reminiscent of Joe Bonamassa, if he was funky.Corey finally took the stage to complete the five-piece unit and addressed the crowd, “It’s good to be back in Chicago!”. Corey’s unique vocal delivery combines R&B sensibilities, powerful rock & gospel chops, and has become The Main Squeeze’s true sonic calling card. The band’s versatility was on display during “Two Steps” when Corey took over keyboard duty while Ben “Smiley” Silverstein rocked center stage wielding his keytar against Newman for the first of two duels between the co-founding band members.The band worked through their own take on“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, presenting a version of the hit song that no other band could quite match. They maintained the theme and feeling of the Tears For Fears cover, but took artistic liberties that made the song a very special crowd pleaser during their set of mostly originals. Squeeze’s drummer, Reuben Gingrich, was the star of the group’s celebratory rendition of “Mama”. During his three-minute drum solo, he showed why his chops, creativity, and athleticism on the kit set him apart as one of the best drummers out there.As perhaps the longest and most extended song on the set list, “I’ll Take Another” featured J Dilla teases, a run through of the Star Wars theme, and the final guitar versus keytar shred-off. Bassist, Rob Walker, took over the keys and laid down a melody while Corey delivered some warm words to the crowd as the band started their set closer, “Women Whiskey and Cocaine”.The encore tune was a version of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” that was equal parts unexpected and impressive. The laid back tune isn’t what you would think of as a perfect way to close this high octane funk-rock set, but the band knew exactly what the crowd needed. Take a look at the video below courtesy of IZEoftheWorld’s Youtube channel, plus this gallery of photos from Nick Langlois below.The Main Squeeze just wrapped up their fall tour, but you can catch them at The Vogue Theater in Indianapolis on 11/22, two nights at The Mint in LA on 12/30-31, and then cruising the high-seas for Jam Cruise 16 with Galactic, Lettuce Turkuaz and many more.Setlist: Zoofunkyou | The Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL | 10/27/2017Set: Maj> Metric> Shapes*> Doctor, No Cigar^> Steaze, Funkasass> Molumby’s> JafunkablueNotes: * In The Hall Of The Mountain King tease, ^ Pink Floyd CoverSetlist: The Main Squeeze | The Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL | 10/27/2017Get At Me, Loud> Sweat, Two Steps%, Everybody Wants to Rule the World*, Angelus> Mama> Dr. Funk> Where Do We Go, Ebeneezer, Only Time, I’ll Take Another^%, WWC.Encore: Redbone #Notes: %Keytar, * Tears For Fears, ^ Dilla/Star Wars Theme Tease, # Childish Gambinolast_img read more

Mempho Shares “Play Dead” Audio Feat. Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock, Robert Randolph, & More

first_imgOn Friday, October 6, 2017, the Mempho Music Festival kicked off its inaugural festivities at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, TN. When the festival shut down on Friday night, a supergroup of musicians dubbed the “Mempho All-Stars” headed over to the local Minglewood Hall for an off-site, late-night performance in celebration of the Grateful Dead. The “Mempho All-Stars Play Dead” was supercharged by Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band, ARU), Steve Kimock (RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends), Robert Randolph, Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit), Wally Ingram (Bob Weir & Phil Lesh Duo, Timbuk 3, Stockholm Syndrome, David Lindley, Sheryl Crow), Ike Stubblefield, Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), Rev. Jeff Mosier (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Blueground Undergrass), Papa Mali (7 Walkers), Eric McFadden (P-Funk Allstars, Anders Osborne), DJ Logic, Leslie Mendelson, Lamar Williams Jr. (Les Brers), and MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note).The setlist was appropriately selected by Steve Kimock, who led the rotating cast of characters through Grateful Dead classics and covers, opening the show with Charles Johnson-penned Jerry Garcia Band favorite “My Sisters & Brothers (Promise Land)” with Leslie Mendelson on lead vocals. Oteil Burbridge took vocals next for “Deep Elem Blues” and an unforgettable “Althea” before Eric Krasno and Leslie Mendelson stepped into the spotlight for a “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” duet. Robert Randolph then delivered an ecstatic “Tennessee Jed” on his distinctive pedal steel guitar before the band took off with an energetic “New Minglewood Blues” with Papa Mali and Eric McFadden on guitars and vocals. “New Minglewood Blues” segued into a monstrous “I Know You Rider” featuring then-fourteen-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Rev. Jeff Mosier on mandolin.From there, guitarist/vocalist Eric McFadden played the role of Elvis Presley–Memphis’ King of Rock and Roll–for an appropriate “All Shook Up”. DJ Logic, Eric Krasno, and more then joined the stage again for a psychedelic version of “Shakedown Street” before the final big jam of the night. A nod to another local superstar, Al Green‘s “Take Me To The River” came next with Leslie Mendelson on vocals and jammed straight into an Eric McFadden-led “Not Fade Away” with the full band. To close the evening, Rev. Jeff Mosier led a beautiful “Black Muddy River”.You can now listen to the full show audio, mixed and mastered by the legendary Terry Manning of Stax/Ardent Studios fame, below:A similar iteration of the “Mempho All-Stars” performed Mempho’s Saturday late-night party on October 7, 2017 at the festival grounds. The Super Jam honored the fallen southern rock greats who passed away earlier this year, founding members of the Allman Brothers Band Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, and Col. Bruce Hampton. You can listen to the full audio of that show here.Mempho Music Festival, a two-day music, food, and camping experience, will return to Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, TN on October 6 & 7, 2018. Head to the website for more information, and stay tuned for more announcements!Check out the setlist and gallery below, courtesy of photographer John Huba.Setlist: Mempho All-Stars Play Dead | Minglewood Hall | Memphis, TN | 10/6/17My Sisters & Brothers (Promise Land) ( Leslie Mendelson, Lamar Williams Jr.), Deep Elem Blues (Oteil Burbridge, Leslie Mendelson, Rev. Jeff Mosier), Althea (Oteil Burbridge), That’s What Love Will Make You Do (Eric Krasno, Leslie Mendelson), Tennessee Jed (Robert Randolph, Leslie Mendelson), New Minglewood Blues (Papa Mali, Eric McFadden) > I Know You Rider (Taz, Rev. Jeff Mosier), All Shook Up (Eric McFadden), Shakedown STreet (DJ Logic, Eric Krasno, Leslie Mendelson), Black Muddy River (Rev. Jeff Mosier)Mempho All-Stars Play Dead | Minglewood Hall | Memphis, TN | 10/6/17 | Photos by John Huba Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Lawrence Turns L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom Into ‘Living Room’ [Review/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Brandon Weil Photo: Brandon Weilcenter_img New York City isn’t quite the epicenter of the music world that it once was, what with so many facets of the industry now based in Los Angeles. But when it comes to fostering the growing undercurrent of funk- and R&B-inspired pop, the Big Apple still holds sway.Theo Katzman, Vulfpeck’s breakout star, hails from Long Island and played his first non-college gig with the Ann Arbor-founded band on the Lower East Side—long before “Back Pocket” wound up in an Apple ad. Turkuaz’s neo-funk sound coalesced across the bridge in Brooklyn. Now, Lawrence is poised to push that style and sound even further with its own fresh-faced, infectious attitude.The band, led by the bright-eyed brother-sister duo of Clyde and Gracie Lawrence, rode into a busy Memorial Day Weekend with a pair of West Coast shows, including a stop in L.A. at the Teragram Ballroom. The downtown-adjacent, 600-person, standing-room-only venue has become a friendly, familiar place for the likes of Vulfpeck and Turkuaz in recent years, and provided Lawrence with the proper stage to showcase its own resplendent talents in front of an enthusiastic audience.Mere months after testing out new material in front of a packed house at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Clyde, Gracie and company showcased a slew of songs off their second album, Living Room, which is slated for a September 14 release.The latest tracks did well to diversify the stylistic offerings in Lawrence’s setlist. There were the Latin rhythms of “Limbo” as the opener, the slower jams of “Friend or Enemy,” which served as the perfect vessel for one of Clyde’s keyboard solos; the lamentations of a wonky sleep schedule on “Probably Up” and of the hard work of relationships on “Try”; and concurrent struggles with sadness and acid reflux on “The Heartburn Song.” On “Too Easy” and “So Damn Fast,” the siblings offered more intimate portraits of their inner thoughts and emotions, without the frills of their full nine-piece band.That said, there was plenty of room in the set for Lawrence to cook up some late-night “Breakfast.” Clyde channeled his inner John Mayer on “Superficial.” Gracie summoned a young Michael Jackson on “Me & You” and a present-day Susan Tedeschi on “Shot.” The two intertwined their crooning on “Misty Morning” and “Do You Wanna Do Nothing With Me?”, with guitarist Peter Enriquez and the entire brass section descending from the stage to get down with the audience on the latter.It wouldn’t have been a Lawrence show, though, without a hefty helping of early 2000s pop covers. In a nod to their days playing college gigs at Brown, the band treated Teragram to its rocking transliterations of Sean Paul’s “Get Busy,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” and not one, but two Christina Aguilera songs: “Beautiful” and “Come On Over Baby.”All told, Lawrence’s showing in the City of Angels further solidified its talent and potential to propel a more authentic brand of R&B-inspired pop music into the broader culture. Who needs the Swedish songwriting machine to crank out tunes when you’ve got a pair of American-born prodigies—Clyde, who became the youngest member of the Songwriters Guild of America for the work he did on “Miss Congeniality”; Gracie, a former child actor with a diva’s voice—drawing on influences from Motown to ‘60s psychedelia and beyond to create music that’s as much a throwback as it is something wholly novel?Which is to say, if this groovy corner of the New York City scene is going to take the world by storm, Lawrence may well be its best bet for the future.Lawrence | Teregram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 5/24/2018 | Photos: Brandon Weillast_img read more

Dead & Company Deliver Five More Tour Debuts In Saratoga Springs

first_imgDead & Company brought their summer tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY on Monday night. Eight shows into the run, the band still managed to keep things fresh with five tour debuts, including a rare rendition of a latter-day Dead tune.The night got started with Bob Weir and John Mayer trading vocals on Dead & Company staple “Jack Straw” before Mayer took charge on the tour’s first “Easy Wind”. The tune then moved into “Friend of the Devil”, with Weir switching to acoustic guitar as he sang the American Beauty classic. Next up was the tour debut of “Minglewood Blues”, which was followed by a subdued “Ship Of Fools” before the band moved on to 2018’s first “Corrinna” (the Weir-penned song, first performed by the Grateful Dead in 1992, has been played by D&C on one other occasion). Finally, the opening set wrapped up with an exciting “Cassidy” that allowed the band to exit the stage on an energetic note.Set two got off to a pleasant start with an ensemble take on The Band‘s “The Weight” that featured some nice group harmonies and saw Weir, Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge each lead the team through a verse. A brief foray into “The Other One” territory followed before the band dove into a delightful run of “Truckin’” > “He’s Gone” > “New Speedway Boogie”. After fairly standard takes on those three, D&C delivered one of the most interesting renditions of “Uncle John’s Band” of their three-year career.Following some solid improvisational work during the first part of the tune, Weir led the band into a “Supplication”-centric jam that gave way to “Drums” as all but Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann left the stage. The two drummers did their thing for about ten minutes until the rest of the band returned for a “Space” jam that coalesced into the remainder of “Uncle John’s Band,” which also featured some hints of the earlier “Supplication” jam. The set then came to a close with two more tour debuts—”Black Peter” and the classic “”Good Lovin’”—with the band returning to the stage for a quick take on the Grateful Dead’s biggest hit, 1987’s “Touch of Grey”.Dead & Company will continue their tour on Wednesday night with a show at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. Check out last night’s setlist, as well as videos of both set-openers, below.Dead & Company – “Jack Straw”[Video: nugs.tv]Dead & Company – “The Weight” + “Other One Jam”[Video: nugs.tv]Setlist: Dead & Company | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, New York | 6/11/18I: Jack Straw, Easy Wind > Friend of the Devil, Minglewood Blues, Ship of Fools, Corrina, CassidyII: The Weight, Other One Jam > Truckin’ > He’s Gone > New Speedway Boogie > Uncle John’s Band > Supplication Jam > Drums/Space > Uncle John’s Band, Black Peter > Good Lovin’E: Touch of Greylast_img read more

Lettuce’s Nigel Hall Pens Powerful Tribute To Aretha Franklin: “Singing Your Life”

first_imgThe first time I heard of Aretha Franklin, I was about nine years old. I remember going through my mom’s records, and I came across Young, Gifted, and Black (Atlantic Records, 1972). I listened to it all the way through. Then I listened to it again, and again, and again. I remember my mother coming into the room and telling me to turn it off because she was “Aretha-ed out”.I had obviously heard “RESPECT” before, but there was something about record covers that would spark my curiosity. You must agree that the record cover game, especially in the early ’70s (and more accurately in 1972) was COLD BLOODED. For those who have never seen it, this particular record is an all-black album cover, with Aretha on the front under a stained glass picture (appearing as if she were in church), but it’s also her on the front as a “natural woman”. No makeup, no hairdo, just a strong black woman that would relate to anyone who purchased that record.This is particularly my favorite era of Aretha (and music as a whole), because the band she had was the greatest recorded band in history. Don’t believe me?THE BADDEST BAND IN HISTORY:BERNARD PURDIE- drumsCORNELL DUPREE- guitarBILLY PRESTON- organ, pianoDONNY HATHAWAY- organ, rhodesHUGH MCCRACKEN- guitarERIC GALE- bass, guitarCHUCK RAINEY- bassAL JACKSON- drumsDR JOHN- percussionHUBERT LAWS- fluteTHE MEMPHIS HORNS- duh…… a band suited for a queen.Now, as a singer myself, I cannot begin to express how much of an influence she’s had on EVERY SINGER’s career, including my own. I have never seen anyone make it look so easy. I mean, if you wanted to sell someone on the idea of being a singer, then you would probably pull your phone out and show them any Aretha Franklin clip you could find on YouTube. But more than that, she wasn’t your average singer. She went through a particular set of instances in her life to make her sing the way she did. I’m a firm believer in “singing your life”.Let me break that down for you. “Singing your life” to me is the equivalent of an MC (rapper) talking about things he or she has never done for credibility. Which, I think we all can agree is the fakest shit ever, right? Okay… Let’s go into Aretha’s life to try and understand a little piece of why she is the “Queen Of Soul.”For those who don’t know, Aretha was born into a family of royalty. Her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was the Minister of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up around some of the most prolific gospel and soul and R&B singers and musicians of all time! In fact, I saw a documentary of how people like Mahalia Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke (to name a few) would come and stay at their house when passing through Detroit.Aretha was born on March 25th, 1942. She started her career as a secular artist when she was 18. She was dubbed the “Queen of Soul” by the end of the ’60s. So, let’s just say that it took her under 10 years to become that, and FOR THE REST OF TIME!!!! If you’ve ever heard the record, Amazing Grace, you will hear Rev. Franklin say, “…if you wanna know the truth about it, she’s never left the church”. 20 Grammys! She’s had at least four Number One Hits In EVERY DECADE!!! So think about this… a woman who had two kids before she was 15. Just to give you an idea of this woman’s incredible life…Let’s talk about the activist, Aretha. Did you know that she not only sang at the rallies but marched with Dr. King in Selma, Alabama? Did you know that when Angela Davis was arrested for speaking out against Black injustice, she went to work for free on a 12-city tour and took all the money and gave it to Angela to bail her out and pay her lawyers? Also, did you know that Aretha was instrumental in providing clean water to Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis (which is STILL happening, by the way)? She even made sure that after her passing, it would still be taken care of! Talk about FORESIGHT!She got to sing for America’s first black President during the biggest inaugural to date. Not to mention, she helped to make that happen by marching, and singing, and devoting her life to the betterment of ALL OUR LIVES! There are people who marched with her who never thought they’d EVER see the day that we’d have a black President. But she did! Imagine crossing THAT finish line. And then Donald Trump had the nerve to say, “Oh, she worked for me”. THE FUCK OUTTA HERE with that shit. Let’s get this straight. She PERFORMED for you because you paid her to WORK for US!!! I digress… (hits blunt, cools down).In closing, I’d like to share with you a moment that I had sitting at home. I watched some of her funeral (which is 10 hours long). I watched what people had to say about her, watched all the tributes, but the one thing I remember most, was that I went down an Aretha YouTube rabbit hole (which those of you who know me personally, I’ve been known to hit those pretty hard), and I came across a clip of her in 1971 with the band I mentioned earlier. And there she is. In ALL of her Glory. In a beautiful black dress, perfect short afro, singing “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman”. The cadence of her voice, the time she took to sing this song, the care that the band took so that she could give it to correctly, I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard and so long after watching a performance that moved me the way that it did. The very mention of it makes my eyes water. I’ll warn you though…it’s the kinda thing you watch once. You don’t watch it over and over, simply because you don’t need to.If you are going to watch this, all I ask is to watch it the entire way through.A couple of weeks ago at LOCKN’ Festival, some of you laughed at me for misspelling the word “RESPECT” and that’s okay, I’m good for a laugh every now and then. I eventually got it right…But just do me and yourself a favor. When you speak of her, if ever her name should leave your mouth, you’d better put some “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” on her name.last_img read more