Enough Lettuce to feed a family of four + more funk!

I’ve been on total funk overload (TFO, for those you like such things) for the past couple of days. It started with Will Bernard’s group at Nectar’s on Tuesday. That was just the beginning. The following night, Lettuce played a two hour long “evening with” show at Club Metronome.

Lettuce was super tight. Adam Deitch laid down the funky beats like nobody’s business. The highlight for me was Neal Evans on keys though. I’ve been listening to him for a while now and it was great to see the man at work. His organ sounds are so aggressive and catchy. I knew that this was only a preview of what was to follow on Thursday night at the Waterfront Funk Tent.

Gloomy weather couldn’t stop this city from getting its funk on. I parked at an undisclosed (but very free!) location up closer to Church St. (cause I’m a starving college student and I’m not really into the whole “pay money for a parking spot” thing) and hiked down to the waterfront. I was hearing thunder as I made my way down in the rain but my spirits were far from dampened.

I got to the tent and knew that the evening would be one to remember. The stage setup was solid and the lighting was phenomenal. Big Sam’s Funky Nation took the stage at 6pm on the dot, playing for just over an hour. Lettuce followed suit with a slightly longer set which, sadly, resembled the set from the previous night a bit too much. It was still quite enjoyable. Porter, Baptiste, Stoltz took the stage just after 9pm putting on a great show. If it were me, I would have programmed Lettuce as the headliner, just because their following seemed much stronger.

The music went from 6-11pm. The rain stopped sometime during the first set and allowed for people to comfortably walk outside the tent to get some fresh air and stretch their legs. I moved around throughout each of the sets, taking photos as I went and searching for decent sound.

Sadly, I never really found the perfect mix. I can’t imagine that the tent made a great space to run sound in and I can certainly sympathize with sound guys now, having run sound at a club for the past year. Still, I can’t help but think that things could have been made a bit better for each set. At times I wondered if the front of house sound guy just set the faders for the evening and left them until something started to feedback (which it did…). It was still, without a doubt, an awesome evening of music.

Big Sam

Big Sam's Funky Nation | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Guitarist takes a solo | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Guitarist takes a solo | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Neal Evans takes a solo | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Neal Evans takes a solo | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Nigel Hall hypes the crowd | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Nigel Hall hypes the crowd | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

George Porter lays down some funky lines | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

George Porter lays down some funky lines | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Brian Stoltz | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09

Brian Stoltz | Waterfront Funk Tent 6.11.09