Review | Photos | The Pimps of Joytime | SF

Words by: Tyler Weeks | Images by: Casey Flanigan

The Pimps of Joytime :: 03.21.13 :: The Independent :: San Francisco, CA

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The Pimps of Joytime

Brooklyn based band, The Pimps of Joytime, have established themselves as one of the most acclaimed live funk acts currently touring. Since their formation in 2005, they are one of those groups that tends to tour non-stop. The excitement was in the air long before they took the stage on the second night of their two-night run at The Independent in San Francisco. The Pimps easily stir up any crowd on any night into a full blown dancing frenzy within moments of taking the stage. Their eclectic mix of funk, soul, reggae, latin, and electronica make them one of a kind.

Comparisons can be made (Parliament and Sly come to mind, or pretty much any great funk band you can think of with incredible showmanship), but frankly The Pimps are in a category all their own; something new and fresh to behold. They have the energy, the commitment, the stage presence, the excellent musicianship and even the luck of good looks on top of all that to inspire a rockin' party.

The Pimps' lineup is rounded out by Mayteana Morales and Cole Williams on percussion and vocals, David Bailis on bass and synth, and John Staten on drums. The respective female percussionists/vocalists danced non-stop (almost in what appeared to be Afro-Haitian style at one point) and sang collectively with Brian J much of the time, often smiling at each other, knowing well they were entertaining each and every person in the club. Staten's drum solo that came on multiple occasions were tight and concise, as were Brian J's guitar solos, not too long and just the right length. There were practically no breaks in between all of the high energy songs and the crowd never tired. Everyone was there to witness the Pimps do their thing, and no one left disappointed.

"Janxta Funk!" is The Pimps of Joytime's latest record, out now on Wonderwheel Recordings.

[Published on: 4/1/13]

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