Addison Groove Project
Khyber Pub | Philadelphia, PA
July 22, 2001
Summer’s here and the time is right. The boys of AGP are sweeping the Eastern Seaboard, carrying with them the Boston-bred funk styles and dynamic sensationalism they have been hitting since high school, literally. On this, their second consecutive summer jaunt, the boys are traveling a little further South, hitting up spots in the Carolina’s, Hot Lanta, and as far as Jacksonville, home to Marilyn Manson and Death (although I do not think they will not be playing at any of the town’s renowned death metal venues that have made those cats infamous). On this Sunday night in Illadelph, the Addison Groove Project dropped the illness for the faithful folks who don’t care about 9am Monday morning. They would rather be gettin’ down.
Feeling a little like Letterman’s studio, the Khyber needed a little warming and Addison soon provided. After an always heartfelt Grover Washington, Jr. talk with saxmen Ben Groppe and Dave Adams (see live at the Bijou Café in Philadelphia, May 1977) and some road stories from bassist John Hall and funky drummer Andrew Keith, these cats took the stage to a little tickling by the one and the only Robert Marscher.
Dropping "Wabadu-Wabuda" opener, Addison told quickly what they crowd was in for; excitedly changing styles within songs, perfection in the solo sections and the funky breaks straight out of the Crusader’s handbook (see Chain Reaction and Scratch). Delving into James’ "Talkin’ Loud and Sayin Nuthin," axeman and trumpeter Brendan
McGinn souled out the vocals as the band hit it like it should be hit. "Divergent Perspectives" granted us some damn-soulful Dave Adams soloing and once again the Rob "I can brush my teeth, tie my shoes and drive the van at the same time" Marscher soloing on Fender Rhodes and organ, together and separately. The Addison classic "Nuggets the Shaker" came next followed by "Breathe," another amazing creation from the Wellesley boys. "Marinate" brought us some more tight grooves and perfectly round solo sections, with John Hall just killing it and Andrew Keith on the backbeat. Once again an old fave "Gorgonzola" off their debut album blew it up for the Philly folk. A yet-to-be titled vocal number had McGinn grinding once again as the rhythm section held it down proper as always. The group ended their set with "All About That," a head first, driving tune that had the folks begging for more but the Philadelphia curfew halted pans otherwise.
To say what Addison puts out, how the feel of their music brings people to move, was told last night as you could see passers-by stopping at the window behind the stage and just start breakin’ right there on the street and then coming inside to get some more. The Addison Groove boys got it going on with their bad selves. Talking a little with them after the show, they all were real excited to get the tour rolling again. The beginning was mostly off and on gigs in the Northeast, but it really drops on the 24th in Greenville, NC after which the boys will be traveling through the Southeast for a few weeks and making the run back up north to finish up at Berkfest on August 10th. For all y'all Southern folk, be sure to catch these boys when they hit your town for the great vibes and sick funky stylings. If you are interested in sweating, with the Addison Groove Project is where you want to be because these guys like to sweat too.
Don’t sleep. Be aware of what is being created around you.
JamBase NJ Correspondent
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