NEW-SCHOOL FUNKSTERS HIT THE ROCKIES

NETWERK: ELECTRIC | GLOBAL FUNK COUNCIL
Quixote's True Blue | Boulder, CO | 05.16.02
Tulagi | Boulder, CO | 05.17.02

The musical tag-team of Netwerk: Electric and Global Funk Council came to Quixote's True Blue and Tulagi for two nights of incredible music. These two bands provided a nice mixture of styles and exchanged headlining duties between nights.

The Quixote's/Tulagi duo proved to be two different types of venues with equally good shows. Tulagi, in Boulder, is a great place to see a show. It's a fairly large club with a newly renovated bar. The bar has several couches, pool tables and a bevy of good music.

Netwerk: Electric - a four-piece band featuring guitar, keys, bass and drums - plays a trippy, climax-building style of songs that venture in and out of musical zones. Dark, funky, rockin’ and reggae stylings all in the same song helps build the energy and craziness of a Netwerk: Electric show. The band plays many sections within each song: some sections had the crowd dancing out of control, while other sections had the crowd perplexed. The band displays a multitude of influences from jungle to gospel to hip-hop. The band finished both shows very strong. The final two songs at Quixote's were very danceable, featuring hints of funk and reggae. This band has a great future. Their schedule calls for constant touring, often sharing the stage with other up-and-coming bands in the scene. The highlight of their show is the way guitarist Jason Concepcion can handle the most intense climaxes, and his improvisational fills make it easier for his bandmates to jam.

The Global Funk Council treated the crowds to an international smorgasbord of funk. This band features Eric Bolivar (formerly of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) on drums; Anthony Smith (formerly of Giant People) on keys; Steve Haney (formerly of the Greyboy Allstars) on percussion; Jonathon Stoyanoff on bass; and Dan Schwindt (who appears to be Dirk Nowitzki’s long lost cousin) on guitar. Both of the GFC’s shows featured the most popular guest musician around: sax man Ari from Cabaret Diosa. The band closed the Denver show with straight-up funk, funk and soul, funky techno, bluesy funk and - my favorite - island funk. “Chillin’”, a reggae-influenced funk tune, was the highlight of their two-night stand. This song featured amazing sections and heavy use of the sax.

Both of these bands represent the beauty of the jamband scene. They play different types of music, yet shared the stage with great success. The bands collaborated for a wonderful two-bill, featuring superb jams and loads of potential. Look for both of these bands throughout the summer, and if you get to see them together, then you are in for a night that can only be considered... NUTZ!

Greg Berman
JamBase | Colorado
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[Published on: 5/21/02]

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