If you weren't 'On The Corner' Saturday night 10.18.03 in Los Angeles, then you must have had no pulse. You certainly didn't need a map to find Club Fais Do Do post-Galactic that night. All you had to do was listen for the strict, straight up funk and heavy boogaloo sounds of The Greasy Beats reverberating throughout the City of Angels.

The night began innocently enough with the Bay Area jazz/funk/world beat sextet Reorchestra making their L.A. debut. The audience was captivated by the unique sounds of Reorchestra as the band weaved through their set of hypnotic original compositions and intense soloing by guitar, keys and trombone. After Reorchestra's impressive set, The Troublemaker (URB magazine's DJ contest winner 2003) took the stage with fellow turntablist DJ Example for an exciting romp through landmark drum breaks and classic old school hip-hop records. Very funky indeed!

At 1:00 am The Greasy Beats took the stage for their late night post-Galactic set. Joel Bowers, leader/saxophonist of The Greasy Beats, guided the all-star 10-piece band through a two-hour-plus set which featured many special friends, including Cocheme "Cheme" Gastelum (Robert Walter's 20th Congress) on alto sax and Brian Jordan (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) on guitar.

After Galactic's House of Blues performance concluded, heavyweight drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic, Garage A Trois) eased on down to join The Greasy Beats for a super funk throw down, NOLA style! With two drum kits set up, Stanton and dynamic drummer Pete McNeal (The Greasy Beats, The Breakestra, Hustle) and powerhouse percussionist Chuck Prada (The Greasy Beats, Black Eyed Peas) laid down a deep rhythmical pocket over which the soloists soared. The band's spellbinding combination of intense grooves, horny horns, screaming organ, scratchy guitars and kick-ass drumming made you want to get up out of your seat and get down to their badass sound!

Okay, so picture this... Two seriously funky drummers, one brilliant bassist, one amazing percussionist, two wailing guitars, four jazzy horns and some killer keys to top it all off... I swore to myself that I was back at JazzFest when The Greasy Beats finished their set at four in the morning! These guys take you back to a time when fine musicianship and honest music really moved you, and those who witnessed their intense performance that night were sent home nodding their heads in absolute approval. I can't wait to catch The Greasy Beats again soon 'On The Corner!'

Please stay tuned to the website of for more information on The Greasy Beats and the 'On The Corner' monthly funk series.

Laura Olonan
JamBase | Los Angeles
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December 10th, 2003
The Greasy Beats
Temple Bar
1026 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

[Published on: 11/4/03]

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