Entropy | 1.01.04 | The Five-Spot | Atlanta, GA
5…4…3…2…1…! And a new year begins for Atlanta/Athens based funk fusion band Entropy. The Five Spot, a new nightclub located in Atlanta's Little Five Points district, is packed with a crowd of at least 100 people, all waiting for Entropy to take the stage. Midnight comes and goes, and though Entropy misses the countdown, they bring the funk, and they bring it all night long. The entire show is filled with super-high-energy tunes, exploring the funk genre from many different angles, including the influence of hip-hop, R& B, and dance in general... Imagine flutes, saxophones, fly-ass velvet leisure suits, various percussion implements, a flowistic MC (Derek "Zero" Evans), and one James Brown doll, then you have Entropy's New Year's Eve extravaganza.
Along with the usual suspects, Bryan "Slappy" Goodman (guitars), Scott Jones (basses), Rob Robinson (drums), and Rod Williams (keys and lead vocals), the Entropy line-up always includes a few special guests. Songbirds Terica "JoMelodie" Harris, Micki Craig, and Yvette "Boo" Roberts added a harmonic layer to the ensemble, with deep lead and backup vocals, while Kane Stanley wrapped up the percussion section. Other appearances included Kofi Burbridge on flute, and Kris Davidson, a live-performance painter.
By the middle of the first set, the crowd had grown in number and came alive, and I don't think it was from the liquor. Feet were moving and asses were shaking all over the Five-Spot. And the shaking didn't stop, as Entropy played old favorites, as well as cuts from their debut studio album: "Novocain," "Party Platform," "Hot and Sour," and "Rather Be Free." (You can catch a sneak preview of a couple of these on Entropy's website). Look for the album to drop in late March, on Entropy's own indie label, Funk Shop Records.
I wasn't convinced that Entropy could keep the party going... but they proved me wrong, as the energy never dropped below "ultimate groove mode." Entropy pulled off one of the best New Year's shows I've been to, playing 'til four a.m.
February will be a busy month for the band, with a bi-weekly residency at Atlanta's Five-Spot, as well as a Southeastern tour, with stops in Asheville, Augusta, and Athens. The tour will also include a Florida run, taking the funk explosion to Pensacola and Tallahassee. "Pensacola is one of our favorite places to play. We LOVE Florida!" exclaims drummer Rob Robinson. Be sure to check out a show... or two... You won't be disappointed!
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