Got Funk If You Want It – Trombone Shorty, this Friday

1 04 2010

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, this Friday

Hailing from New Orleans’ 6th Ward Tremé district comes Trombone Shorty aka Troy Andrews and a hornful of funk.  And what says summertime more than some hot, wave-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don’t-care grooves?

Let’s drop back a bit time-wise, 2001, where we can see a very young Andrews choppin’ it up on an Armstrong number alongside Cleveland native Dominick Farinacci.  Andrews kills this one on trumpet:

Fast forward many years, where Shorty is sharing the spotlight with one of his NOLA musical kinsmen, Wynton Marsalis:

And here’s Mr. Shorty and his totally dope group, Orleans Avenue. Don’t bump this too loud at work–or maybe you should, depending on who really needs a pick-me-up: 

Who Dat? Trombone Shorty. This Friday, at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern.


Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Beachland on Thursday Nov 12

9 11 2009

Cleveland: Where Funk Happens.

To wit: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, recorded live compliments of BayTaperDotCom.

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This Thursday, one of America’s living legends rolls jauntily into the Beachland, riding high atop a 25 year-old wave of touring and recording that’s still crashing parties and blowing people over with pure joy.   The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, New Orleans ambassadors of funk and soul, arrives to celebrate life, love, good food, good grooves, and the 25th anniversary of their legendary record, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.

Last we heard from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, they recorded a version of Marvin Gaye’s classic soul record, What’s Going On? as a response to New Orleans’ suffering by Hurricane Katrina.  Actor Harry Shearer, now a resident of New Orleans, created an audio documentary that tells the tale of these musicians’ response to a homegrown international tragedy (subscription).  A podcast provided by Straight No Chaser interviews the Dirty Dozen’s baritone player Roger Lewis, and discusses his musical career and perspective as a musician working within the New Orleans tradition.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s music, however, is what really should do the speaking. brings you the following tunes, for your mouseclicking pleasure. Don’t play too loud–your coworkers might think you’re having TOO much fun:

“Ruler of My Heart”
“Every Night About This Time”

If you’re not feeling, the Hype Machine, one of the sweetest audio aggregators you’ll find online, has provided a slew of Dirty Dozen ditties.

Get the picture? If you don’t, heere’s a review, in photos, of DDBB’s recent excursion to Brooklyn, NY.

Ain’t nuthin’ but a party. To order tickets for this Thursday night show, click here.  For other related info, go to or call the club at 216-383-1124.


Tonight: live SOUL MUSIC with Charles Walker and the Dynamites

22 09 2009

After a technically-induced hiatus, the Beachland blog has returned to regale you with SOUL MUSIC.  Not in strictly platter’d form, but alive, sweating and breathing and ready to take you ever-higher.

Tonight the Beachland presents The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, all the way from Nashville, TN.  Let’s cut right to the chase and dig up some live audio/video for your pleasure:

That hot number, “Talkin’ ‘Bout You”, hails from a 60s-era side that Walker cut for Decca Records.  See, this cat’s got a discography.  And from what you can hear, he hasn’t lost an ounce of power as a vocalist or a performer.

A portion of Walker’s bio on Zane Records informs us:

His professional musical journey began in his hometown with his first recording ‘Slave To Love’ released in 1959 on the Nashville ‘Champion’ label. He relocated to New York shortly afterwards and met record entrepreneur Bobby Robinson who cut some demos with Charles for his ‘Fury’ label.

Soon afterwards, a chance meeting with the J.C Davis Band, who had played the famed Apollo Theatre, opening for Jackie Wilson led to Charles becoming their lead singer. During his time with the L.C Davis band he toured the country opening for many of the greats of the era, including Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and Little Willie John. With Charles as lead singer they recorded ‘Sweet Sweet Love’ and ‘The Chicken Scratch’ for Chess records. These cuts never become hits at the time, but their quality has ensured that over the years they have become highly collectable.

Later, Walker formed a band called Little Charles and the Sidewinders, whose 45s can still be found online, sought after by soul music collectors and vintage afficionados.  Here’s a tasty cut by the Sidewinders that fits quite nicely with the UK ‘northern soul’ aesthetic, titled “It’s A Heartache”:

But you, the discerning Beachland Listener, are looking for that unique live vibe, aren’t you? So here we leave you with more of Walker and the Dynamites.  All that geeky collector speak is fun to roll around on the tongue, but ultimately doesn’t hold a candle to a killer live band such as the Dynamites. While the dress on this gig is casual, the groove here is definitely not:

We’ll leave with with Mr. Walker and the incomparable Miss Sharon Jones duetting on a sultry classic we can probably still relate to, entitled “Summertime”:

Now, that’s deeper than American debt!  See Charles Walker and the Dynamites tonight, with special openers The Floorwalkers!  For more information, head to


BBQ and Bootsy: Follow Up To The Throwdown

28 07 2009
Bootsy Collins @ BBQ Throwdown

Bootsy Collins @ BBQ Throwdown

Thanks to all who came out to’s 1st Ever Rock and Roll BBQ Throwdown this past Sunday.  Though it’s not written a such in conventional culinary dictionaries, a “throwdown” means a tossing of the glove in the culinary ring; a sweetly-seasoned”I dare you”; a tale of the tastiest.  The blog Fun Playing With Food provides  photos detailing this past Sunday’s culinary excellence:

Also adding to this nice narrative is blogger Bridget Callahan, who raves about the sweet treats–ice cream and popcorn–that rocked her tummy.

Rocking the crowd through the mere funk of his presence was legendary bassist Bootsy Collins.  Bootsy, a Cincy native, came to spread the word about his own BBQ chain as well as add some get-down to the Throwdown. provides you with some Bootsy and some other party insights.