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MUSIC: Boo City Brings The Funk To Local 121

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Bluesy funk-soul reggae rock owned the house in Local 121's Speakeasy last night, when Boo City took to the stage. Photo: Boo City.

On a frigid Friday night in downtown Providence, Boo City warmed everybody up with their brand of bluesy funk-soul reggae rock to celebrate the release of their Anchortown EP at The Speakeasy located in the lower level of the swanky Local 121. With Zak Drummond in his DJ alter ego Born Casual on the 1's and 2's spinning between sets, the mood was just right for another awesome night of amazing
local music. With people groovin' on the dancefloor and good vibes all around, Local 121 was definitely the place to be.

Zak Drummond/Born Casual

You might know him as one of the thunderous guitarists for Providence hardcore punk band Verse, but Zak Drummond as Born Casual started off the show with spinning some R&B and hip-hop to set the mood for the evening. Spinning Drake, Schoolboy Q, R. Kelly, Hudson Mohawke, Kendrick Lamar and Lil' Wayne just to name a few, Born Casual was putting on a clinic. Born Casual will be back at Local 121 with local rock & rollers Party Pigs on November 21st, a date you should definitely mark off your calendar.

Boo City

The place was packed and Boo City took the stage featuring Tai Awolaju's beautiful, smooth as silk voice kicking off a dynamic performance. With Andrew Moon Bain's excellent skills guitar, Harrison Milloff slappin' the bass and a fantastic horn section with Grayson Farmer on trumpet and Frank "Ranks" Moniz on saxophone, Boo City brought the soul, funk and a whole lot more. "What's Your Deal?",
"Long Gone", "Take It Easy On Me", "Bring It On Home", "You Ain't Ready", "Go And Tell Yo' Mama", a version of Damian Marley's "Welcome To Jamrock" but this time it was called "Welcome To Boo City", a cover of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz", "Closer" with Jahdan Blakkamore guesting on vocals, "Speak Out" and "We'll Be Just Fine" had people shuffling their feet and movin' to the beat.

Boo City's emphatic combination of jazz, ska and hip-hop along with every other genre I've mentioned earlier makes them a band that has a sound so unique without having any contemporaries and anything you can truly compare them too. Boo City has the Anchortown EP available on their website at www.boocitymusic.com and you can also pick up a hard copy anywhere Boo City brings those infectious rhythms everybody loves.

Another great night for local music in The Creative Capital at one of the best little music venues in the world today, next time you want to see the next kickass show at Local 121, check out the calendar page on www.local121.com for everything you need to know.


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