Funk-Soul


Greenroom is one of my favourite local funk bands that I discovered through Jamie Hovorka, who used to play trumpet for the group. I don’t know if they are still around actually, but if you can, GO SEE THEM LIVE. Greenroom is a fun group of guys; they really know how to get a crowd going, especially when playing in their red track suits! I saw them perform only a couple times, once at the Arts Club Lounge, and the other time at the Jazz Fest (though they are not really a jazz group) back in 2003. My favourite tracks from their album Connect are “Dimentia Five” and “Milkman” (with Lindsay Davis, formerly of The Colorifics, aka Lily Frost).

Woot! NYC–here I come! Today, my boss gave me the green light to take 3 weeks off in May for my trip to NY-Philadelphia. I’m going to book my flight this later on this week. Went to my parents’ tonight to discuss the particulars with everyone going, including Rupert and Anita.

Originally, I was planning only to stay for a couple weeks, but decided to go an extra week earlier to be with my mom and dad. Though a little leery of vacationing with a family of adults (and the extra costs), I do think it’s special to be fully present with immediate family in NYC, especially since we have roots there.

Two of the musicals I really want to see (The Drowsy Chaperone and The Producers) are indeed running on Broadway, so here’s a cover performed by my favourite funk band that looks ahead to that:

On Broadway
words and music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
performed by: LMT Connection
recording: Outta Control (1999, Impression Records)

(If you visit their myspace site, be sure to play the video of their live performance on BB King’s 80th Birthday Tour. Leroy Emmanuel on his green guitar is hot stuff! Joel Parisien and Mark Rogers from NEWWORLDSON plays for the band as well.)