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CKXU loves you and local music

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 Things got a little funky as U of L based community radio station CKXU held a sold out CKXU Loves you show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 11.

Adequate guitarist Josh Thorlakson playing CKXU Loves You, Feb. 11. photo by Richard Amery
 I missed seeing a new band Hunneycut, but arrived in time to catch one of my favourites The Groove Apostles.As usual, they played a strong set of pop and ’70s soul and rock and roll, which was apt as the theme of the night was the 1970s.

 They were powered by Shelby Wilson’s huge voice, a crack two man horn section of trombonist Kevin Jackson and Vaughan Henning, also playing guitar,and some superb guitar playing from Fei Fei Du.
 Keyboardist Daniel Yaretz added extra soul. And the groove came courtesy of drummer Daniel Best and Matthew Hellawell.

They alternated between contemporary pop like Gnarls Barkley’s “ Maybe I’m Crazy,” and classic rock like Three Dog Night’s “ Joy To The World.”

 They ended their set with a jazzy version of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” which featured a Cuban jazz breakdown mid solo.

Local funk rock trio Adequate weren’t about to be outfunked though.

The Groove Apostles playing CKXU Loves You at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 11. Photo by Richard AmeryThe multi-instrumental trio of Scott Mezei, Keenan Pezderic and  guitarist Josh Thorlakson always play a solid set of groove laden funk and pop music.

The trio, dressed in their finest disco era clothes, began with the theme from Shaft which segued into a medley of pop rap hits including “Bust A Move”  and the Prince of Bel Aire theme. They dipped back into the ’60s with “You Make Me Want to Shout” then explored the depths of ’70s R and B  and ’80s with “ Play That Funky Music” and “ Electric Avenue, featuring Pezderic singing while drumming.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:16 )  
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