YO MAMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND
First of all, how could you not love the name? This seven-member aggregate from Asheville, N.C. makes no bones about its intentions: Simply to render the Live Wire FUBAR (funked up beyond all reality). It’s as simple as that.
It’s all about the groove, with phat, heavy-duty bass, drums, keys and guitars, plus a mighty horn section, bubbling through tough-funk nastiness with elements of ska, reggae, hip hop and jazz fusion. The band writes a ton o’tunes (one of its more legendary jams, “Naked,” sometimes induces females from the audience to, um, act out onstage) and covers the greats, from P-Funk to Miles Davis to Santana. Everybody wears bright costumes and other weird stuff. Feathers are not uncommon.
“We are a live band,” says singer/guitarist J.P. Miller, who co-founded the band in the tony mountain town of Boone, before moving the whole deal to Asheville three years ago. “You have to come see us to know what it’s like. We never play the same thing twice. It depends on what the audience is feeling. You just never know.” The Mantras open.
And don’t forget, the Live Wire has an ongoing exhibition of George Clinton’s framed artwork through the end of the week. Listen & learn: www.bootyband.com. At 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $10.
BLUFFTON JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
Mark Gaylord, the executive chef at Hilton Head’s Jazz Corner, founded this annual event to provide funds for the Junior Jazz music education program in Beaufort County schools. Savannah’s Eric Culberson is on the bill with his hard-blues trio, and the South Carolina performers include B-Town Playaz (a rock trio that gigs at the Wild Wing Café in Bluffton every Friday), the Motown/jazz revue Deas Guyz (Sunday night regulars at the Jazz Corner), the Bobby Ryder Quartet (swing), and jazz ensembles froned by Martin Lesch (piano) and Scott Giddens (Hammond B3 organ, from Florida). Recommended listening and learning: www.scottgiddens.com. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at M.C. Riley Field, 26 Goethe Road, Bluffton, S.C. Tickets are $20 at www.blufftonmusicfestival.com.
FIRST FRIDAY FOR FOLK MUSIC
Midlife Crisis is an acoustic trio (guitars, dobro, mandolin and the occasional banjo) from Statesboro that covers a lot of the great singer/songwriters. It’s not a fulltime gig for these guys, as the name suggests: Richard Flynn is a professor of English at Georgia Southern University, Joe Kropp is a psychologist, and David Posner is a ceramic artist. The three part-timers do have a semi-regular gig, however, at the Statesboro bakery Sugar Magnolia. Also on the bill at the Savannah Folk Music Society’s 160th First Friday show: The Islands Christian Church Band, performing harmonic folk/gospel with a combination of instruments. Listen & learn: www.savannahfolk.org. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. $2 donation.
ALY TADROS/ALYSE BLACK
Texan Tadros (she’s from the town called Laredo) and Seattle-based Black are both exceptional singer/songwriters with a taste for the soft white underbelly – there are smoky and seductive elements of jazz in their vocals, and fans of Ani DiFranco bluntness, Tori Amos shrieks and whispers and the dark, playful lyricism of Regina Spektor will find something to fulfill them here. A highly recommended showcase. Listen & learn: www.alytadros.com, www.alyseblack.com. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.