Memphis soul masters the Bo-Keys
10pm, March 22, 2012
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave,. Evanston, IL, 847.492.8860
“Masters of the Memphis sound” (NPR) the Bo-Keys will perform at SPACE on March 22, following a wave of acclaim for last year’s ‘Got To Get Back!’ (Electraphonic Recordings), joined by vocalists Otis Clay of Chicago and Atlantic Records singer Percy Wiggins.
‘Got To Get Back!’ appeared on Associated Press’ list of top albums of 2011, alongside albums by Adele, Beyonce, Jay-Z & Kanye West, The Roots, The Black Keys, and others. Meanwhile, the band has earned two Blues Music Award nominations, for Band of the Year and for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year.
The Wall Street Journal said, “Funky[,] authentic groove… If the Bo-Keys sound like Memphis in the 1960s and early ’70s, it’s probably because most of the band’s musicians were recording back then for the city’s top labels.”
The Associated Press said, “Strong… The Bo-Keys present a muscular yet spare sound that captures the grit and grease of classic, horn-driven R&B. Where many revivalists pale compared to the originals, the Bo-Keys would have fit right in next to legendary Memphis musical crews the Bar-Kays and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.”
The LA Times reviewed a recent concert, calling it “a fiery set that unfolded like a classic soul revue.”
MOJO asked “What’s not to like?,” continuing, “It’s done incredibly well, which isn’t surprising when you consider the claibre of founder and bassist Scott Bomar’s excellent band. [It’s] a supergroup of sorts.”
WHO: Memphis soul masters the Bo-Keys
WHAT: Chicago concert
WHEN: 10pm, March 22, 2012
WHERE: SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave,. Evanston, IL, 847.492.8860
TICKETS: $14, 26 from SPACE box office or Front Gate Tickets