We lost James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, in 2006, but the funk must go on. And indeed it will on Wednesday night as The James Brown Band comes to town with some special guests that will make you want to jump back and kiss yourself.
This is most definitively not a James Brown cover band. These musicians used to play with Brown as members of his band, The JBs. Thirteen former members are scheduled to perform, including South Carolina resident Fred Wesley, trombone player, music director and arranger for The JBs.
George Porter Jr., founding member of New Orleans’ funk legends The Meters, will pick up the bass, Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk will take to the keyboards and vocalist Brent Carter of Tower of Power and Average White Band will join Chris Rob of Nasty Delicious and local stars Elise Testone, Quiana Parler and Mike Quinn on the mic.
An additional $2 will benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils in Augusta, Ga., which is spearheaded by James Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown Thomas and Keith Jenkins, lead guitarist and music director of The James Brown Band.
The official after-party and meet-and-greet at The Commodore is RSVP only through the YotMe app (details on CMH website).
when: 8 p.m. Sept. 14
where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., downtown Charleston
more info: 843-853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com