Soul-Patrol REVIEW: GARRY SHIDER Tribute Show @ BB King's Blues - NYC (7-11-2010)
TFSnewsRoom/Soul-Patrol.com Posted Jul 18, 2010 11:58 AM
Review of the GARRY SHIDER TRIBUTE SHOW @ BB King Blues in NYC
(7-11-2010)[featuring Funk-Kin, Socialybrium, Living Colour and The Black Rock
I arrived in New York City with my brother around 5:45pm and made a beeline to
B.B. King's Blues to buy 2 tickets for the show of the season (okay, we stopped
at KFC first). After the funeral service for Garry Shider in Plainfield, NJ two
weeks ago, I figured that I owe it to myself and to the Shider family to try to
make this special event. I was unable to attend the tribute show on Saturday
7/10 because I was at a conference in Washington, DC that day.
Upon arriving at the club, I ran into K-Funkstar (Keith Thomas), Vernon Reid,
Dr. G and Mike Hall. I walked around the club running into funkateers from
everywhere....Soul-Patrol.com's own Bob Davis & his wife, Sally Foxen ("put your
hands together for Sally"), Darrell McNeill, Jack Abney, L*A*W, Albert "Winky"
Hendricks, Dennis Diamond, John "Groovalicious" Willis & his wife, Eric Perl,
Richard Panse, Michael O'Neal, Barbara Thomas, Jimi Hazel, Rick Skatore, and
most of the P-Funk Allstars.
I was expecting the club to be totally packed, but it was only HALF FULL, which
wasn't that good....where are the rest of the funkateers? I only hope that
those funkateers who were MIA will be donating funds to the Garry Shider Medical
Fund online. I remember going to the Pedro Bell benefit a few months ago (at a
different venue) and the same thing happened....I think the place was 40% - 50%
full. If you call yourself fans of these artists, please come out and show some
Anyway, Funk-Kin started their set at 7:20pm. The line-up was K-Funkstar on
lead vocals, Garrett Shider (lead vocals), Nowell Haskins (on vocals & drums),
Nate Shider (rhythm guitar), Kevin "K-Star" Shider (lead & rhythm guitar), Tim
Shider (keyboards), Gregg Fitz (keyboards), Billy Spruill (rhythm guitar),
Charlie Rivers (lead guitar), Billy Perk Puryear (bass), Roxanne Eurie
(background vocals), Craig Staton (background vocals), Blackbyrd McKnight (guest
lead guitarist) and Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey (guest drummer).
Funk-Kin honestly haven't lost their touch....these guys tore the roof off the
sucka with some decent original cuts followed by a Funkadelic tune. The stank
keyboardisms were effect on the funky "The Goose". "It's On" was followed by
"Tight Sh*t". "I Heard" was basically a re-working of the Funk-Kin song "Rump
Shaker" (in case you wanted to know). "Pushing That Funk" was another funky,
rumpshaking cut, borrowing the melody of "The Mothership Connection". "Cosmic
Slop" was the best part of the show, featuring MR. GARRETT SHIDER on lead
vocals, handling the vocal part of his father, the forever immortalized Garry
Shider, VERY WELL! Accompanying Garrett was the legendary Jerome "Bigfoot"
Brailey on drums, Blackbyrd on guitar, and Kevin "K-Star" Shider playing a
hellified guitar solo! The Funk-Kin set was over at 8:00pm.
Mr. Soul-Patrol himself Bob Davis took time to deliver a very important PSA
(that's Public Service Announcement, for those that don't know).
The PSA is: GET SOME D*MN LIFE INSURANCE & SOME HEALTH INSURANCE
The truth is that a lot of these musicians are either suffering health-wise with
NO health insurance OR transitioning to eternal life without any life insurance.
They are leaving the financial burdens onto their family members....and
sometimes their fans!! Get some term-life insurance (which doesn't cost a lot)
and get some temporary major medical insurance (if you cannot get good
comprehensive medical insurance). If you plan NOW and get your business
straight, you can avoid a lot of problems LATER!!!!!!!
..........AND NOW BACK TO THE FUNK............
Socialybrium started their set at 8:20pm, featuring the line-up of Bernie
Worrell on Hammond B-3 organ, Melvin Gibbs on bass, Ronny Drayton on lead
guitar, Blackbyrd McKnight on lead guitar, J.T. Lewis on drums, and Darryl Dixon
on guest saxophone.
"Free Your Mind" was the best part of the show, with Bernie playing the guitar
melody part on organ....Ronny stepped in with a great lead guitar solo later in
the song! I did hear Bernie play a little snippet of "Tear the Roof Off the
Sucka" (just 4 seconds of it). The second song featured Darryl Dixon on
saxophone. The third song was a rock-funk tune with a fiery guitar solo by
Ronny and some stank bass riffing by Melvin. Blackbyrd stepped in with some
sizzling guitarisms on the last song. Socialybrium ended their set at 9:00pm,
............. BREAK TIME...........
It was time to give thanks to Sweet Relief, an organization that helps musicians
that are in dire financial need, like Garry Shider. Barbara Thomas and Pete
Shipman, Jr. thanked all of those who came out to support the Shider family and
those who donated through the website, http://www.garryshidermedicalfund.com .
REMEMBER, YOU CAN STILL HELP THE SHIDER FAMILY MONETARILY THROUGH THE MEDICAL
FUND WEBSITE.... http://www.garryshidermedicalfund.com
..........AND NOW BACK TO THE FUNK............
At 9:10pm, Living Colour started their set, with the line-up.......(well, YOU
KNOW THE LINE-UP!) The guys jumped into some nasty black rock called
"Ignorance is Bliss", featuring the soulful vocals of Corey Glover. "Cult of
Personality" was just as electrifying and "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" featured
the Chops Horns section (a very nice touch)! The best part of the set was the
performance of the heavy-duty, fiery-hot metal tune "Super Stupid" (a Funkadelic
song) with Doug Wimbish on lead vocals....the pyrotechnic guitar wailing of
Vernon Reid shattered glass through BB King's, the heavy drum riffing of Wil
Calhoun left ears bleeding, and the bass thumping of Doug straightened out the
afros in the room. Even 24-7 Spyz guitarist Jimi Hazel joined in with some
killer guitar riffs! The punishment was over at 9:40pm.
Immediately, Darrell McNeill brought the Black Rock Coalition Funkestra onstage
and they began performing at 9:45pm with some P-Funk stuff. "Red Hot Momma" was
DA BOMB....Corey Glover and the powerful Sophia Ramos were great on lead vocals,
as well as the blasting rock-guitar force of Vernon Reid, Andre Lassalle, and
Dennis Diamond, the funky bassisms of Darrell McNeill, the powerful drumming of
Bigfoot Brailey, and the spicey keyboardisms of Charla-Funk and Gene Williams!!!
My brother and I had to leave early, so we only checked out the first 1 minute
of "Bop Gun".....so far, it sounded very good.
We left BB King's at 9:55pm.
GARRY SHIDER - you will be always be in our memory banks AND never far from our
hearts!!! FLY ON, SUPER FUNKY BROTHA!!!