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Monday, May 18

Busty and the Bass 5/11/15 Brooklyn Bowl Review and Photos



When Busty and the Bass made their way to Brooklyn Bowl this past Monday evening I knew little about this band other than their name and that they were a 9 piece techno-funk group out of Canada. I never expected a band capable of delivering a set ranging from straight hip hop to instrumentals and almost everything in between, but that is exactly what they are.


They began softly with an intro that saw each of the 9 members mesh and grow, reaching a crescendo as the leaping Nick Ferraro (Singer/Alto Sax) landed back on both feet. This was just the beginning and the energy was already palpable throughout the crowd. The room which seemed to steadily fill-in as the set progressed, had a buzz about it as the band provided a set-list that seemed to span genres, as if you had hit scan on the car radio. Ranging from a foundation of soul, provided by a solid trio of horns, to the electro portion of the band consisting of 3 separate keyboard/piano players as well as bass and guitar, there wasn’t much this band didn’t offer up. There were pure energy fueled tunes dripping with funk to moments where I closed my eyes and felt as if I could be decked out in black-tie dancing the night away with my favorite lady. This band was far from done as they bust into “Right Kind” which showed their ability to deliver some quality hip hop. From tight vocals to rhythm and horn hits, this song shows the bands ability to take you on a musical journey to anywhere at any time all while keeping the music extremely tight. This was clearly evident as the band took the room even deeper into their musical journey with “Mmhmmm” an all instrumental piece that beautifully displayed each member’s musical ability as they seamlessly took turns soloing throughout the song.  


This night was full of the unknown and unexpected from the start and with each and every turn I was drawn in more and more by a group of musicians that clearly not only love what they do, but who they do it with. The final two songs perfectly summed up what the night was all about for me, with the band taking “Latch” (Disclosure) for a spin, using soothing vocals with powerful horns making this song as much their own as any song they play. Ending the night with an original “Tryna Find Myself” a tune that has some funk some pop and a small dash of almost everything else the band offers in one tune. If you like music of any kind, dancing and just being out and having fun this is a band you should check out. Regardless of what you’re looking to get out of your evening, catching these guys do their thing will likely give you just that and more each and every time.


Here is the evenings set list:
Intro    
Modles
Models III
The Real
Mmhmm
Right kind
Calvin
Light Blue
Latch (cover Disclosure)
Tryna Find Myself
 








 
 
Words: Chason Heins
Photos: Mike Geller

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