When: Sat., Aug. 17 2013
BUDOS BAND The resurgence in trad soul can be traced, at least commercially speaking, to the Brooklyn doorsteps of the Daptone House of Soul. It’s in that studio that once-forgotten artists like Sharon Jones, Lee Fields and Charles Bradley have had their singing careers resuscitated with the help of beard- and beanie-sporting millennials providing back-up for these experienced singers. Jones’ success helped spread the resurgent sound nationally, and Amy Winehouse, who tapped the Dap-Kings for her 2006 LP, Back to Black, helped bring greasy soul back into the international limelight. The backing bands splintered into different entities — Antibalas, Budos Band, the Menahan Street Band — each with intriguing twists on the funky formula. Builders of deep, psychedelic-tinged grooves, Budos Band artfully blends Super Fly-era Curtis Mayfield, James Brown and Booker T. and the MG’s into horn-fueled rave-ups, sprinkling in generous amounts of Éthiopiques funk for additional spice. They call the result Afro-Soul, but let’s not get bogged down in nomenclature — it’s impossible to sit still when this band finds the pocket, and they find it a lot.