When: Sat., March 30 2013
MOTOWN GET DOWN How far ahead of the curve and cutting edge are the Alternative Champs, the local scamps who’ve been entertaining the region for years with their brand of :we mean business” rock ’n’ roll? Well, you may just be discovering the fundamental fabulousness of trad soul music, along with all the other bearded Daptone and Truth & Soul hipsterati, but Mike Mitschele, Rick Randall, Brent Dunn, Dave Massi and John Morris have been on this tip for decades. Take their huge would-be radio hit “Swimmin’ In the Pool,” from their 2005 multi-aluminum seller Welcome to Fort Awesome — a song with which these soul bros stencilled their name in various music history books at the library next to the legendary acts like the Funk Brothers and Booker T. & the MGs. Some even speculate that it was the overwhelming popularity of that song that forced band members to adopt various rock star guises just to keep some semblance of a private life — though in typical kooky fashion, they got it backwards and did it on stage instead. The band’s notorious effect on audiences — mostly the ladies, though not exclusively — rivals that of a James Brown-Tom Jones-Marvin Gaye clothes-off. Point being, get your bell-bottom pimp pants and platform shoes ready for a night of deep catalog R&B.