On Saturday, January 2nd, BB King Blues Club in NYC’s Times Square was the funkiest place to be. An all-star cast featuring members of Snarky Puppy, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Michael Jackson’s band, Kool & The Gang, James Brown Band, Trey Anastasio Band, RAQ, Strange Design, Jazz Is Phish, Giant Country Horns, and more played a powerful and upbeat tribute to the Godfather of Soul. The James Brown Dance Party is a project from brother duo Adam Chase and Matthew Chase, and it’s a must-see show for fans of the funk.
This edition’s lineup featured Elise Testone on vocals, Michael Ray (Giant Country Horns, Cosmic Crewe) on trumpet, Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) on trombone, Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy, Jazz Is Phish) on sax, Ravi Best (Kool & The Gang, Michael Jackson, David Byrne & St. Vincent) on trumpet, Todd Stoops (RAQ) on keys, Fred Thomas (James Brown Band) on bass, Mousey Thompson (James Brown Band) on drums, Adam Chase (Strange Design, Jazz Is Phish) on drums, and Matthew Chase (Strange Design, Jazz Is Phish) on guitar, plus a special guest appearance from James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) on sax.
Check out a setlist and photos from the kickass evening.
Setlist: James Brown Dance Party – BB King’s 1/2/16
Watergate, Get Up Offa That Thing, I Feel Good, Soul Power, Think, Hot Pants, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag*, The Payback*, I Got The Feeling*, This Is A Man’s World*, Superbad*, Sex Machine*, Goodfoot, Cold Sweat
Encore: Living In America*
*Ft. James Casey
Photos by Jeremy Scott (full gallery at the bottom):