Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lady, The Bang Girl Group Revue, Harry Duncan

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over


Lee Fields & The Expressions
Lee Fields & The Expressions
There aren't too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist—or maybe he's better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it's mind-blowing that the music he's making today with Brooklyn's own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.

With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions—Truth & Soul's house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group's sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound. Their latest full-length, Faithful Man, released in March 2012 on Truth & Soul, was called "one smoking mother of an old-sound soul record" by Pitchfork and Vice magazine called Lee the "coolest motherfucker to sing words into a microphone."

Since the release of Faithful Man, Lee Fields & The Expressions have been touring the world and racking up accolades from critics and fans alike. Lee Fields was featured on Last Call With Carson Daly and has toured the world over, gaining new fans and satisfying old ones. Highlights include opening slots for The Black Keys, Pretty Lights, and Wilco. Performing in front on 7000 people at Rosklide, 10,000 people at Red Rocks, and sold out shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angles, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Montreal, Austin, Houston, New Orleans and many more.

"In a curious case of musical evolution, the older Fields becomes, the closer he gets to perfecting the sound of soul that he grew up with as a young man, " so said music writer, scholar, and DJ Oliver Wang about Fields in a piece for NPR in July 2009. The latest LP from Lee Fields and The Expressions is the next step towards this perfection. A step that may find Fields, The Expressions, and Truth & Soul as a label, finally being bestowed the contemporary soul music crown.
All you have to do is listen to Lady once, and you’ll remember—in case you forgot—why they call it soul music. The honesty, the aching sweetness, the raw power of these singers and their songs will remind you that nothing can move you as much, or touch you as deeply, as two women with amazing voices singing in tight harmony.

Lady is the name of the group and of their first recording—the latest from Truth & Soul. Together Nicole Wray and Terri Walker make music that sounds a little like the songs your Mama loved best—and at the same time like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Nicole, who’s from Atlanta and Terri, from England, met in New York City in 2009 and realized that their love of soul classics and the hip-hop of today would make for a new kind of record. They linked up with producers Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman, whose lushly-orchestrated, beat-heavy songs have showcased artists such as Adele, Raekwon, Ghosface Killah, Aloe Blacc, and Lee Fields.

Terri Walker has released four hit albums in the United Kingdom. Her debut was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Nicole Wray’s debut single, “Make It Hot,” was certified gold. She has been featured on singles by Missy Elliott, Cam’ron, the Black Keys, Kid Cudi, and many others. Lady, Nicole and Terri’s first project together, unites the mellowness and pop flair of 60s soul with the driving beat of hop-hop, and the silky rhythms of modern R&B. These two powerful voices harmonize to create a fresh sound that tells the stories of growing up and never giving up, of love and friendship, of yearning and losing, bad girls and good hearts. Lady is an authentic original, drawing from the past to infuse the present with new power. In one of the album’s most touching songs, “Sweet Lady”, a loving tribute to their moms and to strong women everywhere, they sing, “Take my hat off to my mother, / such a sweet lady. / There will never be another one like you.”

Prepare to take your hat off to Lady. Get ready to fall in love. There has never been, there will never be, anything like it before.
The Bang Girl Group Revue
The Bang Girl Group Revue
The Bang go beyond retro nostalgia to reinvigorate the genre.

Sassy. Sultry. Sexy. Sophisticated. These are just some of the words that describe Angeline King, Tish Peterson and Rachel Mae Havens, the three vocalists who stand center stage in The Bang Girl Group Revue, the San Francisco Bay Area's most exciting show band. And while the trio of vivacious vocalists do channel the classic sounds of the 1960s, including the Brill Building's tales of teenage heartbreak, Tamla/Motown's elegant R&B micro-symphonies and the foot-stomping Memphis soul of Stax, they also blend in a large measure of original songs that sound timeless but still have a timely edge.

The four instrumentalists who share the stage with the trio of divine divas are much more than just a backing band. Led by guitarist Derek See, the quartet, including bassist Jafar Green, drummer Richard Gutierrez and keyboardist Curtis Meachum, has the "four bodies-one mind" sense of rhythm that makes it impossible to keep still. When they lay into a classic number like "In The Basement", an obscure gem like "Hold On" or one of their own skillfully composed originals like "Drink In Hand" you can be forgiven if your feet make a fleet retreat from your seat on onto the dance floor to gyrate to the driving beat.

The Bang Girl Group Revue is not an exercise in nostalgia. Although they take to the stage with many instruments built in the 1960's, their music has an ageless sound that appeals to the folks who love the sound of real voices blending in harmony (no Auto-tune for this band), the glorious shimmer of a guitar driving a tube amp and the visceral whomp of human drummer laying down a breathing beat. They may hail from the heart of Silicon Valley, but the Bang Girl Group Revue leaves the high-tech music gadgets to other bands.

Live, the Bang Girl Group Revue looks as good as they sound. Bedecked in vintage threads, the band boasts the kind of tight choreography that you thought disappeared during the dread days of disco. Although they work hard on their presentation, and appreciates an attentive audience, they really dig it when you get out on the dance floor and try to outshine their dancing with your own. The band has found that their live act has a multi-generational appeal, and one that appeals to fans of the genre of all ages, those who remember "back in the day", and a younger generation of folks that are witnessing a type of entertainment that has an energy unlike anything they have ever seen or heard. When the Bang Girl Group Revue comes to your town you owe it to yourself to check them out. It will be a night you'll always treasure.
Harry Duncan
Harry Duncan
Harry Duncan, longtime Bay Area-based producer of black music shows also produces and hosts In The Soul Kitchen, the award-winning, Roots & Rhythm music show broadcast live every Sunday night 8-10 pm on KCSM, the Bay Area’s jazz station. This experience informs and drives his live dj-ing.

Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a danceable, rich musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music while In The Soul Kitchen and when spinning live.

Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, The Original Meters, Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band, Charlie Hunter Boz Scaggs, Lizz Wright, Cody ChesnuTT, Femi Kuti, Bombino, Madness and The Specials.
Venue Information:
Bimbo's 365 Club
1025 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94133