It’s 7 p.m. April 5, at The Sun Music Hall, Floyd. (Thanks, Paul.)
Wesley and the JBs were James Brown’s backing band during his heyday. Check out the band’s music at its myspace.com page. Trying to get word on whether Maceo Parker and/or Pee Wee Ellis will be on the show. Either way, should be hot.
Opening act Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, from Asheville, N.C., features one of our old friends, Debrissa McKinney. McKinney, from Botetourt County, sings harmonies and plays sax.
According to DLP Concerts, which is presenting the show:
>Tickets for Fred Wesley & The New JBs are $22 in Advance and $25 Day of Show, and are available through the DLP Concerts box office at (540) 745-6643, Harvest Moon in Floyd, Rocket Music in Blacksburg, Fret Mill Music in Roanoke, or online at www.dlpconcerts.com.
From a DLP Concerts news release:
>One of the music world’s most-sampled artists thanks to his work with the Godfather of Soul James Brown, Fred Wesley is one of the key architects of funk music. Born in Mobile, Ala., he began his professional career as a teenage trombonist with Ike and Tina Turner. He was music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer for James Brown from 1968-1975, then arranged and played for Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He has played with and arranged for a wide variety of other artists including Ray Charles, Pancho Sanchez, New York Voices, Slide Hampton, Van Morrison, the SOS Band and Cameo, to name a few.
>Scores of other artists including Janet Jackson and Nas have sampled his work. Since his stint with the Count Basie Orchestra, he has maintained a focus on jazz – playing, recording, writing and promoting it. His solo jazz recordings include “To Someone,” “Amalgamation,” “Comme Ci Comme Ca,” “Full Circle” and “Wuda Cuda Shuda.”