I’ve written this before about The Pimps of Joytime — when that band plays at Growler’s, it transcends the dragon-car-hoop-girls-and-fire-dancers atmosphere of a summer festival. Set it up in a small- to medium-sized nightspot, and the funk is still stank.
Definitely the same thing is happening with Orgone. The band’s mix of funk, soul, R&B and Afrobeat styles never feels forced and always feels deeply grooving, with shouting horns and a monstrous rhythm section. Singer Niki J. Crawford’s vocal work broadens the flavor.
Here is Orgone, playing “Rock Me Again & Again,” at Martin’s. It was nice to see a crowd of about 100 on a Tuesday night, including plenty of happy musicians watching some great ones at work. Hang in for a bit on this one — I made my way back in the room to get a good frame of the full band from stage right.