Two tribute bands helping audiences relive the old days in style, one giant of funk, and a new band applying a modern spin to a beloved subgenre. Those are the highlights of the coming 30 days in Asheville live music, a calendar featuring a heady mix of local, regional and international talent.
Event: George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m.
Door: $55 advance / $60 day of show
Clinton and his P-Funk projects are sometimes described as the Afro-funk answer to Frank Zappa. While there’s merit to that description, it only scratches the surface. The grooves are deep, the funk is, well, funkified in the extreme, and the playfulness/silliness is never far from the surface. A heckuva lot of fun, and one wonders how many more opportunities we’ll have to see the likes of this outfit. Go! The Motet opens.
Event: Imij of Soul
Venue: Isis Music Hall
Date: Friday, July 8, 8:30 p.m.
Door: $12 but per Vegas-style venue rules, floor-level seats require a minimum additional $20 per person in food and/or drink
Asheville-based guitarist Bill Altman has already showcased his ability for presenting classic works in an authentic manner via his Pink Floyd tribute band Floyd Philharmonic. His newest project, Imij of Soul applies the same degree of care and creativity to the catalog of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Event: Vision Video
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Wednesday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Dramatic goth rock might seem to have comer and gone, but this Athens, Georgia outfit believes otherwise. And so will you when you see and hear them. With a nonbinary approach to aesthetics (hey, it’s not the ‘80s any more) the group is compelling and supremely effective at what they do. An act to watch.
Event: Pinkest Floyd
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Friday, July 15, 8:30 p.m.
This show has been postponed for nearly two years (for exactly the reason you’d guess). This Charlotte-based Pink Floyd tribute band understands what made the Floyd special, and delivers it in high style. To give you an idea of the level of talent on display here, note that several of this group’s musicians also play in a band that pays tribute to Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. Yeah: that ambitious stuff. They got this.
I’ll be on a book tour for most of these dates, so I won’t see you at the show, but tell ‘em I said hi!