NUMERO'S ECCENTRIC SOUL REVUE at the Crofoot Ballroom

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2009
doors at 7PM
tickets: $20 SRO / $30 Balcony Seats (buy tickets)

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Motown had one, so did Stax. Three soul-deep acts and one smoking hot band to back them up. The triple-header of R&B: the soul revue. Once a mainstay of theaters, gymnasiums and VFW halls everywhere, the soul revue ultimately vanished in the late seventies as recorded sound pushed live performance out of the limelight and onto car stereos and refrigerator-sized boom boxes. The performers returned to their day jobs, and the world was the poorer for it.

That is, until earlier this year, when the Numero Group mounted the first Eccentric Soul Review, packing Chicago's Park West Theater with soul-hungry acolytes, satisfying them and then some with the real thing: a seventeen-piece band backing The Notations, Renaldo Domino, and Syl Johnson, putting on a show that combined seventies slick with revival meeting fervor.

It was a magical evening, as the past lived and breathed and got on down, right here in the present. Those in attendance went home that night knowing they'd seen something that just wasn't done anymore. And wanting more. If you live in Columbus, Ohio, New York, Brooklyn and Washington DC, the wait and the want is over. The Numero Group is taking this show on the road.

A classic R&B cavalcade, Numero's Eccentric Soul Review hits the Crofoot Ballroom on Sunday, November 8th, with the totally explosive Syl Johnson, the silky smooth Notations, and the man with the voice like Domino sugar, Renaldo Domino, plus special guests Bobby Cook and Velma Perkins, a slide show, and an autograph line. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound back all the acts.

There is absolutely nothing else like The Eccentric Soul Review. A ticket is a time machine. Be there.

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, soul legend SYL JOHNSON relocated to Chicago at an early age, falling under the spell of Windy City blues men such as his next door neighbor Magic Sam. His brother Mac Thompson was Sam’s bass player and before long Syl was picking guitar and blowing harmonica with Junior Wells, Billy Boy Arnold, Shakey Jake, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed and the Magic Man himself. Having contributed mightily to Junior Wells’ legendary Chief sessions, Johnson debuted with his first solo recordings on Federal Records with Freddie King backing him on guitar but his legacy was to come a few years down the road with the blues-fuelled soul rockers he’d cut for Twilight/ Twinight Records in the mid to late sixties. 1967 was the year Johnson made his presence known with the double whammy of “Come On And Sock It To Me” and “Dresses Too Short.” The latter was not only an explosively raw dance-floor filler, it was a meeting of the musical minds, as Johnson trekked down to Memphis’s Royal Recording to cut the song with Willie Mitchell in the production booth and the Hodges brothers (Hi Rhythm Section) backing him up. After seething social commentary such as 1969’s “Is It Because I’m Black” and 1970’s “Concrete Reservation,” Johnson signed to Hi and cut a trio of fine albums and several singles between 1971 and 1976. Remaining, albeit unfairly, somewhat in the shadow of Green, Johnson never gained the widespread popularity of his label mate, yet has kept his reputation as the king of blistering soul music intact with several albums on his own Shama imprint and a 1995 reunion with the Hodges brothers on Delmark. His reputation as a storming live performer is equaled only by his rightfully royal place in the deep soul pantheon.

This show will also feature organist BOBBY COOK from the amazing Numero comp LOCAL CUSTOMS: DOWNRIVER REVIVAL, and VELMA PERKINS, who had a 45″ showcased on, Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation.

 

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