Dynamite 2 Year Anniversary w/ special guest Dante Carfagna
Sunday, September 1, we will be celebrating 2 YEARS of Dynamite Funky Soul party at Mass Ave. Pub. It is our pleasure to provide Indianapolis with a weekly dedicated funk & soul night sharing the best records from our collections.
Joining us for a special guest DJ set will be Chicago record collector/writer/producer/music historian/DJ Dante Carfagna. Dante has been a writer and editor for Wax Poetics magazine, produced music for Professor Griff of Public Enemy, released two self titled albums under the name Express Rising, plays a key role in compiling obscure, re-issue, unrealesed albums for Numero Group, Cali-Tex, Stones Throw, Jazzman, & Chocolate Industries. He is also writing a book on funk 45 RPM records along with DJ Shadow. You can catch Dante along with Courtland Green at Danny’s Tavern in Bucktown every first Wed. of the month for Chicago’s longest running funk & soul night Sheer Magic.
Be sure to join us Sunday, Sept.1 for a great night of music. See you there!
Check out the new Express Rising album & buy it from Numero Group or your local record store.
The Pearls - “Shooting High”
The Pearls - “Shooting High” w/ “Can I Call You Baby” (LAMP)
Indianapolis, Indiana was home to several great independent funk & soul labels in the late 60’s & 70’s. Herb Miller’s LAMP Records was a dominant force in the scene. LAMP had some heavyweight groups such as The Vanguards, Tony Black & Revolution Compared To What, The Ebony Rhythm Band, The Pearls and more.
One of the stand out sweet soul 45s on the label for me is The Pearls. This is a definite two-sider. “Shooting High” is an uptempo feel good track with sweet vocals and a nice groove backed by LAMP house band The Ebony Rhythm Band. “Can I Call You Baby” is a great female vocal ballad with beautiful harmonies throughout and killer drums by Matthew “Fatback” Watson.
With the Heartland Film Festival going on right now in Indianapolis, I was reminded of an incredible film I saw at last years festival, Thunder Soul. Thunder Soul is a documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band and their band leader Conrad “Prof” Johnson from Houston,Texas. During the late 60’s and early to mid 70’s, the Kashmere Stage Band won several awards by bringing the funk to more conservative high school stage band competitions across the nation. The film gives you some history on the band and follows alumni as they reunite 35 years later to perform for their 92 year old band leader. Check out the trailer below.
Now-Again records recently released the deluxe edition of Texas Thunder Soul (1968 - 1974) with a dvd containing a mini doc. by Charles Porter, and the short Making of Thunder Soul by B+ and Flying Lotus.
Be sure to stop through Dynamite tonight where the Kashmere Stage Band is in heavy rotation.