June 4, 2014 – 2:39 pm

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Big Tony’s 50th Birthday Celebration 2014 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the 930 Club, Washington DC; May 5, 2014. Very good to excellent audience recording.

When it comes to Go Go funk, it’s easier to say either you get it or you don’t. This isn’t the slowburn or quiet storm of love ballads but in-your-face uncut funk, the kind that would give you an adrenaline rush and pop you off. It’s not often you’d get such well-recorded live Go Go funk such as this and, with many of their hits (Pump Me Up, Let’s Get Small, Don’t Touch That Stereo and Drop the Bomb), including a cover of Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music, this one’s a keeper.

The Go Go beat is hard-core funk - a thick and slow bass groove overlayed with a relentless counterpunching timbale or conga beat, jazzy horn breaks, chants of audience participation, and catchy lyrics or riffs from well-known dance hits, all delivered with a raw edge that rejected the digitized notions of eighties R&B heard on the radio. While the Go Go beat is an urban funk explosion, the approach to the music had more to do with the endless rhythms of Afro-Caribbean dance styles such as reggae, calypso and salsa - all of which thrive on rhythmic energy, rather than hit records…

The Trouble Funk groove was ferocious - and it never let up. Nine men strong, kicking a drum splattering, stupefying fat funk chunk from all directions, a Trouble Funk jam session burned the roof off the house. A Trouble Funk performance was a required initiation for those who wanted to be ultimate funkateers. [Trouble Funk] were also the adept Go Go group at capturing their sound on record.
- Funk: The Music, The People, And The Rhythm Of The One, by Rickey Vincent

Thanks to travelinbeat for recording and sharing the show at Dime.

travelinbeat noted:

This band is 13 people strong and features a trombone, saxaphone, two trumpets, two percussionists, a drummer, two vocalists, two keys, a guitar, and Big Tony, who also plays bass guitar. This show was billed as “Big Tony’s 50th Birthday Celebration,” and was slated to be a night of music featuring the legendary DC go-go musician Big Tony with his band Trouble Funk, along with several other notable DC-area punk/go-go musicians. Dave Grohl was advertised as the “host” of the festivities. Trouble Funk took the stage with their enigmatic front man, Big Tony for a nearly 90-minute set of go-go… it will remain a legendary night of fantastic music for those 1,200 music fans lucky enough to be in attendance. [The other acts of the night were The Don’t Need Its (featuring Dave Grohl) and the Foo Fighters.]

If only all birthday parties were like this! It’s a moot point but still, somehow, it seems more appropriate if Henry Rollins was on hand to make the introductions. Just saying, y’know…

Click here to download lossless, high-res flacs (24bit/96kHz) of this show.

Picture by Kyle Gustafson, posted at - Thanks!

CA-14’s (Omnis) > Church Audio ST-9200 > Edirol R09-HR @ 24/96
Location: *STEALTH*
Editing: Tracking, fades, and EQ were done while the show was laid in Sony Soundforge 9.0a (Build 297) as a wav file. Periodic loud points were gently enveloped to allow for more headroom in normalization. Normalization performed on each channel independently to -0.10dB.
Conversion: Trader’s Little Helper v.2.7.0 (Build 172)

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Track 00. Dave Grohl Show Intro 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 01. Intro 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 02. Start This Thing Off Right 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 03. Sure Looks Good To Me 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 04. They Came To Boogie 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 05. One More Time 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 06. Where Yall From? 6:17 (10.6MB)
Track 07. Hey Fellas 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 08. Pump Me Up # 6:12 (10.4MB)
Track 09. It’s Time For The Perculator 6:46 (11.4MB)
Track 10. E Flat Boogie 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 11. I Feel Funkified 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 12. The Number Three 6:03 (10.2MB)
Track 13. Grip It 5:09 (8.7MB)
Track 14. Play That Funky Music * 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 15. Let’s Get Small 7:13 (12.1MB)
Track 16. Don’t Touch That Stereo @ 7:36 (12.8MB)
Track 17. Drop The Bomb 3:09 (5.3MB)
86 mins

# Joined on stage by founding member of Trouble Funk, Emmett “EJ Roxx” Nixon
* Originially performed by Wild Cherry. Joined on stage by 930 Club/IMP owner, Seth Hurwitz, on drums
@ Joined on stage by Anthony Nelson on guitar

Track 00 is a three-minute intro Dave Grohl gave to the crowd. He took the stage and gave this introduction about 15 minutes before the first band came on stage. If you ignore Dave Grohl’s intro, the rest of the tracks can be overburned onto an audio CD.

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  1. 2 Responses to “TROUBLE FUNK - WASHINGTON 2014”

  2. can drat let us now when the new tv lsting willbe?
    i find it useful to no wots on conan letremna and that scotch fellah two
    the teevee heyah is ok but don’t always have the same prgrums
    is it nayshionul programs yew post or can i git thees two in Montana?
    i liv in boseman

    By sam on Jun 4, 2014

  3. Take it to the bridge! I saw TF open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers back in ‘86, one of the best party nights ever. Glad to get caught up with them again. Thank you Bigo.

    By kingpossum on Jun 5, 2014

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