Making James Brown Proud
The show was really a two-part experience. The first features the Third Coast Kings laying down catchy instrumental funk--basically the funk version of a jam band. The second part features singer and quasi-member Sir Lord Sean Ike, strutting his stuff and belting out his silky, soul-driven vocals.
The band's instrumentals are built around a tight rhythm section that holds the groove and allows the brass section a platform from which to explore. Even guitarist Andy Filisko plays his six-string as if it were a rhythm instrument, strumming quick, repetitive chords that add a distinctive funk sound over James Keovongsak's drumming and Nate Ayers' thumping bass. The music is fast and makes you move, whether you want to or not, and the dance floor is quickly filled.
At the Savoy, trumpeter Ryan Dolan was flanked by saxophonists Alec Cooper and Brian Einstein Lassiter, the latter taking turns on both alto and baritone saxes. The horns alternated taking forays on their own and blending collectively, all the while stringing together a series of infectious hooks.