The Hornitz and Tryptopuhnk
January 30, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I was at the JOVM unofficial home office, Brooklyn Bowl for a night of funk that included The Hornitz, which was honestly one of the worst sets I’ve seen this year, as they played a brobot version of funk infused with hip hop and electronica and it included an unfunky cover of Rick James’ “Give It To Me, Baby” that would have had James come out of his grave and slap someone and an interesting reggae version of America’s “Horse With No Name,” which may have been interesting only for the fact that it was a reggae rendition. And they absolutely ruined David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” and Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend."
That dreadful set was followed by the funk All-Star band, Tryptopunk featuring the legendary George Porter, Jr., a couple of his bandmates from The Meters and Runnin’ Pardners, Papa Grows Funk, Toubab Krewe and Bonerama. Although George Porter, Jr. had recently suffered a leg injury that severely limited his movement, that still didn’t stop him or his bandmates from playing with such infectious, playful joy. For the most part, their set felt like a bunch of guys jamming and playing funky grooves – at times, I thought they only played maybe four actual songs. But no matter, it was fun.
Check out some photos from the show below.
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