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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Sound Table hosts The Godfather, A Tribute to James Brown

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It’s a shame that when many folks think of the legendary singer/dancer/bandleader James Brown, they think of the drug-addled caricature he was portrayed as later in his life.

The fact is, the dude was so much more than the guy who shouted “I feel good” and sported a pimp-esque hairstyle.

Think about it: Without James Brown there would probably be no hip-hop. Brown was one of the architects of funk music and his unprecedented beats and rhythms served as the infrastructure for most early rap tracks.

On top of that, anybody who knows anything about the singer/musician Fela Kuti (or has seen the play Fela!) knows that without Brown there would be no Afrobeat. Kuti mixed James’ funk with jazz and African music to create the Afrobeat sounds we now shake our asses to at events like Spread Love and Afrique Electrique.

Moreover, without Brown there’d be no Prince. No Michael Jackson. And the list goes on and on.

Lucky for ATLiens, locally based DJs like Karl Injex, Daz-I-Kue and Apple Jac know the impact of Brown’s musical legacy — that’s why they’re hosting The Godfather, A Tribute to James Brown, this Friday at The Soundtable.

According to event organizers, the “Godfather” tribute series was created in 2007 “out of a sincere desire to recognize the singular genius of the late, great James Brown” and quickly became a staple of the annual springtime Winter Music Conference in Miami. This winter installment is dubbed the “Soul on Ice Edition” and is reportedly being presented with the blessing of the James Brown Family Foundation.

Attendees should expect to be treated to a bevy of James Brown hits and rarities — as well as songs he produced and tunes by artists he influenced, among other good stuff. Be sure to have your ass in the place to get an earful of what Brown was, and still is, really about.

$5 (with RSVP). 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave. www.thesoundtable.com.

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