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Thursday, September 17, 2009

9/22: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Nashville soul revivalists the Dynamites resurrect the Godfather’s funk with a sweaty live show that’ll grease the hips and motivate your ass. Like the Dap-Kings, the Dynamites back their own era-authentic singer — in this case, Charles Walker, who’s plied his craft for more than 40 years. Whatever wear there is on his treads is more than compensated for by his road knowledge. From world-wizened R&B wails of regret (“If I Had Known”) to impassioned growls over deep, horn-powered grooves (“Somebody’s Got It Better [Somebody’s Got It Worse]”), Walker is up to the challenge posed by his nine young companions. They’ve clearly studied their history, because their sound is spandex-tight, especially live, where they explore a wide spectrum of gospel, jazz, R&B and funk. They haven’t been able to replicate that onstage energy on record yet, but that’s one of the few complaints about their latest album, Burn It Down. Guitarist and songwriter Bill Elder deserves a lot of credit for making these numbers more than mere nostalgia exercises. They’re well-written songs conveying thought and passion coiled around a well-oiled musical engine. The show starts at 9 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $10. — Chris Parker

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