Canada is sending their soul ambassadors After Funk south after a show tonight (Wednesday, August 30th) in their home Ontario. There are 33 dates on their tour stretching into November. they invade the Southeast first with eight shows in North Carolina, two in Georgia, three in Florida plus dates in Tennessee and Virginia.
The next portion of the tour takes them to New York, New England, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia (yep, New Scotland) before returning to Ontario and their Toronto home base.
After Funk are: Yanick Allwood – keys/vocals; Jaime Rosenberg – drums; Justin Bontje – bass; Phil Tessis – guitar; and Eric Harrington – lighting designer. We first saw them at last year’s Hometeam New Year’s Rally. At the risk of repeating myself (since I already plagiarized myself once in the spring):
About day one, we said:
Toronto’s After Funk made the most of this trip with two sets at Hometeam and a number of other shows in Florida as well. This first set was all Hendrix. There are two ways you can approach a cover set: either try to copy closely or interpret. They wisely chose to interpret, and it paid great dividends, as tunes got funky, jazzy and soulful, and of course they rocked out as well. They opened with a great take on “Who Knows” and let it grow from there, including “Little Wing” and “Bold as Love.” “Crosstown Traffic” turned into a jazz tune, followed by a great “Spanish Castle Magic” and a brilliant “All Along the Watchtower,” alternately funky and jazzy. After “Red House,” “Foxy Lady” swerved into Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein,” and they encored with “Fire.” Hell, yes.
Then day two. The deeper into a festival you get, the more “confused” you get:
After Funk then threw down a fine set of originals and a couple of covers. My notes are indecipherable, but Yanick Allwood was really engaging on vocals and keyboards, a dynamic frontman. Guitarist Phil Tessis again played a great set (he did really well with the Hendrix set, too).
These gentlemen have got it down North of the border! Get you a taste of Canadian soul, After Funk style!
Feature image courtesy of Kathryn Kwan.