Beloved Sacramento live music institution, Harlow's, funked it up with two, killer horn bands and smoking hot, late into the night dance party. After days of creeping, cold Sacto chill, we all were ready for some serious horn band heat.
Harlow's, in a genius move, has added early dinner shows for folks who love good live music but not the out till 2AM. Bump City, an authentic Tower of Power tribute band, SLAYED with their four piece screaming horn section. Our favorites were Souled Out and of course What is Hip (check out the 1973 incarnation of TOP and Lenny Pickett, pre SNL house band, grooving on the sax). Lead vocals by Jerry Littlejohn were soulful and true TOP with tight harmonies and gutsy, choice leads by Christine Acosta who we'd wait in line to hear sing Janis. It was a good, good night for music in Midtown Sac.
Lots of good vibes all night as members of Hip Service came early to appreciate fellow horns and Bump City tore up the dance floor when Hip Service took the stage. Fun! All Night!
We always love Hip Service, it's true, but that Saturday night something extra was cooking because they were really spectacular from downbeat to curtain call. Big favorites were brand new opener Workin' Day and Night, with killer choreography and harmonies, and show stopper Don't Stop the Music. The band's own four piece horn section brought it with Pick Up the Pieces and had the room on their feet with signature horn moves. Excellent.
It was the best kind of night, a great table and atmosphere, funkalicious music and the kind of good will and comraderie that makes you feel like eh.. everything is gonna be alright.