Artist: Pastor Funkpleez (http://www.reverbnation.com/pastorfunkpleez)
Venue: Elbo Room (http://www.elboroomlive.com/)
Event Info: http://www.elboroomlive.com/events
I love Bootsy Collins, but not really for Parliament-Funkadelic reasons. He's also a sort of “hype man” for super-group Praxis, which features fellow instrumentalist masters Buckethead and Bernie Worrell. Relevant here, Bootsy didn't perform the prominent bassline of P-Funk's #1 R&B hit “Flash Light” – Worrell did (on keys). This becomes slightly less strange in light of the fact that Bootsy did funk up the track – on drums.
All of this is to say: I'm pretty sure Pastor Funkpleez is the second coming of Bootsy Collins.
Yes, Bootsy wears boots (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_with_Bootsy) and Pastor Funkpleez preaches funk (http://www.reverbnation.com/pastorfunkpleez/songs), but it's more than that. Pastor Funkpleez is first and foremost a bassist, structuring deliciously “funky things to play with” from the bassment all the way up to that funkified weathercock.
And he's vocally compelling too, whether smoothly singing or delivering a string of funky utterances (all it takes is a few: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df7_skLvbsU). But in blending his vocals, Pastor Funkpleez's “Something' from Nothin'” crafts a vocal hook that rivals “So Fresh, So Clean” by funk contemporaries OutKast.
Pastor Funkpleez has the requisite swagger. On “T.O.T.R,” our funk-master is shocked, positively “pissed, you don't notice [him].” It's the same flash that distinguishes Morris Day on the Time's “Jerk Out.” The titular acronym of Funkpleez's “T.O.T.R.” is fleshed out with its lyric, “T[urn] O[ff] T[he] R[adio],” as in “Turn off the radio / Let's go to a live show.” Indeed. Because there's not much funkier than Pastor Funkpleez, live, at the Elbo Room. This Saturday night.
*** Pastor Funkpleez takes the Elbo Room stage Saturday, April 19th, with BabyBrutha, Redline Lounge, and Chip Ratliff & the ECS. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.