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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Uriah Duffy Band Slaps the Funk Outta Yoshi's

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Bustin' Loose: Uriah Duffy with B'Nai Rebelfront - EKAPHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Bustin' Loose: Uriah Duffy with B'Nai Rebelfront


Whitesnake/Lyrics Born bassist Uriah Duffy unveiled his latest project last night at Yoshi's SF - his own outfit, the Uriah Duffy Band. UDB--which features vocalists Joe Bagale and Karen Paige, guitarist B'Nai Rebelfront, keyboardists Sundra Manning and Mike Blankenship, drummer Thomas "Tomcat" McKee, trombonist Adam Theis, and saxophone player Marcus Stephens--easily handled the Monday night crowd with a display of top-shelf funk and jazz.

The band opened with the Chuck Brown classic "Bustin' Loose," setting the tone for a cover-heavy set which also featured the jazz standard "Song for My Father," the funk classic "Sing a Simple Song," and a somewhat inevitable (but skillfully done) rendition of Whitesnake's "Is This Love." A few originals were sprinkled in-between, including Bagale's ode to MILFs, "Ms. O," and an unnamed tune Duffy said he "wrote last Monday." Considering the show was just their second gig ever, UDB did quite well, with impeccable musicianship and plenty of joie de vivre in front of a hometown audience. For his part, Duffy showed plenty of versatility, finger-poppin' and slapping his bass all over the place and delivering several impressive solos, though he held back a bit from arena-rock poses. Look for UDB to play more local shows in the future, in-between Whitesnake and LB's tour dates. for more info, click here   or here .

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