Retro all the way, Kings Go Forth is a sprawling 10-piece outfit from Milwaukee that has resurrected late-'60s/early-'70s soul, funk, and R&B in all their raw, high-flying glory. With a bristling horn section, three vocalists weaving giddily soulful harmonies, and blistering, funky grooves, KGF became a Milwaukee sensation, issued a handful of singles and then an album, The Outsiders Are Back, on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, in April. Co-founded by singer-songwriter Black Wolf, who's been performing around Milwaukee since the 1970s, and record-shop owner, bassist, and classic-soul aficionado Andy Noble, KGF bring together a slew of threads from mostly Northern soul hot spots of the era–Chicago, Philly, Detroit–and tie them back together on exhilarating new romps. The grooves are so infectious, the horn charts so sharp, vocals so full of delicious feints and soaring falsettos, the energy so compelling, you can't help but love 'em. There's a touch of ska and little Latin fire, but mainly this is a scintillating celebration of a golden era of soul. Chooglin' also performs. All ages.
Sat., July 31, 7 p.m., 2010