The further away we get from the '70s, the more the idea of bringing them back starts to splinter into increasingly specific factions. On one side of the coin -- and the decade -- there's old-school funk revivalists like the Budos Band and the El Michels Affair, trading in inflections from the J.B.'s and the M.G.'s; on the other, there's the Paradise Garage-reminiscent throwback of neo-disco Chic disciples Escort. But flip that coin with Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth, and it'll land on its edge: last year's The Outsiders Are Back and the singles that led up to it run the whole spectrum of '70s funk. Veteran singer Black Wolf is the real deal -- his raspy but sweet and wide-ranging voice is decades in the making -- and the band locks down everything in its vicinity, from Joe Bataan-style Latin funk ("One Day") to Impressions-istic R&B ("You're the One") to Philly-style disco-soul ("Don't Take My Shadow," remixed by none other than disco icon Tom Moulton). Instead of merely bringing back funk, Kings Go Forth play with the idea that it never left -- and they make a resounding case.
Fri., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., 2011