Menahan Street Band
The nexus of horn-driven funk from the Daptone and Truth and Soul labels deserves its own chapter in Brooklyn music history. After all, bands like Antibalas, the El Michels Affair, the Budos Band, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have thrived doing their own thing while micro-scenes around them rise and fall in a month. The Menahan Street Band draws members from all four of these crews, and their 2006 7-inch "Make the Road by Walking" put the supergroup on the map when Jay-Z sampled it for American Gangster victory lap "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...)" the following year. Make the Road by Walking dropped shortly afterward, in 2008, wrapping its sinuous instrumental hooks around everything from summery exotica ("Tired of Fighting") to the Rocky score ("Going the Distance"), while the just-released The Crossing maintains their all-star pedigree with a fistful of songs that sound equally at home scoring spaghetti westerns, outer-borough crime stories, or late-night smoking sessions. 18+.
Tue., Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m., 2012
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