One might expect that the deliciously retro soul/jazz/funk band, The Gumbo Brothers, would have Southern roots, but one would be wrong. Hailing from Venice Beach, the New Orleans-style quartet makes the kind of saxy, wah-wah, keyboard-driven funk that was popular before most of todayâ€™s music buyers were born, but it doesnâ€™t sound outdated. Itâ€™s dance music, shoâ€™ â€˜nuff, and the bandâ€™s new album never slows down. Itâ€™s worth checking out the record, but Iâ€™m betting that the real event is their live shows. Hereâ€™s hoping they come through Virginia soon.
For fans of: The Neville Brothers; The Meters; Dr. John; Booker T. and the MGs.