Thursday, June 23
Kathy’s Pub ushers in the weekend tonight with a funky epitaph for Thursdays on First – a rooftop patio afterparty featuring tunes by Chicago’s The Steady Flow. The band is stopping through town as part of its Future of Funk 2016 tour. A recording of a set the band performed in Indianapolis is up and streaming on their site. It makes the band sound less like a crew of musicians and more like a storm of mind-melded instruments, especially on the bombastic “Killtro.” They really won me over with a cover of Bob James’ much-sampled and dope in its own right “Nautilus,” though. Anyone with the chops to do that song justice deserves a big portion of Rochester’s allotted weekend booty-shakes.
Friday, June 24
Are you ready for some funkin’ awesome news? The Steady Flow returns to Kathy’s on Friday night for a set downstairs.
On the second floor, it’s the last Friday of the month, so you know it’s time for some pulse-enlightening electronic sounds at Kathy’s. DJs InztraMENTAL, The Goonies, Shauncy, and Kapsyz will get open their hard drives to the world. Play me some of Conducta & Notion’s new stuff and I’ll be a happy dancer, though probably one dancing on his own. If you want to see people’s heads explode, rip into some old-school El-B.
Saturday, June 25
On Saturday night, Kathy’s keeps things fresh with a second floor underground showcase of Liquor Beats Winter, Crash Cuddle, and Council of Crooks. It promises to be a display of rowdiness, bawdy lyricism, and boundary-shoving musicianship. Liquor Beats Winter combines ripping harmonica solos with gravel-flecked vocals and a hard charging, bluesy approach to instrumentation. Crash Cuddle’s instrumental rock reminded me of the crunchier aspects of Primus and a little bit of the messy beauty of The Appleseed Cast. Council of Crooks brings their grating amalgam of alt-rock and post-punk sounds with sardonic feeling vocal delivery all the way from Alpine Valley, Wis.