April 2, 2010

King Khan and His Sensational Shrines - Cat's Cradle 3/29/10

King Khan and His Sensational Shrines pulled into town this past Monday night and made a stop at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, and as I expected, put on one heck of a show.

The opener, The Fresh and Only's, I pretty much missed. Whoops. Sorry that I don't have much info to pass along on them. They are from San Francisco. Here is a review on Pitchfork of their latest release.

King Khan and his group rolled onto the stage dropping the soul sounds and rhythm and blues you'd expect from him when he's away from his other group, King Khan and BBQ Show. With a 3 piece brass section, keyboard player, bass, guitarist, drummer and go go style dancer all setting the scene, Khan entered decked out in a gold sequenced robe with a helmet of some sort and proceeded to light the place up. The set list was hit after hit, if you have any knowledge of his work. The band rarely let up in supplying dance-able soul funk rock tunes like "Torture", "I Wanna Be a Girl", "Welfare Bread", "Sweet Tooth", "Burnin Inside", and slower grooves like "Shivers Down My Spine" were a showcase for the tongue in cheek 50's or 60's heartbreak songs. The band had lots of energy and pizazz; the go go dancer waving pompoms, other members dressed in psychedelic garb with funky necklaces and frilly shirts. They are the perfect compliment to Khan's over the top style. With Khan acting like James Brown and leading the charge, they are a well oiled machine. For the encore, Khan strolled out in a feathered headdress, shirt off and bikini underwear - the perfect ending to a great show. There never was a dull moment.

With this kind of performance and dedication, King Khan and His Sensational Shrines can go on and on for years to come, playing to crowds who will always want to get and dance to his quirky, yet highly effective style and presentation.

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