What happens when you combine an astounding trio of musicians with a brilliant concept? You get Jimi Meets Funk, more properly The Roosevelt Collier Trio Pays Homage to Jimi Hendrix. The latest edition, brought to you by Moongoddess Entertainment and Passion Project, includes shows Thursday, August 17th, in Tampa at The Crowbar and the following night at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville.
This is by no means the first time — or last time — that Collier and company have honored JMH. Songs such as “Voodoo Chile (A Slight Return)” have often been in the band’s setlist as well as when Collier has performed with The Lee Boys, and the trio, often expanded, has done these shows before.
This particular trio is a remarkable collective in and of itself. And here I will speak for myself. Collier is my most favorite pedal steel players in field of some spectacular men (Robert Randolph, Chuck Campbell, A.J. Ghent, Chris Johnson and more). Matt Lapham is absolutely my most favorite bass player on the planet (please note I didn’t say “best;” that’s a silly game). And Anthony A.C. Cole is as entertaining a drummer as you will ever see. Together? Just ridiculous. Sick to the power of sick.
If, somehow, that’s not enough to get you motivated, both shows have amazing opening bands. In Tampa (Ybor City, actually), funk juggernaut Holey Miss Moley, the ten-piece collective from Everywhere, Florida, will be on hand with their superb setlist of originals and great covers. You might expect to hear a Rick James song or three, as they just completed a three-night set of shows in tribute to James across the state.
Meanwhile, heading to Jacksonville from New Orleans are Stoop Kids who can — and do — play just about everything. Their bio will tell you everything you need to know: “Stoop Kids’ sound is an eclectic mix of soul, surf, hip-hop, doo-wop, rock, and jazz with a psychedelic pop aftertaste. This, combined with their high-energy, theatrical, performances, makes Stoop Kids unique and unpredictable.”
Seriously. You know you need this.