by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


“Hey Buckethead, what’s in the bucket, man?… Hey Brain, whatchu thinkin’ about?” In the 21-year-old video for “Animal Behavior” by Praxis, Bill Laswell’s mutated funk-metal freak out, Bootsy Collins’ colorful commentary was among the most level-headed, reality-grounded part of a clip that featured the Jungle Brothers’ Afrika Baby Bam dancing around in a suit made entirely of cans, and Buckethead getting decapitated by a monster that looks made of the acid dreams that typically ornament Praxis’s album covers, and Bernie Worrell and Bryan “Brain” Mantia distorting reality ’90s-video-tricks-style. The song itself is one of the funkiest things ever made, and the weird-ass video only sets it off even more, but it also shows that the starryspectacled, ever-bedazzled Collins’ most recognized work with James Brown and George Clinton is among his tamer creative involvements. On the other end, his work with Praxis and Zillatron show that he can really get weird with it at times, which makes the current Indiegogo campaign to fund his iGiveAFunk tour, album and documentary all the more intriguing. The current run in support is not so much a tour, but a series of dates loosely strung together in the wake of his incredible Funk Unity tour. That one brought Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd McKnight and Public Enemy’s Colonel Hardgroove to play the rhythm bass to Bootsy’s lead bass. When he comes to Ziggy’s this Friday night, he’s bringing a collection of extended P-Funk family, most notably Gary “Mudbone” Cooper on vocals, and if there’s any cause worth funding, it’s the cause of Bootzilla. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.


From the Department of Unrepentant Irony, when the Eagles’ “The History of the Eagles” tour comes to the Greensboro Coliseum this Saturday, the opening act for one of the most unapologetically cash-loving bands in the history of rock will be a man who could buy Don Henley and Glenn Frey twice over, and still have cash left to get Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner to rub his feet. JB & the Straight Shots feature a man on lead vocals and guitar who is responsible for leading the eighth-largest cable conglomerate in the United States, as well as the largest, most recognizable sports and entertainment venue in America — James Dolan.

It reads like the plot to an episode of “Californication,” but when you’re one of the most successful (and admirable and handsome and generous and kittencuddling) business men in America, the world is your dad-rock fantasy. JD & the Straight Shots will open for the Eagles on Saturday, and tickets (EGTK) are up 5 3/8 since you started reading this.


“Treme” S01EP08: Antoine Batiste (played by Wendell Pierce) is running late for a gig sitting in on trombone for one of New Orleans’ finest funk bands at (what was then) Howlin’ Wolf, as he was prone to do. The band in question is Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Antoine makes it just in time for a long, smoky foray into the sounds of NOLA, as “Treme” is prone to do. The song that’s played is “Meanwhile…”, a deceivingly clever little funk ditty that could have come from the songbook of his pops Aaron. Along with guitarist Ian, son of Charles, Ivan isn’t the only Neville in the band, and their brand of funk rings of that old-school flavor. With players like Trombone Shorty and Big Sam Williams, Neville’s band is a part of the second wave of New Orleans funk, that blends the musicianship of the classics with the aggressive self-assurance of hip hop. They’re back in town at the Blind Tiger next Wednesday with support from Cass Copsey, Andrew Lazare and Marshall Bjorling’s likeminded Winston-Salem funk outfit the Heritage. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and the music starts at 10 p.m.