BY DEAN BIRKHEIMER | Go Venue Magazine
“Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin” -Suzi Quatro-
Every show needs a warm-up, but instead of a simple warm-up we were given a full blown 5 alarm fire thanks to Eric Scott Swanson, a.k.a. DJ Sweetlife. He spun all the funk classics from the 70’s and 80’s and even took my request for some Midnight Star. Sweetlife is a superb party DJ with over 15 years of experience. He is a DJ’s DJ. Check out his site here and consider him for any party you may be planning in the future.
Sky White (keyboards) – Rico Lewis (Drummer) and Reilly Comisar (vocalist) known as the Bump Assembly took the stage one-by-one. After Rico made sure we were all down front and had us fired up he introduced Freekbass. To say Freekbass is a funk bassist is putting it mildly. This guy has played and recorded with them all, from Bernie Worrell to Bootsy Collins, who by the way, called Freekbass “The new spiritual warrior for the funk.” His technical ability is unrivaled and his showmanship is infectious. Freekbass has released eight albums to date with “All The Way This. All The Way That” being his latest. Freekbass himself says, this album could have been recorded in 1972 or 2072 as funk is timeless. The show he and the Assembly put on in the front-room of the Slowdown was just that. Timeless. I could have seen that show in 1972 or 2072 and it wouldn’t have mattered. It was a full fledge funk party. “Bringing the Funk into the Future” is the mission-statement of Freekbass. Well he sure is doing his part. Catch Freekbass as soon as you can as often as you can.