For those of you who are chomping at the bit to get back into some live music, here’s a report from the road that will sweeten the deal. While we are far from a pandemic being over, it seems that some restrictions have been lifted and the stars aligned to catch one of the hottest tickets around as they warmed up for a cross country tour. We’re talking Ghost Funk Orchestra and The Jack Moves live and up-close at the legendary venue The Colony in Woodstock, NY.
While the scene anywhere Upstate seems more like Hoboken, Bushwick, or the LES, this past week’s bill on Rock Hill Road was one not to be missed regardless. The Colony is rich in history, so to catch both of these bands live there was a treat. Opening the night was The Jack Moves, Brick City’s own soul kings, who have paid their dues and made their mark. Don’t believe us? Try getting your hands on their first 45. With a pedigree that’s authentic as they come, they ran through a blazing set that included “Doublin’ Down”, “All My Love”, “Season’s Change”, “Wanting”, “Nasty”, “Make Love”, “Enough Is Enough” (with spoken word live by Panama Brim), “Red Lights” and the classic “Fool For You”. For a band that hasn’t played a gig in two years, they did not miss a beat. Captivating the mixed crowd of young and old, the set was sexy and set the tone for Ghost Funk to do their thing.
The eight-piece band brought the heat and was joined by Brooklyn trumpet player Billy Aukstik, who sat in for this pre-tour gig. Building up steam right away, the band went through ten tracks that included “Drop Me A Line”, “Queen Bee”, “Modern Scene”, “Blockhead”, “Slow Down”, “Your Man’s No Good” “Blood Moon”, the Colemine favorite “Walk Like A Motherfucker” and “Fuzzy Logic”. Their encore, prompted by someone’s father who had too much to drink and was screaming “PAY THIS BAND”, throwing his wallet on stage, led the band from backstage to do “Fuzzy Logic 2: Electric Boogaloo”, a revved-up version of the track. While we did see a Durand Jones hoody in the spot telling us to Come Through and Bring The Crew, it’s safe to say that GFO and The Jack Moves both gained some new, loyal followers. Their tour starts on March 25th in Seattle, WA. Catch this show, you won’t be disappointed.
Check out the dates here.