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The New Mastersounds Welcome Horn Section For Funky San Fran Throwdown

first_imgLoad remaining images Rounding out a two night run with a sold out show at the Independent, the New Mastersounds brought their groovy rhythms to the Bay Area with horns in tow to put on a fiery performance Friday night. After braving a broken down tour bus en-route from Colorado, the boys arrive in San Fran just in the nick of time, putting on a stellar performance Thursday night and setting the stage for a Friday night funk fest.Perhaps a bit more rested and looking out on a packed crowd, the band wasted no time getting down to business, launching into the title track of their most recent album, Made for Pleasure. Deciding to set the cruise control, guitarist Eddie Roberts steered the band towards the fan favorite “Way Out West,” getting the audience locked in and buckled down for their on their rhythmic road trip.“Hot Dog” and “Let’s Do Another” gave the crowd their first glimpse of the addition of SF staples Daniel Casares on saxophone and Mike Olmos on trumpet.  The duo, who have been touring with NMS this winter, brings a whole new dynamic to the music. With the horns, the band simply has a richer, louder, giving a high def, in-your-face technicolor sound that really complements the band’s already funky fusion.  While the band would oscillate back and forth with and without the horns, the show highlights saw Joe Tatton during “Hey Fela!” one moment smoothly channeling his inner John Tesh leading the band into a cool 80s tap your foot along inside the elevator feeling, before he and Simon Allen squashed that noise and deep dive into a Talking Heads get up and move your feet jam.  Changing courses, “Fancy” welcomed the crowd to the sounds of the islands with Peter Shand dropping that reggae bass rhythm that had the audience left, right two stepping along.Roberts absolutely shredded “San Frantico” for the San Francisco crowd, which led to some the best jamming from the entire band of the show. Other highlights, including “Dusty,” “Land of Nod” and “Pick up the Pieces,” all really shone before the band had exhausted their set list with still time on the clock.Roberts, not one to disappoint his home away from home, informed the crowd that they were now off script, deciding to launch into the band’s cover of Bruno Mars’ “Treasure,” which has the first timer ladies singing along, before launching into the perennial favorite, “Nervous.”As usual, the New Mastersounds didn’t disappoint reminding the Bay Area of their distinct love for the region. The full time addition of the horns on this tour has really changed the urgency of which fans need to make a point to see the boys. Be sure to catch them throughout the summer festival circuit and beyond, more information can be found on their website.Check out a full gallery of images from the show below, courtesy of Courtney Harrington Photography:last_img read more