Wednesday, August 24, 2011

21 Aug 11

It's day four of SouthSide's magical music scene tour, blogspot readers! And though she's a little tired from Saturday's late night excursions at Bottom Lounge with a brief appearance at The Exit for The Dwarves' afterparty, she opted for a relaxing soulful evening in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. There, she's hanging out at Lincoln Hall to groove with her friends, Dance Floor Plans who had the extreme pleasure of opening for the sensational Nikka Costa. Setting the mood and tone of the night was DJRC and his extensive collection of soul/R&B/funk classic and modern music. Before and between sets, the audience was treated to the sounds of retro backwater Southern blues/R&B to Philly funk and Motown R&B as well as west coast swing and a few remixes. Once again, DJRC had the right music combination to get the night off to a rockin' start.

SouthSide highly suggests giving your dance shoes a steppers try when checking out her funk/soul friends, Dance Floor Plans. Throughout their first live performance, they showed the crowd to get down and funky with their bad self, blogspot readers. This group kept the entire main floor of Lincoln Hall rockin', groovin' and dancing to their upbeat, vibrant as well as rhythmic soulful sounds and dynamic vocals by James (also on guitar) and Tina. SouthSide instantly loved how Dance brought such life to their music that truly had the feet feeling that urge to dance to songs like Don't Worry and Keep Standing Up. This music, in a nutshell, blogspot readers, is contagious. If the hot heat of Dance's horns don't instantly grab you, then fire from the organ and guitars will certainly immerse you into their funkified world. She enjoyed how the band behind the vocalists pumped fun and excitement into each song even while in a slow downtempo groove. For example, already knee-deep into their third song, Dance totally brought out the funk within a slow soulful rhythm in which they encouraged everyone to get their two-step groove on. With James' ultra smooth falsetto vocals on the lyrics bringing out the sexiness, the other members of the band adding a bit of sultry heat to the flames until it was dripping heavily with funk and little soul. And SouthSide has to give mad props to her girl, Tina for truly wowing not only this reviewer but the entire venue with her soulfully dynamic vocals. She was totally the diva of the night while on stage emotionally popping her fiery voice to James' vocals style during many of Dance's song including the closer that brought down the house. What an opening set by Dance Floor Plans ...a perfect segue for the Nikka Costa concert. SouthSide promises more dancing than writing the next time she sees Dance Floor Plans.

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Until next time, support your local scene,

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