‘Carolina Funk’ party feels like home
It’s rare that a crowded bar, where misdirected elbows send full drinks tumbling to the floor, can make you feel at home. But that was what The Whig felt like last Friday night. Or, at the very least, it felt like being at a party at your best friend’s house with all of your best friends.The occasion: The release of “Carolina Funk: Funk 45s from the Atlantic Coast” on English label Jazzman Records. The disc is Jason Perlmutter’s history of classic Carolina soul.Perlmutter and SinDoolah spun songs layered with thrusting horns and bass lines built on gusto. The sound was a template for rambunctious, closed-quarter dancing.But the scene, populated by punks, preps, slackers, gays and curious law enforcement officers, was made memorable by Paul Burton, one of the singers on the compilation. Burton sang his 1974 song “So Very Hard to Make It (Without You)” as the tune’s producer, Willie J. Randolph, stood smiling nearby.The instrumental version — on a 45, of course — had to be started twice for Burton to catch the rhythm of the song. But when he did, he was utterly captivating, as if he had been waiting years to share his story again.
n n nTonight, WXBT-FM 100.1 The Beat will celebrate local retailers with the Beat Platinum Awards at Club Level, 1800 Blanding St.The best barber shop, best salon and other local shops will be honored, but anybody who gets into the party will be rewarded.Performers scheduled to appear include B5, Tyra B, I-15, Shawty Lo (D4L), Dem Franchise Boys, Styles P, Lil Ru, and DJ Unk.The fun starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25.— Otis R. Taylor Jr.