One of the cooler additions to a festival that took place last year was when the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival turned over its Purple Hat Stage to jam-centric indie labels Daptone Records and Royal Family last November. As part of Royal Family’s showcase, dubbed “A Royal Family Affair,” two of the most talented singers in our scene – Nigel Hall and Alecia Chakour – teamed up with an outstanding rhythm section and Lettuce guitarist Adam “Schmeans” Smirnoff to deliver a noteworthy set that we’re featuring as this week’s Full Show Friday selection.
In a set captured expertly on video by Randy of Funk It Blog, Chakour and Hall gave attendees their all for a soul-laden set that included covers of songs from artists such as Paul Simon, Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder. Every tune they touched was gold, but if you’ll push us for highlights we’ll point you towards their versions of A Little Help From My Friends, Takes Two To Tango and Sign, Sealed, Delivered. Did we mention Nikki Glaspie of Dumpstaphunk and Chapter 2’s Chris Loftlin make up the incredibly badass rhythm section for this set? You don’t want to miss this…
Set: My Baby Specializes [William Bell cover] > Mighty Mighty [Earth Wind & Fire cover], For My Friend [Bill Withers cover], Signed, Sealed, Delivered [Stevie Wonder cover], Takes Two To Tango [Pearl Bailey / Louis Armstrong cover], Baby I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover], God Bless The Absentee [Paul Simon cover], You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ [The Righteous Brothers cover], With a Little Help from My Friends [The Beatles / Joe Cocker cover]
[Video Provided by Funk It Blog]