Wed, Jun 13 • 7:00PM
The Atlanta Room
CHARLES WALKER BAND / WASTED POTENTIAL BRASS BAND / PV-23
$8 IN ADVANCE / $12 DAY OF
CHARLES WALKER BAND
Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful. Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies. The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time. Surprisingly, at the band’s shows, there are no fans. There is only family. The question posed at the beginning of the first song is, Are we family or not? The band evokes positive energy to their family members, who say they always feel better than when they arrived. The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.
Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town ten miles away, he found music in six grade. After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone. However, his music teacher declared he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker, now also keyboardist and vocalist in the band, started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band. When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist, bassist, and hand percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk. Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets. As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one of the band’s family said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”
The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band. Besides Charles and Porsche, Paris Howard nails down the drums.
The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, BB King, Cameo, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx. They have been featured on Fox News, NBC Live in the Morning, The Morning Blend, Discover Wisconsin, were the featured artist on the Blues Review and Soul Bag sampler CD’s, being nominated five years in a row for best soul/R&B act by WAMI, winning in 2013.
Counting Ghetto Prophet, the band has released eight albums, each an evolution of sound while retaining roots in positivity. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records, “One in a Million, where the album’s title originates, tells the story of an impoverished child becoming a success. This child ignores his circumstances because his vision is strong. He holds onto the belief that his dream is possible. That he could be that one in a million. Ultimately he represents the greatness in us all.”
WASTED POTENTIAL BRASS BAND
Wasted Potential Brass Band is a bonafide New Orleans-style Second Line brass band, based in Atlanta. Multiple readers-choice award winners in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, WPBB is a favorite and parades, festivals and the streets of Atlanta in Little Five Points, Cabbagetown and Decatur. It’s what fun sounds like.
What’s in a name? One summer, the Lucky Dogs became Wasted Potential. Others may remember differently but, to my memory, Wasted Potential started when the band needed a name. And the band didn’t really need a name until asked to play a festival (Decatur BBQ, Bluegrass and Blues).
Decatur has a lot of festivals that raise money for community projects and grants. Some are big events. This particular one usually drew 5000 people and the entire project comes together thanks to volunteers. One year the festival planning committee was behind schedule. On this year, the festival was weeks away they hadn’t set the band roster yet. One Thursday the committee convened at Steinbeck’s Ale House (in Oakhurst) on one of the sweaty summer nights when the band played on the patio.
Making modern danceable music with a classic rock sound, PV23 is an up and coming groovy indie rock band from the Atlanta metro area. An eclectic fusion of progressive instrumentation with catchy pop melodies and harmonies, their music defies genre and label. Every live show is a new experience with unexpected plot twists and energetic stage presence. They have been featured on local radio, played numerous venues and festivals across Atlanta, and even won the Tannery Row Original Series competition against 60 other local artists this year. You can always count on PV23 to put on a show that is both unpredictable and unforgettable. They will be releasing their first EP this May.