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The Menahan Street Band have been sampled by Jay-Z, are the backing band for “the Screaming Eagle of Soul” Charles Bradley, and are simply one of the best funk bands around. If I could have a soundtrack following me around everywhere I go, it would be the Menahan Street Band.

This was my first opportunity to see the Brooklyn-based players live and they did not disappoint. They are a true collaborative and watching them read each other through a series of hip shakin’ soul numbers was a real treat.

This is a perfect way to kick off the weekend. Enjoy the full session in the archives here.


Menahan Street Band Live on KCRW – Set List

Dusty Blue
Keep Coming Back
Three Faces
Lights Out
Make the Road by Walking
The Crossing

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  • Stukan said:

    I love the sound of these guys! Hadn't heard them before this KCRW live set. One of the things that makes them sound so good is that guitar–it often has a surf-reverb thing going on, which is different in a R&B style, I thnk. Thanks for the intro!

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