Funk and soul are exactly what I’m looking for the night before Valentine’s Day in Orlando. The Main Squeeze invites you to bring your main squeeze down to Will’s Pub for a night to remember. Helping them out this evening is Orlando’s home grown Sweet Cambodia, who bring their unique brand of funk rock. Tonight’s love songs are provided by top notch musicians.
So, I grab my girl and we head to the recently remodeled Will’s Pub. Here, they have craft cocktails and a nice selection of tasty brews to keep your lips happy, while Sweet Cambodia satisfies tonight’s early ears. We get our beverages just as the music begins. A three piece band, Sweet Cambodia is comprised of Eric Charles (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Donnie Fuson (Drums), and Savvy Savage (Bass Guitar/vocals).
These three are playing dark, dramatic funk my mother wouldn’t approve of, making them a rad opener! “Nightmare on the Avenue,” “Stix,” and “IDK” are their best songs of the performance. The music ends and the crowd is giving it back to the band when they jump out and surf their wave of applause in this very small venue. The fans oblige for a moment before letting them down gently. What an awesome end to a great set!
The Main Squeeze are just in town for one night as they quest towards Punta Gorda Funk Fest to bring their groovy gospel to the people with bands like Lettuce, The Nth Power, Voodoo Visionary, Robert Randolph, and Joe Marcinek Band. They come into the evening a bit under the weather, but you wouldn’t know it from their playing. These guys rock! And jam! Annnnd groooove! Ben “Smiley” Silverstein is the first to impress with a wicked solo in the second song. The place sings along with “#WWC” and shouts that there is only one thing they have to blame … and it’s “whiskey, women, and cocaine!”
Guitarist Max Newman is a samurai warrior with the way he wields his fiery sword. Fans scream as he catches the stage and first few rows ablaze with his incredible solo. They tease “This Is How We Do It,” by Montell Jordan before “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. & The Sunshine Band. It’s just the lyrics from “Get Down Tonight” as the instrumental now sounds more like regular Squeeze. It’s so bad ass to see them mixing and matching some older classics with their music.
Taking a moment to slow things down, my girl’s favorite song “Only Time” brings out all the feelings in this bluesy number about the slow roll of heartbreak. They sound so fucking good. Swoon! My words can’t do this band justice as Cory Frye (vocals) and Max rise and fall together through the paces of the song. Matching each other in intensity and flair, their synergy makes my body tingle. They let the crowd cheer for just a moment before they roar back with the biggest reprise!! I’m starting to doubt these guys are sick at all. Holy shit! Squeeze plays a song off of their upcoming 2020 album before hitting their classics, “Dr. Funk,” and “Where Do We Go.” What a glorious evening of stellar funk, rock and soul for the lovers in the audience! I’d be remiss to forgot to tell you that they encored with Led Zepplin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” with power and precision. Can’t wait to see The Main Squeeze again!!
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