I am fully confident when I say that the Shows I Go To staff and I had a night for the record books this past Saturday when we got down with Yo Mama.
Yeah, you heard right. I just thought you should know though.
But, you were there, right? I’m hoping you are reading this because you were and you saw how hard Yo Mama spanked and delighted all of us with that Big Fat Booty. Mmm.. We love getting that phat ass funk spanking and that’s why we keep going back for more.
In all seriousness, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is one of the bands that helped bring the SIGT team together from the very beginnings, so, we have a shit-ton of respect for them. And aside from having one of the most amazing band names ever, they actually know how to serve up some delicious, stanky funk on a brilliant, golden platter.
That’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, we like it.
Before I go any further, I must give a shout out to The Social, for providing one of the most intimate venue experiences that Orlando has to offer. The sound, the bar, and the overall environment are always top-notch, which are essentials for making a good show. With that said, we were totally blessed with the full lineup we got on Saturday night!
For starters, we had Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band, which (in case you didn’t already know) are one of the most amazing funk bands Earth has to offer right now.
You know what? I think you could use some of that shizzle in your life right about now!
Ugh… So fucking good. You need to see them play live. And luckily, you can! Because they seem to tour Florida often. Do it. I highly recommend it.
Trae Pierce is actually a 4-time Grammy winning artist, but he’s still humble enough to have his band open for Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. And YMBFBB is apparently more than happy to open for them too, because that’s what happened at Om Bar in New Smyrna the next night. And WOWWW!
Ok, wait, I got excited.. let me backtrack a bit before I get carried away with the second night of my beautifully funkadelic weekend.
Ok, so at the Social, I actually got in just before Spiritual Rez opened for YMBFBB and I was absolutely, 100%, blown away. Spiritual Rez is one of the most amazing new acts to enter my world. Let’s not discount YMBFBB or TPTSB in the least, but, whoa. Spiritual Rez, for a first-timer, is an explosive, cherry-popping experience.
This is the kind of artist that knows how to craft the perfect blend of funk, punk, rock, and reggae. I wish I could show how phenomenal their live performance is because this video will absolutely not do the justice this band deserves as a truly live experience, but alas:
This is some of the best material I can show you for now, but trust me(!), Spiritual Rez is a megaton atomic bomb when it ramps up into overdrive. I’ve seen a lot of incredible, miraculously gifted musicians in my time, but this is surely a band worth keeping an eye out for. I predict that they will be doing increasingly well within the music festival scene as time goes on.
By the middle of the Spiritual Rez set I had a good-old beer buzz going, so those reggae vibes were rolling through me like breezy, smiling beach waves. There’s a radiating, giddy warmth that these guys have to offer and it’s clear that they jive well with YMBFBB, which already makes them worthy of praise in my world.
By the time Spiritual Rez finished, I was fully clad in my heavy funk armor and ready to take on that Fat Booty with some of my Jedi warrior dance moves. What I really love about funk is that it’s always just as serious or silly as you want to make it. Sometimes it’s totally both. It has the power to take you to a headspace where you are like,
“Funk yeahhh! I’m gonna make a serious rock-out face while doing something absolutely balls-out ridiculous!”
Ok, maybe that’s just me, but, it seems that the most effective warrior dance skills emerge from the depths of the spiritual funk realm. You don’t actually know you are capable of pulling off a Michael Jackson or a Bruce Lee move until you are confronted with a totally fierce, musical dragon slap-bass attack!
That’s what Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty band is. A cattywompus funk dragon… of totally epic, fat ass proportions, like, oh my glob. YMBFBB is the kind of dragon that will sneak up on you though, so be warned!
You will catch that contagious, happy, fun-loving vibe, and before you know it, BAM! You get smacked upside your head and you’re making that squishy funk-face because the bass is so nasty good you don’t know any other way to react. You got a monster trombone and some serious synthesized madness tooting in your face and you’re just paralyzed by the greatness.
But then, pa-chowww! Suddenly you come to the realization that you are the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the dance floor, and you are busting out grooves that only your feet and your booty know how to perform. You merge with the dragon like a Zen master while your headspace expands like a puffy-ass afro into the future. (‘Shit gets mad sexy.) Whew, reliving that brings a tear to my eye. Sometimes you gotta “Ante Up” and throw all that ass into it:
And, unless you fall down the beer-slide and land on a merry-go-round, you will probably dominate the universe and feel the most sublime rush of funktified insight. Well, that’s my relation to funk anyway. And that’s why I continue to seek it out.
Yo Mama finished out the night like champions and got the crowd rowdy. Hell, they even brought back the keyboardist from Spiritual Rez and had a killer keytar battle! That was actually a first for me and it was insanely mind-blowing! Here’s a little glimpse into that moment. I wish I could have captured more of it on my instagram video, but hopefully you can imagine the awesomeness that ensued. That was probably the highlight of my night really. Aside from getting a little tipsy with my SIGT family and eating some mouthgasm tacos downtown afterward at El Rancho!
Whew, what a night. That funk is still lingering in the air and it smells mad good. I am full of gratitude and love. My advice to you? Get some more of that funk in your life. It truly is some of the best medicine 😉
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Live Review by Sean Dorsett.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Live Photos by Lindsay Tompkins.
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