While essentially a tight Funk/R&B outfit, Cebar and Co. do a great job of borrowing from an exquisitely wide array of musical approaches. On his various albums (the most recent being the live Such A Much), Cebar shows a smooth focus, somehow being able to take anything from Reggae and N'awlins-style Funk to Latin and Afro-Cuban groove and make it sound all his own. The results are always energetic, and the Milwaukeeans doing an incredible job of creating soulful, textural soundscapes. Cebar is also known for his unique interpretations of various nuggets, both known and obscure. On Such A Much, Cebar tackles "I Second That Emotion" and Bruce Springsteen's "One Step Up" and the results are as exhilarating as his own tracks.
At the Southgate House on Friday.