This six-piece outfit possesses a street savvy and instrumental prowess that proves they take what they do seriously, and what they do seriously is deliver a deep-dish platter of tunes as funky as Sly Stone's muttonchops. The Gig is On is built to pack dance floors, conveying all the energy, sweat and groove of a Saturday night at a smoky Chicago juke joint with attitude.
The musicians of Lubriphonic cut their teeth as sidemen for legendary Chicago blues artists like Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor, but this is not a blues band. The group, instead, reinvents its licks to create a vintage funk and soul sound, complete with wah-soaked guitar and the occasional James Brown howl. Sometimes the band reveals a smoother, soulful side, such as on the bluesy "Speed Dial," but boogie-friendly songs showcasing slap-bass lines and a dynamic brass presence are undoubtedly the focal point, as they should be. The entertaining boastfulness of their former blues bosses isn't lost on the band members either, coming through clear on tracks like "Pimp Limp" which declares, "Got wine and women most every day, most of y'all still got nothin' to say." Take the cue, shut your mouth and shake your ass.
Lubpriphonic plays the Top Hat Tuesday, March 8, at 10 PM with the Fox Street All Stars. $10.