When: Fri., May 17 2013
deep funk/super soul, 9 p.m.
Thanks to soul’s resurgence, 72-year-old Charles Walker is enjoying more success today than he did in his ’60s heyday when he opened for James Brown and sang alongside Bettye LaVette. A big part of Walker’s not-so-sudden popularity is due to his partnership with the members of his stellar backing band, the Dynamites, led by guitarist/composer/producer Bill Elder. Inspired by Gabe Roth, the mastermind behind Sharon Jones & the Daptones, Elder connected with Walker in 2005, and together they recruited a crack team of musicians to join them. In April, they released their third album, Love is Only Everything. Walker’s latest is more ballad-centric than his previous efforts, but the record sizzles on the dark and funky “I Just Want To Know,” pops on his soulful duet with LaVette “Yours and Mine,” and grooves to the big-band production of “Please Open Your Door,” where the senior soul singer channels the late, great Otis Redding. Overall, Love is Only Everything is Charles Walker and the Dynamites’ smoothest, tightest set to date. —Chris Parker FRIDAY