Jimmy Castor: Rest in the Funk

I was honored to meet Jimmy Castor at the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention. After that brief conversation, I was compelled to go back and listen to his music which I had loved as a kid.

As Soul-Patrol’s Bob Davis said to me when we were talking about the man later, Jimmy Castor’s genius is often overlooked. He’s dismissed as a “parody” artist. But when you really get into the music, you’ll feel the depths of the grooves. You’ll be impressed by the musicality and the arrangements. And you will laugh your behind off.

I was really sad to hear that Mr. Castor passed away on January 16, 2012, at the age of 71. I hope there will be a long line of tributes for this man, though he deserved so much more attention during his life.

Here are a couple of my favorite Jimmy Castor joints.

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Barbecue & Funk at Memphis Smoke, Friday Sept. 17

“Say it ain’t so!” Well, it ain’t so… yet.

We were shocked and dismayed to hear that Memphis Smoke, one of Metro Detroit’s best places to hear music and grab a great meal, was scheduled to close in September to make way for a Cantina Diablo’s Tex Mex restaurant.

Well, we are now excited to hear that Memphis Smoke will live on until the end of the year, making its transition in January of 2011. And with that being the case, we’re going to get in there and rock a couple more times before the brisket and ribs make way for the quesadillas and chimichangas.

Nadir at Memphis Smoke - Photo by Lisa Luevanos

Nadir and the band cook up their “Marley & Hendrix in a Soul Kitchen” flavors at Detroit’s favorite home for Blues and Barbecue. Join us on Friday, September 17 at 9:30pm where the food will be hot, and the music will be spicy! Come and get it before it’s gone!

Friday, September 17, 2010
Nadir
Memphis Smoke

100 South Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan
Showtime: 9:30pm
NO COVER CHARGE
For more info call (248) 543-4300

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Nadir Earns 2010 DMA for Outstanding Urban Funk Vocals

Nadir & Detroit, Freep Play cover, photo by Amy Luang

A very special thanks to the members of Detroit’s music community for voting Nadir Outstanding Urban Funk Vocalist at the 2010 Detroit Music Awards on April 16. The singer songwriter has earned the Outstanding Funk Vocal prize four of the last five years, and the last three in a row. This is his tenth DMA award. [Read more…]

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VIDEO: Nadir – Workin’ For The Man LIVE

Check out this live performance video of “Workin’ For The Man” by Nadir from the 2010 St. Michael’s We Care Telethon in Monroe, Michigan. The video was produced by WUPW – Fox Toledo.

St. Michael’s We Care offers monetary and other assistance to individuals residing in Monroe County, Michigan with a life-threatening illness to be paid after the use of insurance (if any), other organizations, and/or money derived from other sources is exhausted.

This performance happened at the height of the US health care reform debate. We felt it was important to do this benefit in support of a great organization that offers aid to families and individuals in their time of greatest need.

The band is Alesha Brown (keyboards & vocals), Mia Treadwell (drums & vocals), Chris Spooner (bass & vocals), Nadir Omowale (vocals, guitar). “Workin’ For The Man” was written by Daniel Lee (aka The Invisible Kid) and Nadir Omowale. It’s the title track of the Workin’ For The Man album.

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Solo Funk Friday After Work in Garden City – March 12

Nadir Omowale, Live at Arab American Museum, photo by Lisa Luevanos

Come join Nadir for some solo funk after work on Friday, March 12 at Dario’s Italian Eatery, 32293 Ford Road, Garden City, Michigan. Sample the happy hour drink specials and the best pizza in town.

Friday, March 12
Nadir Solo Funk
Dario’s Italian Eatery

32293 Ford Road
Garden City, Michigan 48135
Showtime: 6pm – 10pm
For more info visit www.dariositalianeatery.com
or call (734) 422-9320

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