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Orgone Brings Sophisticated Funk to Schuba's

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 11, 2011 7:51PM

2011_3_11_orgone.jpg It's a certainty you may not have heard of Orgone. If you've found yourself listening to a Horseshoe Casino ad on the radio lately, you've heard their music. Horseshoe licensed the West Coast funk band's song "Sophisticated Honky" for its radio ad locally and the opening guitar riff and staccato horns have a way of getting under your skin. For us, in a good way.

As with all good bands who work a hard groove, Orgone's rhythm section has been playing together so long that they have a near-psychic connection, able to turn on a dime. The band's influences are the usual for newer funk bands. there's a little bit of the JB's here, some P-Funk there, with a little dash of Stax and a pinch of Jimmy Smith and grant Green. And it's all brough home with the tones of vocalist Fanny Franklin.

Orgone's Cali Fever, released last year, is their most focused effort yet, and finds the band firing on all cylinders. They should be able to turn a room as small as Schuba's, where they play Sunday, into their version of a backyard dance party.

Orgone with the Right Now and DJRC at Schuba's, 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the Schuba's website.