Music Scene: Who’s Bad — The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, The Get Right Band, Carnaval
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Who’s Bad — The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
It takes extreme courage to be a tribute band.
With an open invitation for comparison to one’s musical idol, the stakes and the chances for failure to deliver a reasonable resemblance of perceived perfection are high.
Chapel Hill, N.C.’s longtime Michael Jackson tribute band Who’s Bad has navigated through those odds with such practiced accuracy that the octet has earned countless mentions of being the closest experience next to seeing the late King of Pop himself.
The group’s impressive theatrical performances and spot-on instrumental and vocal recreations have carried it around the world, selling out more than 50 venues in the United Kingdom during its 2010 tour, including London’s O2 Arena.
They also regularly sell out shows throughout the U.S., thanks in large part to receiving high-profile gigs alongside artists like Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, the Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men and even Pitbull.
Who’s Bad will perform Friday and Saturday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms. Tickets for each night are $15 at the door or online at The-Windjammer.com. Doors open both nights at 9 p.m. with the shows starting at 11 p.m.
For more information, call 886-8596.
The Get Right Band
Founded in 2011 out of the remnants of Soulgrass Rebellion, the Asheville, N.C.-based funk/rock trio has spent the last two years touring regionally between frequent short-term tour runs in the Caribbean.
The band features an eclectic style, with hints ranging from Southern rock to reggae to funk and soul, all of which can be heard on the group’s 2013 debut “Shake.”
Having spent numerous years on the tour circuit both as The Get Right Band and Soulgrass Rebellion, the members have performed alongside such acts as Galactic, The Victor Wooten Band, Jeff Coffin’s Mutet, Larry Keel and Afromotive.
The Get Right Band will perform four shows around the Charleston area this week:
Sunday at Surf Bar, 103 W. Cooper Ave. on Folly Beach
Monday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms
Tuesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway
Wednesday at Awendaw Green, 4879 U.S. Highway 17 in Awendaw
For further information, go to www.thegetrightband.com.
Capturing an audience as a musical act depending heavily on the instrumental aspects of its songs is an uphill battle, to say the least, and nearly impossible if being realistic.
Audiences are often too accustomed to having melodies and lyrics help them build a connection with a group’s music, thus slowly built and long-lasting instrumental breaks often don’t keep a listener invested for very long.
Local quartet Carnaval understands those risks and has managed to sculpt a structure of sound interesting, evolving and emotional enough to control listeners’ attention without the use of vocal-laden, melody-based songwriting.
It goes beyond jam band noodling, however, and enters instead into a patiently complex sound nestled somewhere between the enveloping, symphonic style of Explosions in the Sky and a more scraggy version of Band of Horses.
Carnaval will celebrate the release of its new album with a performance Saturday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with Sleepy Eye Giant and An Era of Echoes. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door.
Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.