By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England Correspondent
Venue: The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun, Uncaseville, Connecticut-Saturday October 7, 2017
The Wolf Den was packed to the rafters with even more fans outside straining to experience the musical energy and trademark sounds of the band that is widely regarded as the of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music.
The Average White Band is a funk and R&B group that had a series of funk, soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980. They are best known for their million-selling instrumental track “Pick Up The Pieces”, and their albums AWB and Cut the Cake
Starting out as the opening act for Eric Clapton in ’73, the ironically named, Average White Band, are anything but as they were one of the few white groups to cross the color barrier and achieve success and credibility playing funk, soul, and disco with their tight, fiery sound.
Beginning with the jazzy, “I Just Can’t Give You Up”, “The Jugglers”, and “Whatcha Gonna Do”, the AWB’s smooth sound had the Wolf Den crowd of all ages, dancing, and grooving throughout the show.
Sax players, Cliff Lyons and Freddy V. jammed all night while Rob Aries (bass) and Rocky Bryant’s (drums) were especially funky on the low side.
Brent Carter’s voice was a bright light on the hit “Cloudy” While Original band members Alan Gorrie (lead vocals, bass, guitar) and Onnie McIntyre (guitar, vocals) pitched in and led the way for the showstopper hit “Person 2 Person”.
Of course no one would leave without hearing there iconic 70’s hit “Pick Up The Pieces”, and AWB did not disappoint. The fan friendly band had the entire audience signing and dancing through the encore.
Over forty plus years, The Average White Band has multiple gold selling albums and too many Grammy nominations to mention.
This past June, AWB along with Isley Brothers Chris Jasper, dropped a new version of the 1976 hit “Harvest For the World“, proving the music and the message is still relevant today!
- I Just Cant Give You Up
- The Jugglers
- Whatcha Gonna Do
- A love Of Your Own
- I’m The One
- Stop The Rain
- Oh, Maceo
- Work to Do
- Schoolboy Crush
- Cut the Cake
- Put It Where You Want It
- Person 2 Person
- Pick Up the Pieces
Pick Up the Pieces
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