Keller Williams

INDY MOJO PRESENTS

Keller Williams

Fri, February 1, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20.00 - $22.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Keller Williams
Keller Williams
Being a Keller Williams fan means being ready for anything—trying to guess where this omnivorous artist will head next might be fun but chances are good you won’t even come close. In the past three years alone Williams has recorded an album of eclectic cover tunes with the Keels (Thief), a children’s record (Kids), the bass-centric and appropriately titled Bass, a bluegrass set with the Travelin’ McCourys (Pick) and a Grateful Dead tribute project on which he played piano exclusively (Keys). Add to that a hectic touring schedule that might find him playing with the McCourys, the Keels, with his newest outfit More Than A Little or—as he’s done for years—as a solo one-man-band.

This fall’s surprise is Funk (self-released / November 12, 2013), which—you guessed it—is all about the genre that, says Williams, “is prominent in my love of music. Funk,” he says, “would be impossible for me to get away from. It’s like breathing; it just happens naturally without me thinking about it.”

Funk was recorded live at a pair of Virginia gigs (from the Norva in Norfolk and the National in Richmond), and during a show at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Neighborhood Theatre. More Than a Little features Keller Williams on vocals and guitar, EJ Shaw on bass, Gerard Johnson playing keyboards and Toby Fairchild on drums, with backup vocals from Tonya Lazenby Jackson and Sugah Davis. The album consists of four new Williams originals and several interpretations of songs that further the vision of this artist who makes everything he touches his own. The album, writes Keller in Funk’s liner notes, “is more than a little soulful, more than a little funky and it’s making me more than a little happy.” Guaranteed, it’ll make you more than a little happy too.

Keller Williams grew up amidst the vital gospel and R&B scene in Richmond, Virginia, where the funk sounds of George Clinton with Parliament/Funkadelic, Rick James, Prince and Bootsy Collins had a profound influence on him. “The first time I was really immersed in the funk was in eighth grade, when I saw the James Monroe High School Band perform,” he says. “For me funk is all about the beat matched up with the bassline, the groove, the feel, the pocket, the soul. No one can tell you it’s funky,” he adds. “You just have to know it and feel it.”
Venue Information:
The Vogue
6259 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN, 46220
http://thevogue.com/