Chicago Folk & Roots Festival: Budos Band, Shemekia Copeland, Occidental Brother Dance Band International, Red Stick Ramblers, James King Band, and others | Welles Park | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival: Budos Band, Shemekia Copeland, Occidental Brother Dance Band International, Red Stick Ramblers, James King Band, and others Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., July 10, 12 p.m. 2010

Despite their best intentions, Budos Band are unmistakable. The Brooklyn tentet set out to make III (Daptone), for reasons known only to them, a psychedelic doom album, but fortunately what came out the other end was another totally sweltering album of tight instrumentals with funk horn arrangements that flirt with Afrobeat and honor myriad American R & B styles, from Stax to Muscle Shoals to the JB's. The creepy psych sound they were going for shows up here and there—spooky Farfisa and wah-wah guitar on the "Daytripper" tribute "Reppirt Yad"—but the "doom" touches are so well-worn and hammy that they make III sound like a Halloween novelty record produced by David Axelrod circa '71. Depending on where you stand with baritone horns and/or Halloween, this is still a pretty great thing. Live they make a big sound and can get an entire audience dancing. Budos Band also Monday at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $10 suggested donation, $5 for kids and seniors

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