Pimps of Joytime’s funky dance party coming to North Tahoe
If you go
What: Pimps of Joytime
When: 9 p.m. Friday, March 18
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
Cost: $20 advance; $23 day of show; $40 booth seat
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — The Pimps of Joytime have a general rule of thumb when it comes to plotting a tour.
“We tend to go to the places that we’re appreciated and where we’re treated well and that we have fun,” Brian J, lead vocalist and guitarist, told the Bonanza this week.
Which is why the Brooklyn-based funk and soul band is migrating back to North Lake Tahoe, a region with a diverse pool of music scenes, funk perhaps chief among them.
The Pimps of Joytime will strut the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room stage Friday.
“Crystal Bay has definitely been that for us,” Brian J said in regards to reliable venues the band likes to frequent. “It’s a great crowd, the venue is really good and professional and the sound is good.
“We started in the small room a couple years ago and moved on up to the big room, and we’re looking forward to it.”
And for those planning to attend Friday’s show, don’t expect to simply be standing still with eyes fixed on the stage, softly bobbing your head and tapping your toes.
No, your prototypical Pimps of Joytime crowd isn’t a herd of lifeless statues; POJ crowds are a pack of inflatable balloon people besieging a dance floor.
In other words, lace up your best leg-shaking kicks for this one.
“It’s definitely been a dance party when we come through,” Brian J said. “Just a good old funky time. A lot of energy — soulful vibes, some funky grooves — and we definitely aim to elevate the spirit.”
Formed in Brooklyn in 2007, the Pimps of Joytime — whose current lineup consists of frontman Brian J, Mayteanna Morales (vocals, percussion), Cole Williams (vocals, percussion) David Bailis (bass, keys, sampler) and John Staten (drums) — have four albums to their credit, including “High Steppin” (2007), “Funk Fixes and Remixes” (2008), Janxta Funk! (2011) and “Jukestone Paradise” (2015).
Described by Brian J as boasting “blues influences” and “electronic infusions,” the Pimps of Joytime’s latest effort has received much critical acclaim since its release last April.
According to a review by Slug Magazine, “Jukestone Paradise” is not only “a brilliant album,” it may have been the best funk record of 2015.
“This album provides a much-needed spiritual release through some catchy, heavy funk that inspires some serious shaking and gyrating about,” the review said.
Brian J, whose influences range from Sly and the Family Stone to Daft Punk, said fans of the band will dig their latest record.
He added: “And people that don’t know us might enjoy it as well.”
Especially if those people like to dance.
Read more about Pimps of Joytime at pimpsofjoytime.com
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