Seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars (saxophonist Karl Denson, guitarist Elgin Park, keyboardist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Aaron Redfield) are some of the most revered players on the modern funk and jam scenes.
Initially formed in San Diego as the backing band for rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy at the release party for his groundbreaking 1994 album, Freestylin it quickly became a long term project with a string of critically acclaimed albums and world tours. Their unique sound reminiscent of ‘70s blaxploitation soundtrack music was captured on recordings like West Coast Boogaloo, A Town Called Earth, What Happened To Television, and Inland Emperor.
The Greyboy Allstars success also served as a platform for the group’s individual members to launch highly successful and substantially diverse solo careers. Saxophonist Karl Denson fronts his own touring juggernaut Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, but also serves as the tenor saxophonist in The Rolling Stones. Organ and synth master Robert Walter leads his own band, 20th Congress and is a member of Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s band. Guitarist/composer Elgin Park (aka Michael Andrews) is among the most in-demand Hollywood composers, scoring films and television shows like ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’ and ‘I Feel Pretty.’ Bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Aaron Redfield are one of the most sought after rhythm sections in any genre with a steady flow of high profile session and touring work.
The Greyboy Allstars have been bringing funk and jazz to San Diego’s music scene since the early 1990’s and have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format. The cornerstones of their sound have remained the same throughout their career: funk, soul and jazz; or, looked at another way, rhythm and spontaneity. Specializing in acid jazz and ‘60s/‘70s soul-jazz, band leader Karl Denson has described the Greyboy Allstars as a boogaloo band. Their 2016 performance features over two hours of funk-filled grooves that will have you dancing from beginning to end.
Run Time: Approx. 124 Minutes.