Booker T. Jones - Musical Instrument Museum - 10/3/2013

Booker T.
MIM Music Theater
October 3, 2013

Heading to the Musical Instrument Museum to see Booker T. Jones, I--and probably many other concert goers--expected a soul revival. Instead, the sold-out audience was treated to a rock and roll show. To be fair, the bulk of the nearly two-hour long concert from the prolific songwriter, performer and producer was filled with vintage-sounding soul, thick with Hammond B-3 organ riffs, bottomless bass, and gritty guitar interplay, but there was plenty of unexpected screaming guitars and uproarious organs to make this one of the loudest shows to come through the MIM Theater.

The evening started out appropriately enough, with a vintage funk groove, heavy on the bass and organ, with perfectly timed guitar fills and a steady, rollicking backbeat. It was the sound that would anchor the evening's performance, particularly the instrumental tracks that are Jones' trademark. The groove gradually built into "Harlem House" from Jones' 2011 album, The Road to Memphis.

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Glenn BurnSilver
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