VOYAGES OF RC! Blowfly, Jacuzzi Boys and Torche – An Eclectic Triple Header! @ Churchill’s Pub, Miami, FL (11/8/13)
On the heels of their U.S. tour w/ Wavves + King Tuff, but before heading off to Berlin in the morning to kick off their European Tour, Jacuzzi Boys gave their hometown fans a treat for the eyes and ears at Churchill’s Pub in Miami. The evening would include an eclectic trio of funk, garage and metal bands, in that order. Folks were pumped not only to give their favorite local band a heroes welcome, but a hearty send-off, too. Having followed the Jacuzzi Boys for some time now, it comes as no surprise that they would put an evening of this magnitude together.
As we enter Churchill’s, Blowfly, Jacuzzi Boys and Torche are selling their merch by the entrance; people are milling about, swapping stories; and the alcohol is flowing. Before the JBs take the stage, we get the rare opportunity to get down and get funky with everyone’s favorite dirty, funk band, Blowfly. Having been a secret Blowfly fan for all these years, we were overjoyed to be a part of their special album release party forBlack in the Sack. Mr. Blowfly, a 74 years young, gets the chance to show this youthful crowd what it’s like to gracefully age, “funky style.”
Blowfly’s drummer, wearing a glittery mask, gives Blowfly a warm welcome and eventually, he emerges from the back of Churchill’s wearing his signature cape and mask. As he ambles to the stage, we are all mystified by this wise, yet truly captivating man. His eminence takes the stage and we are all completely at his mercy. While preferring to serenade the ladies, this demented James Brown makes a point to connect with both males and females in the audience. Imagine Michael Jackson and Clash tunes with the most explicit lyrics you can think of. Yes, that’s Blowfly. Our live music experiences were enhanced by the performance of songs like, ‘Funky Party,’ ‘I Believe My Dick Can Fly,’ ‘Rap Dirty,’ and my favorite, ‘Should I F*ck That Big Fat Ho.’ His lyrics are totally hysterical and we couldn’t stop laughing for almost the entire set. See the videos below. Simply the perfect preamble to the Jacuzzi Boys.
Ahhhh, the Jacuzzi Boys. Danny, the bassist, and I spoke a bit about the previous tour and I asked him about what he thought were his most memorable stops along the way. While immediately recalling New York and Chicago, he was admittedly reluctant to specify just one city and said they were all pretty awesome. He mentions that they are leaving for Berlin, in the early morning, to kick off their European tour. I was slightly amazed that they were pulling off this late night venture at Churchill’s before heading off to Europe in the morning for their 30 day tour. When asked what city he most looked forward to getting to, he quickly replied, “Paris”. Paris just loves the Jacuzzi Boys and they have shown their love of this endearing band with sold-out shows. We look forward to hearing all about their travels upon their return.
Fans begin to congregate around the stage before the JBs take their spot. The Jacuzzi Gals seem pleased that they can return to their comfort zone, stage left. Everything is fitting neatly into place. The Jacuzzi Boys get better and better with every performance. This show was no exception. Gabriel’s guitar licks were tight, Danny’s bass was phat and Diego’s percussive skills were right on. The JB’s played may of their classic tunes and sprinkled in tunes from their excellent and the latest self-titled album. The crowd was rowdy and momentum continued to build up as the set went on.
Watching the Jacuzzi Gals dance on stage brought a “virtual” tear to my eye, but watching dudes stand on stage in front of the band to take pictures with their cell phones, not so cool. Did I mention the huge mosh pit that developed during the set? It would hardly have been a surprise if fists began to fly, but narry a hand was aggressively laid upon another. Was I scared? Absolutely not! I found it simply exciting to be a part of this human experience and I couldn’t thank Churchill’s Pub enough for what I thought was one of the most entertaining nights of my life.