Favorite

Pnuma Trio serves futuristic funk 

As Pnuma Trio cranked out a wholly satisfying set at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, I wondered whether the crowd would have been larger had a) Béla Fleck not been playing a block away, at the Rev Room; and b) Arkansas not just lost a redickerous football game at Alabama a half-hour earlier, leaving potential ass-shakers to polish off the party Bacardi in their darkened living rooms. Whatever the reason, all the floorspace was a tragedy, because Pnuma brought the noise. The Memphis-based trio (Lane Shaw on trap set, Ben Hazlegrove on keyboards, and Alex Botwin on electric bass and the requisite upright laptop) presented old-school meeting outer space (think Jamiroquai without the vocals), veering at times between trip-hop and down-tempo and between futuristic to foreplay funk. The only conversation they made with the scattered but appreciative revelers came when the drummer's pedal broke. While it was being replaced, they spun “Misery Loves Company,” from their album “Character,” due out on Columbia Records in two weeks. To support that record, they'll tour seven dates in Japan, a land far from college football and virtuoso banjoists. Their proximity and prolific tour schedule makes another Little Rock stop inevitable. Next time get out the funk.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Sam Eifling

Most Shared

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

Latest in Music Reviews

  • Cher in North Little Rock

    March 28, Verizon Arena
    • Apr 3, 2014
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers at Verizon

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers took a slightly different musical path to its May induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame than most of their fellow honorees.
    • Oct 31, 2012
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Sept. 30

    The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opened its season Saturday night with a return visit by the 28-year-old violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich, who had appeared with the orchestra in the Beethoven concerto two years ago.
    • Oct 3, 2012
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

July

S M T W T F S
  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The edge of night

    • The eclipse would be the perfect time to place the holy goat on the Capitol…

    • on July 27, 2017
  • Re: The edge of night

    • I would hate to plan on a site only to find it cloudy or raining…

    • on July 25, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation