Luke the Knife Brings the Funk to Times Square
Luke the Knife came out swinging in Times Square at Lucille’s in B.B. King Blues Club during the wee morning hours of January 27 for his East Coast debut. After a sold-out performance with Lotus at the Best Buy Theater earlier in the evening, the band’s guitarist and keyboardist Luke Miller revealed his new solo project to fans in the Northeast, laying down a 2.5 hour set featuring Lotus’ percussionist Chuck Morris on drums. This set may have been the longest performance by Luke the Knife thus far, and is even more impressive given that Miller and Morris both had just finished playing three hours with Lotus a mere twenty minutes before funkin’ it up at Lucille’s. And despite the fact they already had a strenuous musical workout at the Best Buy Theater, neither missed a beat.
The performance took place in Lucille’s, a restaurant and bar attached to B.B. King. The venue has a dance floor area with a small balcony overlooking it, a bar with seating to the side, and an area in the back with ample open space for dancing as well as benches and booths for sitting. All areas of the restaurant and bar feature jazzy décor and a bluesy atmosphere, from just the right mood lighting (although not the best lighting for photography) to saxophone beer taps.
The saxophone beer taps at the bar were fitting given the funky set Luke the Knife unleashed. The set took fans through multiple generations of dance music, from classic funk, to LtK’s remix of The Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless,” to the contemporary House creations of Deadmau5, all with Luke the Knife’s disco flair. Many of the remixed songs played that night can be found in one of his eight mixes currently available on Soundcloud.
The crowd certainly got into the notably lengthy live set that night. The small dance floor was packed with dancing bodies. Many had just spent three hours dancing non-stop at Lotus’ earlier performance, yet they continued to dance nonetheless. In the back section a couple of steps below the dance floor and bar area, a number of fans enjoyed the music while sitting on the benches and in the booths which lined the walls. Others took advantage of the less crowded dance space in the middle of the back section, including several hula hoopers. Lotus lead guitarist Michael Rempel and drummer Mike Greenfield both joined the festivities, briefly dancing, as well as chatting with fans about Lotus’ performance that night, LtK, and their own side/solo projects.
All in all, the Luke the Knife after-party was quite the treat for long-time Lotus fans and newcomers alike. Although he has yet to schedule any future dates, keep your eye out, especially once Lotus’ Winter Tour comes to a close in early April. If Luke Miller brings Luke the Knife to a venue near you, don’t miss it. Luke – keep playing that funky music, white boy! Your loyal fans are loving every second of it.