Orgone and High & Mighty Brass Band Hit Brooklyn Bowl
I arrived to Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, May 31 just in time to grab a Brooklyn Lager and catch our opener for the evening, High & Mighty Brass Band. This ensemble has quite the unique sound, blending Louisiana funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, and a genre new to me: Afro-beat. Self described as “a party in progress,” I’d have to say that they definitely lived up to that claim, especially during the finale. As each member grabbed their respective instruments and started filing through the crowd marching band-style, the entire audience stood waiting– something fun was about to go down. And so we boogied our hearts out to the High & Mighty Brass Band as they rocked out in the middle of the floor.
Orgone defines themselves in two ways: “(ôr’gōn) noun 1. A universal life force, a cosmic unit of energy, the creative force in nature. 2. Eight souls from Los Angeles who will move your ass and melt your face.” I will definitely second the second– my ass moved and my face melted clean on the floor. The lead vocals of Fanny Franklin were enough to blow me clean away. Her soulful yet raw voice has a distinct element of passion intertwined with pure emotional release. Although funk-inspired, Orgone definitely has a grittier, harder sound than some of the funk I’m more accustomed too, their rock edge making them even more tantalizing. It was really quite easy to have a good time at this performance simply because the musicians themselves were having a blast and their resonance was palpable. It’s pretty easy to tell when a band hasn’t found their groove yet or when members are not on speaking terms. I felt so at ease watching this group, as deep friendship shone through the boundlessness of their sound. As their set came to a close there were huge smiles all over the place. It seems after a night of movin’ and groovin’ many left that night with the imprint of quite the funky evening on their faces.