Electric Boogaloo

New Year, Same Ole Funk

I hope everybody had a safe and happy new year. I’m going to make an effort to make these updates a little more regular, as well has have some more guest deejays into the studio in tha Thirteen. Jeez, does that sound like a broken record or what? Regardless, there are some good shows here in the first few months of 2013, so here is your What’s Up With What’s Going Down for the start of the new calendar:

Be sure and check us out every Thursday night from 11pm to midnight, listening live at 91.1 FM WREK in Atlanta or streaming at wrek.org for your chance at tickets to some of these shows!

Old Year’s Resolutions

Assuming that the Mayans are wrong, there’s a lot of really great shows coming up to round out the year and take you into 2013. I gave a semi-update in last week’s show (available here), but here is your updated What’s Up With What’s Going Down:

Be sure and check us out every Thursday night from 11pm to midnight, listening live at 91.1 FM WREK in Atlanta or streaming at wrek.org for your chance at tickets to some of these shows!

Get Up Offa That Thang, Atlanta

Dang, has it been 2 months since the last post, and almost 3 months since the last time we let on to What’s Up With What’s Going Down? That’s just inexcusable. Got some good shows coming up in the next month or so, (including the Bear Creek Festival down in Florida going on all this weekend) and hopefully some more will crop up before the end of the year. These will take you through the Turkey fest and into full on X-Mas meltdown:

Ok, so it’s not an overwhelming lineup of shows, but we had it pretty good in Atlanta through the spring and summer including festival season. Stay tuned to this spot for updates throughout the winter months and the end of times.

Time Has Come for Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

Well, well, well, it’s about time for Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics‘ debut album indeed. Time carefully spent, that is, in the writing, developing, recording, mastering, and selecting of 10 exquisite tracks to comprise It’s About Time.

Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics - It's About Time

From their musical beginnings together in Gainesville, FL, Ruby Velle (vocals) and Spencer Garn (producer, organ) have crafted a sound that’s as timeless as it is modern. With equal parts soul, blues and downright funk, they’ve been wowing crowds in Atlanta and around the Southeast for close to five years in anticipation of their long-awaited debut full length recording. Since the album aggregates recordings from this long period, you can hear some Atlanta stalwarts, Scott Clayton (guitar), Mark Carbone (drums), Eric Fontaine (sax), Kevin Scott (bass), and many more, as they developed their sound and their current lineup. The album really embodies the creativities and talents of the many musicians featured without overshadowing the brilliant voice and lyrics of Ruby herself.

Enough glowing. As they’ve graced our airwaves on multiple occasions, and we’ve watched them mature as a band as as people here in Atlanta, we can’t help but be proud of our little local soul band done good. The album has already dropped and the hometown party/celebration begins this Thursday Sept 13 at the EARL, with friends Charles Walker and the Dynamites headlining that bill. The fun will continue Friday night at the same acts switching time slots at the same venue, culminating(?) in a reception of sorts Saturday night at the W Midtown. And definitely check out The Electric Boogaloo this Thursday 11pm to midnight (stream it from the archive if you are at the EARL on Thursday), as we visited Soulphonics Studio for a little chat and checkin with Spencer and Ruby.

RV and the Soulphonics

Whether you get to Thursday or Friday night’s show (or both) be sure and catch them while you can, as it may be the last time they play a venue this quaint, as they’ve already begun to garner some national recognition with the current Single of the Week, My Dear, on iTunes announced on Monday.

We thank Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics for being so gracious in their rise to success, congratulate them on their first LP, and look forward to many more performances and recordings in the certainly near future. I’ll leave you with a very raw video of one of their earlier singles not featured on this album and the song that got me really introduced to the Soulphonics sound, Feet on the Ground.

Get Up to Get Down

We’ll waste little time getting to the much overdue What’s Up with What’s Going Down, as there are several hot and funky shows coming up in the A-T-L, so let’s get to it…

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