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Ok, this band right here--it's a Force of Pure Funktivity. I give a lot of attention to the local hip hop scene here in Seattle, but let me be real for a second--the truth is, the best live act in this city might just be Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme. They're 100% funk & soul. I originally caught these guys at the Exhibitchin' show here at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the theme for the night was the Muppets. And man, let me tell you--on stage, these guys are the living embodiment of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. At the time, I hadn't heard of them but they blew me away. And since then, they've also grabbed attention from The Stranger and Seattle Weekly. It can take an act of god to get a crowd dancing in this town, and I haven't been to a Eldridge Gravy show where I haven't seen people shaking their thang.

This 10-piece band is like a party on stage--wailing horn section, catchy bass lines, kick-ass backup singers, crazy costumes, and the crown jewel...Eldridge Gravy's make-it-look-easy, burning, yearing, soulful vocals. Unless you got a cast-iron ass, there's no stopping yourself from shaking your rump once the Gravy hits the stage.

Tonight, they kick off their Gravy Is In Your Area tour of the west coast (on a SHORT BUS!!!) here in their hometown of Seattle at the Tractor Tavern with a benefit show. Get to one of these dates and get funked!

Here are the tour dates (lifted from their website):

7/17: TRACTOR TAVERN Providence House & Sojourner Place Benefit Show featuring: The Georgetown Orbits, Darrius Willrich - 9:30pm $10adv/$12


7/28: DOWNTOWN SOUNDS Bellingham Music Festival - 7pm FREE!

8/13: MUSE LOUNGE (EUG) w/Excellent Gentlemen, The Essentials - 9pm FREE!

8/14: MT. TABOR (PDX) w/Excellent Gentlemen - 9pm $8

8/16: PRESS CLUB (SAC, CA) w/Tender Cinders, DJ Larry Rodriguez - 9pm $3

8/19: CASPAR INN (Caspar, CA) - 9pm $TBA

8/20: BOOM BOOM ROOM (SF, CA) - w/Grease Traps - 9pm $TBA

9/05: BUMBERSHOOT @ Fisher Green Stage 12:30pm $ticket info$
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Photo by Jesse Amorratanasucha

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