Very few acts would make me lament a visit to sunny Los Angeles in the midst of Seattle's gloomy pre-spring season. Unfortunately for me (but very fortunately for you), J*DaVeY is one of them. From the Short List:
As of late, the intersection of electro-funk and new-wave soul has seen an exciting re-awakening--and few encapsulate that retro-futurist appeal better than J*DaVeY, who's caught the eyes of legends like Sa-Ra and Prince. The Los Angeles duo of Briana Cartwright (who performs under the name Jack Davey) and producer Brook D'Leau have yet to drop a proper full-length--New Designer Drug is due later this year--but their double-EP debut, The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost, covers plenty of ground. Sporting 23 tracks of the songstress's self-assured vocals and production that draws influence from both the P- and G- varieties of funk, J*DaVeY's ability to master a groove is undeniable.
The duo is joined by Malice & Mario Sweet, representatives of The Physics' camp and pilots of Seattle's feel-good neo-soul spaceship, as well as Shaprece and dj100Proof. Doors open at 8 p.m., $10 (well-spent) dollars get you inside, and I expect all of you to enjoy the show on my behalf. For an added treat, check out their cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"--it's better than 99% of the other attempts out there.