This is more of a quick eulogy than a formal review, especially since I left early to catch Radiation City down the street at the Tractor. I wanted to be sure, though, to stop by and soak in the last bit of radiance from the coupling of Seattle's foremost improvisational funk outfit with their quiet neighborhood home base. Afrocop ended its three-and-a-half year residency at the Stepping Stone Saturday night, citing the ownership's plans to change-up the bar's format. Though it was somewhat of an irregular happening with no hard schedule (it usually occurred on a Saturday toward the end of the month), it had become a thing that people in the area looked forward to each month, and it was the perfectly hip atmosphere. But all good things must come to an end, I suppose, as bandleader Noel Brass, Jr. told me before they went on, it was just time to "groove on." (Afrocop will continue to play elsewhere around town; check them out this coming Friday at the Blue Moon with affiliated band Screens, and Luxe Canyon, for example.)
My cellphone Afrocop
Listen to them explore some far out territory below on their recently released live album, Live at the Stepping Stone.
For me, it was on to Radiation City at the Tractor.