Saturday, December 17, 2011

Concert Review- Bunny Sigler and Instant Funk NYC 12/16

Concert Review- Bunny Sigler and Instant Funk
BB King’s Supper Club NYC
December 16, 2011

Bunny Sigler is the type of performer who owns a stage.
Looking sharp, Sigler oozes charisma, can still belt one out, and has no problem hamming it up for his adoring crowd.
The show opened with a relatively brief medley from disco-era greats Instant Funk who are tight as can be. They proceeded to back Sigler, who with the exception of a short rest while the band did their classic “I Got My Mind Made Up,” did ninety straight minutes of classic soul and everything in-between. Billed as “The Philly Soul Experience,” it was great hearing him do “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “For the Love of Money,” “Disco Inferno,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” and other gems which he made his own.
Sigler could sing the phone book and it would be worth hearing. He even did a smooth Sinatra cover and an a cappella snippet of opera.
The only miscalculation on Bunny’s part was utilizing a music video of his new song with subtitles as his finale. It was meant to be a sing-a-long, but I was so distracted by the many misspellings (loose for lose, etc.) that it took away from it. But, hey, maybe that’s just the writer in me.
What was wonderful about the gig was that each and every audience member left that venue smiling. And it went far beyond nostalgia; it was a truly excellent show by a master showman who we all hope will return to the Big Apple shortly. Sigler warmed up a cold night with some great memories and musicianship and what can be better than that?

--Evan Ginzburg

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