Last night, my cousin Davian and I went to The Kessler Theater to see Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles. I’ve been greatly anticipating this show for weeks. I first learned of Cory Henry from YouTube. Then I became addicted to his album The Revival. For those of you who are not familiar with Cory, he is one of the most prolific musicians of our time as he’s a master of the Hammond B-3 organ. Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles debuted their first album Art of Love earlier this year. It’s awesome. Go check it out.
The show opened with soul singer Kirk Thurman. He’s a Dallas native that I am ashamed to say I have never heard of until last night. He was backed by two Dallas legends, Shaun Martin on keys and Gino “LockJohnson” Iglehart. His bass player name Jay and lead guitar player whose name I can’t remember rounded out this powerhouse band. I wasn’t familiar with any of the songs they played but everything was so funky and cohesive. Kirk’s songwriting and guitar playing abilities are to be recognized as well. The set was blazing from beginning to end. The keyboard solos from Shaun Martin were amazing. Gino subtle yet effective licks were right on time. The guitar players were so damn good! LAWD!q
The crowd was definitely buying what Kirk and the band was serving. And let me just say it was a joy seeing people of various nationalities and ethnicities jamming together. Music is truly a unifier of people. If you happen to hear about Kirk in a city near you, check him out. He’s artistry is truly a breath of fresh air. His music matters and is needed.
Now for the main attraction. I already knew I wasn’t going to be able to take many pics or videos because Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles have that energy to make your put your phone down. I wanted to savor every moment of the show. However, I was able to get a quick pic and a video that I will share towards the end of post.
I’ll be honest. I almost got to hollering as soon as the band walked out on stage. I was ready. TaRon Lockett another Dallas native was on the drums and played like a consummate professional. He stayed in the pocket. Didn’t give us a lot of fluff. It was just right. Denise Renee and Tiffany on vocals are superstars in their own right. The gentleman on the keyboards was a weirdly gifted musician that is out of this world. The bass and guitar players were like butter. And Cory, I mean a beast for a lack of better words.
It’s evident that Cory is heavily influenced by the sounds of the 60s and 70s as the band opens up with their rendition of the Bee Gees classic Stayin’ Alive. I was even more impressed to hear their cover of You Gotta Believe by The Pointer Sisters later during their set.
Cory’s vocal ability was another pleasant surprise. He’s able to let loose a little more live than on studio album. He is a true church boy through and through. His gospel riffs and runs took me back to the sanctuary the moment you are preparing to rededicate your life back to Christ. Will there be one?
If I could describe the show in two words it would be HGH ENEGRY! From beginning to end, the funk apostles took us on a ride that never dropped altitude. And the musical content was all about something we all need and desire. Love! You can’t go wrong talking about love whether you’re immersed in the thick of it, longing for it or stumbling out of it. Everyone can relate! The band gave us extended versions of all 6 tracks from the album and later released single Love Will Find a Way. They even managed to close out on the feel good song NaaNaaNaa from Cory’s previous released album The Revival.
If you enjoy live instrumentation, good sanging and want to dance the night away, go see Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles. They are a one of a kind! The band will be opening up for Lauryn Hill on her European tour. I am sure Cory and crew will be there on time. I can’t say the same for Ms. Hill!