Union Transfer was the setting for fans of Reggae, Rock, and Jangsta Funk, on Saturday night as See-I brought their infectious sound to Philadelphia.
With support from DJ Rob Paine and The Pimps of Joytime, the show boasted a triple bill of musical treats.
See-I last appeared in the Philly region when they played the Pex Halloween show on the battleship New Jersey. We had been looking forward to the show but a freak October snow storm kept us from making it. Three months later, it was redemption time.
Rob Paine (of Worship Records) warmed up the crowd beginning at 9pm and less than a hour later, The Pimps of Joytime took the stage. We’d heard that they put on a great live show, and they did not disappoint. With their unique blend of hip-hop, rock, electronica, reggae, and beyond (known as Janxta Funk), they offer a little something for everyone.
See-I, the brainchild of the Steele brothers, first came to fruition in the 1980’s in Washington, DC and they are known for their close affiliation with Thievery Corporation with whom they have recorded, toured, and performed extensively.
See-I’s band, complete with guest musicians and vocalists, hit the stage around 11pm and set the table for the Steele’s to join the party about 10 minutes later.
For the next 90 minutes it was party time with a mix of upbeat reggae infused with everything from keys to sax. Towards the end of the night, the band brought a handful of ladies up on stage to dance along with the final few songs.
Hanging out with the band backstage before and after their set, it was easy to see the passion these guys have for their music and for the party atmosphere of their shows. We highly suggest trying to catch them on tour or checking out their self titled album (and subsequent remix album) that dropped last year.