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Don't miss this show: The Legendary J.C.'s at Skipper's


The Legendary J.C.’s performances at Skipper's Smokehouse over the years are, well, legendary.

Led by highly explosive frontman Eugene Snowden, who's backed by an equally potent eight-piece, the J.C.'s deftly recreate the soul revue sensations of the late 1960s and early ’70s.

The J.C.’s return to the Skipperdome for another sweaty showdown Friday. Attendees can expect much dancing, call-and-response participation and general merriment.

Snowden brings his own charming peculiarities to the indelible personas created by such greats as James Brown and Al Green, two men with whom the J.C.’s have shared stages with over the years.

The Legendary J.C.’s (Joint Chiefs) songs are mostly originals Snowden wrote or co-wrote. Lyrically, each has a everlasting quality that speaks to universal themes of love, loss and redemption. The greasy grooves are time honored, goosed by punchy horns and put across with maximum verve.

Snowden cofounded the tight-knit, multinational, interracial ensemble about a decade ago in Orlando. The common thread that unites the J.C.'s — a rather disparate group of men ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-40s — is a love and understanding of old-school R&B.

It’s that adoration and respect for the Southern, blues-based heritage that invigorates Snowden.

“The music itself gets me juiced,” Snowden said in a recent phone interview. “And keeping the music alive is enough of an impetus to keep me rocking and rolling and loving it.”

The Legendary J.C.’s perform 8 p.m. Friday, Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information call (813) 971-0666 or visit

-- Wade Tatangelo, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 3:30pm]


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