If you're itching to boogie on down, maybe while watching the sun dip over the Gulf of Mexico, then go ahead and put a trip to Sam's Hudson Beach on your weekend itinerary.
Solid Core, a six member local cover band that bleeds funk in a very good way, will be in the house on Saturday night, offering up the likes of James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire, Average White Band, Sly and the Family Stone and perhaps the band's own version of James Taylor's Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight that's been blanketed with an Isley Brothers feel, some Eric Clapton-inspired riffs and an intentional, comedic twist of the lyrics.
Jay Seven is the smooth yet energetic front man who's responsible for those mangled lyrics. He leads the party, prone to coming down off the stage to work the audience.
"He's the kind of front man that will not let you not have a good time," said drummer Bill Farrell, who put together this seasoned group of musical transplants about three years ago. Back then he was starting with himself, a guitar player and a keyboard player who has since moved on.
Lead guitarist Joe Natale stayed and was joined by Ric Santiago (saxophone, percussion, vocals), Dan O'Hara (keyboards), Maurice Rhodes (bass) and Jay Seven (lead vocals, percussions).
They are a musical melting pot, local in the sense that they live, work and play in these parts: Farrell owns Onstage Music in New Port Richey, for instance, and O'Hara is a Pasco County elementary school music teacher. But as is often the case in Florida, they hail from somewhere else: New York City, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Harrisburg, Pa., Joliet, Ill.
The regional input adds an eclectic cohesiveness, Farrell said.
"We all have played in a lot of different bands. We do it for the love of the music," he said. "And with the combination I have, well, these guys can play pretty much everything — pop, funk, R&B, jazz, light. We've even done swing."
As for Saturday night?
"Expect an interactive show with a lot of high-energy dance music."