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PHO & Black Market Brass

Oct 06, 2017

Black Market Brass

One by one, by one, by one, all ten members of the Minneapolis based funk powerhouse named Black Market Brass took to the stage last night at the 7th Street Entry. Starting off with no subtleties the band launched into their set. The music was full and funky. The addition of a synthesizer and a conga player really sets this group apart from others. The whole group brought their A-game last night, they never missed a beat and were precisely in unison with each other for the whole performance. They played longer modified renditions of their already lengthy songs, for example, the last song in their set lasted around 15 minutes. The audience didn't seem to notice, they could have played the night away and I’m sure that you would still find some of those concert goers dancing the next morning. .


Wasting no time, Pho set up quickly and started their set. Making everyone proud to live in such a great city, Pho and Black Market Brass both played incredibly impressive sets, often leaving me in awe of how musicians could sit down and write such complicated funk pieces. Pho’s music was definitely more subtle than Black Market Brass, flavoured with synth or horn solos throughout each song. Again, it took no time at all for the audience to start dancing and when the show was done, a deserved encore gave us all permission to dance just once more. It was quite the night to be in Minneapolis, where extraordinary musicians and an amazing audience made for one heck of a great show. If you get the opportunity to see either Pho or Black Market Brass in concert, I highly recommend it. Just don’t forget your dancing shoes!


Sam Legierski