This past Saturday evening 2012 Summer Camp rockers and Alabama-based two man tour de force known as BoomBox took the South East’s largest outdoor street festival Bele Chere by storm, making heads bob and weave to their smoothe electro-funk groove. In case you missed their innovative funk-rock electro set at Summer Camp this year and are unfamiliar, Boombox consists of longtime friends Zion Rock Godchaux (son of Donna Jean Godchaux of the Grateful Dead) and keys virtuoso Russ Randolph. With Godchaux on vocals and guitar predominately and Randolph running the sound board and keys, this two man group produces a funk-rock psychedelia unlike any other, weaving a funky ambient discotheque groove.
Saturday evening in Asheville, NC at Bele Chere they held true to their groove, busting out mainstays from their only official release ‘Stereo’ and turning the crowd into an 8:00 rave party, sweating on top of each other with four on the floor rhythms. Check out a little snippet of that action HERE. The video work is obviously amateur but if you turn your head away, you can feel the upbeat, dance trance energy eminating from the stage. This duo has a unique, feel good grooove that inspires music lovers of all genres to shake a little tail feather.
They blew through fan favorites ‘Kool Aid Smile’ and ‘Me and My Baby’ and switched up the set a little with an improv. drum session from Godchaux and pop-rock mix from Randolph, keeping the crowd on their toes. They claim to never actually create a set list before any of their shows, keeping not only the crowd guessing but themselves and feeling the energy that the fans are wanting and needing for the night. Take a sneak peak at all of their jammage on their soundcloud HERE and stay in tune with their upcoming live performances on their site! Trust me, these guys have an innovative sound that is a must-see live performance!
Boombox told the local Asheville Citizen Times newspaper before their set, “A person walking down the street may hear a house beat and stop. At first, they may think, ‘That’s the electronic stuff that I hate,’ but then after giving it a listen, they may get something different out of it. It helps us break down barriers. We love playing free parties.”