Concert Review: Daryl Hance at the Funky Buddha, May 21

Daryl Hance
With Yankee Slickers and Sosos
The Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton
Friday, May 21, 2010

Beers were flowing at the Funky Buddha on Friday, and three bands scheduled that night gave us everything they had, if only for a short while. Daryl Hance of Mofro fame was down from Jacksonville on his 15th stop of a short solo tour of the Southeast. And it might truly be only his 20th or so show out on his own, singing his own songs, playing lead, and just being Daryl. Joined by Shane Platten on bass and Jon Farmer on drums from openers the Yankee Slickers, Daryl's little three-piece had a grunge to it and often sounded of a dirge.

Not quite blues, not quite rock. For sure not Tom Waits or Hendrix, yet I heard it in there. More than anything, it was music with humidity, if that makes any sense. Like Junior Kimbrough humid, or RL Burnside. Just up-on-your-shoulders humid, pressing down. Sticky.

Also from Jacksonville, the Yankee Slickers, a quartet led by two

brothers, showed in their own set that they're Southern rockers who can

kill it with a musical stew of Skynyrd, the Allmans, the

Ramones, Chuck Berry, Marshall Tucker, and NRBQ. Just flat-out great

music and spot-on precision. I could have taken another two hours of it.

Sosos, a local act, opened up the evening. In what might be

considered an exposure gig for them, only four of the six folks in the

group jammed Friday night. This is outdoor music, to be enjoyed with barbecue

and lawn chairs. I think the years of perfection poured into a quality BBQ  would pair well with Sosos' honed-up acoustic goodness. Much enjoyed.


you find yourself up at the Buddha or any place that brings together

quality music and possibly brew in South Florida, try not to be in a

hurry. Dig your heels in for a while. Open up. Listen. I presume J.

Mascis and Alex Chilton would have been inspired Friday night at the

Buddha. As well as Cobain and Young. It was all good ol' American music.

Raw yet extremely polished at times. Garage- and porch-fried music.

Night music before the day job.

-- Hollis Tidwell

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