Thursday, October 22, 2009

Miss Fairchild back for a good time

By Meredith Deliso

Boston R&B throwback Miss Fairchild had such a positive experience playing the Brooklyn Academy of Music a couple of years back, it was only a matter of time before they returned to the Fort Greene venue.

They do just that this October 30, with a sure to be stellar show at BAMcafé Live.“They really took a shine to us,” says Miss Fairchild instrumentalist Schulyer Dunlap of their first BAM show. “The actual feeling in the room was, ‘Wow, you guys are doing something we haven’t seen here before.’”

That something is their original blend of funk, R&B, soul and pop they call “Modern Good Time Music,” which takes a heavy nod to Tony! Toni! Toné!, Prince, Sly and the Family Stone, and James Brown, while adding their own beats.

In addition to Dunlap, the core of the band is comprised of vocalist Daddy Wrall and producer Sammy Bananas, a Nantucket native like the rest of the band who’s been based in Brooklyn for the past three years. The three recently worked together in the borough on the band’s latest release, the digital download “Won’t Be Your Kept Woman,” out of Sammy Bananas’ Prospect Heights studio.

When the band comes to Brooklyn, it’ll provide the opportunity for the three to reunite once again, as the band’s only regional show for a while will feature guest musicians including a bassist, drummer, and a saxophone section, and, Dunlap hopes, Sammy Bananas, too.

“He used to play live with us all the time, but he hasn’t been coming quite as often,” says Dunlap. “But since we’re going to be playing in his hood, he can’t turn that down. That’s part of the joy of coming down here to play. We get to be all together playing on the same stage.”

In addition to their new sax section, which makes its debut at the Brooklyn show, the band will also be unveiling a few secret weapons, promises Dunlap.

“I’m hesitant to say exactly which ones,” he says. “I think there are people who might sniff that out.”

In addition to those surprises and some new material, the show will feature some new interpretations of Miss Fairchild material, as the band strives to continue to keep it fresh for their Brooklyn fans.

“We love Brooklyn and we love our fans down there. This feels like a special outing for me,” says Dunlap. “I had some good advice once from a friend of mine, who said [to] every show special. We’ve taken that to heart. You can play the same thing every night, but what’s the point?”

Miss Fairchild play BAMcafé Live October 30 at 9:30 p.m. Bar opens at 8 p.m. Free. For more information, call 718-636-4100. BAM is located at 30 Lafayette Ave.


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