Smart Bets: Chapter:SOUL

Direct from New Orleans, the groove-funk quartet Chapter:SOUL pays homage to The Big Easy’s rich musical roots with an eye toward keeping the city’s sonic scene as innovative as ever. At the reins is frontman Calvin Johnson Jr., who’s lent his tenor saxophone and vocal skills to tours with Harry Connick Jr., the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and rappers Mystikal and Mannie Fresh. Along with Kashonda Bailey (organ/keyboards/synths), Thomas Glass (percussion) and Evan Washington (bass), Johnson explores his vision of New Orleans music, which he calls “NOLA Future Funk.” The sound mixes street brass and bounce rhythms in the service of original compositions and fresh renderings of soul classics. Chapter:SOUL closes out its monthlong, East Coast tour with a 10 p.m. show on Thursday, Aug. 30, at One Stop. Free. ashevillemusichall.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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