Posted in music | tour dates on April 11, 2011

by BBG

Dennis Coffey
Dennis Coffey

If I had my way, copies of Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio" and "Theme From Black Belt Jones" would be handed out to every prospective hip hop/funk DJ with the purchase of a pair of turntables; guitarist/wah-pedal-kingpin's breakbeat classic, "Scorpio", has been sampled to infinity since its pressing by Sussex in the early 70's. Between "Scorpio" and his numerous contributions as a member of Motown's "Funk Brothers", it's safe to say that Coffey is a pillar of the funk/soul community.

Now the guitarist is back in business and will hit the road in celebration of a new eponymous LP, due on 4/26 via Strut Records. The album includes the track "Knockabout" which you can listen to below. Album guests include Mayer Hawthorne, Mick Collins (Dirtbombs), Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras), Kings Go Forth, Lisa Kekaula, and Paolo Nutini. The full tracklist and cover art is below too.

Gigs at SXSW were just a taste. Coffey will hit select cities in early June on his way to Bonnaroo. Those dates include a stop in NYC at The Bell House on June 4th with the Dirtbombs. Tickets are on sale.

The Dirtbombs also just announced some dates, including that Brooklyn show and a Boston show with Dennis. They'll be out supporting their recently released Party Store. Check out their video for "Sharevari", with all dates, below...

Scion A/V Presents: The Dirtbombs "Sharevari"

Dennis Coffey mix - "Premium Blend"

Black belt Jones intro

Dennis Coffey

Dennis Coffey - Knockabout

1. 7th Galaxy
2. Don't Knock My Love feat. Fanny Franklin
3. All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne
4. I Bet You feat. Mick Collins (Dirtbombs) and Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras)
5. Miss Millie feat. Kings Go Forth
6. Somebody's Been Sleeping feat. Lisa Kekaula
7. Plutonius
8. Knockabout
9. Only Good For Conversation feat. Paolo Nutini
10. Space Traveller
11. Don't Knock My Love (Part 2)

April 15th - Detroit, MI: Detroit Music Awards
June 2nd - Los Angeles, CA: The Troubador
June 4th - Brooklyn, NY: The Bell House *
June 5th - Allston, MA: Brighton Music Hall *
June 7th - Philadelphia, PA: World Café Live
June 8th - Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom
June 9th - Chicago, IL: Lincoln Hall
June 11th - Manchester, TN: Bonnaroo
* w/ The Dirtbombs

5/30 - Detroit, MI @ Movement
6/02 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
6/03 - Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time at Voyeur Nightclub
6/04 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House *
6/05 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
7/14 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
7/15 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
7/16 - Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
* w/ Dennis Coffey



Comments (11)

The Bell House has been getting good bookings ever since Skippy left.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2011 4:56 PM

Who is Skippy anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2011 5:14 PM

pretty sure The Stepkids are on the bill at a bunch of those shows too. Heck of a bill top to bottom.

Posted by dave g. | April 11, 2011 5:18 PM

The Stepkids are on BK, Allston, Philly, Cleveland, and Chicago. Excellent bill.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2011 6:00 PM

Lol this guy's joking right?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2011 6:19 PM

Joking about what?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2011 8:32 PM

Finally, a hipster that doesn't look ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2011 9:49 PM

Damn, this guy has some Black in him somewhere

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 3:46 PM

Yup Yup

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 4:08 PM

Thanks for the awesome post. Grew up on
Coffey in Flint Michigan in the 70's. Live on LES now, and it kinda sucks I have to schlep out to a warehouse on a river declared a superfund site by the EPA, miles from Manhattan, just to see him, but I'll be there!

There is only but one great white hope outta Detroit, and his name is Dennis Coffey...

Posted by Shawn Chittle | April 29, 2011 9:33 AM

Not only do I have the same name (except middle initial) but I look a lot like you, the famous guitarist. In 1974 a friend found a copy of "Electric Coffey" and was sure the jacket photo was me: long blonde hair, beard, mostache & similar glasses & we're about the same age - I was born in Oct., 43. Big diff: I don't play guitar. As a Funk Brother you had a real influence on music.

Thanks for the Interview/history, very interesting. You did a lot of good work.

- D.C.

Posted by Dennis W. Coffey | August 22, 2015 4:34 PM

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