Posted in music | pictures on February 6, 2012

photos by David Andrako

The Impressions

The history of The Impressions is a timeline that spans almost the entire course of rock & soul music. As most of you already know the group counted both Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield within their ranks over the last half century. They are blessed to have founder members Fred Cash and Sam Gooden still onstage and sounding great.... Pulling from a repertoire that includes doo-wop, gospel, civil rights anthems and "blaxploitation" soundtracks the trio gave a guided tour of how their songs have become entwined in American culture. "It's Alright", "Gypsy Woman", "Keep On Pushing", "Superfly", "People Get Ready", "Choice of Colors", "Move On Up", "We're A Winner" - you get the picture. I think the phrase "achingly beautiful" could have been coined to describe "I'm So Proud". -[SkeletonPete]
The Impressions, backed by a band that featured Brooklyn's Binky Griptite and the Dee-Kays (members of the Dap-Kings), played one of the last shows at Southpaw (on February 2nd). The venue inches closer to its final night ever.

The show was a rare teaming of performers and opened with Binky accompanying singer Inyang Bassey, and included the DJ stylings of Pari, Honky, Mr. Robinson, and Eli "Paperboy" Reed. Here are some pictures and a video. It all continues below...

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Impressions with Binky Griptite and the Dee-Kays - Southpaw, Brooklyn

In related news, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings have yet to announce any new US tour dates but the band will embark on a trek of the EU later this month:

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS - 2012 TOUR DATES
17 FEBRUARY Koncerthuset Copenhagen, Denmark
18 FEBRUARY Cirkus Helsinki, Finland
19 FEBRUARY Rockefeller Oslo, Norway
21 FEBRUARY Paradiso Amsterdam, Holland
22 FEBRUARY Tivoli Utrecht, Holland
23 FEBRUARY Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
25 FEBRUARY Rockhal Luxembourg, Luxembourg
26 FEBRUARY Muffathalle Munich, Germany
28 FEBRUARY Huxley's Berlin, Germany
29 FEBRUARY Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg, Germany
1 MARCH Gloria Koln, Germany
3 MARCH 02 Academy Bristol, UK
4 MARCH Stylus Leeds, UK
6 MARCH 02 ABC Glasgow, UK
7 MARCH Rock City Nottingham, UK
8 MARCH HMV Institute Birmingham, UK
9 MARCH 02 Shepherds Bush Empire London, UK
10 MARCH Concorde 2 Brighton, UK
12 MARCH La Cigale Paris, France
13 MARCH Teatro Circo Price Madrid, Spain
6 MAY New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA

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Comments (8)

You can hear American history in their voices. Video was just getting priceless when it cut off.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 10:46 PM

Doowop? I thought that was only seen on PBS pledge drives. Good on them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 4:52 AM

So bummed I missed this. Thanks BV.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 8:30 AM

@4:52 - I can tell you're not trying to be mean or disrespectful but The Impressions are no more Doo Wop than Smokey Robinson & The Miracles or The Temptations. This is classic American soul music my friend.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 8:44 AM

I rubbed some hummus on my cock at this show last night. Some nut-suckin' twink licked my balls lol

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 9:12 AM

^ Tommy! Tommy, Wake Up! You're going to be late for the bus! You've got a test in Ms. Miller's math class today, so Hurry!

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 9:18 AM

^ Tommy can't cum to school 2day. He's getting his "shit ring" rimmed by some tasty bros with saggy nuts lmao

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 9:20 AM

looks like a lot of fun

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 4:40 PM

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