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Lee Fields & the Expressions and Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 played Bowery Ballroom (pics & setlists)

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Lee Fields & the Expressions
Lee Fields & The Expressions

Throughout the 1970s, North Carolina’s Lee Fields was better known as “Little JB,” owing to his considerable debt to James Brown’s indomitable presence both onstage and on record. Sporting a similar coif and husky singing voice as Mr. Dynamite (as well as some of his fancy footwork), Mr. Fields failed to make much of a dent outside of the South, cutting one album in the 1970s and bouncing around through the next two decades. But with the soul revival at the end of the 20th century (see his tourmate, Sharon Jones), Mr. Fields has stepped outside the shadows of obscurity. On such albums as “Let’s Get a Groove On” and 2009’s “My World,” he reveals himself as having quite the range: handling drum-fueled soul cries, tender ballads and slinky funk expertly.-[Wall Street Journal]

One night before Sharon Van Etten filled the room, Lee Fields & The Expressions linked up with Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 for a soulful show at Bowery Ballroom. The Friday night (1/7) show was a one off show for both bands. Pictures from it, with both setlists, below…

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions

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