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The Impressions played one of Southpaw’s final shows w/ Binky Griptite & the Dee-Kays (pics & video)

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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