Founded 15 years back by renowned (and iconoclastic) Village Voice music scribe Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber has been blowing open minds ever since. Audaciously marrying musical genres and stylistic bends in a manner that makes squares with musical conservative streaks grimace, Burnt Sugar brings a jazz ethic to bear on soul, funk, rock, hip-hop, R&B and world music tropes. The result is a deliciously funky good time in a musical world where the Miles Davis of “Aghartha” frolics freely with David Bowie and Brian Eno, and Sun Ra takes it to the bridge with James Brown.
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber will work its mind-boggling magic on the catalog of Buffalo’s own Bishop of Funk, Rick James. “Dope, Sex & Dem Wild Buffalo Love Joints” will find Burnt Sugar “Superfreaking” the James songbook at 9 p.m. Jan. 29 in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) with the help of Buffalo’s DJ Milk, who will be spinning old-school funk and soul vinyls to get you in the mood. Admission at the door will be $10.