I ran into Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note/Erykah Badu drummer Robert “Sput” Searight in the men’s room of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel during last year’s NAMM Festival. I’ve had nightmares about meeting my musical idols in situations such as this one. “Awkward” doesn’t begin to cut it.
Sometimes you have to roll with it, though, and since I’d just witnessed Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles tearing it up on a stage located in a Marriott Lobby absolutely overflowing with fans – Sput among them - it seemed like we had a suitable starting point for a chat.
“Um, that was just completely awesome, huh Sput,” I said, and immediately regretted it.
Sput, however, was completely cool about it all, and we got to talking about his current passion in a career stuffed to the brim with them – Ghost Note, the duo he formed with his fellow Snarky Puppy member, percussionist Nate Werth. I was already a fan, thanks to YouTube and my son, who is obsessed with Snarky Puppy. That the band’s short fall tour includes a stop at Buffalo Iron Works at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 is a blessing for fans of heavily percussive funk and bold new music in general.
Here’s why you need to be there.
1) The music
Describing what Ghost Note does is a tall order, but I can tell you this – it’s wholly compelling, brave, thrilling and fearless stuff. If you’re favorite food is white bread, you might not dig this. But if you have any taste at all for musical adventure, buy the ticket and take the ride.
2) The musicians
I’d pay good money to watch Sput and Werth create a wall of percussive interplay all on their own, but on Sunday, they’ll be joined by an incredible band: bassist Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr, trumpeter Justin Stanton, (Snarky Puppy) and saxophonists Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II (Prince) and Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles).
3) The venue
Intimate, generally great sound, a delicious variety of beer, and an all-around cool hang.
5) And this, too…
Who: Ghost Note
Where: Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.)
When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25
Tickets: $7 advance, $10 at the door