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Concert review: The Effinays at The Magnolia Motor Lounge

The Effinays

Sunday, May 5th

Magnolia Motor Lounge

3005 Morton St

Fort Worth



Posted 6:54am on Monday, May. 06, 2013

And there we were, on El Día de la Batalla de Puebla, or as it’s known in the US of A, Cinco de Mayo. In parts of Mexico, and in the USA this is a day to celebrate the Mexican army’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. But let’s be honest; it’s also an excuse for a party, and one thing we love in Funkytown is any excuse for a party.

There was a Cinco de Mayo throwdown going on at Lola’s with Big City Folk and Trip Mathis, but The Effinays were playing at Magnolia Motor Lounge, and the funk won out over the folk.

The celebration started at 3 on Sunday, but I couldn’t make it until late. I was especially hoping to catch Gonzo City (who went on second to last), but I just missed them. The Effinays were already on stage and kicking ass like Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín when I walked in. The band consists of Joe “Big Spook” Martinez (vocals), Julian “King” Ayacannoo (sax), Jeremy “Pan Blanco” Piering (bass), Valenti “Funk” (drums, keys), Jason “Shaggy” Kerr (guitar) and Marquise “Kool-Aid” Jones (sax).

The Effinays are flat-out fun to watch, as a funk act should be. Marquise is all over the place, at one point running through the crowd, around the building outside, and back in the side door. Valenti plays drums and keyboard at the same time, and Jason Kerr, with his hair covering his face though 95 percent of the show, really earns the name Shaggy. But this isn’t a circus, and in the end it’s all about the sonic. And that is what makes the Effinays ones of the bands you have to experience at all costs.

This is weapons-grade funk, with a healthy dose of rock and reggae thrown into the mix. The drums were precise and tasteful, and Piering lays down a solid funk bass line without being showy or overdone. The dual saxes and the excellent guitar work drove it home, and Martinez’s vocal work couldn’t be a better front for this mess. The chemistry between all these components is what shoves an Effinays show over the line into greatness. There is a sense of chaotic harmony between the members that just makes this a blast to listen to (and watch). They are having fun, and you can’t help but join them.

The band finished up, tried to leave the stage, then got roped into doing one more song, then another and still one more. As I tried to walk to my car, I heard the saxophones out on the patio and I went back to find Jones and Ayacannoo engaging in some outdoor sax (in public, no less). An impromptu jam had broken out and a crowd was forming around them. Who could blame them?

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