Ernie Johnson From Detroit at Suwannee Rising: VIDEO by FunkCity.net
Jake Funkmayor of FunkCity.net was at Suwannee Rising with his trusty video rig, capturing many of the sets of the weekend. For this set by Ernie Johnson From Detroit, the audio is courtesy of Walter Potter. EJFD rocked us early on Friday, April 8.
Just to be clear, there’s nobody named Ernie Johnson, and they’re not from Detroit (Cincinnati, actually), but Ernie Johnson From Detroit had a superb set at the Amphitheatre for those who arrived early (although the sound carried well to many campsites). All dressed in mechanic-style suits with name tags that all did say Ernie, the octet featured the usual bass, drums, and keyboards plus two guitars and trumpet, trombone, and baritone/alto sax.
“It’s Cooool” delivered Afrobeat immediately with funk driven by Hammond B3. They dove deeper into great Afrobeat with that Farfisa-sounding organ reminiscent of Fela Kuti, then excellent solos from alto and tenor sax on “Red Foxxx.” They played the title of new album Swamp Nymph, then more amazing Afrobeat featuring flute and electric piano. These gentlemen are amazing!
[EJfD: It’s Cooool, Red Foxxx, Skylode, Swamp Nymph, Walt’s 1st Trip, RTUC, 12 Fish, Ricky & Charmaine, Tiddy]