Event Pick: Kings Cookout with Disco Risqué and DJ Mikemetic at the Camel 

May 20

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Scott Elmquist


Funk never goes out of style — it just gets funkier. Kings, our local masters of funk-based booty shaking, is the party-enabling group created by musician and vocalist Kelli Strawbridge in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Devonne Harris. The group’s self-titled, debut release on local label Jellowstone Records mixes the erotic cities of Prince and D’angelo’s brown sugars to form its modern-day sexual healings. From the taunt, James Brown-rooted tease of “Strange Love” to the Cody Chesnutt-Meets-Al Green workout, “Singleman Hours,” Kings strut with “Songs in the Key Life” style, purpose and conviction. On Friday, May 20, the group holds Kings Cookout at the Camel, a funky celebration that includes the multigenre, dance-floor-ready rock of Disco Risqué from Charlottesville and choice selections by WRIR-FM 97.3 radio show host and Afro-Beta dance party spinner DJ Mikemetic. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $8-$10. thecamel.org.


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