First off, let’s define our terms for you kiddies who are empty of irony and born without a sarcastic bone in your body: It’s bad as in good. Like the Michael Jackson song, like Michael himself, back when he was still thrilling and not chillin’ with little children. Bad like Peckinpah films, early Stones, or Guy Ritchie before he met Madonna. Not bad like Don Rumsfield, the shrinking ozone layer, the falling housing market or Guy Ritchie after Madonna. Superbad is like that.
A longtime Riverside club staple, these soul-lovers are a seven-piece band (that’s right a horn section!) that stirs up a funky gumbo of diverse dance-oriented influences to get the tail feathers shaking. While they are a cover band, the originality comes in with their chops, stage presence and attitude. Their main accent is on funk; the band has been known to play in 1970’s era George Clinton/Parliament get-ups with big-ass ‘fro wigs, sunglasses the size of melons and sequined bell-bottomed trousers. Their funkcentric repertoire includes such hallowed hip shakers as “Brickhouse,” “Superstition,” and “Celebration.” The band has also been known to break out new wave staples, such as old Oingo Boingo, The Clash and the Knack’s multi-generational pop culture touchstone “My Sharona” (Why do I have this visual of Wynona Rider shaking her skinny white ass?).
Superbad is playing this Friday at Lake Alice’s Trading Company, the great downtown brew house—and what could that be other than a divine command to groove off some turkey and stuffin’ calories? So, if you want to make the Big Kahuna happy, and you want to join One Nation Under a Groove, head on over to Lake Alice’s for a night of sweaty fun.
Lake Alice Trading Co., 3616 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 686-7343; www.lakealicetradingco.com. Fri., 8:45 p.m. $6.