Here Come the Mummies Take Over the Canopy

Here Come the Mummies Take Over the Canopy

Summer music season is at our doorstep. We're dusting off our dancing shoes, planning out travel routes, budgeting for all the unexpected expenses that will inevitably occur (I have terrible impulse control), and most of all, excitedly discussing the upcoming shows from our favorite artists. 

However, you don't need to plan too much to head down to the Canopy tomorrow for the Midwest's own undead funk legends: Here Come the Mummies are bringing their sexy, millenia-old funk to the Canopy this Friday night. One of the most talked-about acts working the circuit today, Here Come the Mummies are a truly standout act in a sea of quite talented musicians.

First and foremost, let's discuss the mystery of the group's members: no one knows who they are. Rumor has it there are a number of Grammy winners among the shrouded studio musicians from Nashville, who are legally forbidden from playing together due to differing contracts (or so their mythology goes). It really adds to their mystique and the raw power of their shows, which apart from featuring some of the danciest funk ever laid down also showcases some quite theatrical stagework. From carrying the lead vocalist through the crowd in the style of the pharaohs to choreographed dance numbers among ten people and their instruments (not to mention the bizarre ringmaster), you never know what to expect from these dusty, from-beyond-the-grave funkmasters.

Apart from that, they are genuinely talented musicians. If the rumors surrounding their formation are true, then these are studio musicians who normally don't receive the spotlight, and here they are front and center, basking in the adulation without having to reveal their identities. It really gives them the security to let loose, and every time Mummy Cass (lead vocalist) lets loose with his blood-curdling howl and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, you knew you made the right decision. The horns are flashy yet tight, the rhythm section doesn't miss a beat, and ten people move as one machine of devastatingly catchy funk. They also joined Summer Camp headliner moe. onstage last year during their final set for a 10-plus-minute jam, so there is improvisation to spare.

The studio musician facet of their act is interesting for another reason as well: after a show, one can typically find the various mummies still in costume, speaking only in growls, and wandering amongst the crowd, signing merch and posing for pictures with fans. For musicians who normally aren't about the ego, and in fact may prefer the backseat to being front and center, it's a gracious move that shows the real spirit of the humans behind the costumes.

Honestly, I could go on about these guys all day. Last time I saw them at the Canopy, three of them signed the DVD my girlfriend bought (after the tenor sax player scooped her up for a picture), and I listen to them at least once a day. Funk is such excellent music, and seeing this peculiar take on it is refreshing and energizing. It puts a smile on your face....at least until you notice the mummies making eye contact with you during a song called "Freak Flag". If you're a fan of live music and one-of-a-kind experiences, come check out Here Come the Mummies tomorrow night at the Canopy.....but enter at your own peril.

Details and tickets here: http://canopyclub.com/

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