The Family Stone keeps its funk-soul tradition rolling
Three original members of group will perform on New Year’s Eve.
On New Year’s Eve, Austinites have the rare opportunity to bear witness to the Family Stone, originators of the soul, funk and rock-hybrid sounds that provided the soundtrack for a generation dealing with peace, love and war during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band will play two sets at Zach Theatre’s new Topfer Theatre.
Don’t call their recent touring a “comeback,” or even the efforts of a “tribute band” (the group includes three of the original members of Sly and the Family Stone). Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and original Sly and the Family Stone saxophone player Jerry Martini is quick to note this is the real deal.
During a recent interview, Martini said although he started playing Sly and the Family Stone music again around 2000, his band “evolved into the band we have now, with the current members, in 2006. It’s more authentic because we have three original members now” (including Martini, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cynthia Robinson on trumpet
7:30 and 10 p.m. Monday
Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road
$35$60 for early show, $85 for late show, which Includes a champagne toast, dancing. www. zachtheatre. org Bob Cole among familiar faces on KOKE-FM.