The Fam­ily Stone keeps its funk-soul tra­di­tion rolling

Three orig­i­nal mem­bers of group will per­form on New Year’s Eve.

Austin American-Statesman - - E LIFE & ARTS - BYV.M. Black Spe­cial to the States­man THE FAM­ILY STONE When: Fam­ily Stone Where: Cost: In­for­ma­tion:

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.

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