Because I think you might be too lazy to reach forward with your index finger and click on a link that would take you to the review, here’s the write-up I did after the last time NOMO was in town, back in June 2006:
You know you’ve just seen a great band when you forgot to pay attention to them in a journalistic sort of way and just LISTENED to them. Such was the case last night for NOMO at O’Leaver’s. Seven people on “stage” including a bari and tenor sax, two trumpets, two percussionists, a bass player and keyboards (I didn’t see/hear a guitar). I don’t know a thing about “afro-beat” music. I do know that I dug what I heard last night — intricate horn charts played over intricate rhythms that pulsed with a dirty global beat. Think Fear of Music through Speaking in Tongues-era Talking Heads, then add plenty of funky brass. The guy next to me mentioned Fela Kuti, who I will now have to research further. To say it was celebratory would be an understatement — O’Leaver’s glowed. Though the horn lines were well-charted, there was plenty of room for the saxophones to stray into freeform improv. They ended their set playing a song while parading through the bar, ending up in a chanting circle right in front of where I sat by the door. There was a sense that we were seeing and hearing something special that we never seem to see and hear around these parts, and should more often.
Yeah, they were that good. This is a must-see show, and for the mere cost of a movie ticket. It’s worth losing sleep over. You will not be disappointed. Playing with NOMO is The Kevin Pike & John Kotchian Duo. $8, 9 p.m.
And it just so happens that tonight is the musician’s open house at Slowdown from 6 to 8 p.m., so all you pros can get well-lubed before heading back uptown for the show.
Tomorrow in Lazy-i, an interview with Sarah Benck and The Robbers.
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