D.J. Soul Sister

The Circle Bar

June 20, 2004

A group of ten dancers filled the floor and slithered comfortably from one side of the room to the next. The people moved with energy until the scene resembled a tribal dance around a fire. Everyone was at ease, and one spot on the dance floor wasn't more coveted than another.

The crowd was hitting the apex of Sunday night at The Circle Bar with the help of D.J. Soul Sister's Heavy and Rare Groove picks.

Sister's Soul and Funk has been a staple at WWOZ for ten years, and she normally opens for Johnny Vidacovich's Trio at Tipitina's on Thursday's.

Last night at The Circle Bar, she mixed songs together well, and she knew when the crowd needed to cool off with a Jazzier tune. I felt disinterested only when one jam went too long.

She played for two hours, and her set highlights were two funky numbers covered by older jazz swingers Buddy Rich and the Johnny Lewis Quartet. Rich played Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" and Lewis put a jazz flavor on The Meters' "Cissy Strut." Sister had a thing for Jazz with a heavy groove on the bottom.

Also played were Body and Soul, the JB's, Tommy Stewart, James Brown, Lonnie Smith, The Blackbyrds, and the "Sanford and Son" theme by Bobby Forester, among others.

The only aberrations on the night were when people danced too hard next to the turntables and the records skipped. D.J. Soul Sister smiled as she watched others dance to her picks.

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