The Family Stone Wants to Take You Higher

Perhaps some Tucsonans caught The Family Stone here in town when they played the Fox Theater as part of the "Hippie Fest" in early July. Unfortunately, I missed this event. The good news is, I saw The Family Stone last week as part of my annual trip to upstate NY and The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festivalopens a new window. I figured I would enjoy the set, but I had no idea that I would recognize nearly all of the 90 minute set, and how very bada** it would turn out to be.

The festival crowd was blissed out and grooving through the entire set, with funky numbers like "Dance to the Music," "Family Affair," "Everyday People," and (of course), "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" coming one after the next.

While Sly is no longer part of the group, the band consists of three of the original members; Cynthia Robinson on trumpet, Jerry Martini on sax, and Greg Errico on drums. Additionally, Sly's (and trumpeter Cynthia Robinson's) daughter, Phunne Stone is part of the present group.

PCPL has you covered in your search for this great funk music. Our CD collection carries There's A Riot Going on and Freegal has what seems to amount to the whole Sly and The Family Stone catalog, including The Essential Sly and The Family Stoneopens a new window, Greatest Hitsopens a new window, and live options Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968opens a new window and Sly & The Family Stone: The Woodstock Experienceopens a new window. Start downloading, and have yourself a life and love affirming dance party!

Cheers, Brian