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Hippodrome get the Slice jumping to classic R and B and disco

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 It’s been a while since I’ve seen local funk, R and B  icons Hippodrome. I missed their annual pre-Christmas  bast at the Slice, but was glad to have caught the last  part of  their Jan. 7 show at the Slice.


Hippodrome playing the Slice, Jan. 7. Photo by Richard Amery

 They have three powerhouse vocalists in Shawna Romolliwa, Erica Hunt and Juran Greene who were taking turns  singing lead on a variety of ”’60s and ’70s disco and pop and R and B favourites.


 They had their rock solid  rhythm section  of bassist Paul Holden, drummer Brad Brouwer and percussionist Kyle Harmon, but had a new guitarist and had tweaked their horn section.


 A Hippodrome show is always a hot, sweaty, energetic  good time. So it was no surprise the show, for Pardip Athwal’s birthday, sold out quickly.

 Everybody was dancing and having a good time.


Erica Hunt was  helping belt out “ Hold I’m Coming” as I arrived.


 Their exceptional cover of Stevie Wonder’s “ Signed Sealed and Delivered (I’m Yours)” was one of many sweaty highlights.


 They wound down their second and last set of the night with a few crowd favourites including “Play That Funky Music.”


 Erica Hunt belted out Proud Mary.” Shawna Romolliwa  took on  “ I Will Survive,” and Juran Green  lead the blissed out crowd home with “Mustang Sally.”

— By Richard Amery, l.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 January 2023 16:43 )  
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