Written by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene
The Philadelphia Funk Authority had a full house at The Allentown Fair Entertainment Tent located near the Main Gate for their show last night. These 8 talented individuals know how to belt out the party tunes. With a horn section that would rival the “Tower of Power Horns” from the 70’s, a deep R&B funky sound that has jamming bass undertones coupled with a jazzy base, they have taken hip 70’s funk to the next level.
They opened their performance with Stevie wonders “Sir Duke” followed by a funked out version of Chicago’s “I’m A Man” that was awesome. Their medley of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star” and Carlton’s “She’s a Bad Mama Jama” was tight, clean and full of that 70’s energy that pervaded the entire show throughout. With the disco classic “Rock Steady” the dancers appeared on the floor and the party was on. Their Motown set highlighted by Smokey’s “Tears of a Clown” was very refreshing and was a crowd favorite.
Truly doing what many bands only promise, the Philadelphia Funk Authority delivered the ultimate party and dance experience to last night crowd that ranged from 8 – 80.