The Nth Power played Portland’s historic Star Theater, which dates from the silent movie era and has a long history in burlesque. On this evening, Portland’s Aniana opened with a reggae infused set that featured the Rose City Horns brass section. Aniana mesmerized the crowd with her smooth singing and dancing backed with her reggae band. Their reggae grooves were a perfect match for headliner The Nith Power’s throbbing funk infused soul blend of New Orleans based music. The Nth Power’s members are mostly from the East Coast, but musically have gravitated to the New Orleans philosophy, hence their funk/soul sound. The band features an actual Hammond B3 organ (about 400 lbs worth to haul around) along with an actual Leslie speaker (try watching one of those operate sometime).
With the B3 they create authentic funk and soul flows with that classic warbling organ tone you’d expect to hear at a blues, funk or soul show, all components of their New Orleans approach. At this event they were supporting their newest release, Live To Be Free’, which needs a listen from you right now: