Hard Proof Afrobeat Plays Friday Night on the Mohawk’s Outdoor Stage
Hard Proof Afrobeat is one of the very few groups in Texas that plays African funk – many would argue the only band in Texas that does so.
Their specialty is funk and jazz that borrows from sounds out of sub-Saharan Africa, and rhythmic drumming originating from Southern Nigeria. It’s an explosion of multiple horns, melodies and rhythms that groove and sway, an homage to the revolutionary father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti. This local nine-piece ensemble always puts on an electrifying live show, an absolute blowout of non-stop percussion action and blasting brass, bringing the best of both worlds to the stage by mixing classic styles and plenty of their personal panache to own the show. This pretty much follows the way they, in their own words, describe what they do: “Internationally inspired, locally produced.”
Be sure to see Hard Proof Afrobeat perform Friday night at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outdoor stage. You’ll want to catch the entire three-band bill, by the way. Opening is Houston-based Latin-infused reggae/ska outfit Los Skarnales, followed by Latin and gypsy music master-jammers La Guerrilla. Doors open at 8 p.m. Recommended.