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October 7, 1997

Chris Estes.  Madhatter!  Streetbeat.I guess it's the perfect time to start up the streetbeat again, during the musical melee of Bay Fest. It has been a while since the last column. During the interim I have decided to restructure the streetbeat. There will still be the general editorial section first, then a feature on a variety of bands.

Now for the newest addition to the streetbeat---"The Madhatter Tip-Top Five," which is the best five shows coming up in the next two weeks. Before I list the shows, I want to mention the best show I've seen in the previous two weeks. The Fiona Apple concert on Sept. 29 at the House of Blues: all I have to say is, the girl has got it goin' on!! She ended the show with a slow and jazzy version of "Angel" by Jimi Hendrix that would have made him proud.

Okay, back to the "Madhatter Tip-Top Five." At number five is the living legend, David Bowie. He'll be playing the International Ballroom in Atlanta, GA on October 10. Maybe you can catch one of the Brave's playoff games -- good luck on the scalp prices. The number four slot goes to Primus who is also playing in Atlanta on October 11. Number three is the H.O.R.D.E. Fest veterans, Rusted Root, at Five Points Music Hall in Birmingham, AL on October 11. The number two show to see is the G3 tour with axe grinders, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. They will be playing every scale imaginable at the Fox Theatre October 12. The line-up this year has changed to include the child guitar prodigy, Kenny Wayne Sheppard. If you saw Lynard Skynard at the Civic Center, then you'll remember the young blond "blues boy wonder." And the number one show to see in the "Madhatter Tip-Top Five" is Fiona Apple at Five Points Music Hall October 6. Catch her in this small, intimate atmosphere while you can, you don't want to miss it.

Due to time and space constraints I'll move on to the feature this week, but first let me leave you with this quote about music: "Without music, life would be a mistake ... I would only believe in a God that knew how to dance," Friedrich Nietzsche.

HEY MOBILE, WHAT TIME IS IT?

If you saw the headliners on the Miller/93BLX Stage on October 3 at Bay Fest, then you know what time it is. It's time to get down and funky. The funk was started with Atlanta's own Beehive, who is no stranger to Mobile, AL. Although most of the crowds were still coming in during the 6:30 starting time, Beehive brought the energy up a notch to prepare the crowd for an evening of music. They closed their set with an awesome double-time funk song "Soul Food." If you missed them at Bay Fest, be sure to catch them back at Southside soon.

So, what time was it when the headliner came on to play? It was Morris Day and The Time, that's what time it was. Instead of trying to fight the crowd of what appeared to be around 3,000-4,000 to see some of that 80's revisited funk, I got the best seat in the house on top of Monsoon's. We had the perfect view of the Miller/93BLX stage which was literally in their back parking lot.

Now, as most of you do, I remember Morris Day and The Time from the old "Purple Rain" movie. What I saw Friday night was a new and improved version! Of course, Jerome and "the fellas" were still "styling and profiling" with their suits and choreographed dance routines. It was very reminiscent of a guy with the last name of Brown. Still, Morris Day and The Time added big keyboards and crunching guitar. It's still funky, but a different brand of funk. Towards the end of the show it became a chrome-plated funk with the metal sounds the guitar player was pulling out of his Marshall stack and SG modeled Gibson.

After Morris Day said goodnight, the crowd stood in awe waiting to hear what they all came to hear. That is "Jungle Love," the song that put Morris Day and The Time on the music map. Morris Day knew that's what they wanted too, because that's the song he played on encore. The song ended with an all out slam-jam from The Time. To sum the whole evening up, Morris Day knows what time it is!!!


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