Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Johnny Talbot & De Thangs

When: Sat., Aug. 11, 8 p.m. 2012

Guitarist Johnny Talbot was the principal architect of Oakland funk, having deep fried Texas blues and second-line New Orleans syncopation in a pot of East Bay grease. One of the few musicians to have played The Fillmore auditorium when it was a black dance hall operated by Charles Sullivan and when it was a rock palace run by Bill Graham, he and De Thangs were the band of choice in the mid-1960s for opening James Brown shows and backing such touring artists as Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton. The Texas-born musician has kept a relatively low profile in recent times, although he continues to rehearse his sextet at least twice a month. Talbot and De Thangs make an extremely rare appearance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Capri Lounge (474 Roland Way, Oakland), $15, DMCBayArea.com

Lee Hildebrand

Price: $15

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