Zapp Returns to Monterey on Friday
September 6, 2011
A couple years ago, a band named Zapp played Planet Gemini in Monterey. All I knew about them at the time: They were a longtime funk outfit.
The high-energy show—featuring hard-hitting funk and soul jams—was a three-hour spectacle of glittery entertainment. The band wore matching white suits as they tore through recognizable classics like "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Computer Love" and "Dance Floor."
But one of the Dayton, Ohio group's most standout elements, other than its heavily choreographed, syncronized dancing, is its use of the "talk box": Often confused with the vocoder, this voice effects modulator—popularized by Peter Frampton—is controlled by a plastic tube that extends to the performer's mouth.
Zapp—considered as one of West Coast hip-hop's largest influences—returns to Planet Gemini this Friday night. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets $15 advanced; $20 at the door. Bring a towel cause there's bound to be some sweating.