Thursday, July 12, 2012

Classic soul writer turned dirty rapper back in CLT

X-rated rapper Blowfly returns to Charlotte for the first time in six years Friday, July 13, when he and his band play Tremont Music Hall.

Beneath the glittery mask and superhero costume is Miami R&B music legend Clarence Reid who wrote songs for artists like KC & the Sunshine Band and Betty Wright in the `60s and `70s. The above trailer for the 2010 documentary about Reid (which is available on DVD) gives an overview of his history and reveals that there is much more to Blowfly than dirty parodies.

Guitarist Joe Young of the Charlotte band Antiseen is interviewed in the film. Another member of Antiseen, frontman Jeff Clayton, will also appear at Friday's show. He'll unveil his soul singing skills with Charlotte soul/R&B throwback the O'Getters, which sounds as strange as a 73-year-old dirty rapper in a homemade superhero costume.

Blowfly has been working on an EP called "Black in the Sack" that's due this fall. "The Weird World of Blowfly" documentary is also available on Hulu.

Tickets for Friday's concert are $10-$12. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Charlotte jazz-funk outfit Groove 8, who just released its new album, also play.