Brian J once said you can’t kick a can in Williamsburg without hitting another musician. To build a following, you have to be doing something pretty special.
It’s safe to say that the musician has that recipe figured out. His global mix of funk, soul and Afrobeat with his band Pimps of Joytime’s has steadily gained a following here and abroad. When they’re not on tour, they head to their local hang, Brooklyn Bowl, to sweat things out.
That’s where you can find them April 2 in a rare hometown engagement before jetting off to festivals and club dates across the country. There they’ll be testing out a new set of songs from their latest project, “Janxta Funk!” largely inspired by the Williamsburg DJ culture from which the band emerged several years back.
The tracks have us helplessly grooving in our swivel desk chairs. Borrowing from the title of one the new tunes, we say: “Keep That Music Playing.’ ”
The Pimps of Joytime play Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between North 11th and 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369] at 10 pm. Tickets are $5. For info, visit www.brooklynbowl.com.
— Meredith Deliso