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Cameo, The S.O.S. Band

When: Sat., July 9, 7:30 p.m. 2016

SATURDAY, JULY 9

CAMEO, S.O.S. BAND

Updating the paradigmatic funk designs of James Brown and Funkadelic in the early seventies, Cameo, the S.O.S. Band, and other early-eighties dance-music purveyors used electronic percussion's machine-tooled precision to imbue their songs with an era-appropriate sheen. Cameo's driving force—the polymath drummer/producer/performer Larry Blackmon—sported a high-top fade and liked to perform wearing a codpiece, and his willfully weird persona marked a handful of killer singles. "We don't have no time for psychological romance," he promised perplexingly on the classic "Word Up." The S.O.S. Band, on the other hand, took a more sophisticated approach to moving the masses, most memorably with the ingenious dub-pop concoction "Just Be Good to Me" and the celebratory "Take Your Time (Do It Right)." Both bands know their way around a ballad, so be prepared both to swoon as well as "Shake Your Pants." —David Klein

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER, RALEIGH 7:30 p.m., $24–$43, www.redhatamphitheater.com

Price: $23-$43

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