‘Word Up’: Cameo keeps the funk alive
Not only were the ’70s soft rock and disco—it was also a prime time for funk, a genre that fuses soul, a little bit of jazz and R&B. Acts like Parliament-Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone had already found success in this musical direction and paved the way for groups such as Cameo, founded by Larry Blackmon.
That funk sound is far from gone, as Cameo begins its resident show inside the intimate Westgate Cabaret. Lead singer Blackmon, Tomi Jenkins, Charlie Singleton, Aaron Mills, Anthony Lockett, Jeff Nelson, Jonathan Moffett and Kevin Kendrick run through the group’s biggest hits, “Single Life,” “Back and Forth,” “Attack Me With Your Love,” “She’s Strange,” and, of course, “Candy” and “Word Up.”
Cameo always had that magic touch: The ability to get people up and on the dance floor with funky tracks and smooth grooves. Who doesn’t still love: “It’s like candy, I can feel it when you walk / Even when you talk it takes over me … or “Come on, baby, tell me what’s the word / Word up (Up, up), everybody say / When you hear the call you’ve got to get it underway.” It takes you back in time, doesn’t it?
But the show is about more than just those old-school days—Cameo adds contemporary elements, too, shining the spotlight on Priest Forever and John O, better known as Harlem-based hip-hop duo The Gecko Brothas.
It’s a concert experience that’s all so funky, yet so fresh.
Westgate Las Vegas, 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., $69-$99 VIP plus tax and fee, $129 meet and greet. 800.222.5361