Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year

Thanks for all your support in 2009. It was a great year.

To commemorate, we have new video to share.

"On a Saturday Night" is a photo montage from many of our 2009 gigs, set to the great Steve Cropper/Eddie Floyd composition as recorded on our CD "Can You Dig It." Thanks to all the great photographers.

"Sookie Sookie" is our take on the funky Don Covay classic, recorded live at The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA.

"Funky Way to Treat Somebody" is a little-known Calvin Arnold piece that we recorded for "Can You Dig It?" Here, we perform it live at The Cantab.

Thanks again for all the great times.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More live tracks on MySpace

We've added some more hot tracks to our MySpace jukebox-- all recorded live at The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Check out the beautiful harmonies backing Diamond D's lead on the Eddie Floyd ballad "I've Never Found Me a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)." There are great solos all around on our funky version of Walter Wolfman Washington's "You Can Stay (But That Noise Got to Go)," and our guitarist Michael Duke plays two spectacular solos on Little Milton's classic composition "That's What Love Will Make You Do."

These tracks really give a sense of the hot vibe at The Cantab Lounge, where we have played every Thursday night for four years to packed houses of loyal fans. Music starts at 9:30. See you there!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Slacks open for BLOWFLY @ Ralph's Diner!

Whew! Just got back from a rockin' night in "Wormtown"!!!
Ohhh Ralph's! You never cease to amaze me.

This time we were called upon to open for the X-Rated alter ego of Clarence Reid, Blowfly!
This foul-mouthed singer/songwriter had quite a bit of success in the '70s.
We do homage to Mr. Reid by playin' his tune "Nobody But You Babe". One of my favs!

His specialty is making dirty parodies of famous soul and pop hits.
I'll save you the vernacular...
Check him out!!!

ALSO! Check out Blowfly performing live at the Talking Head in Baltimore! Clarence Reid - Vocals. Cris Chavez - Guitar. Dennis Murcia - Bass. Mr. Lock - Keyboard. Tom Bowker - Drums

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Boston Blues Society parties with The Chicken Slacks

Thanks to Mike Mellor for this fun article appearing in the Boston Blues Society's October 2009 issue:

Funky Way: The Chicken Slacks At The Cantab Lounge
By Mike Mellor October 2009
Photo by Billy Korecki

"The first time I saw the Chicken Slacks I had no idea who they were.

"It was one of those oppressive summer nights when even after sunset you start sweating the minute you walk outside. My friend and I were on a mission to do some old-fashioned weeknight drinking and the Cantab Lounge was right down the street. The bar wasn’t much cooler than it was outside, but the beer was and we knew that Steve the bartender never leaves you with an empty glass. We decided to stay.

"The music hadn’t started when we got there but the band was setting up. They were seven dudes with horns and keys, and some of them were old enough to be my father. I shot my friend a jaded glance and said, “Oh boy, looks like we showed up for the fuddy duddy soul all-stars.” I was expecting something lame, like a cover band you’d find in a cheesy hotel bar off some suburban highway.

"The next morning I woke up fully clothed on my friend’s couch with a pounding headache and vague memories of the night before. There was a pimp in a burgundy suit and a matching fedora, a woman twice my age (and twice my size) with whom I’d had a heart-to-heart, and soul music so earnest and strong that by eleven o’clock most of the barflies were shaking on the dance floor.

"The band that looked so unassuming had kicked a hole through both standard and obscure soul songs, showing not only a breadth of knowledge but also a real love for the music they were playing. By the middle of the second set they eliminated any doubt as to whether they belonged with this weird little bunch of carousing drunks. Never mind belonging, they commanded it, and I had the sweat and the crow in my mouth to prove it.

"A couple of months later the Chicken Slacks strung a few Thursday nights together at the Cantab and they haven’t looked back since, having played 209 consecutive weeks as we go to publication. What started as an unpretentious band in an unpretentious bar has turned into a wildly popular dance party and a Cambridge institution that brings together all walks of life like few things in this stuffy town can.

"That unpretentiousness is important. As party bands go, there is the kind that just shows up for the party and the kind like the Chicken Slacks that truly is the party. What makes them different is that their approach does away with play-acting bullshit and focuses on the nuts and bolts of the music. They don’t have matching outfits and they don’t get too cute with gimmicks; they just play their music with the talent, love, enthusiasm and knowledge[1] that matters.

"“That's what we've always wanted it to be,” drummer and founding member Justin Berthiaume said when I mentioned it. “Have people come and forget their troubles, have a great time and want to come back and see what we're going to pull off next week.” Based on the number of repeat partygoers I’ve seen at their shows, that is exactly what’s happening.

"The key to the band’s style seems to lie in the collection of individuals and how they cohere. It’s interesting to see, for one, how two accomplished front men share the spotlight. Trumpeter John Moriconi had success in his twelve years fronting Mission of Blues, but in this band he graciously defers center stage to Durand “Diamond D” Wilkerson (who they refer to as “lead vocalist and main mojo”). Wilkerson, in turn, shares his vocal duties with Morconi and bassist Rick Rosco.

"You’d be hard-pressed to find a front man as talented and charismatic as Wilkerson or a horn player as powerful as Morconi, and the fact that they are willing to share the front of the stage says a lot about the ethos of the band. The great thing is that they know they are all the better for it.

"The band also effortlessly mixes younger players into the mix, which gives the band a balanced sound that other soul bands in the region don’t have. “It's a good combination of experience and youthful exuberance,” is how Moriconi put it, and the same can be said for the makeup of their audience. Especially true at their fourth anniversary carnival last month, the crowd at a Chicken Slacks show transgresses boundaries of age, race and social group. It’s always fun to see a group take on the personality of the band it’s following and that’s what happens every week. The vibe is decidedly come as you are and get down.

"[1] Speaking of knowledge, John Moriconi let me in on a little secret as to where their obscure covers come from. “We have a really good resource,” he said. “His name is Brother Wayne,” soul music aficionado, record store rat and radio DJ. “His scope and breadth of knowledge of the genre is beyond anything I've ever known.” Check him out Wednesdays between Noon and 2pm on 88.1 WMBR, or on his blog at"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Playground Boston: Slacks "the most fun."

Our thanks to Bryan Donoghue, co-founder of, for these very nice words about the Slacks and our 4th Anniversary Circus:

"This past Thursday the Chicken Slacks celebrated 4 years of playing every Thursday at the Cantab Lounge in Central Square. If you’ve never experienced a Slacks party, you need to get yourself down to the Cantab as soon as you possibly can. I personally have made frequent stops in for the Chicken Slacks over the past two years and can honestly say its consistently the most fun I’ve had anywhere in the entire city on a Thursday night. Their longevity attests to what an incredible show they put on, every week, without ever getting stale.

"The Chicken Slacks throw down an amazing blend of funk, soul, and R&B that is guaranteed to get everybody in the house moving – from the arms-folded stoic-standing nod-along Allston hipsters, to the grizzled barstool regulars, to the MIT rocket scientists who wouldn’t know rhythm if it bit them in the ass.

"Every ‘Slacks show is more of a party than a concert – the tiny Cantab Lounge gets packed to the brim with people of all ages, ethnicities, and lifestyles, all ready for a good time. They play three sets over the course of the night, mixing in covers of legendary artists like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Otis Redding and Sly and the Family Stone, with originals from the same vein. Chicken Slacks’ sets feature the occasional special guest as well (including recent appearances by Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band in June and Natalie Portman back in February, among others), so you never know what to expect when you walk in that door!

"When it comes down to it, a Chicken Slacks show is beyond words… which is why I’m happy Billy Korecki from Calmovita Photography was there last Thursday to capture the madness of their 4th anniversary party. Sure there’s a few more balloons than normal, but other than that it looks like any other Thursday night down at the Cantab! Check out these photos, and then go check out their live show – have a few drinks, loosen up and get on the dance floor, and just try telling me you didn’t have a good time."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Worcester digs The Chicken Slacks

Looking back over the summer-- we found these two reviews from the Worcester, Massachusetts media:

From Kara Olson in THE PULSE:

"Funk is back…but the Chicken Slacks beg the question, “Did it ever really leave?”

"You know when a song comes on the radio, one that you haven’t heard in forever, but when you hear it you immediately shout, “I love this song!” and you can’t stop dancing until the last note plays? These songs, at least for me, always seem to be in the classic funk and R&B genre, a la Stevie Wonder or the Temptations. This music has real heart and soul, something that seems to be lost in the days of one-hit-wonders and manufactured teen sensations.

"However, we are all in luck because The Chicken Slacks are working hard to keep the funk alive. These seven soul men have made it their mission to “Fill that hole in your soul” and “Put that beat in your feet.” The Chicken Slacks, the name a play on words from a classic Sam Cooke song, take pride in carrying on the music scene that has made so many legends like James Brown and Otis Redding.

"Their album Can You Dig It? is jam-packed with songs that will make you reach for the repeat button on your stereo. When you listen to this album, be sure to clear your schedule because you will not be able to stop moving until the last 43rd minute has played. And if that isn’t good enough, their live performances include classics like “My Girl” and “I Feel Good,” sounds that will warm even the most stone-cold of hearts and get those hearts beating fast.

"The Chicken Slacks have begun making their name in Central MA and Spencer native and band leader Justin “Pops’ Berthiaume” is ready for the band to become a regular on the Worcester music scene. It’ll be a match made in funk heaven. “I think a lot of people tend to give up on the area, but I’ve always had an eternal belief in Worcester and what it’s capable of.'"

The Chicken Slacks are looking forward to another Funky Friday at Worcester landmark club Ralph's on September 25. Details soon.

And from Worcester Magazine:

"Funk and soul revivalists The Chicken Slacks are a great live band, which is a distinction confidently made even though I’ve never seen them live. Can You Dig It?, their latest release, is a collection of originals and covers. The album kicks off with an obscure Beefheart tune that transitions seamlessly into Eddie Floyd’s underrated Stax single “On A Saturday Night.”

"The whole album sounds as if recorded in one take, lending the cover tunes some extra live-performance pep. And the originals range from knee-slap funny filler tunes — during “I Wanna Take A Shower With You,” front man Diamond D Wilkerson expresses his desire for a female shower companion — to sensitive and tender ballads like “Only A Fool Gets To Heaven,” where vocalist/trumpeter John Moriconi vents about being cheated on by his woman, then blames himself for taking her back. Only a great live band could make such a sappy song feel passionate on a recorded effort, and that’s something The Slacks do to perfection on Dig It!"

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"Can You Dig It" makes Joe Vig's Top 40

Thanks to Joe Vig for these cool words about the Slacks and "Can You Dig It?"

"Calvin Arnold's "Funky Way" (to treat me) is a great indicator of what this veteran Boston soul/funk/r&b group puts out in the live clubs on the scene. Walking across Willie Alexander's "Mass. Ave" one Thursday night in April, 2009, a loud rendition of The Temptations/Rare Earth "Get Ready" (not on this disc) was blasting throughout Central Square - the Chicken Slacks Soul Revue playing to a packed Cantab upstairs where Little Joe Cook kept the college students entertained for years.

"Piano/organist The Reverend Curtis Jerome Haynes and drummer Justin Berthiaume co-produced the CD, engineered by Chris Lannon who worked with Girls Night Out back in the 1980s, and though the times have changed from the days when GNO were putting a thousand people into the Channel Club, packing hundreds into the Cantab in this 2009 economy is a major accomplishment.

"Vocalist Durand Wilkerson takes John Fogerty's "Long As I Can See The Light" and pulls all the pop stylings out of it, bringing it purely into the realm of Stax/Volt. "Any Other Way" could be the reincarnation of Clarence Carter on this R & B party disc."

Check out Joe Vig's Top 40.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mike Null takes China sabbatical

We are very excited to announce guitarist's Mike Null's three-month musical sabbatical to China!

Mike is taking his satellite project, humbly named "The Mike Null Blues Band," to the other side of the world to play The House of Blues and Jazz in Shang Hai until December! You can learn more about his trip and follow him as he funks up the Orient at his blog. We've also enlisted him to do some on-location reporting for us about what it's like to be a young, good-looking, killer American guitar player in the most populated city in the most populated country in the world. And we've given him specific instructions to GET US A GIG in China! So check back here for more updates from our roving six-stringer. We wish you all the best, Mike, and as Confusious says, "He who breaks a leg, must sit down to play." Or something like that...

"What on earth will you do without Mike?" you might ask? Never fear, for the 'Slacks always pull it off with the grace and soul that's kept us running for eight long years now. We're pleased as punch to announce our fill-in "acting" guitar ace, Mike Duke. Mr. Duke has a very long and impressive musical resume, having been the musical director and guitarist for Johnny Adams and Mighty Sam McClaine, and having performed with the likes of Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Cab Calloway, The Coasters, The Drifters, and dozens of New Orleans artists. Mike Null's sabbatical offers us the chance to perform with (and for our fans to witness) a tried and tested veteran guitarist of the American soul and funk scene. We're truly thrilled. Come check us out over the next couple of months and let us know what you think!

And be sure to wish Mike Null the best of luck out there in Chinatown. Come home safe!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Check out our live tracks on MySpace

We are posting some great live tracks from our Thursday Cantab gigs on our MySpace jukebox. Check out our two most recent adds: the Dyke and the Blazers classic dance tune "The Wobble," and our funkified version of "Night Train."

Check out more live cuts.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Slacks 2009 Weddings in Full Force!

It's summer! And that means the 'Slacks are on the road virtually every weekend headed to some of the most beautiful, romantic, fun spots in New England to rock a very well dressed, well fed crowd. We love helping to plan these shindigs. Each one is different, and each happy couple is another unique example of the power of true love (we eat that stuff up)! And we love hearing the jaw-dropping compliments from folks who've never heard us before!

Thanks to Amanda at Orchard Grove Photography for the great images below from Dan and Liz's wedding...

Slacks Wedding 1
Slacks Wedding 2

Friday, June 19, 2009

An historic Houseparty at the Cantab!!

Did that really just happen? Were we, The Chicken Slacks, performing per usual at our Thursday night residency gig at the Cantab Lounge when, suddenly, in walks none other than Peter Wolf, famed one-time vocalist for the J. Geils Band and a respected solo artist in his own right?

Yes, Johnny - it really happened. Peter only stayed for a few songs in the second set and then left. But then, he came back! Just in time for the third set, and when the Slacks launched into the well-known Geils party anthem "Ain't Nothin' But a Houseparty," Peter Wolf rushed to the stage, grabbed a microphone (actually, he grabbed a few until he found the loudest one) and belted it out with us!! Oh man, the Woofa-Goofa himself in a classic manic frenzy at the Cantab!! Weekend favorite Diane Blue was there also, and she whipped out a harp and played along, too - what a rush.

Turns out Peter is a personable fellow. He stayed the rest of the night and spoke with us, asking where we were from and where we got some of our repertoire. And he said he'd be back...

So now you know one more thing about the Cantab - you never know who is gonna walk in that door to catch a Chicken Slacks show!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Beer and Wine Weekend

(photos by David Day)

It began with a high-G take off Friday night at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, and made a velvet landing in at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington CT on Saturday evening. Beer on Friday...and wine on Saturday... It just doesn't get any better than that!

Thanks to our friends at the Weekly Dig and the Harpoon Brewery, we filled the tent on Northern Ave and barreled through the Harpoon Summer Session. Local favorite Comanchero warmed up the evening with a rocking set. That gave us a chance to sample some fine brews including my favorite the Helles Blond Bock before taking the stage and tapping our own keg of soul-quenching rhythm and blues. The crowd at the Summer Session was hopped up and the tent swelled as brew afficiandos poured onto the dance floor. They brought us back for an encore of Shout that will be a high water mark for the Slacks this summer!

If that wasn't enough, the next day we made our way down Route 95 to a sun filled wine tasting party at the Seventh Annual Summer Festival at Jonathan Edwards Winery. By the time we got set up, the vino was flowing including wines from Connecticut and Napa California. After peeling a couple of grapes and delighting in the delicious flavors, we uncorked some vintage R&B for these Connecticut Yankees who showed us they sure know how to fill the dance floor and get down! We saw friends there from all over New England delighting in the varietal blend of classic soul and fine wines.

All too soon the weekend came to a close and we returned home, thirsting for the next Slacks adventure, whatever libations are flowing!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weekly Dig: The Slacks Bring The Funk

The Chicken Slacks are all over this week's issue of Boston's Weekly Dig! It's the Dig's Local Music issue and in highlighting Boston's vibrant FUNK scene they had this to say: "It’s mainly been the guys in The Chicken Slacks at the head of this revival." Click the images below to read the whole story, which include quotes from our fearless leader Justin "Pops" Berthiaume, who tries very hard to describe our unique "scene."

Boston music veterens in the house last week

At last Thursday's Cantab show we were treated to some well respected Boston music scene veterans who came out to get their groove on with the 'Slacks. It was wild to see all of these folks in the same room hangin' out with us 'til the wee hours. First, of course, DJ Brother Wayne from WMBR was in the house gettin' his thing on. Later on, "Blues and Beyond" DJ Jim Carty from WMFO showed up with his posse, which included Wendy, the owner of Smoken Joe's BBQ in Brighton (which hosts some great blues and folk acts like Shirley Lewis and Geoff Bartley). Also in the crowd was the legendary Doug Bell of Bellevue Cadillac, and "The Godnephew of Soul" JB Junior from the Boston Soul Revue, who go up on the bandstand to kick a rousing James Brown medley with the band. What a treat!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Headlining Harpoon's Summer Session Friday June 5

The Chicken Slacks will be headlining the first night of Harpoon Summer Session on Friday, June 5! This is Harpoon Brewery's summer festival of beer and bands. Outside and under tents, Harpoon celebrates the coming of summer with Harpoon beer fresh from the brewery and great local music from some of the area's best up and coming bands. The event takes place at the Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., on Boston's Waterfront.
There's a free shuttle from South Station, and the silver line T takes you right there. If you drive, please have a designated driver!
The Slacks will play two long sets of funk from 6:30pm until 10pm, with DJ Claude Money and DJ PJ Gray spinning tunes during our break. See you then!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Article/Interview in Metronome Magazine

From the April 2009 issue of Metronome Magazine. Join author/poet/reporter Jade Sylvan as she visits The Chicken Slacks at their rehearsal loft and finds out who these bad boys of Boston funk really are.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Eddie Bo 1930 - 2009

The New Orleans Jazz Fest begins today, and Eddie Bo’s name will be spoken often in these two weeks to come. At last year’s Jazz Fest, Bo had a joyous evening with Marcia Ball and others at the WWOZ Piano Night, and a return was planned for this year. Sadly, Eddie Bo died of heart failure on March 18, at 79. But it's New Orleans, of course, and any sad talk of Bo’s passing will quickly turn to happy celebration of a good man who left a great legacy.

Eddie Bo was one of those “most influential/least known” artist types. He grew up in NOLA’s Ninth Ward, with Fats Domino and Professor Longhair as neighbors, and eventually performed and recorded for some fifty years, working with at least a dozen labels. His musical interests crossed genres, and he was a master at weaving all those interests into a music that was always textured, colorful and grooving. His late sixties and early seventies funk was some of the best ever to come out of New Orleans.

For an excellent two-part blog on Eddie Bo's music, with sound files, check out Dan Phillip's very cool Home of the Groove:

AND, we thank Chas Lewis for beginning his March 27 tribute to Eddie Bo with our version of Bo’s “Hook and Sling.” We’re honored.

Check out The South Side with Chas Lewis, Fridays 7-10pm PST, on KHUM 104.3 FM and 104.7 FM, In Humboldt County, CA. Find Chas on MySpace:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Slacks at the 6th Annual Boston Cares Awards Reception

It was a perfect day for an awards ceremony, I tell ya!
The Slacks' jazz cocktail crew was up for playing at the Boston Cares 6th Annual Awards Reception at Nixon Peabody LLP in downtown Boston; come rain, come shine!
It was the former, by the way...
This was by far one of the smoothest, easiest gigs I've played in some time. We all had such a great time!
So, the Sox were rained out, but the Slacks were cool and dry like a martini. The show must go on!
A special thanks goes out to Lynn Weisel for helping us with this and for her warm welcome. As well as, a big Thanks to the catering staff for filling us full of tasty treats. We look forward to seein' ya next year. Or, even sooner than that!!!
To find out more about Boston Cares, Click here

Monday, April 13, 2009

Johnny Blue Horn in the Patriot Ledger!

Who's your favorite Chicken Slack? If, like so many of you, it's Johnny Blue Horn, today is your lucky day! The South Shore's daily newspaper The Patriot Ledger recently interviewed the Quincy on for all things Johnny:

nny Blue Horn couldn’t be happier
Jay Miller - The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)
Friday, February 20, 2009

Quincy’s John Moriconi has followed his love of rhythm and blues and soul to many interesting places. But he’s seldom been happier than when he’s performing as a trumpeter and secondary vocalist for The Chicken Slacks.
The septet, which plays every Thursday night at The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge’s Central Square, has just released an album entitled “Can You Dig It?,” a baker’s dozen of incendiary soul and R&B tracks, including four originals.
The band is a featured attraction at tonight’s Mardi Gras Ball at Johnny D’s in Somerville.
Most South Shore fans will recall Moriconi - also known as Johnny Blue Horn - as the multi-talented frontman for Mission Of Blues for more than a dozen years. That band, led by guitarist Steve Todesco of Roslindale, also includes Rockland drummer Gary MacDonald. But Moriconi, who held down a day job in an administrative office for all of that run, eventually grew restless and wanted to explore other options.
“I had been with Mission Of Blues about 11 or 12 years, and I loved the band,” said Moriconi. “But it was staying where it was. I just felt I needed a different path. Rhythm & Blues and soul music had always been my first love, and Mission did some of that, but mostly blues covers. I made a decision in about mid-2006 to leave that band, simply because I wanted to go in a different direction.”
Word soon worked its way through the Boston-area music scene, and before long Moriconi had a new offer.
“That summer…The Chicken Slacks told me they were looking for a trumpet player,” said Moriconi. “I had never even seen the band before, but I went to one of their shows and I knew this was a good fit.”
Moriconi is a native of Colchester, CT, who began playing trumpet when he was eight years old. From school bands he soon gravitated to garage bands, listening all the while to the variety of tunes FM radio offered in the 1970s.
“It’s not easy to be in a garage band when you play trumpet, and all the music is made for guitars,” Moriconi said.
After high school, Moriconi joined the Air Force, where he tried out unsuccessfully for the Air Force band and worked on expanding his collection of cassette tapes.
“I developed a knack of invading people’s record collections,” Moriconi said. “Whenever someone new arrived on the base, I’d ask if I could check out their record collection and I’d make my own cassettes. I ended up with about 400 tapes of all kinds of music.”
When he finished his tour with the Air Force, he came to Boston to team up with a friend who was a drummer studying at Berklee College of Music. Moriconi landed a spot in a band called Drive All Night soon thereafter. In 1992, Moriconi answered a newspaper ad for a blues band and became one of the Roadhouse Sheiks, a band best remembered for hosting the weekly blues jams at the Days Inn in Brighton for a time. Around ’95, Moriconi spotted another ad, this time for a singer/harmonica player. It turned out to be Mission Of Blues, and Moriconi convinced them his trumpet was just as good as a blues harp, and undoubtedly more unique.
Mission Of Blues spent a few years developing its sound, and by 1999 shocked many Beantown hipsters by winning the Battle of the Boston Blues Bands at Harper’s Ferry in Allston.
“We came out of nowhere that year,” Moriconi said.
But the time had come to forge new territory, and that was with The Chicken Slacks. He said it’s been a kick from the first notes they played together.
“What I like most about The Chicken Slacks is that their repertoire is not the same standard tunes that 50 other bands around town are playing,” he said. “On this album we have four originals, but some really obscure songs from other artists, too. Everyone in this band is a really good student of music, so we have a lot of great input. The first tune on the CD is actually a Captain Beefheart song - he’s best known for his satirical music, but he also wrote some really good soul music, too.”
Besides Moriconi, The Chicken Slacks include Durand Wilkerson on lead vocals, Jeremy Valadez on sax, Curtis Jerome Haynes on keyboards, Mike Null on guitar, Rick Rosco on bass and Justin Berthiaume on drums.
The weekly sessions at the Cantab have been a godsend for the band, offering exposure and a great venue to unveil new material.
“The Cantab residency is a true rarity, a long-term gig at such a legendary spot,” Moriconi said.
Jay N. Miller covers popular music on the South Shore and in the Boston area.

Metronome Review

Boston's Metronome Magazine published another great review of Can You Dig It? Here it is:

The Chicken Slacks have been evolving steadily over the years and their new album Can You Dig It? finds them sounding better than ever. With the additions of singer "Diamond" Durand Wilkerson and guitarist Mike Null, The Chicken Slacks have found a solid residence in the world of soul and R&B.
The group has been holding a residency at Cambridge's Cantab Lounge for several years now and it really shows in their tightness, funky interplay and spot-on dynamics. Boasting grooves that smolder slow and sure from this savvy septet, the songs of "Too Much Time," "On A Saturday Night," "I Wanna Take A Shower With You," John Fogerty's "Long As I Can See The Light," and the Curtis Mayfield inspired "Tragedy," signify that The Chicken Slacks have arrived in style. -Douglas Sloan

Friday, April 3, 2009

Brother Wayne

A couple weeks ago, D burned two CD's for me of a recent Brother Wayne "Lost and Found" program for my long drive to a Vermont Slacks gig. Thanks D, and thanks Brother Wayne.

Brother Wayne, a world-reknown collector of rare 60's and 70's funk and soul singles, is a deep treasure for the Slacks, not only by dropping by The Cantab every Thursday, but also by turning us on to some very hip music. One of my favorites from the March 25 show was "Somebody Got to Love You," by Don Covay and The Good Timers. Nice push-ahead gospel feel.

Brother Wayne hosts WMBR's "Lost and Found" every Wednesday, 12:00 - 2:00 PM, playing vinyl singles from his warehouse-sized collection. Check out and click on "Wednesday" for a link to Wayne's playlist and archives.

This goes straight to Wayne's blog:

It doesn't get any better.

Big shout out to Brother Wayne.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Noise review of Can You Dig it?

The Noise's Julia Rose DeStefano had some great things to say about the new CD Can You Dig It? Check it out below.
Click here for The Noise online version.

The Chicken Slacks, appropriately dubbed “Boston’s hardest-working funk and soul band,” do not disappoint with their latest release. Having just celebrated the third anniversary of a Thursday night residency at the Cantab Lounge, the Slacks are renowned for their incomparable energy. Can You Dig It? captures the essence of their live performance. The album alternates smoothly between catchy simple structures geared towards dancing and slower sensual grooves. Music aficionados will instantly recognize the opener: lead vocalist Diamond D’s harmonious rendition of Captain Beefheart’s “Too Much Time.” There’s also a stunning take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See the Light.” Playful, tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo is offered in “Going to the Shack” and “I Wanna Take a Shower With You,” which was penned by drummer Justin “Pops” Berthiaume. The most defining track of the album is without a doubt “Funky Way.” Clocking in at over three minutes, this little gem embodies the Slacks’ beloved, signature sound. The Chicken Slacks bring funk to a whole new level; hell yeah, I dig it. (Julia R. DeStefano)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mr. Belding joins The Chicken Slacks

Over the years The Chicken Slacks have played some pretty crazy gigs. That "School For The Deaf" casino cruise was challenging. The Fenway Park show was historic. And last Friday was another one for the Slacks' Hall of Fame.

We had an absolute blast playing for Barstool Sports' annual Mardi Gras party at McFaddens in downtown Boston.

It all started out pretty low-key: scantily clad supermodels wrapping everyone in Mardi Gras beads. Free shots of SoCo and lime. And a long line to get in the door. Typical 'Slacks gig, right?

But then they one-upped us. There was talk of a celebrity appearance that night but no one expected what El Presidente from Barstool Sports delivered: Save By The Bell's own Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins)! That's right, everyone's favorite wacky and zany high school principal from NBC's long running hit pre-teen comedy was the big draw of the night. And it didn't take long for him to find the bandstand and sit in with us for a few numbers.
Since we didn't know his first requests ("School's Out" or "any Skynard") he let us run the show and sang backups behind Diamond D for It's Your Thing and Brickhouse. D then graciously stepped aside as Belding led the band in a very moving and spot-on version of What A Wonderful World. It truly is a wonderful world when you get to share the stage with such a television phenom (check out his resume online - pretty impressive)!

So thank you Barstool Sports and thank you Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding) for yet another memorable gig. It's not often we brave the nutjobs down in the Faneuil Hall area on a weekend, but this time it was worth it!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The 'Slacks featured in the Weekly Dig

Jonathan Donaldson from Boston's weekly alternative-alternative newspaper, Weekly Dig, gives the 'Slacks their props on page 20 of this week's issue.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lasseiz Les Bon Temps Roulez!!

A new year, a new venue - but the same fun and frivolity held court at Johnny D's Uptown last Friday night for the 16th annual Mardi Gras party, hosted by the venerable Mickey Bliss. Once again, the Slacks were called upon to wrap up the night with some funky, sweaty music to please the revelers who came in droves to hear not only the Slacks, but the Second Line Social Order Preservation and Pleasure Society Brass Band (I think that's right), Preacher Jack, and the Confederacy of Dumpsters as well. We had a great time, again!!! Thanks to all who attended, and to those who didn't...well...there's always next year!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Intergalatic Funk

Okay...So, I'm a Star Wars fan, right?

We're playin' our second set last Thursday @ the Cantab. And, we're all movin' & groovin'; shakin' and bakin'. And, whom do I see in front of me? None other than Padme, Queen Amadala herself, Natalie Portman, bustin' that thang on the floor. In front of me!

I'm glad you could join us!
Hope to see you again next time you're in town. We'll have a Pabst waitin' for ya at the bar!

See y'all next Thursday. And, may the funk be with you!

Peace and Chicken Grease

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Have Birthday, Will Party

It had been awhile since I've been back to Roslindale. Village Sushi. Mid-Nov. '07. A bottle of warm, house sake. Sushi and a Dragon Roll. Then, a bowlin' party @ The Milky Way. Ahhh, yes. That was awesome.

So, my return didn't cease to delivery another great time!
This time it was a Birthday Bash!!!

So, again, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jefferey!
Everything was amazing! The food. Sweet, savory, and overall yummy-licious.
The atmosphere at the Sons of Italy in the heart of Roslindale Square was more than playful! Everyone runnin' around havin' a great time. I'm glad the Chicken Slacks could be a part of that night!

We all had a great time. Thanks, Jeff.
And, a Special Thanks to Jackie, Lizzy, Julia, Sue, and Nat for your help!

See y'all @ the Cantab this Thursday where we'll be gettin' ya to shake your money-maker up and down for that stroke on the dance floor!!!
Until then,
Peace and Chicken Grease!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New YouTube video from Johnny D's

A great show last weekend at Johnny D's! Despite the snowstorm, some 200 folks braved the weather to get down to some heavy soul. We love your dedication.

Check out this YouTube video that was shot that night of a 9 minute "Rollin' With The Punches." Look for the "View in HD" option on the bottom left to see the High-def version. Dig those dance moves - both on and off the stage!