In the post-Halloween afterglow, there is a very good reason to catch frenetic “soul and roll” band The Pimps of Joytime: Bandmember Mayteana Morales played “Gaby” on PBS’ Ghostwriter. Now one of the Joytime’s lead vocalists, Morales helps create the band’s tight, punchy, soulful sound.
Still making the rounds with the 2011 album Janxta Funk!, it’s easy to see why the band hasn’t put out another album — Joytime is a touring machine. In the past year, in addition to tour stops, the band has performed at Hangtown Halloween Ball, the High Sierra Music Festival, the Northwest String Summit, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, Camp Euforia and The Forecastle Festival, collaborating with acts like Vokab Company, Dumpstaphunk and Michael Franti and Spearhead.
It’s easy to draw a line between Pimps of Joytime and funk forebears like Sly and the Family Stone, but the band members have a fresh swagger all their own. Infusions of hip hop, blues, Latin and Afro beats can be heard throughout Janxta Funk! It will be interesting to see how Joytime further innovates funk music, a genre that some naysayers claim is dead, with their third studio album due out later this year. The band’s real sweet spot, however, is in live performance, where the members’ sexy and fresh funk can really shine.
The Pimps of Joytime play 8 pm Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Cozmic; $10 adv., $12 door.