Friday, June 9
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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had guests in the studio, and countless months since a live performance. So tonight I think I hit a home run. RonKat Spearman of Katdelic and formerly of George Clinton’s P-Funk graced the studio with vocalist Leslie and guitarist Sasha in tow. I’ve seen RonKat a number of times, solo and sharing a stage with our mutual friend and regular Hell’s Kitchen guest, Eric McFadden, but I have never had the pleasure of hosting him on the air, until tonight.
RonKat has a deep musical history, which he shares with us during the show, including his father taking him around to many musical competitions in Michigan, where little RonKat would blow the room away. He is a left handed guitar player, and plays a right handed guitar like Hendrix did. Unlike Hendrix however, his guitar is still strung the way a a right handed guitar would be strung! That means for RonKat the high E string is on the top instead of the bottom. I would not have believed it had I not seen and heard it with my own two eyes and ears.
Most of the first hour consists of interview and live performance. You are going to want to crank this up and put on your dancing shoes! RonKat shares some hilarious stories about his time in P-Funk, including the night George Clinton introduced him to Prince! You want to hear this story.
GO SEE THIS BAND!!!
The second hour I just had to continue in the funk vein. See the playlist below for your funky edification.
Hell’s Kitchen with John Hell
Radio Valencia in SF
Common People: William Shatner
Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him: Betty Davis
Beautiful: Katdelic (live in the studio)
Stay on the Up: Katdelic
Katdelic performs live in the Radio Valencia studio
I Call My Baby Pussycat: Parliament
Give It Up Or Turn It Loose: James Brown
Kung Fu: Curtis Mayfield
Just Kissed My Baby: The Meters
Darkest Light: Lafayette Afro Rock Band
The Hands of Time: Perfect Circle
Home Affairs: Osibisa
RonKat tells the story that when ‘Pops’ is in the house, regardless of the band on the stage, he has carte blanche to join in. Here he is joining KatDelic on stage at the Boom Boom Room back in 2011. Who knows, maybe he’ll join in on June 9th.