Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
Amoeba Hollywood - June 30th @ 5:00pm
The pioneering 1960s band (“Express Yourself,” “Do Your Thing” + more) visits Amoeba Hollywood for a live set and signing, giving everyone a taste of classic, soul-stirring funk in anticipation of their set at the Long Beach Funk Fest - Saturday, July 6th in Downtown Long Beach!
Purchase your ticket to the festival at Amoeba starting June 30th - $15 all day ticket (+ $2 service fee).
Charles Wright, founder and leader of the legendary Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, penned the world renowned "Express Yourself." His songs have been covered by legendary artists around the globe such as Ray Charles; jazz great Les McCann; pop star Della Reese; Ohio Funkateer Rodger Troutman & Zapp; former Monkey's Mickey Dolenz; The Ohio Players; and The Swiss Longtime Symphony Orchestra. During the rise of Hip Hop in the Ice Cube N.W.A also sampled the song.
"Express Yourself” has sold products across the American and the European continent. The Los Angeles Lakers showcase "Express Yourself” at one of their start-up games and the NBA featured the classic song in its "I Love This Game" TV Campaign. "Express Yourself" also provided the theme for both the Democratic National Convention and the 2004 Olympic Games Celebration. Good Morning America used it as a theme for their Advice Guru Talent Search.
Wright's music has been included in such soundtracks as Little Fockers (starring Barbara Streisand and Robert DeNiro); Panther; The People Vs. Larry Flint, Boogie Nights, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Cheaper By The Dozen, just to mention a few. The talented and passionate artist re-arranged a version of "Express Yourself" with a message to youth to "Protect Yourself" for the first Aids Walk Circle of Life Concert.