ARTS Pick: Grits ‘n’ Gravy

Make your soul resolution for the new year with Grits 'n' Gravy at the Southern. Publicity image. Make your soul resolution for the new year with Grits ‘n’ Gravy at the Southern. Publicity image.

DJs Robin Tomlin and Colin Powell retrofit classical American soul for modern dance parties under the handle Grits ‘n’ Gravy. Their spin repertoire spans the canonical masters of soul from James Brown to funk dynamos Parliament, while including a bevy of lesser known acts. The duo blasts infectious dance tunes such as the Heatwaves’ blustering psychedelic romp “Groove Train,” and jaunty operatic anthems like Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” Not without tenderness, they also indulge an audience’s amorous side with Don Gardner’s buoyant “We’re Gonna Make it Big,” and Al Green’s warbling slow ballad “Let’s Stay Together.”

Tuesday 12/31 $5, 10:30pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St., 977-5590.


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