The much-missed residency will be back as a monthly show at the High Noon, starting November 23.
Well, this is a nice surprise: Legendary drummer and Madison resident Clyde Stubblefield, fresh off a series of three benefit shows for his new music-scholarship fund this fall, will revive his Funky Mondays gig on November 23 at the High Noon Saloon. Funky Mondays was a long-running institution at The Frequency, and before that at the King Club and O’Cayz Corral, a free weekly show featuring Stubblefield and his band jamming out on R&B standards—and of course showcasing the innovative drumming that powered many James Brown classics and a raft of essential hip-hop samples. Stubblefield stepped away from the residency in 2011 as he struggled with kidney ailments.
The new Funky Mondays will be a monthly, not weekly, series featuring Stubblefield and his “All-Star Band.” The poster for the show even lists Funky Mondays singer Charlie Brooks among the lineup. Brooks has been battling health issues of his own—his family held a benefit for him just this past Sunday and has said that he is in the “final stages” of cancer. But Brooks, who managed to get up and sing for a bit at the benefit, shared the Funky Mondays event on Facebook this morning with the words “See you there.”