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Jamiroquai

Jason Kay and his London-based funk band Jamiroquai treated a near-full Greek to a 105-minute retro dance party Wednesday that was heavy on familiar-sounding, Stevie Wonder-approved melodies and rhythms but light on originality. Concert was a true guilty pleasure for the 6,000 or so dancing attendees.

Jason Kay and his London-based funk band Jamiroquai treated a near-full Greek to a 105-minute retro dance party Wednesday that was heavy on familiar-sounding, Stevie Wonder-approved melodies and rhythms but light on originality. Concert was a true guilty pleasure for the 6,000 or so dancing attendees.

The skinny and unbridled Kay, his head and face nearly obscured under his floppy-eared white plush hat, danced frantically and raced about the large stage, singing his songs of social awareness and mental exploration while his large band used a selection of standard (horns, keys) and more exotic instruments to drive home a full-bodied musical vibe.

Star-lit show concentrated on the quick funk beats of Jamiroquai’s new album, “Synkronized” (WORK Group), including the Latin-flavored shout-out “Planet Home,” which featured Kay’s unique robot walk as well as a kindergarten-aged boy dancing on the stage; disco encore “Canned Heat”; and the energized “Supersonic,” featuring the throbbing didgeridoo of Wallis Buchanan, the sound of which rolled up the outdoor theater’s rows in waves of pulsing vibration.

Also included in the festivities was an impressive version of the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” during which Kay gave his best strutting Mick Jagger imitation, as well as older fan faves like 1994’s “Light Years” and, from Jamiroquai’s first album in 1993, the horn-punctuated “Too Young to Die.”

Jamiroquai

Greek Theater; 6,129 capacity; $32.50

  • Production: Presented by Nederlander. Reviewed July 7, 1999.
  • With: <B>Band:</B> Jason Kay, Simon Katz, Nick Fyffe, Derrick McKenzie, Sola Akingbola, Wallis Buchanan, DJ D-Zire.