By Kristin Hackler
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There are few great composers and musicians alive today whose music can be considered legendary, and Herbie Hancock is definitely one of them. From his early work with Miles Davis and the Miles Davis Quintet to composing the infamous “Watermelon Man” and “Cantaloupe Island” to embracing the sound of synth with the first ever jazz hip-hop song, “Rockit,” Hancock has not only stayed on top of the ever-changing world of popular music, he’s even introduced some of the more popular movements. It’s little wonder, then, that local band Super Deluxe decided to put together a tribute to this epic instrumentalist by paying homage to Hancock’s electronic era in the upcoming show “Electric Herbie” at Voodoo Tike Bar & Lounge.

Spearheaded by bandleader Wilton Elder, “Electric Herbie” will be performed by Super Deluxe members Tommy Gielingh on guitar, Kenny Shider on bass, AJ Jenkins on drums, and Elder on saxophones, keyboards, vocals and percussion. Pianist Richard White also will be joining the band on Fender Rhodes, as well several other “special guests” who won’t be revealed until the night of the show.

“I’m really excited about the performance; I’m a huge fan of Herbie Hancock. I was born in 1978, so as an eighties baby, I really grew up listening to his music. I remember the music video for ‘Rockit’ playing on MTV back when they still showed music videos, and it really inspired me to get into jazz/funk music in high school and college. It just stuck with me,” says Elder.

Over the years, Super Deluxe has played a number of Hancock tunes but never considered putting them all together into one show. Not long ago, however, Quentin Baxter, the Voodoo Lounge Jazz Series curator, asked Elder about putting together a show as part of the series. After running through several ideas, the band landed on Hancock.

“There are so many amazing songs to choose from, but I’m really looking forward to playing ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Palm Grease.’ I used to play ‘Palm Grease’ as an undergrad in North Carolina; it was the first song on his album Thrust, which was, and still is, one of my favorite albums by him. I’m also looking forward to playing ‘Rockit’ and I’ve already had a few people ask me about it. It’s just going to be fun playing these songs not only because they’re great but also because they’re nostalgic,” says Elder.

Apart from the electrifying lineup, Elder notes that they will also be doing some giveaways throughout the night, as well as raffling off some of the show posters designed by Markus Amaker that have been signed by all of the band members. Other prizes will include Super Deluxe t-shirts and one vintage Herbie Hancock item.

“I still haven’t decided what it’s going to be. It might be an original, vintage VHS recording of ‘Rockit’ or a Headhunters vinyl, we’ll see,” says Elder.

“Electric Herbie” will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at Voodoo Lounge and it is a 21 and over show. Cover is $3 and the music will start at 9 p.m.

“I’m really looking forward to this and I just want to thank Quentin Baxter and the owners of Voodoo. They’re really helping us to encourage more people to support live music,” says Elder.

For more information about the show, visit Voodoo Lounge is located at 15 Magnolia Road, West Ashley, Charleston, in the Avondale district.