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Mummies’ undead band puts on show full of life

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Funk wrappers

What: The funk music group Here Come the Mummies performs.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Piere's Entertainment Center, 5629 St. Joe Road
Cost: $15 in advance and $18 day of show. Tickets are available at Piere's, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.

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For more about Here Come the Mummies, go to https://herecomethemummies.com.

Plenty of funky sound, dancing at concert

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

The undead will bring late '70s, early '80s funk music back to life when Here Come the Mummies take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at Piere's Entertainment Center.

While the mummy costume-clad group appeals to some in the younger crowd, their musical spell seems to revive aging rockers in their 40s to mid-60s, who get out and shake their limbs on the dance floor, local Mummies fans said.

“Musically, I'd say it's awesome,” said Rick Carey, 51, of Fort Wayne. “It is really upbeat. They get into the crowd.”

Carey has seen the group in concert several times since first hearing them four or five years ago on “The Bob & Tom Show,” the morning drive radio show syndicated by WFBQ, 94.7-FM, in Indianapolis to other stations around the country, including WBYR, 98.9-FM, in Fort Wayne.

“Every time they come to Fort Wayne, we see them,” Carey said.

The band has played twice a year at Piere's since about 2010, said Nathan Stephens, Piere's marketing and entertainment director.

“They always draw a good crowd,” Stephens said. “They have people who follow them from state to state.”

Carey probably won't be at the show Saturday, however. He thinks he will be tied up, so to speak, at work.

However, both he and Michele Short, 51, of Fort Wayne, said the band, whose guitarists are complemented with a small horn section and drums, conjure up a sound something like that of George Clinton's '80s funk band.

“Their playing skills are phenomenal,” Short said. “Plus, they are fun!”

She and her husband, Ed, became fans after Carey, his best friend, invited them to a show.

The Shorts and Carey and his wife just saw the Mummies recently when they performed during Parents' Weekend at Ball State University in Muncie, where the Shorts' daughter, Meghan, is a senior.

But he wouldn't describe the Mummies as family-friendly entertainment, Carey said. Along with humor, the band works a lot of sexual references and innuendo into their song lyrics.

Pace yourself on the dance floor, too, because you may unravel before the Mummies do.

“When they come and play,” Carey said, “they play for about 2 1/2 hours straight — no breaks.”