Telepathically tight rhythm section? Check. Screaming Hammond organ? Check. Monster synthesizer leads? Check. A front man who's not afraid to proclaim he's "The Only Rock Star You Know?'...check and mate. The 9's, once described as 'the future of music' by Alan Gorrie (Average White Band), are ferociously commited to their craft. Critics have argued that The 9's are 'out of touch'. But was there ever a time that was ripe for a hybrid of 70's jazz rock, 80's funk, soaring stadium rock with a healthy dose of wink-and-a-nod thrown in? Maybe not. But show after show The 9's restate their commitment to mind-bending musical intricacy and pop shamelessness. Since their inception, The 9's have shared the stage with The Average White Band, Parliament/Funkadelic, Maceo Parker, Sonja Dada, Ziggy Marley, and Bela Fleck.