Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Oracle, by Ria Burman

Red Hot Chili Peppers (photo: Ria Burman)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers funky-punk rocked their sold out show at the Oracle Arena Sunday night, performing a sweet mixture of new and old songs. Rollercoaster riding through rocking grooves, Flea-bass greats and salsa-worthy, wiggle dance moves, the boys of Californication got the crowd jump-bumping. Childlike in essence, Anthony Kiedis and Flea bounced in unison upon the stage, creating a contagious positive flow.

Add to the track the guitar shreds divine by Josh Klinghoffer, funky beats so sweet and a flurry of drum sticks flying over the crowd, gifts courtesy of Chad Smith – the ride rocks as it rolls. With a live video stream, montage-backdrop of psychedelic proportion and one beast of a wave-motion, lighting design set-up, the RHCP ride becomes a trip, satisfying and unforgettable.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue gave sweet support, stirring the crowd up with some brass excellence, jazzy sax and guitar wails.

Jack Irons started the night off, introduced by Flea, and he solo slam-funked the drums.