Best Backing Band Most Likely to Score a Gig on a Late-Night Talk Show - 2011
Derek Taylor based his senior thesis on analyzing Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson's drumming on "Concerto of the Desperado." It was a prescient piece of musical minutiae, as drummer Taylor's own band, the Park, is fast following the career steps of ?uestlove's Roots crew by having not just secured a spot as S.F.'s most in-demand backing unit — Wallpaper, Dorando, and Alice Russell have all called on the trio's rhythmic services for live shows — but playing with superhyped L.A. gangsta rapper Freddie Gibbs on Last Call with Carson Daly. With a Roots-style knack for knocking out funky, soulful, improvised grooves, the Park is destined to secure a high-profile playground soon.