But beyond the high profile speed dial personalities, HMS possesses a singular stage presence, daring the audience to try to ignore him. Despite his less than athletic build and suspect fashion tastes, once the drum track begins, this man morphs in to a funk dervish, spitting cool and absentmindedly disrobing. His November release, You Can Feel Me, features synthy grooves and liquid vocals wrapped into a doughy package. Undeniably self-confident, Har Mar usually finds the young ladies enthralled, or perhaps puzzled into attraction by his aura.
But not everyone ends the evening fans of Har Mar's baggy-briefed finale. At a recent gig in Oklahoma, the pudgy provocateur so incensed the local authorities that they busted him for lewd behavior. A violation of civil rights, a clever publicity stunt or merely an attempt at Morrison-like mythos? It's obvious that this enigmatic outsider could care less, preferring instead to spread the funk love in his own Gong Show style. Har Mar Superstar appears at Kings in Raleigh Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8.