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yes, its true, its really TRUE!! Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, 12-piece ensemble Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a live show that is the stuff of legend.
The group has performed everywhere from Central Park to Carnegie Hall to Rikers Island Prison, and that’s just in New York. On the heels of the hit musical FELA!, which several members collaborated on, Antibalas has reunited with former member and producer Gabe Roth, who was at the helm for their first three albums. The world famous Daptone Records released the band’s first album in five years, self-titled, in late 2012.
Inspired by economic meltdowns and global uprisings, Antibalas piled into two rooms at Daptone’s House of Soul Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn to cut an explosive new set of afrobeat classics. “Dirty Money” launches the propulsive six-song LP with deep, pulsating rhythms, monstrous horns and tight funk. Lead singer Amayo - a native of Lagos, Nigeria and senior Kung Fu master - guides the band through cathartic workouts of call and response, dynamic instrumentals and eruptive solos.
Members of Antibalas served as musical directors and the house band in the Broadway hit FELA! and penned original music for the show. Members have also recently collaborated/performed with Iron and Wine, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson, TV on the Radio and The Roots.
that is, if spiritual jazz butters your popcorn………..ARIA Award-winning funk-master Ross McHenry and the exciting pianist/DJ/producer Mark de Clive Lowe (USA) team up with four of the world’s foremost musical innovators to form Ross McHenry Future Ensemble. The band combines one of the most exciting and in demand producers and keyboardists in the world today, Mark de Clive Lowe (Tru Thoughts/LA), the rhythmic foundation of renowned New Zealand based ensemble Electric Wire Hustle, Myele Manzanza (NZ), multi-instrumentalist/composer Adam Page (NZ/AUS) leading instrumentalists Dylan Marshall and Jonathan Hunt (AUS) and composer/producer/bandleader, Ross McHenry (AUS). With a focus on new improvised music inspired by the Los Angeles beat scene and the worldwide new jazz movement, the Ross McHenry Future Ensemble traverse unique sonic landscapes, re-imagining the jazz age through the lens of contemporary music production.
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A new venue lurks in the inner North. Where once stood Baba, now glows a new animal - the B.EAST. It’s a licensed band venue that will be bringing the funk. Lauching this new monthly dirty funky soul night, VOODOO SHAKE!, are the local afrobeat magnates, THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA. I will be dj’ing alongside Mr Future Roots. The night looks like it might be free. DO NOT MISS THIS!
if you can’t wait and need some more funk. Check out the legendary DJ DEXTER (of the Avalanches) Fridays in JULY and Thursdays in AUGUST
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this is THE SONG. This is the one! This is THE tune that is making Melbourne hips grind, making Melbourne’s bootys bounce. This baritone sax lead stomper is a real jam! Is is almost a perfectly written dance song. Its got swing and grind and a snarl that makes you HAVE to move. The second single released off the now sold out LP. These cats gonna make you dance!
The Stepkids are three singer/songwriters. “A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself,” says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg. “It’s not either of us; it’s about creating an entity where the entity itself is what’s important.” As a result, every song on the Stepkids self-titled debut album is written with equal input from each member.
“All three of us write and all three of us sing,” says Jeff Gitelman, who resigned from touring as Alicia Keys’ guitarist to concentrate full-time on recording the Stepkids self-titled debut album. Drummer Tim Walsh continues, “There’s an equal split in the creative process. Any lyric, any melody, any idea could have been done by any of us.”
This approach comes from more than a decade of musical experimentation and experience. Raised on the East Coast jazz and R&B circuit, individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill, tour internationally with indie punk band Zox, score movies and commercials and produce solo albums.
The Stepkids groove is a fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical. The band produce, engineer and record themselves on a reel-to-reel.
There’s no singular icon, no singular sound, and no singular way of making it happen for the Stepkids. It’s psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole.
One of the longest soul / funk residencies in the world is right on our doorstep as Vince “The Price” Peach and Pierre Baroni bring the soul sounds until 5 in the AM! every thursday at Cherry Bar. This Thursday is the last week for the SASKWATCH residency (which I can testify is SWEATY!) Next month begins the WOMEN OF SOUL residency at Cherry for February. With DEEP STREET SOUL providing the superheavygroove. Look out for our local soul sisters to get fonky.