Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Saturday October 27 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
Youngblood Brass Band
Brass band :: Jazz, Hip hop music, Punk rock, Punk jazz
rock, funk and jazz
Youngblood Brass Band
David Henzie-Skogen - drums/production/vocals
Tom Reschke - drums
Conor Elmes - drums
Nat McIntosh - sousaphone
Zach Lucas - alto and tenor saxophone
Tony Barba - tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Matt Hanzelka - trombone
Joe Goltz - trombone
Adam Meckler - trumpet
Charley Wagner - trumpet
-from Madison, WI
-Youngblood Brass Band outs convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the US (Madison, Brooklyn, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages worldwide since 2000. What other band can claim the honor of having their music spun by DJs like Questlove (of The Roots), working with hip-hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place at a punk festival? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpack b-boy?
Youngblood has headlined countless tours in the States and abroad, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival résumé reads like a list of the heaviest music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, WOMAD...ad in nitum. White-hot live shows secured the band’s status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage.
YBB’s debut album Unlearn was released independently in 2000, featuring collaborations with Talib Kweli (the underground smash “Ya’ll Stay Up”), Mike Ladd, DJ Skooly, and Frank Zappa vocalist Ike Willis. The attention garnered led to a signing with Ozone Music NYC, the revolutionary avant- hip-hop label that introduced the poetic talents of Saul Williams, Company Flow (El-P), Antipop Consortium, Mr. Lif, etc. Their acclaimed follow-up (and Ozone debut), 2003’s center:level:roar (which also spawned their now-standard brass band anthem ‘Brooklyn’) saw the band globetrotting to sold out audiences.
Youngblood released two more albums on their own Layered Music imprint: Live. Places. (2005) and Is That a Riot? (2007), both of which accelerated their notoriety as the world’s preeminent live brass band. YBB also continued engaging in frequent educational work, stopping at high schools and univer- sities to offer workshops on New Orleans music history, jazz improvisation, hip-hop culture and the creative impulse. It is through this work that Young- blood acquired cult status among young musicians. Perhaps the world secretly desires a music that is intense, danceable, intelligent, and devoid of the self-consciously vain irony that prevails in most current entertainment. Perhaps there is also something to be said for just quality musicianship, over-delivering on stage, and sticking to one’s guns regardless of what’s currently fashionable.
Youngblood’s new album (the rst in 5 years), Pax Volumi, sees the band partnering with Tru Thoughts, the Brighton UK label that includes a roster ranging from deep soul (Alice Russell) to hip-hop (Ty) to straight-up New Orleans brass band (Hot 8), and the pairing couldn’t be more apt. This album sees the band nally achieving not just its musical but its production aims, capturing the live intensity of the stage as well as crafting beats and rhymes that bang right out of the speakers. It’s almost as if they spent the last 15 years getting ready to become THIS Youngblood Brass Band; as though everything in the past had led up to the creation of an album that de es classi cation, an album that couldn’t be made by any other group. On stages in the states and overseas, the verdict has been issued: the band has never sounded so good.
Whichever it is...the roof-tearing shows, the educational aims, the small town roots, the no-smirks honesty, the st-pumping anthems for cool kids and geeks alike, Youngblood Brass Band has become an institution, one that demands to be seen and heard. Rigorous dancing is also acceptable.
-from San Francisco, CA
--After moving from Philadelphia to the Bay Area in 2012, Frankie Fusco created a unique blend of rock, funk and jazz to become what is now Vinyl Spectrum. Originating in San Francisco, Vinyl Spectrum, led by Frank Fusco on guitar and vocals, bassist Chris Locs, and drummer Lance Harrington, is a band that has grown to be nationally recognized and featured on not only top networks such as NBC and Esquire, but also a number of commercials and feature films. Most recently their fun and buoyant track P.S. 118 was placed through Flavorlab Records on this Juicy Couture, featuring Behati Prinsloo.
The band has taken their diverse sound and shared it with the country, traveling and touring throughout the West Coast and making numerous festival appearances back East. The apparent influence of Avant Garde styles on Vinyl Spectrum makes for an out of the box and genre bending sound that can capture the ear of any audience.