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.
Tuesday December 31
8:00PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$55 in advance / $60 at the door
neo-soul, funk, rock, blues
Ziek McCarter - Vocals ||
Brendan Liu - Trumpet ||
Marcus Stephens - Tenor Saxophone ||
Benjamin Andrews - Guitar ||
Patrick Glynn - Keyboards ||
Jonathan Kirchner - Bass ||
Andrew Laubacher - Drums
-from San Francisco, CA
-Named for an Italian musical direction meaning with spirit, Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B that’s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. With charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing “the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown” (KQED) and a tight, veteran band that “comes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert anyone who sees their electric live show.
The band’s sophomore LP, Explorer (out July 6th, 2018 on Transistor), represents an impressive leap for the group PopMatters has called “the best new live band in America.” The album is a travelogue of sorts, written over the course of two years and one presidential election — all while the band was touring the globe (Japan, France, Australia, the Netherlands) and fielding questions about our leaders, our choices, our guns.
While Paradise spoke about inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement, turning a mirror on America in 2016, Explorer looks outward, urging hope in the face of cynicism, but ultimately presenting more questions than answers: What does it mean to represent America abroad during a time of unprecedented volatility at home?
Having proved themselves on an international stage (as well as at U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits), Con Brio also breaks new sonic ground on Explorer, expanding beyond raw energy and retro sounds toward a layered, contemporary production style. It’s a big record, with plenty of joy and more than a few growing pains. It sounds, unsurprisingly, like a band on the verge.
“No one can say what’s going to happen next week, let alone next year,” says McCarter. “But we can keep doing what we do. Head out there with our eyes open. And try to create moments of love, of liberation, everywhere we go.”
Adi Gobert / Vocals
Daniel Erik / Bass Guitar
Ryan Schaeffer / Guitar
Eli Maliwan / Saxophone + Flute
Natalie John / Trumpet + Harmony Vocals
Brandon Farmer / Drums
Javier Santiago / Keyboards, Trumpet + Harmony Vocals
-from the Bay Area, CA
-Beginning on a small stage in a Redwood forest in Northern California, Speakeasē was started by musicians Adi Gobert & Daniel Erik. The two, equally steeped in the musical roots of blues, jazz, and funk, melded their vision and talents to grow the project into a 7-piece neo-soul collective.
Speakeasē has packed well regarded venues on the West Coast including The Independent, The Chapel, and Cornerstone. In 2019, they hit the festival circuit playing music festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Bear Music Festival and The Plunge.
Their debut album “DeerLion”, released in the winter of 2018, is stacked with some of the Bay Area’s best talent. Speakeasē’s sound defies conventional genre boundaries, blending soul, funk, blues, and R&B into a curated hot plate of musical vibrations that will be sure to move your soul and leave you dancing.
SOUNDS LIKE: Hiatus Kaiyote, Tedeschi Trucks Band, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and Sam Cooke.