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Wednesday October 5 2022
 8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
•••  21 AND OVER
$16 in advance / $20 at the door
Surprise Chef
 funk soul instrumental
Las Los
 psychedelic indie rock

Surprise Chef
-from Melbourne, Australia
- Surprise Chef’s music is based on evoking mood; their vivid arrangements utilize time and space to build soundscapes that invite the listener into their world. The quintet’s distinct sound pulls from 70s film scores, the funkier side of jazz, and the samples that form the foundation of hip hop. They push the boundaries of instrumental soul and funk with their own approach honed by countless hours in the studio, studying the masters, and perhaps most importantly, the ‘tyranny of distance’ that dictates a unique perspective to their music.
Hailing from just outside of Melbourne, Australia their first two albums, All News Is Good News and Daylight Savings amassed a die-hard fanbase and brought their sound from their home studio to every corner of the globe. The band is now signed to Big Crown Records, joining a lineage of contemporary and classic sounds that have influenced Surprise Chef’s music since their formation in 2017.
Surprise Chef is Lachlan Stuckey on guitar, Jethro Curtin on keys, Carl Lindeberg on bass, Andrew Congues on drums, and Hudson Whitlock—the latest member who does it all from percussion to composing to producing. Their self proclaimed "moody shades of instrumental jazz-funk" have a bit of everything: punchy drums, infectious keys, rhythm guitar you might hear on a Studio One record, and flute lines that could be from a Blue Note session. But when you step back and take in the entirety of their sound and approach, you'll hear and see a group greater than the sum of its parts.
In many ways Surprise Chef embodies the idiom "the benefits of limits." They were limited in that there weren't many people making or talking about instrumental jazz/soul/funk in Southeast Australia, let alone putting out records. This left them to develop their sound and approach in a kind of creative isolation where a small circle of friends and like-minded musicians fed off each other. "Being in Australia, being so far away, we only get glimpses and glances of this music’s origins," Stuckey says. "But hearing a label like Big Crown was one of the first times we realized you could make fresh, new soul music that wasn't super retro or just nostalgic."
This approach is on full display throughout their new album Education & Recreation. Tracks like “Velodrome” pair chunky drums with an earworm synth line that has all the making of something you would find on an Ultimate Breaks & Beats compilation while numbers like “Iconoclasts” show their knack for tasteful use of space. From the crushing intro of “Suburban Breeze” to the floaty mellow bop of “Spring’s Theme” Surprise Chef has weaved together an album that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotion and provides a vivid soundtrack that will pull you deeper into your imagination. There is a beauty in the vast space for interpretation of instrumental music and they are adding a modern classic to the canon with this new album. Turn on the record and enjoy the ride, wherever it may take you.

Las Los
-from Los Angeles, CA
-Las Los is the exciting new collaboration between Paul Schalda (Paul and the Tall Trees, The Sha La Das) and Max Shrager (The Shacks).

The two first met as members of the late soul icon Charles Bradley’s touring band in 2015.

Shrager, who was 19 years old at the time, had already established himself as an up and coming figure in the New York music scene, having penned the lead single, “Sinner,” on Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ 2014 “Cold World” LP (Daptone Records).

He continued to build his resume as a founding member of The Shacks, producing their records in collaboration with Leon Michels (El Michels Affair).

The Shacks have built an international fan base, touring the world with Khruangbin and having their music featured in countless film and TV productions.

In 2020, Shrager relocated from NYC to Los Angeles, where he collaborates with some of the best young musicians in the LA music world, including members of Brainstory and Thee Sacred Souls.

Schalda- an NYC native who moved to Dallas, TX in 2017- records and performs his solo work as Paul and The Tall Trees (Big Crown Records).

He is also a core member of the Sha La Das (Daptone Records), alongside his Doo Wop vocalist father Bill.

With the Sha La Das, Paul has arranged and performed spectacular, soaring backing vocal arrangements on the records of artists including Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Lady Wray.

Not unlike Charles Bradley, Schalda’s voice is instantly recognizable and strikingly vulnerable.

A master craftsman of lyrics and melody, Schalda brings a literary sensibility to his writing. This element, combined with his emotive and versatile vocal delivery, makes him one of the most interesting and talented vocalists on the scene today.

For Las Los, Schalda takes Shrager’s productions as inspiration to explore new musical styles. Their forthcoming “Floating Rock” EP (produced by Shrager, coming late 2022) showcases expanding artistic frontiers for both members of the new project.

The debut single from Las Los, “All Through The Day,” is now available worldwide via self-release.