Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a 10-piece musical ensemble founded in 2007 during the yearlong recording of their first album, Up From Below. Disillusionment with his major label experience with Ima Robot drove founding singer-songwriter Alex Ebert to maintain a DIY recording ethos. "Un-professionalizing professionalism is my profession," he recently quipped at a show. Considered pioneers of the folk-pop revival, the band's self-produced albums have experienced some popular success (plus one platinum song, "Home").
It is the band's live shows, however, that have seen them celebrated by fans and critics alike. Often likened to "a religious experience," many of their live shows have taken place in unusual venues (cathedrals, circus tents, underground train depots - even off of trains themselves, as seen in their Grammy-winning documentary Big Easy Express). Their shows are performed without set lists and their songs usually undergo spontaneous improvisation, with Ebert spending a portion of the show singing amongst the crowd. "Our shows give us a chance to break the barriers between ourselves - to 'break the glass ceiling' as we say."
Prezident Brown prezidentbrownmusic.com
Prezident Brown's music speaks a universal language driven by a sense of mission and purpose which dictates that he "edutains" as much as he entertains. A champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement, Prezident Brown entertains, informs and inspires the dance hall.
G Love & Special Sauce philadelphonic.com
Twenty years after the release of their self-titled debut and eight years since their last live performance together, the original lineup of G. Love & Special Sauce return with their first album in nearly a decade. Built on the trio's signature hip-hop blues sound, Sugar finds vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton), upright bassist James "Jimi Jazz" Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey "The Houseman" Clemens breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-blues-infused brand of stripped-down rock & roll. "The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way," says G. Love. "That's what our music is all about."
Steve Kimock stevekimock.com
In spring 2016, an exciting, new, intimate ensemble debuts called K I M O C K, when Steve partners with John Morgan Kimock (drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist). The father/son duo have been composing further music over the past year, inspired by SK's new solo record Last Danger of Frost , orchestrating musical styles across genres and generations. Fans will encounter a listening experience that spotlights Steve's remarkable tone in an intuitive flow of Eastern and Western folk music, heartfelt acoustic guitar, ambient electronic expressions, inventive covers, and contemporary compositions. Also planned for the new touring project is Steve's longtime bass-playing left hand, Bobby Vega, who will bring 30 years' worth of chemistry and collaboration, deep grooves and rich tones to the mix. Add to that vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson, with whom the duo has been composing, and you have the makings of an inspired new project.
K I M O C K invites audiences to lean in, listen and experience the symbiosis.
Mike Love mikelovemusic.com
Meet Mike Love. One of reggae music’s rising stars. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. Through the grassroots method of releasing his albums independently, on his own Love Not War Records label, and performing 250 plus shows a year, Love has built an ever growing following for his unique and inspiring music. He has toured with many artists in the circles of conscious, roots music, including Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, Nahko and many more. Over the past few years he performed to enthusiastic audiences at the California Roots Festival, Wakarusa, Wanderlust and the Montreal Jazz Fest, just to name a few. He has also enjoyed great success and exposure through the web on outlets like YouTube, with one of his videos just recently hitting 5 million views!
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic georgeclinton.com
George Clinton was the principal architect of P-Funk, the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s. Inspired by the sounds of revolutionary bands like the Stooges and MC 5 as well as musicians Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone, Clinton began looking for ways to experiment with his musical compositions. Parliament explored and invented new sounds through funk - a twist on soul that included psychedelic guitar, deep bass groove, and bizarre sound effects - while Funkadelic cultivated a rock sound.
In reviewing Clinton's illustrious career and success as a producer / writer/ performer, perhaps his greatest achievement stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form. Funk as a musical style had been around for what seems like forever, deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South. Following the lead - and commercial success - of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called "Pfunk." Clinton's inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of "funk" music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres, from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles. The "Dioses del Baile," or "Gods of Dance," have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.
A world-class drummer, percussionist, singer, songwriter, entertainer, author, philanthropist, mentor, actress - Sheila E. is a dynamic public figure who has been driven by a steadfast inner rhythm since the day she was born. "Before I had language, I had rhythm," she writes in her recently-published memoir, The Beat Of My Own Drum. "I learned it before I learned my mother tongue."
When Sheila gave her first public performance at the age of 5, there was no doubt in her mind that she was going to be a percussionist. Music, rhythm, and a passion for connecting with others were in her blood, after all. "I wasn't just born into an environment with music; I was of music," she writes. Fifty years later, Sheila is still sharing her passion with others through her newest album, Icon.
Growing up in the Bay Area, Sheila was surrounded by all types of music since birth—introduced to Latin jazz, Motown, R&B, pop, and funk by her musical family members and family friends. Her early influences include percussionist dad Pete Escovedo; musical uncles Santana member/Azteca founder Coke Escovedo, recording artist Alejandro Escovedo, The Dragons frontman Mario Escovedo, and The Zeroes member Javier Escovedo; as well as godfather, Latin star Tito Puente.
Pimps of Joytime
If you have yet to encounter the Brooklyn-based band, The Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT's live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, show-by-show, and track-by-track.
Bandleader Brian J is a charismatic and soulful visionary, whose well-crafted songs invite the listener to enter a world of infectious dance grooves and indelible melodies. Spending formative years in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Mista J honed his craft, becoming an accomplished live performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer.
From San Francisco, Ca. P Funk Allstar RonKat Spearman is Authorized to play the Funk.
Katdelic, is a band that would fit perfectly in the line up for any club or festival. The project of a member of one of the most influential funk bands in history,
Led by Ronkat Spearman, Their live show features two bass players, guitar, a horn section, DJ loops, keyboards and background singers.They make music that is a unique hybrid of rock, funk, soul, edm and pop. The resulting groove is infectious, futuristic and sophisticated, giving audiences an insatiable need to dance all night.