The Werks

The Werks

Swift Technique, Teddy Midnight

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Werks
The Werks
Beloved Ohio jam rockers The Werks have responded to tragedy and transition by solidifying the strongest lineup in their decade of existence. They’re ready to launch 2017 with an 8-week coast-to- coast run in support of this effort, their fifth full studio release entitled “Magic”.

It all kicks off with a 2-Night Event in early February in Columbus, OH, the “Winter Werk Out Music and Arts Festival”, which is a sister showcase to the band’s 8th Annual Werk Out Festival, returning next August to Legends Valley in Thornville. Count on two big nights with hometown heroes The Werks plus a host of national rock and electronic acts.

Tour then heads to major cities in the Northeast like New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, before a swing through the South, including favorite stops in Asheville, Atlanta & Charleston. After that, they’ll hit the Colorado ski resorts as well as Denver, where the band will host their first ever “Werk Out West Music & Arts festival” over 2 nights, featuring multiple shows with The Werks and many other acts.

They’ll continue West through the Rockies with visits to Utah, Montana, and the Treefort Festival in Boise, before landing on the Pacific Coast and two weeks of shows throughout Washington, Oregon, and California. The tour then concludes with the band’s debut visit to Phoenix.

Catch their sensational blend of rock and deep electronic funk beloved by fans across the musical spectrum, as The Werks visit a town near you with special guests like Cure for the Common, Moogatu, and many more to be announced soon.

Tickets go On Sale Friday November 18 th at www.TheWerksMusic.com.
Swift Technique
Swift Technique
Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, enters 2016 after completing their most successful year to date. Most recently, the band has held several high profile support slots, including sharing the stage with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet, Fishbone, The Main Squeeze, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, JoJo Mayer, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Sophistafunk. While introducing the powerhouse lead vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava & Nik Greeley, the band released two new singles, “Dress Shoes” & “Jay’s the Name” to critical acclaim. 2015 saw the debut of Swift Technique’s “Ultimate Funk Throwdown: Prince Vs. Morris Day”, which will continue to be performed on select dates throughout the country. With a new EP release slated for Summer 2016, Swift Technique plans to debut a large portion of new material on March 5th at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.

After forming in 2007, Swift Technique has relentlessly toured, performed and recorded throughout the US. The extremely positive and contagious chemistry shared by the band has always been translated in the live setting. With the 2013 release of, “you boys be aight”, Swift Technique established themselves as an up and coming force in the recording industry. Although the group draws from many influences ranging Funk & Soul to Hip-Hop & Rock, their genre is uniquely Philadelphia.

Throughout their short history, Swift Technique has had the privilege to hold direct support slots for The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Fishbone, Soulive, The M&M’s (John Medeski, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, Rob Mercurio), The Motet, Kermit Ruffins, Wale, Questlove of the Roots, Keri Hilson, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Orgone, Kung Fu, Mr. Lif, The Fela! Band, Turkuaz, Deep Banana Blackout, The Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman) and others. Swift Technique has also performed at the Philadelphia Experiment PEX Festival, Beardfest, Camp Jam in the Pines, Bear’s Picnic, Jibber Jazz’s Meeting of the Minds, Late Winter JibberJam, Boogie at the Bungalow, Princeton’s Communiversity Festival, The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival in VT, The Muddy River Jam Festival in NJ, Ars Nova ANTfest in New York City and Grassroots Festival in Ithaca, among others. After a string of hometown performances in 2007 and 2008, Swift Technique was named one of the top 10 Hip-Hop bands in Philadelphia by The Deli Magazine. Since their early days, the group has evolved from a Live Hip-Hop group to an old school Funk Ensemble in the tradition of James Brown, with the grit of Led Zeppelin.

In recent years, Swift Technique has worked with Live for Live Music (NYC), CEG (NYC), NOLA Funk (NYC), Hood Booking (DC), WXPN (Philadelphia), The Backbeat Foundation (New Orleans), Rock On Concerts (Boston), Rocks Off Concert Cruises (NYC) and WXPN (Philly). The group has also performed at the country’s top venues including B.B. King’s & Brooklyn Bowl (NYC), The Middle East (Boston), Blue Nile (New Orleans), The Mint (Los Angeles), Hotel Utah (San Francisco), The National Underground (Nashville), The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), THe Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh, NC), The Spot Underground (Providence, RI), Nectar’s (Burlington, VT), Double Door (Chicago), Union Transfer, World Cafe Live & the TLA (Philly), 8X10 (Baltimore), The Hamilton & Gypsy Sally’s (DC). The creativity and drive of Swift Technique continues to flourish as the band prepares to enter their ninth year.

Members:
Vocals: Chelsea ViaCava
Vocals: Nik Greeley
Bass: Jake Leschinsky
Guitar: Andy Bree
Drums: Johnny Perry
Drums: Rich Agren
Trumpet: Greg Rosen
Trombone: Ian Gray
Trombone: Matt Fischer
Sax: Brian Blaker
Sax: Jason O’mara
Keys: Jay Davidson

Extended family/Swift Tech Collective:
Drums: Tom Cladek
Keys: Alex Ayala
Trombone: Michael Rilli

Press:
“Their contagious energy & musical prowess is undeniable, and you cannot help but smile & dance when you watch these guys play.”
– Live For Live Music

“Swift Technique‘s vocalist, Chelsea ViaCava, mesmerized the audience with her soulful voice […] Never before have I seen such a unique and unprecedented performance.”
– Rebecca Wolfe, The Music Vibes

“This octet naturally brings a high energy, layered sound to their music, containing a heavy funk horn section bursting forth from trumpet, trombone, and saxophone like fourth of July fireworks. With these elements is a perfect mixture of smooth melodic bass lines and a crunchy clean rhythm guitar that manages to harness these wild ostentatious grooves.”
– Christian Pezzino, THAT MAG

“Swift Technique’ (an appropriate name for this group) was one of the tightest, most original acts I’d seen in The District in a long time. With one microphone — front and center — the brass players seemed to trade off, each dancing when not soloing or accompanying the others. “The Temptations” would have been proud!”
– Fritz Rumohr, DC Live Music Examiner

“Absolutely amazing, They blew me away with what’s best described as a horn infused blend of funk and hip hop (…) Watch for these guys to explode”
– Bag of Songs Music Blog

“One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen” & “One of my favorite bands in the world”
– Kevin Kennedy, Philadelphia Music Critic and founder of The Swollen Fox Music Blog

“Well its not everyday you run into a band that you can automatically feel is destined for greatness. Swift Technique does Philly proud with their eclectic vibes and funky tunes that just draws the crowd in. Get your autographs and photo ops now, because in about 3 years, with the direction that these guys are going the only time you’ll see them this close and personal is on TV.”
– Christian Denzel, Sheddin.com

The Roots should watch out. Swift Technique is exactly the type of harvest you’d expect to reap from a purely organic, Philadelphia funk band.
– Quentin Williams, Temple University News
Teddy Midnight
Teddy Midnight
Brooklyn based Teddy Midnight demonstrates a creative combination of progressive rock, drum and bass, jazz and downtempo. This unique blend earned the term Electro-Dance-Funk, a self- described genre based on the style of Teddy Midnight. The band’s live show instinctively gets the party moving and won’t let up any time soon. With members Wiley Griffin, Sean McAuley, Adam Magnan, and Sean Silva, Teddy Midnight is the group you don’t want to miss.

Teddy Midnight’s debut EP was released early 2014 featuring songs that Live for Live Music calls "...cosmic, soothing contemplative pieces that soar through carefully constructed sections, and will have you dancing.”

They’ve shared the stage with fellow local bands, Dopapod, Consider the Source and MUN, as well as festival regulars Kung Fu, Twiddle, The Werks, Brothers Past, Lespecial, and The Indobox.

After playing sold out shows at NYC venues such as Irving Plaza, Brooklyn Bowl, Gramercy Theatre, and Bowery Ballroom, Teddy Midnight performed at various festivals during Summer 2015. New fans were gained during well known festivals such as Catskill Chill, Disc Jam, Spectral Fest, Harvest Fest and the Werk Out Festival this year and continue to generate a loyal following. The band has been hard at work this fall after the announcement of Wiley Griffin as their lead guitarist in August and are currently recording a new full length album at Telefunken Studio.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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