The Greyboy Allstars

The Greyboy Allstars

Super Yamba Band

Friday, April 21st, 2017

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

$20.00

This event is 21 and over

The Greyboy Allstars
The Greyboy Allstars
When the Greyboy Allstars first formed, two decades ago next year, they were nothing short of groundbreaking. They have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format. Meanwhile, they have outlasted most of their contemporaries, because they have continued to enjoy working together and have honed the essence of their collaboration – also refining their chops while busy with their highly successful individual musical endeavors – without ever chasing trends. Throughout, they have continued to operate completely independently, slightly under the radar, with no major label support or radio airplay, while attracting thousands to legendary shows in cities across the country.
On Inland Emperor, the Greyboy Allstars’ fourth studio album to date, one hears the benefits that accrue when a group of exceptional players with a wide variety of tastes and musical experiences continue to collaborate for 20 years. The cornerstones of The Greyboy Allstars sound remain the same: funk, soul and jazz; or, looked at another way, rhythm and spontaneity. Without attempting to recreate them, the band has drawn upon elements of many genres: old soundtracks, psychedelic garage rock, ‘80s dance music, ‘70s FM soft rock and Tropicalia, to name a few. As a result, Inland Emperor has the vibe of a mixtape whose tracks are united by an emphasis upon rhythm.
The Greyboy Allstars came together in 1994, when the individual members were asked to perform at a record release party for the landmark acid jazz and club staple “Freestylin,” by San Diego’s DJ Greyboy, who was famous for spinning `70s soul and funk. The guys so enjoyed playing together that they decided to continue on as a band. Right out of the box, The Greyboy Allstars starting playing weekly at San Diego’s now defunct Green Circle, weekends at San Francisco’s Elbo Room and various clubs throughout Europe. By playing danceable boogaloo music within the soul jazz genre, they became a national and international phenomenon. The lineup of the band remains nearly the same as it did on their breakthrough, West Coast Boogaloo: Denson on horns and vocals, Robert Walter on keyboards, Elgin Park (aka Michael Andrews) on guitars and vocals, and Chris Stillwell on bass. Original drummer Zak Najor has passed the baton on to Aaron Redfield, an old friend of the band and frequent collaborator. While DJ Greyboy is no longer a member of the band, he remains a central figure in their artistic output, having introduced the band to many of the records that inspire their sound, produced their first album and appeared on 2007’s What Happened to Television?
At this point, the band’s members are as well known for their non-Allstars projects as for their work with the band. The individual members have gone to score film and television shows, work with platinum artists and bands both on the road and in the studio, and head their own highly regarded solo projects.
Even for these now well-seasoned musicians, the catalytic force that takes hold when they collaborate with each other seems to pleasantly surprise them. For Inland Emperor, they worked out the arrangements during the recording, which took place live over just a few sessions at Elgin Park’s studio in Glendale, CA. Denson says of this accelerated pace of creation, “We do in one week would take me two months to do in any other situation.” Amazingly, the 12 tracks comprising the album, mostly written by groupings of the band’s members, are seamless performances, and sound as if they’d been rehearsed and road-tested for months.
Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Peaches, Eels, Flight of the Conchords) mixed the tracks, expertly capturing the energy and collaborative joy inherent in the recording.
Inland Emperor follows the critically acclaimed What Happened to Television?, which prompted The Los Angeles Times to write, “The [music of] this talented collective feels so cozy and organic you never want to leave its inviting groove.”
This spring and summer, audiences across the country will have opportunities to experience the Greyboy Allstars’ music in its ideal format: live. Given the likelihood that the chance won’t come again soon, these are shows not to miss.
Super Yamba Band
Super Yamba Band
Brooklyn's Super Yamba Band comprises a unique blend of inspiration born of 70s/80s West-African Afrobeat and Psychedelic Funk, with a live energy that moves everyone in the room to dance.

The band formed in 2014 on the foundation of proficient musicians finding a common inspiration amongst their love for African music, especially through rare and sometimes out of print recordings. On the road, the band has honed their craft alongside show mates such as Reptar, Yeasayer, The Afromotive, Between The Buried And Me and Trioscapes. Collaborating over a few years with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Mamadou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck, was a defining moment in the development of Super Yamba's sound and the musician's understanding of the African music tradition.

Look no further than Super Yamba Band's 2016 single, N'diarabi (feat. Ismael Kouyate), for a refreshing taste of what this imaginative group brings to the New York City music scene. The single highlights the band's progressive take on psychedelic Afro-Funk and boasts their ability to collaborate with heavy hitting performers on the African music scene. "N'diarabi" features the vocal wizardry of Ismael Kouyate, an acclaimed griot singer/dancer from Guinea, West Africa best known for his work on Beyonce's single "Grown Woman," in addition to the critically acclaimed musical Fela! On Broadway. "Opening with an unmistakable sabar groove, the track rapidly evolves into a burning Afro-stomper, with funked-out falsetto guitar licks and delirious organ riffs sitting firmly alongside Ismael Kouyate’s evocative guest vocals. Periodic horn bursts and an incessant bass groove complete the mix, making for a thoroughly fresh—and danceable—record that is sure to sound even better live." -Afropop Worldwide.
Towards the end of 2016, Super Yamba Band began collaborating with another phenomenal singer Daouda Diane from Mali, West Africa. Diane has since become a part of the bands live show adding an even higher level of energy to what was already a polished performance. The band is heading back into the studio this March to record their first full length LP that will feature Diane's vocals.

Super Yamba Band's second single 'Control Per Capita (C.P.C.)' came out in January of 2017 under the Brooklyn label 3rd Generation Recordings. The song was recorded in 2015 but the band felt like the timing was suddenly right to put out their most politically charged anthem. The song was originally written to pay homage to Fela Kuti’s 1977 tune “Johnny Just Drop.” Like many of Kuti’s protest songs, “Control Per Capita” is a cry against the “control of every head,” says writer and trumpet player Sean Smith. Described by Funkish as an "exhilarating, funky instrumental song," C.P.C. calls out the injustices of controlling unknowing populations, often through the use of propaganda and fear tactics on the 24-hour news cycles, according to Smith. Though the song was originally written in 2014 and recorded in 2015, “the theme rings particularly true in America right now,” says bandleader and drummer, Daniel Yount, “especially as the methods of control are becoming more literal with walls and bans.”
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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