KNOWER are hot futuresonic funk-pop. The LA duo represent the best of drummer-producer Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi. Currently touring their fourth album 'Life'  , and opening for The Red Hot Chili Peppers this summer, KNOWER cross dub-step grooves, jazz harmonies and funky vocals into an incredibly imaginative off-world experience. Their all star 5-piece features Thundercat's sideman Dennis Hamm (Keys), Sam Gendel (Sax), Sam Wilkes (Bass), Louis Cole (Drums/Vox) and Genevieve Artadi's iconic hot funk vocal style inspired by the late Prince to Michael Jackson.
An entirely DIY act since formation in 2010, KNOWER's viral videos, discography and live visual experience has become an international phenomena to both the jazz, electronic, and digital culture. Unforgettable songs, "F*** The Make Up Skip The Shower" feature on GTA V's Fly Lo FM, to "THE GOVT. KNOWS" lyric that will stick with you forever. Featured on Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup, they've performed at Stockholm Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Quincy Jones Presents, to Snarky Puppy Family Dinner albums. Known for their live show to take their infectious energy to another level, Quincy Jones best sums up why you can't miss them, "KNOWER WILL BE LEAVIN' YA'LL ON YOUR KNEES, BEGGIN' FOR MORE."
They'll make your back crack, your liver quiver and your knees freeze, and if you ain't movin' you got a hole in your brain and soul...so let's give a big warm welcome for Reverend and your personal Beat-Man - everybody's blues trash preacher and Nicole Izobel - the one and only sister of the bright lighting the darkness Garcia. Both together present you a show that is from he obscure side of live, blues trash, boleros and garage punk all with 185% nuclear power energy.
An Evening with Steve Kilbey (THE CHURCH) and Amanda Kramer (PSYCHEDELIC FURS, INFORMATION SOCIETY) will feature Church and solo songs by Kilbey as well as eclectic interpretations of other songwriters, plus some story telling, as they recount their combined 70 years of touring the world playing to people everywhere.
This performance will be a chance to witness an intimate and unusual evening of two iconic musicians having a lot of fun and doing what they love to do best: entertaining people with great music.
"Brooklyn meets Pacific Northwest in Epic Collaboration,"
Huntertones brings people together around the globe with music that is fun, imaginative and fearless. Their high energy, horn-driven sound fuses improvisation and adventurous composition, melding jazz, funk, rock and soul. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift between a dynamic six-piece ensemble and a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing. Since their 2013 move from Ohio to New York City, Huntertones have released two albums, toured across the US and Europe, and have served as musical ambassadors in South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe through the American Music Abroad Program. Individually, members of Huntertones have collaborated with top artists in the music industry. Trumpeter and sousaphonist Jon Lampley can be seen nightly on "The Late Show with Steven Colbert" as a part of Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Other band credits include work with O.A.R., Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Ricky Martin, Umphrey's McGee, Red Baraat, and more. ArcArtists Profile | EPK | Website | Video (Live w/ Akie Bermiss) | Video (Live at Rockwood) | Video (Snarky/Reynolds Mashup)
Seattle's own The Positive Agenda cooks up "feel-good funk made by and for real human beings." Lead by Talkbox & Keyboard legend Steve Swatkins (Excellent Gentleman, Junto What?!, Allen Stone, Lettuce, Vulfpeck) & guitarist Trevor Larkin (Allen Stone), these instrumentalists & band leaders are masters of creating a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable. Website | Facebook | W/Vulfpeck | Positive Agenda Theme | W/Allen Stone | Talkbox | Trevor Larkin
Swatkins is a joyful prophet of positivity. Together with his band, The Positive Agenda, he plays feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins is part of the new generation of performers making raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks. This multi-instrumentalist is a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Think of the funky robot voice from "California Love" or the hair-raising harmony intro to "24 Karat Magic." Now picture a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable, and you've got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.
Swatkins has long been a fixture on the touring scene in his capacity as a sideman and guest artist. As a fulltime member of Excellent Gentlemen and Juno What?! he's spread his irresistible signature style on stages across the US and Canada. Since joining Allen Stone's band in 2013, he's been around the world several times, becoming an indispensable part of the live show and co-writing several of Allen's songs, including the lead single "Upside" from Stone's latest album, Radius. Most recently, he's guest-starred with Brooklyn's Turkuaz at their debut Red Rocks performance, sat in with Vulfpeck at their biggest NYC show to date in Central Park, and has toured subbing on keyboards with modern funk legends Lettuce. Now with Steve's new original project, The Positive Agenda, his dedicated fans can see the Swatkins they know and love in a brand new setting, bringing high-energy performances to dancefloors everywhere.
Sam Riggs was flying a single-engine plane from Austin, Texas, to San Angelo in the spring of 2017 when he heard the oddest sound: Nothing. Catastrophic engine failure. He'd lost all power, and had about 6,500 feet to figure out how to escape a potentially fatal problem.
"There was," he admits, "a moment of panic, a moment that felt very surreal."
But Riggs pulled it together. With the help of air traffic control, he found an abandoned airstrip on a Lone Star cattle ranch and touched down without a scratch. One of his most perilous moments ended up becoming one of his smoothest landings as a pilot.
It's something of a metaphor for Riggs' life. He's a wild live performer, an inveterate risk-taker and an enthusiastic adventurer. As a self-sustaining, independent singer/songwriter, he's taken a leap of faith on more than one occasion, always willing to back up his plunges with a voracious amount of work. So he shrugs it off a bit when he thinks about how close he came to the edge in his aviation exercise.
"That's just how my life has always gone," Riggs says with a laugh. "I've sort of become used to it."
The sense of daring is a key element in Riggs' brand of country, a rock-infused sound with a chip on its sonic shoulder from a guy who counts Garth Brooks, Foo Fighters, George Jones and Blink-182 among his influences. Between the swampy, thumping hard-rock crunch of "Angola's Lament," the mysterious darkness of "Long Shot" and the feverish snarl of "High On A Country Song," all of those raucous, rebellious elements find their place inside the boundary-pushing attitude on the two albums and two EPs Riggs has created on his own dime since 2010.
The music has become an essential piece of the red-dirt scene in Texas, though it's earning a distinct spot in the national consciousness as well. Riggs' last album - the 2016 release Breathless, distributed by indie Thirty Tigers - debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.
Others would view it as a major accomplishment to land in the same turf occupied by established acts backed by classically-branded companies, such as RCA Records, MCA, Warner Bros. or Columbia. But for Riggs, it's just another plateau on the way to something bigger, even if he's not sure what that something is.
"Life is full of mountains," Riggs maintains, embracing the challenge. "I have to have something to climb. As soon as I climb one mountain peak, I'm looking for the next one, and that's sort of what music has been for me all along."
Mike D started the band back in 1999 ish. Then in 2000 or so, recorded an album with Jon, Flap, and a few tracks included Dave on the mouth harp. Mole joined shortly after, and we tricked Dave into playing with us full time. Then toured a bunch, and recorded a couple more records in a basement. We had a fourth record almost done, but broke up before it was released. Three years went by. I think we needed some time apart. Not totally sure, but I think Two Cow Garage gave Suburban Home and Nine Bullets the demos of our unfinished fourth album. We met up for a beer at Yorgos (I repeat, Yorgos,) and discussed the idea of finishing the album, and playing some shows. That first practice was crazy. It was like we had never stopped. Everything just worked like it was supposed to. We're not 100% sure what the future holds, but we're all really looking forward to playing together again. Update: Well shit! it's 2013, and Mike's been bringing lots of great song ideas, and we're hitting the studio. (Or, you know, drinking in the basement, sitting around a computer and SM57.) A Kickstarter in February should help us get the funds to finish this new album. Stay tuned, and stay sexy.
General admission: $20 adv/$25 day of show
Pack of 4 tickets: $60 (limited number available)
VIP Package: includes admittance to the show, Meet & Greet with Sunny & Ward, VIP koozies and laminated lanyards.
"Ever wonder what a traditional lounge singer would sound like backed up by a punk band? The Smoking Popes take that concept one step further: They've created a unique kind of music that some listeners are describing as 'hyperkinetic tear-jerkers'." Los Angeles Times
Bursting onto the Chicago punk scene in 1991, Smoking Popes built a relationship with their legion of fans by melding raw songs about bittersweet heartache with soaring melodies, power chords and infectious energy. From their early indie releases to their critically acclaimed major label albums, Smoking Popes developed a unique blend of buzzsaw guitars, caffeinated rhythms and heartfelt crooning vocals, combining the angst of punk with the smooth sophistication of Frank Sinatra, creating music both urgent and timeless, and influencing a generation of musicians in their wake.
These days, the Popes are tighter and more inspired than ever, having reunited with drummer Mike Felumlee, from the band's seminal recordings of the '90s, to record their first new material with their original lineup since 1998, a powerful two-song single - "Simmer Down" and "Someday I'll Smile Again" - now available on Asian Man Records. Lead singer Josh Caterer describes the reunion, "We've been fortunate to have some really great drummers over the years, they've all brought something unique to the band, but as soon as we started playing with Mike again, we felt like 'This is how it's supposed to be!' Mike is the one who helped create our sound in the first place. Having him back in the band brings a lot of energy and excitement to what we're doing."
And that's not their only reason to celebrate. 2017 marks the 20 th anniversary of Destination Failure, the Popes' pop-punk masterpiece, originally released on Capitol Records in 1997. To commemorate this milestone, they're partnering with Side One Dummy Records to create a special 20th anniversary deluxe vinyl edition of the album, with select festival dates to support it. Caterer remarked, "It's sort of hard to believe that Destination Failure is twenty years old! Listening back to the album, it doesn't feel dated to me. I think there's an immediacy to the music that still comes through. A lot of that has to do with Jerry Finn. He was such a brilliant producer. We were very lucky to work with him."
The band is also hard at work writing and arranging new material for a full-length album to be released in early 2018. Look for some of those new songs to pop up in their live sets on the road this year. If their recent single is any indication, Smoking Popes are far from done making waves.
"Why are the Smoking Popes important? Because they've written your favorite song, whether you know it or not." - Kyle Kinane, Comedian & Popes Fan
One would have to be in a pretty foul mood not to be entertained by the mysterious awesomeness of Bob Log III. Sure, his musical skills are something to behold, his one-man-band brand of blues/Americana displaying dexterity, creativity, and plenty of good old rock â€˜n’ roll, but then there’s his wacky persona. At Monday’s packed Union Hall gig, Mr. Log leapt from behind the curtain that functions as the stage door in his signature getup: a full suit with bits of gold teasing at the bottom, and a dark-glassed racing helmet with a phone receiver wired as a mic. After a quick intro jam he shed the formality to reveal his shimmering gold full body suit, the very rocket man the audience had been waiting for, and burst into “Goddam Sounds Good” off the recently released My Shit Is Perfect.