HUSHconcerts Celebrates 20th Anniversary w/
Rebirth Brass Band
Fort Knox Five (DJ Set), The Jazz Mafia, DJ Harry Duncan
Fri, March 3, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Bimbo's 365 Club
This event is 21 and over
21& OVER; STANDING ONLY; 2 DRINK MIN; NO CAMERAS/RECORDING
8 ticket limit per customer/account/household/email/address. Orders exceeding the stated ticket limit subject to cancellation. Orders place for the sole purpose of resale are subject to cancellation at the venue/promoter request.http://www.bimbos365club.com/event/1418219/
* Rebirth Brass Band’s album “Rebirth of New Orleans” earned them the title of the first brass band ever to win a Grammy* *”Rebirth of New Orleans” reached #9 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and #1 on the CMJ Jazz Charts.*
* Rebirth has several cameos on the hit HBO series Treme as well as many soundtrack contributions.
Rebirth Brass Band has shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Grateful Dead, The Meters, The P Funk All Stars, Maceo Parker, Dr. John, The Ohio Players, Ani DiFranco
The FORT KNOX FIVE consists of Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, Jon Horvath, and Sid Barcelona. They established Fort Knox Recordings in 2003 to release party-rocking music that crosses tempos and defies genres. Their world renowned 'Fort Knox Sound' has overtaken dance-floors with its distinct interweaving of live instrumentation with funky electronic breakbeats.
FK5's talent for organic hooks has made them highly sought after producer/remixers, and landed them in the prestigious URB Next 100. They have dozens of remixes to their credit, including monster remixes for the legendary Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Marley. Further cementing the FORT KNOX FIVE'S production reputation, Afrika Bambaataa—the godfather of hip-hop—has recruited them numerous times to produce tracks. Their video for the song Shift featuring Afrika Bambaataa & Mustafa Akbar was called "groundbreaking" by Spinner. Their songs have consistently broken the Itunes & Beatport Top 10 Charts in multiple genres, Including reaching #1 positions in Breaks, Reggae, and Chillout on Beatport.
The FORT KNOX FIVE'S music has been featured predominately in numerous high profile films, television shows, ad campaigns, and video games. FK5 music can be found in hit TV shows like Fox's Fringe, and the Oscar Winning Documentary The Cove. They are also no strangers to the world of video game music. There music has been featured in dozens of monster video games like EA Sports NBA Live, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and Need For Speed. Recently they completed a new original Fort Knox Five music composition called 'Stand Up' for the feature film, Stand Up Guys, staring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin.
As DJs, Jon H & Steve 'Raskal' know how to rock parties with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae, and hip-hop to prime time 4/4 beats & breaks. Their unique 4 Turntable DJ sets have proven irresistible to clubgoers worldwide. They have performed on 5 continents, and in over 30 different countries, playing some of the largest festivals and club nights around the globe. The Fort Knox Five have toured and performed alongside major artists like The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, James Brown, Jurassic 5, Z Trip, Diplo, A Trak, Craze, A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Bassnectar, Skrillex, and London Electricity to name a few. Forget about tempos and genres – let the Fort Knox Five take you back to the roots and unite all music from the funk, soul, jazz, dub, hip hop, reggae, and electronic generations.
The FORT KNOX FIVE also tour as a full live band. For their live show, the FORT KNOX FIVE perform as a full-on live band bringing many of the artists featured on various projects to perform songs that will inspire, incite and unite audiences to "Funk 4 Peace!"
The FORT KNOX FIVE will be touring this spring and summer in support of their recent 10 Years of Fort Knox Five compilation. This will lead up to their upcoming album release in Fall of 2014.
A one-man music industry in the Bay Area for 15 years, Theis -- who performs Saturday night at the San Jose Jazz Festival with Subharmonic, his new brass-led groove band -- is a renegade with a traditional work ethic. Founder of the Jazz Mafia consortium -- dozens of players, on call for his various bands -- he is a genre-blurrer, smartly blending jazz essentials with hip-hop, dub, Mexican polkas, whatever, while attracting a new, and young audience.
And he's always busy with a new project: "He has to have ten things going on to be stimulated and happy," says Dublin, a rapper and lyricist who has worked with Theis for 15 years. "We kind of joke that his motto is, 'If it's not extreme, if it's not a 50-piece orchestra,' then he's not interested."
Theis, 38, lives with his girlfriend, violinist Shaina Evoniuk, in a spacious, funky apartment on an alley in San Francisco's Mission District. There's a didgeridoo in the living room, along with a drum set, a tuba, keyboards, electric bass, trombones. Theis, who plays all of them, grabs a couple of
folding chairs and moves outside to a sunny spot in his driveway, where this leader of musical mashups talks about his latest eureka idea: paring back for a change, playing fewer one-nighters, hauling less gear and simplifying the tunes he composes.
OK, so he is organizing a new suite for trombone and strings, and he is curating a new monthly arts-music salon in the Mission (www.TreatSocialClub.com), where his bands collaborate with indie filmmakers and aerial dancers. Still, Theis claims he has a new motto: "Focus on what's do-able. I'm forcing myself to rein it in. I find myself thinking, 'Wait, that could lead to financial ruin. Wait, that could lead to logistical nightmares.'"
This was the thinking behind Subharmonic: Bring five musicians together, not 50. Put them in a room for three weeks, rehearse day and night and work up a new book of tunes: "single-note melodies with limited harmonies, not just bizarrely unusual chords. When you limit yourself, it can be more effective."
Later, he plays some recorded demos by Subharmonic: buttery trombone over New Orleans, reggae and Gypsy jazz grooves; Ellington swing mixed up with hip-hop. They're accessible but not simple,
featuring tons of pad-triggered samples: washes of wah-wah and other electronics; a giant choir of trombones.
Theis is excited by the new sounds: "My students always say to me, 'You're so successful!' Well, if you think about it money-wise, I'm not really so successful. But if you think about how I've always managed to play music that I want to play, that I can just feel proud of, all the time -- then I think I'm super-successful."
He grew up in Sebastopol, in Sonoma County. Mother Yvonne worked in a furniture store; father Richard worked for the phone company. Neither was musical -- they owned about 20 albums, centered on Kenny Rogers -- but Theis "would hear musical stuff in my head, long before I had lessons," he says. "My
imagination was running wild."
In fourth grade, he tried out a neighbor's trombone. Private lessons came later, "and I was just kind of like mediocre. And my mom threatened to sell my horn when I didn't practice, which was all the time."
Two relevant points: His mother owned a horse, cared for it daily and demonstrated that "you have to put in that hard work to sustain something." Also, he started skateboarding, fanatically. He founded a skateboard club and discovered he enjoyed making flyers, publicizing meetings and attracting new members to the group.
"Bringing people together," he says, "I always liked that communal thing."
Theis joined the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra as a trombonist, but was "listening to punk rock and new wave, and hip-hop was starting to happen. And suddenly me and my friends were jamming out, loose-knit, and there was something about it that felt really good, that we could just do our own thing, play what we wanted to play and make up crappy songs."
In high school, he got his "groove thing" together. At Sonoma State, studying with bassist Mel Graves, an open-minded pedagogue, he got his "jazz thing" together -- and began driving to San Francisco, where the acid jazz scene was in full swing. He walked into the Black Cat club in North Beach, a packed underground venue, and discovered "the culmination of all the music I'd heard growing up: funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz."
Theis began sitting in on trombone and electric bass, eventually got a regular gig -- and his musical community started to grow. Out of the Black Cat scene, his bands proliferated: Realistic, crazy with drums and looping; Cannonball, pushing jazz toward world music; Shotgun Wedding Quintet, blending jazz and rap, with Dublin. And during "one of those nights at Black Cat, around 2000, one of those epic jam sessions, 4 a.m." -- that's when DJ Aspect, a regular, coined the phrase "Jazz Mafia" to describe Theis and his community of musical troublemakers.
Now Theis, a nearly middle-aged veteran, has the fattest musician's Rolodex around. "When we put together the hip-hop symphony" -- he's done it twice -- "it was really easy to fill out a 50-person band."
Randall Kline, who runs SFJazz, helped steer Theis toward a $50,000 grant, with which he took his Brass, Bows and Beats hip-hop orchestra on the road in 2010, performing at the Hollywood Bowl and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Theis, Kline explains, "embodies good San Francisco values: searching maverick, focused, creative, risk-taking."
JJ Morgan, a club owner and old friend, who hired Theis early in the acid-jazz days, calls him a "mad scientist composer. Whenever you hear Adam's music, it just sounds like today."
Theis can't seem to do it any other way. What he can do is slow down a hair. "We're bred to be musical mercenaries," he says. "But you can only do so many gigs."
Theis now wants to do more teaching, more producing and arranging.
"These are things you can actually do in your slippers," he says, "have a cup of coffee and actually be awake in the morning." He looks up and smiles, mulling over the thought. "Crazy."
Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a danceable, rich musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music while In The Soul Kitchen and when spinning live.
Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, The Original Meters, Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band, Charlie Hunter Boz Scaggs, Lizz Wright, Cody ChesnuTT, Femi Kuti, Bombino, Madness and The Specials.