Afroskull, Lady Moon & The Eclipse, Yellowcake

Wed Jun 25 2014

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Fontana's

105 Eldridge St New York, NY 10002

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CEG and Nolafunk Presents
Afroskull with Lady Moon & The Eclipse & Yellowcake

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  • Afroskull

    Afroskull

    Funk

    Afroskull is greasy persuasion and bad gris-gris. A New York City funk/rock collective by way of New Orleans, the ‘Skull is a sonic gumbo that is one part Funkadelic and one part Black Sabbath with generous helpings of Zappaesque runs and jazzoid horns. The interplay of their heady musicianship, simmering hyper kinetics and fat bottomed grooves helps to keep les bon temps rouler all night long.

    Born of saintly happenstance and house party jam sessions in The Big Easy, Afroskull has been intent on setting about the musical canvas with broad strokes and a menacing palette for more then a decade. Indulging in that sweet cross pollination, that sticky entwine of musical genres, they have created a hybrid sound they can call their very own. Taking their name from the perceived halo, that well worn LP fade, which framed the shrouded skull on the back cover of “Steppenwolf Live” the band, in one word, conceived a moniker that spoke to the churning dirty boogies they were cranking out on a regular basis.

    Those early aural endeavors, successful musical showcases set in time to keg stands, and their growing reputation in and around NOLA led the band; Joe Scatasa (guitar), Bill Richards (bass), Matt Barone (keyboards), Jason Isaac (drums) and a cadre of horn players, into the studio to cut their first album. Monster for the Masses, released in 2000, was received to critical praise. Although commercial success proved more elusive, the band’s stature, backed by their solid studio effort and high-powered shows, continued to grow even as they dealt with a multitude of changes.

    Following band member departures, a brief hiatus, and a move back home to New York, Joe and Jason reconstituted Afroskull. With The Big Apple their backdrop and joined by Matt Iselin (keyboards), Dan Asher (bass) and Seth Moutal (percussion) the band was born anew, but with that same genre eschewing bend. Their live shows, a laboratory for their shifting provocative sound, were further enhanced by the solidification of the “Horns of Doom”.

    Jeff Pierce (trumpet), Justin Flynn (alto sax) and Rafi Malkiel (trombone) emerged from a rotating cast of horn players equipped with an individual swagger but firmly committed to the group dynamic. Tempted by their small yet loyal following and convinced by Joe’s intricate spiraling compositions Afroskull once again made for the studio.

    The result, To Obscurity and Beyond, their first album in nine years, is a tempestuous marriage of rock, funk and jazz. Dripping with ecstatic elaborate arrangements, Joe Scatassa’s production and original compositions are hell bent on keeping you shaking your ass and banging your head. Joined by Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax, bass clarinet), of Mingus Big Band and Frank Zappa fame, the lush brass orchestrations compliment and combat the underlying full throttle gonzo spunk. Punctuated by two spitfire vocal tracks, the mostly instrumental offering stampedes, but never tramples. To Obscurity and Beyond further separates Afroskull from the majority of their peers as it marks the return of their uniquely fierce and unrelenting voice to the scene.

    To Obscurity and Beyond was released on November 7th, 2009. Get it now at Afroskull.com.



    "This is the music that Shaft listens to while he's kicking some ass." - CD Baby reviewer

    "It's a high-powered groove generator, throbbing with jazzoid horns, all-around intense musicianship, pedal to the heavy metal tendencies (with Black Sabbath in the collective woodshed!?), and Zappa-esque compositional conceptualizing. Fused under extreme heat and pressure with a creative abandon and a gonzo attitude, Afroskull's music demands spirit-possessed body movements and has "Holy Shit!" moments of revelation aplenty."
    - Dan Phillips, Home of the Groove blog

    "With roots in both the Big Apple and the Big Easy, it’s no wonder that when the guys in Afroskull get together something special happens. They’ve managed to combine hardcore rock n’ roll (claiming Frank Zappa and Black Sabbath as influences) with a huge helping of good ole’ fashion New Orleans funk, reminiscent of The Meters and even Maceo Parker, giving them a sound all their own…"New Orleans/NYC Superfunk,” as they’ve so aptly titled themselves."
    - Billboard's Mobile Beat blog

    “This is hard-core hard-bop with a thick, walloping sound that would certainly get you evicted if you cranked this stuff up higher than a 5 or 6 on your volume dial. Afroskull churns out intense funk-sludge that takes no prisoners.”
    - Where Y’At Magazine, New Orleans

  • Lady Moon & The Eclipse

    Lady Moon & The Eclipse

    Funk

    Lady Moon and the Eclipse is an ensemble that creates a unique synergy between voice and instrument. Lady Moon's soulful and lyrical sound reaches back to the voices of her ancestors. The Eclipse carry these voices into the rhythm and movement of the present, calling the timeless Detroit lineup of bass, drums, and keys and responding with nuanced, in-the-moment vocal harmonies.

  • Yellowcake

    Yellowcake

    Funk

    Diversity is the key ingredient to the Yellowcake sound. With music that transcends culture, style and language, this NYC band is putting a global pulse on the city's music scene. Yellowcake officially formed in 2009 and today is a group of individuals who share a passion for creating original music that draws on their different backgrounds and musical influences. From the cross-genre melding of Latin rhythms with funk grooves to the group's unique combination of musicians, you never know what you might see, hear, or feel at a Yellowcake show. Come vibe.  

CEG and Nolafunk Presents

Afroskull with Lady Moon & The Eclipse & Yellowcake

Wed Jun 25 2014 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Fontana's New York NY
Afroskull, Lady Moon & The Eclipse, Yellowcake
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