Thu Feb 16 2023

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Moe's Alley

1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95065

$22 advance / $27 day of show

Ages 21+

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Moe's Alley proudly presents Con Brio with special guest Forrest Day!

Doors: 8 pm
Show: 9 pm
$22 in advance / $27 day of show
21+

CON BRIO
The first thing you notice about a Con Brio show is the crowd. Smiling faces aren't buried in their phones, but are rapt to the stage. Before a recent club show, a fan base that spans generations mingles and reconnects after a long pandemic layoff. Friends and acquaintances share stories of past shows and festivals and settle on a common refrain: "We're all lucky to be here."
 
The band comes out fiery, "Like a party punk version of Sly & The Family Stone" (Consequence of Sound). Horns, guitar, keys, bass and drums get the crowd moving and set the stage for vocalist Sarah Clarke's entrance. With a voice that's equal parts Etta James-rich and Janis Joplin-raw, Clarke's vocal ties the musical room together. Nimble and assured, the band weaves through a setlist that mixes rockers, dance jams and soul (power)-ballads. The arrangements are variably tight and expansive, often breaking loose from verse-chorus form to spotlight the virtuosity of the band and its individual players.

FORREST DAY 
Based out of Oakland, Forrest Day is a 5-piece band that's been performing concerts around the country for almost a decade. It's a true rags to riches story, but without any money. New album in the works, shows being booked, this wonka boat is showing no signs of slowing...

 

CON BRIO w/ Forrest Day

  • Con Brio

    Con Brio

    Jazz

    The first thing you notice about a Con Brio show is the crowd. Smiling faces aren't buried in their phones, but are rapt to the stage. Before a recent club show, a fan base that spans generations mingles and reconnects after a long pandemic layoff. Friends and acquaintances share stories of past shows and festivals and settle on a common refrain: "We're all lucky to be here."
     
    The band comes out fiery, "Like a party punk version of Sly & The Family Stone" (Consequence of Sound). Horns, guitar, keys, bass and drums get the crowd moving and set the stage for vocalist Sarah Clarke's entrance. With a voice that's equal parts Etta James-rich and Janis Joplin-raw, Clarke's vocal ties the musical room together. Nimble and assured, the band weaves through a setlist that mixes rockers, dance jams and soul (power)-ballads. The arrangements are variably tight and expansive, often breaking loose from verse-chorus form to spotlight the virtuosity of the band and its individual players.
     
    The band's history traces back to open mics, house parties and street performances in San Francisco and Oakland starting in 2009. The bands long out-of-print debut LP From The Hip and constant live performances built them a local following and reputation as one of the bay's hardest-working and most exciting acts. 2015's self-produced Kiss The Sun EP and 2016's Paradise LP, produced by Mario Caldato Jr (Beastie Boys, Beck, Seu Jorge) saw the band burst onto the international scene, with performances at major festivals around the globe (Fuji Rock, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, North Sea Jazz) and tours with New Orleans funk stalwarts Galactic and up and comers The Revivalists. Popmatters magazine announced Con Brio as "the best new live band in America" and the following years saw the band constantly circling the globe on tour. Squeezing in studio days between festivals, the band released their Explorer LP in 2018 and collaborated on 2 singles with Oakland rapper Lyrics Born in 2019.
     
    In March of 2020, the band was en route to Colorado to start a 12-show tour when the reality of the pandemic hit home and the music industry shut down. Con Brio was at a crossroads: where many groups might implode or fade away, the band seized the moment as an opportunity, bringing on Clarke on vocals and new utility-player AJ McKinley on guitar, keys and backing vocals. And at a time when most studios and rehearsal rooms were sitting empty, Con Brio moved into and renovated a downtrodden Oakland rehearsal space into a modern recording studio where they could start a new era producing and recording their own music.
     
    Hailing from Portland, Clarke and Con Brio had long crossed paths, with her band Dirty Revival cutting similar tour routes through the northwest. As she recalls "I was always really impressed by the band - those dudes know how to put on a show!" Drummer Andrew Laubacher recalls seeing Clarke in 2016 when her band played the afterparty for a Con Brio show: "the first thing I remember was how good her voice was, but then I could also feel this relaxed confidence." Fast forward five years and she's at Con Brio's Oakland studio: "from the first note, it was 'oh, this is the band.' It was obvious."

    Clarke brings maturity and emotional depth to Con Brio's songwriting. "I have been singing ever since I was a child, but the music that was popular when I was growing up focused on singers that doubled as models.that world didn't feel at all accessible to me. Becoming a parent really reframed things for me: I decided to focus on the things I am good at and not worry about the invisible expectations I felt I would meet out in the world." She has quickly become one of the most in-demand singers for pop, rock, soul and jazz in the northwest. After a recent Con Brio club show, Clarke was back on stage across town minutes later with some of the heaviest hitting local players, performing jazz and neo-soul versions of hits from Gnarls Barkley to Ray Charles. A longtime Con Brio fan who made it out to both the club show and the after hours jam was overcome: "it looks like you have a star on your hands"
     
    With "Heart on the Dancefloor", Con Brio's first single of 2022 touches on the importance of self-care in a busy-body world. While the band pumps out an irresistible disco-pop groove, full with throwback strings, Clarke ironically doesn't implore the listener to dance, but rather grants them permission to take their time and step away from it all: "There's always room on the dancefloor I come back when you want to I we got you".
     
    As Clarke explains: "Heart On The Dancefloor feels like the most personal thing I've written. I am so over grind culture. We're conditioned to feel guilty for moving slowly or taking time for ourselves, but we suffer for it when we don't live at whatever pace is most conducive to positive mental and physical health. I was really struck by this as we collectively moved out of the toughest parts of the pandemic: we spent all this time learning how to care for ourselves and almost instantly, it felt like we were barrelling headlong back into the GO GO GO mentality of a busy world. I want to focus on finding the middle ground and honoring ourselves in the process."
     
    While 2022 will see the release of more singles and videos with their new lineup, and of course more touring, what exactly the future holds is wide open. What is obvious is this group is armed with an embarrassment of talent, and all the tools it needs to flourish. "I feel like Con Brio is now going through a thrilling period of reinvention and rediscovery. Still as exciting and immediate as before but with even more potential to take this music outside the boundaries of the known universe." says new member AJ McKinley. Laubacher offers that "it's really important to constantly be reevaluating what you believe to be an absolute truth or a guiding principle, either creatively or how you live your life. The ability to be truly malleable in yourself is something this band has taught me. I didn't enter into this band imagining that it would shape me the way it has."
     
    Back at their Oakland studio, the band ruminates on their future in the studio: "Producing and recording brings about a deeper level on connection and intimacy to the process. We are privileged to be able to experience our music in this way." offers saxophonist Marcus Stephens. Guitarist Benjamin Andrews adds "There is freedom in having our own studio and working at our own pace. it's nice to fucking shred sometimes, too"
  • Forrest Day

    Forrest Day

    Pop

    Based out of Oakland, Forrest Day is a 5 piece band that's been performing concerts around the country for almost a decade. It's a true rags to riches story, but without any money. New album in the works, shows being booked, this wonka boat is showing no signs of slowing...

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CON BRIO w/ Forrest Day

Thu Feb 16 2023 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
CON BRIO w/ Forrest Day

$22 advance / $27 day of show Ages 21+

Moe's Alley proudly presents Con Brio with special guest Forrest Day!

Doors: 8 pm
Show: 9 pm
$22 in advance / $27 day of show
21+

CON BRIO
The first thing you notice about a Con Brio show is the crowd. Smiling faces aren't buried in their phones, but are rapt to the stage. Before a recent club show, a fan base that spans generations mingles and reconnects after a long pandemic layoff. Friends and acquaintances share stories of past shows and festivals and settle on a common refrain: "We're all lucky to be here."
 
The band comes out fiery, "Like a party punk version of Sly & The Family Stone" (Consequence of Sound). Horns, guitar, keys, bass and drums get the crowd moving and set the stage for vocalist Sarah Clarke's entrance. With a voice that's equal parts Etta James-rich and Janis Joplin-raw, Clarke's vocal ties the musical room together. Nimble and assured, the band weaves through a setlist that mixes rockers, dance jams and soul (power)-ballads. The arrangements are variably tight and expansive, often breaking loose from verse-chorus form to spotlight the virtuosity of the band and its individual players.

FORREST DAY 
Based out of Oakland, Forrest Day is a 5-piece band that's been performing concerts around the country for almost a decade. It's a true rags to riches story, but without any money. New album in the works, shows being booked, this wonka boat is showing no signs of slowing...

 

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Ages 21+
limit 10 per person
General Admission
$22.00

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.