Sophistafunk w/ Kool’s Bazaar at The Mousetrap Friday 2/17
Sophistafunk- Syracuse, NY
… “MC Jack Brown, keyboardist extraordinaire Adam Gold, and natural born drummer Emanuel Washington know their history – blending 1960s fusion with 70s funk and 80s hip-hop into something that is irrefutably cool without the need for words like retro or nostalgia. On top of their instrumental duties, which are the lifeblood of this group, Gold and Washington also provide backing vocals, creating a dialogue between themselves and Brown that settles nicely over their tasty grooves. And, when coupled with the stage presence of all three members, Sophistafunk becomes a true performance band. ”— John Mabery, Knocks From The Underground
“Sophistafunk blended hip-hop, funk and rock flawlessly to create a sound very much their own. At times channeling Rage Against The Machine—even a reworking of their hit single “Renegades of Funk,” other times, sounding more like a soul-filled jazz band, the originally unreceptive crowd quickly warmed to the band, dancing and shouting back lyrics as if they’d been seeing the band for years.”— TJ Olsen, Beyond Race
“This band was unlike anything I’ve heard, in a really good way. They were funky, in a subtle manner, but the band’s thesis was all about dense electro sounds perfectly blended with hip-hop. The man behind the synthesizers [ADAM GOLD] was dialing in all sorts of rich textured sounds on his analog synthesizer, while the emcee [JACK BROWN] was rapping with a deft vocabulary and the drummer [EMANUEL WASHINGTON] was holding down those sly, snare-clapping hip-hop rhythms. The entire set was filled with high energy and the dancefloor was being torn up by everyone.”—ChicagoJamScene.com
Kool’s Bazaar (Kb) is the brainchild of young musical visionary, Richard Trotman and was formed in June of ’09. Kb is an extension of the jazz/fusion semi-cover band, Acoustic Red and was created out of a need for Trotman to exercise his musical freedom and break away from the constraints and limitations of solely instrumental music. As a creative artistic collective, Kb plays original, stylized f…usion music with influences from jazz, blues, neo-soul, hip hop, trip hop, electronica, & acid jazz.
Kb is a band that expresses and encompasses the theoretical, emotional, and aesthetic qualities of music, while staying true to its form. The band consists of 5 multi-instrumentalists and one vocalist. Rich Trotman (pianist, composer, & musical director), Nazeeha Khalid (vocalist & poet), Joe Elliott (percussionist & trumpeter) Jesse Thompson (Bassist), Adam Thompson (saxophonist). Kb hopes to transform the Indianapolis and Midwestern music scene into one that embodies the true essence of live music, as well as, one that promotes musical freedom.
Upcoming Mousetrap Shows:
FRI, OCT 8TH………….THE WERKS W/ CATCH CURTIS & EMBRYONIC FLUID
SAT, OCT 9TH………….GROOVATRON
FRI, OCT 15TH…………OLD UNION
SAT, OCT 16TH…………LADYMOON
FRI, OCT 22ND…………FRESH HOPS
SAT, OCT 23RD…………COSMIC RAILROAD
FRI, OCT 29TH…………FRONT PORCH SWINGERS
SAT, OCT 30TH…………TWIN CATS vs. PSYNAPSE, 5th annaul Twin Cats Halloween!
FRI, NOV 5TH………….ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS (UV HIPPO)
SAT, NOV 6TH………….THE MAX ALLEN BAND
FRI, NOV 12TH…………HYRYDER
SAT, NOV 13TH…………GROOVATRON
FRI, NOV 19TH…………THE FLEA MARKET HUSTLERS AND CUMBERLAND JUNCTION
SAT, NOV 20TH…………SHADYSIDE ALLSTARS AND THE LAST STRAW
WED, NOV 24TH…………LADYMOON
FRI, NOV 26TH…………MIDWEST HYPE
SAT, NOV 27TH…………FREEKBASS
FRI, DEC 3RD………….RUMPKE MOUNTAIN BOYS
SAT, DEC 4TH………….THE TWIN CATS
MORE TO COME SOON!!
FUTURE ROCK w/ ARCHNEMESIS!! at The Mousetrap, SAT. 10/2
The Official Knollfest After-Party!!
$7 at door or free with Knollfest VIP wristband
Future Rock is electronic sensory overload. The trio has steadily been touring the US, electrifying audiences and developing a dedicated following during their journey. Their legendary late night performances at festivals and after-parties have quickly confirmed their status at the top of the live electronic scene. Coupled with an explosive light show, FR certifies an unparalleled multi-sense experience. The Chicago-based trio exhibits an uncommon grasp of minimalist, yet visceral, rock. Skillfully manipulating live loops, synthesizers, filters and an electronic drum kit, the trio succeeds in creating a larger-than-life sound that sends crowds into frenzies.
Mickey Kellerman and Felix Moreno utilize a myriad of synthesizers, electronics, and instruments to compose and arrange their instrumental music. The audience can rarely identify the origin of each sound. “I love that look of confusion… when the audience sees me play my bass and they have no idea what’s coming out,” says Moreno. Drummer Darren Heitz finishes FR’s sound by blending acoustic and electronic drum timbres with live sampling/looping run through his synthesizers.
Kellerman explains, “We manage to pull off our live show while keeping pre-recorded samples to a minimum. Ninety-nine percent of our live show is live.” This concept is at the core of Future Rock: technology has progressed so that real-time sampling and electronic synthesis can now occur on-stage. “Its really important to not get to geeky with our music. People want to hear songs with melodies or grooves they can dance to. Its a question of utilizing the new technology with the old song structure so that kids can rock out the same way, but to new sounds,” Heitz adds.
Formed as the musical brainchild of Curt Heiny and Justin Aubuchon (Telepath, MO Theory), Archnemesis creates its distinctive sound by combining original music with samples ranging from early 20’s blues and jazz to modern hip-hop and soul. With their first EP due out in the fall of 2010 and their debut full-length album slated for release at the beginning of 2011, Archnemesis continues to turn heads at festivals and club shows while elevating the standard for modern electronic music.
HYRYDER plays Dead/Phish/more at MOUSETRAP, Friday, 10/1
Hyrder was formed in the summer of 2008, consisting of Charlie Morgan (lead guitar and vocals), Chad Gavigan (bass and vocals), Eric Thompson (rhythm guitar and vocals), and Nick Neuriter (drums and vocals). Their stylings of “jam” rock are turning heads everywhere they go, from their unique acoustic/electric sounds, to the high intensity spaced out jam’s that ensue. Their influences are deeply rooted in the Grateful Dead, Phish, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Allman Brothers, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, as well as more progressive bands, old and new. With the “Neil Peart” like rhythms driving the sound you won’t be able to sit for long. They’ll be singing and swaying and music playin’ when these boys hit the town. Don’t miss Indianapolis’ premiere up and coming jam band