Art of Ill Fusion

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Art of Ill Fusion

2016: This will be Art of ILL Fusion’s 13th year on the road and in the studio for the band from Central Illinois that plays almost every genre you love, primarily, reggae, funk, and psychedelic rock !! They are slated to release another new album that they will finish recording later this year. It will be comprised of almost all new material, and new songs which only 3 out of 12 of them, have even been performed live as of yet. This will be the first album that they have been writing together as a band before they take them on the stage. They have been constantly evolving their songwriting as well as their sound and this album will prove again the extreme diversity and will display their crossover appeal. They toured heavily in 2015 promoting their February 2015 album release “The Same” which saw them play shows from Brooklyn, New York all the way to San Francisco, California and everywhere in between, including headlining several festivals in the Midwest and in the South, including SxSW in Austin, Texas last March. Their live show has developed in to a high energy affair that has seen the band really catch their stride in the improv game and getting in tune with each other.

2015, is their 12th year, on the road, in the studio, in the band and they are not slowing down. Their new album “The Same” was released on February 5th on iTunes and several other digital media markets, It is the first album on their new label Transcendent Records. They were signed in 2013 to this new up and coming midwest independent label. The tracks were recorded at I.V. Labs Studios in Chicago, but also, they have refocused on writing new material for a new album and for their live show, they have added a good amount of bust out covers in the last few months of shows. The famed studio in Chicago is known for it’s work with Lupe Fiasco, Fall Out Boy, Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain, Old Shoe, and Chicago Farmer to name a few. AIF also just finished hosting their own festival called “The Art Fair”. It was the 5th year for the festival. In past years they have had a host of acts from all over the country including them playing a Frank Zappa set in 2012 with Ray White and Ike Willis who both played with Frank himself and sit ins from Regi Wooten, Joe Day (Old Shoe) and Stephen Cook (Fresh Hops). They also have steadily continued playing the festival circuit including: Summercamp, Shoefest, Whippersnapp Festival, Festy Fest, Jammin on the Wolf, Grateful Friends Fest, Grateful Garcia Gathering, Camp Kind, and countless other events around the country. They have toured Colorado a few times, as well as stops in New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Virginia. Their music can be described as a bit of a throwback consisting with equal parts Funk, Reggae, Rock, and psychedelic improv jams. They have also covered whole sets from artists for Halloween including, Grateful Dead, JGB, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Cliff, and in 2012, Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” album showing why they are considered one of the most versatile bands in the region. WINTER TOUR was FEBRUARY – MARCH 2015 and included shows with JGB, Consider the Source, and Naive Melodies (Talking Heads Tribute Nor Cal ) and a host of special guests including Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine ). This last run they went to California, Oregon, Nevada, and Austin, Texas for the first time as well as several states they have been before.

The second leg of this “Same” tour had them playing 17 shows in 15 states and 15 cities in 23 days while traveling 6,125 Miles on the road!! Dee and Nick have recently started playing in a project featuring Steve Molitz from Particle on Keys and Jesus Coomes from Lettuce on Bass. Dee is also getting ready to do a run of shows with Jesus and the horn section from Lettuce as well as Joey Porter from the Motet on Keys. The Art of ILL Fusion crew will also be playing another Frank Zappa Tribute show this fall with Ray White and Ike Willis from Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

2009 Austin City Limits Festival Finalist –
Best New Reggae Band of 2006 RC entertainer –
2008 Medical MJ awards finalist –

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Consider the Source

Consider the Source

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NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.

Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Burning Man, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Mid-Summer Meltdown, Rootwire, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band’s newest album, “F**k It! We’ll Do It Live” is available from considerthesourcemusic.bandcamp.com.

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Brainchild w/ Genome – Friday, March 13th

Brainchild w/ Genome - Friday, March 13th

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Brainchild is a band that combines the feeling of jazz & soul with the intensity of shredding guitar solos. Their growing list of original songs combined with a diverse selection of covers are a perfect blend of many styles of music. The best way to describe the sound is Brainchild. They are an up and coming band that's out to melt your face. Recently they have been traveling the mid-west rocking out with bands like Sublime, Marshall Tucker Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers, 56 Hope Rd., Family Groove Co. and Groovatron. Playing regularly in Chicago and Indianapolis. A recent highlight was having special guest Jake Cininnger from Umphrey's McGee sit in after a show in Peoria. Brainchild attended their 10th straight Summer Camp Music Festival this year and it was the best one yet!

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Genome is a unique blend of organic funk and psychedelic jams with jazz, world, and electronic music. These Chicago based musicians utilize an array of many instruments, both acoustic and electronic, to create an ecstatic dance party that transcends time, space, and earthly boundaries.

Genome is a group of musicians that came together in the winter of 2010. The idea was to put together a diverse group of musicians, each bringing a unique perspective and style, to create a rich tapestry of sound and color. Blending elements of jazz and improvised rock together with the tightly knit layers of funk and the dance floor sensibilities of the DJ/Rave culture, the mix proved explosive and intoxicating, all while floating atop an eclectic array of worldbeat grooves.

The band deftly combines organic improvisation and audience interaction with mind bending electronic sound manipulation, adding an entirely new dimension to the labyrinth of melody, harmony and rhythm. The music of Genome acts as a gateway to a new freedom of mind and spirit through the ritual of music, dance, and Dionysian celebration. Genome is not about the members of the band alone, but rather, the love and community of its supporters and friends combined with the knowledge that we are all connected through the power of music. The band makes the music, the people dance to the music, and everyone gets lifted together!

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Brainchild is a band that combines the feeling of jazz & soul with the intensity of shredding guitar solos. Their growing list of original songs combined with a diverse selection of covers are a perfect blend of many styles of music. The best way to describe the sound is Brainchild. They are an up and coming band that’s out to melt your face. Recently they have been traveling the mid-west rocking out with bands like Sublime, Marshall Tucker Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers, 56 Hope Rd., Family Groove Co. and Groovatron. Playing regularly in Chicago and Indianapolis. A recent highlight was having special guest Jake Cininnger from Umphrey’s McGee sit in after a show in Peoria. Brainchild attended their 10th straight Summer Camp Music Festival this year and it was the best one yet!

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The Family Jam

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The Family Jam is a Wed. night tradition in Broad Ripple. The greatest musicians from the top bands get together every week for epic improvisational jams. Brought to you by The MouseTrap and the great musicians that host it. Every Wednesday you can see the house band open the night. The house band includes:

Adam Catron – The Twin Cats
Max Allen – Max Allen Band
Larry Gill – SlideCat Royale
Mikial Robertson – Slap Tappin Jam Loopin

We start every Wednesday at 9pm. Come on down to the MuoseTrap for excellent music, great company, wonderful food, and libations.

We look forward to seeing you…Come celebrate hump day with us!!

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The McLovins

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McLovins specialize in the creation of dynamic and improvised sound, influenced by the members’ disparate and eclectic music influences. The band consists of Jason Ott, Jake Huffman, Justin Berger and Atticus Kelly.

These early twenty-year-olds embrace simultaneous and intricate improvisation with a more versatile front line in which all members are singing in four-part harmony, writing lyrics and music, as well as expounding on one another’s musical ideas. Set list segues and fiery improvisations are a staple of the band’s performances, keeping their audience always guessing what’s coming next and wanting more.

In the short time McLovins have been performing together, they have been invited to appear at an impressive number of well-established, as well as many new music festivals, and some of the most well respected venues in the North East. These guys are constantly writing and playing music, to continue to build on their own foundation, towards a long career of original rock music to their growing fan base.

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