Russ Liquid

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Russ Liquid

Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. Their debut EP 1984 featured an eclectic array of guest collaborators such as Mr. Lif and Ivan Neville—successfully creating an auditory canvas to forge The Russ Liquid Test’s irresistibly soulful future-vintage stylings.

A kinetic energy infuses each track on 1984. Giving way to a mixture of funk/jazz/electro, The Russ Liquid Test evokes a kaleidoscope of textures, senses, and moods. Featuring Ivan Neville on keyboards and the Funky Meters’ Russell Batiste Jr. on drums, the effervescent and synth-heavy title track “speaks about the current state of America from the perspective of an outsider,” as described by Scott. Lead single “Honesty,” meanwhile, finds The Russ Liquid Test slipping into a woozy psychedelia, offset by a brilliantly structured dichotomy introduced in its second-line-inspired groove.

At the heart of The Russ Liquid Test is an improv-driven musicality that began with Scott’s taking up classical piano. After spending several years playing in a jazz quintet on cruise ships and touring with psychedelic ska band Uprite Dub Orchestra, his one-of-a-kind artistry was unveiled in the genre-busting musical performance group MarchFourth Marching Band. Capable of playing the trumpet and saxophone, Scott quickly began experimenting with electronic music, eventually adopting the moniker of Russ Liquid. As his full-length debut, 2013’s Foreign Frequency showcased a forward-thinking mentality and fearless vision, anchored by an incomparable knowledge of music as a whole. “I wanted new colors to paint with,” says Scott of his foray into electronic music. “I kind of look at the electronic world as this whole other color palette, compared to the traditional sounds we’ve been working with for the past however many years.”

While on tour with Gramatik in 2014, Scott crossed paths with Block and discovered the duo’s shared musical tastes and philosophies. A South Florida native, Block grew playing guitar in his local Pentecostal church. “I wasn’t religious, I just wanted to play at that church because the music there was amazing,” says Block. He later relocated to New Orleans, pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time musician. The guitarist’s legendary endeavors reached fellow purveyors of soul/funk/R&B, ranging from Pretty Lights to New Orleans icon Dr. John. Capable of collaborating and working as a solo artist without missing a beat, Block released his 2014 debut You Can Only Go Up From Here on Gramatik’s independent label Lowtemp.

In the making of 1984, The Russ Liquid Test compounded their potent chemistry by bringing in a lineup of equally impassioned musicians. “Coming from a background of playing in bands and then getting into electronic music, I’d really missed having that interaction with other musicians,” says Scott. “The most rewarding thing for me is being able to bounce ideas off other people, so that the music ends up having more than just one person’s vibe to it. Ultimately it lets you give the audience even more to connect with.”

The studio workhorses have already begun working on a sophomore EP. The Russ Liquid Test also presents a joyful sense of synergy in their high-powered live shows, with recent appearances including Shambhala Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Summer Camp, and Sonic Bloom, among others. No matter the setting, a clear multidimensionality can always be heard in The Russ Liquid Test’s projects. “We want to make people feel good but also give them something to reflect with,” says Scott. “It’s not about just making party music or music that’s more introspective—it’s for the full gamut of human expression, and we want it to be just as dynamic as life itself.”

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Subterranean

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Subterranean

Subterranean is a jam rock quartet forged from the gritty streets of Dayton, Ohio. Their sound is deeply rooted with infectious grooves, and is elevated by soaring guitar and soulfully seasoned saxophone. Their organic and fearless songwriting style give them an eclectic and accessible sound that is represented on their debut album Loom.

Guitar, Vocals / Chris Coalt
Sax, KEYS, Vocals / STEPHEN BUTTREE
Bass, Vocals / Chuckie Love
Drums, Vocals / Rob Brockman

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Desmond Jones

Desmond Jones

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Desmond Jones

In 2012 Dirty Mike and the Boys were hired for beer to play at what would be the most epic end-of-the-year party in recent Michigan State University history. A few parties, Craigslist ads, and rehearsals in Bota’s basement later, Desmond Jones was formed and has been playing around the country and eating at the finest diners in the Midwest ever since.

With a catalog of 60+ original songs, Desmond Jones has performed over 500 shows across the country, sharing the stage with bands like Papadosio, Dopapod, EOTO, The Werks, The Main Squeeze, Here Come the Mummies and many more. Their self-titled debut album “Desmond Jones” is available now on all platforms.
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MUSIC: www.desmondjones.bandcamp.com

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The Jauntee

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The Jauntee

In a world filled with instant gratification, gimmicky over saturation and a lack of true improvisation, The Jauntee pays tribute to music’s ability to transcend simple entertainment and cultivate a truly distinctive experience. The Jauntee has fostered a musical community based on a breadth of original material that engages fans through nightly exploration and risk taking. Averaging over one hundred shows a year, with each containing a unique set list and their own special improvisational moments, the band is constantly expanding upon what defines them and their live performances.

With almost a decade’s worth of touring experience; appearances at major festivals such as Peach Fest, Catskill Chill, and Resonance; and 36 states toured with stops at national touring staples such as Brooklyn Bowl, Georgia Theatre, and the Paradise Rock Club, The Jauntee have been nurturing a fanbase of dedicated followers who are inspired by their music and willing to travel to see what the band has in store next. Fans that thoroughly analyze their music, track their set lists and passionately promote their music. The Jauntee makes each night an exciting prospect of a new shared experience with bust-outs, fresh jamming, poignant covers, and accessible songwriting.

Their upcoming live album “ALWAYS NEVER KNOWING” is a quintessential selection of live works from the band’s 2017 two-night-run at The Bridge Sound & Stage in their hometown of Cambridge, MA. It features 16 tracks that were professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered by sound engineer Alex Allinson. It showcases the band’s masterful playing and inspiring ability to take their original music and create something uniquely theirs night after night. It also features nine previously unreleased tracks that have quickly become staples of their live show. Experience the band in their purest element, pushing the boundaries of their sound while sharing that trip with their fans.

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Funk Trek

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Funk, R&B/Soul, Jazz/Rock

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funk-trek

Making their debut in 2008, Funk Trek has since developed their homemade music to create their own sound. This six piece band, has molded their own unique conglomeration of Funk, combining the flavors of old school and new school funk, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, and a dash of jazz. Their live shows are bursting with energy that rarely settles down. With three studio albums, Voyager (2010) Purify (2013) and Quencher (2015) Funk Trek takes their brand of funk across the U.S. from Texas, to California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Kansas, and Illinois to name some. Playing 95% all original music, funk trek continually adds to their list of new songs so every year there is something new to hear. Their ultimate goal behind every show is to be lost in the moment on stage and provide high energy entertainment that allows their audience to immerse themselves and forget their worries.

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Ghost-Note

Ghost-Note

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ghost-note

Grammy Award winning artists Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth take drums and percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note.

World renown for their rhythmic communication with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into percussive melodies, through innovative grooves and captivating artistry.

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