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Orchestra Gold, Sun Hop Fat, Elektric Voodoo

Orchestra Gold

Sun Hop Fat

Elektric Voodoo

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 ADV - $20 DOOR

This event is 21 and over

Orchestra Gold
Fronted by the charismatic Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité, Orchestra Gold (OG) plays an original stew of African – inspired rock and soul music. Drawing deeply on Mali’s musical history, OG blends analog, rhythmic dance music together with elements of psychedelic soul. With roots Malian drumming and the deep wisdom of Mariam’s vocals, OG moves audiences from the inside out.
Sun Hop Fat
For years Sun Hop Fat has been at the forefront of introducing the unique sounds of Ethiopian Jazz to the masses. The music blends the rhythms of traditional American funk (James Brown, Parliament) and jazz (Yusef Lateef, Miles Davis) with harmonies and melodies from East Africa. The result is an up-tempo groove machine that borrows harmonies from the Middle East. The music focuses primarily on arrangements from the “golden era” of Ethiopian Jazz but includes original compositions as well. This all-star band includes standout musicians from other popular San Francisco Bay Area groups. Sun Hop Fat has developed a solid following throughout Northern California by playing a number of clubs and festivals. The ability of the band to captivate sit down jazz crowds as well as steal the spotlight in prime festival slots, encouraging crowds to get up and dance, makes the group flexible in its appeal and garners support from diverse audiences.
Elektric Voodoo
Elektric Voodoo is a nationally touring band from San Diego, CA led by Scott Tournet, founding member of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. The band blends classic afrobeat, Latin rhythms, rock & roll, psych, jazz, blues and many other influences into its own unique genre that tastefully straddles the line between modern and vintage.

The band started when Tournet started writing new material after leaving the Nocturnals. "Musically I wanted to try something a little different than what I'd done before. I wanted to make music with an undeniable rhythmic pulse but I really didn't want to make computer driven dance music as these past few years that seems to be much of what I hear." To accomplish that, Tournet tapped into the rhythms of West Africa, Latin America, and World music for inspiration. What came out the other side though was not just a world music project.

Tournet's old band, The Nocturnals, had a quite a successful career which saw them write, record, and perform with The Allman Brothers, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Taj Mahal, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Mavis Staples, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), and many more. Through these experiences Tournet became schooled in song craft, soul, pop, blues, and classic rock & roll. So when he began writing songs to go on top of these powerful world rhythms the influences from his past shone through. What the listener is left with is a very unique sound that while immediately is very danceable, also offers innovation, song craft, and melody. Elektric Voodoo is a powerful 6 piece ensemble that can excite and exhaust a Saturday night audience while also engaging and challenging more focused listeners.

Elektric Voodoo formed in 2016 and released their debut album later that year, which was met with incredibly positive critical reactions. Glide Magazine says, "tastes of The Flaming Lips, Santana, Fela Kuti, Tame Impala and The Arcade Fire break through atop this soulful collection of songs that are birthed with unlimited potential," while Grateful Web wrote that "by drawing from a variety of rich musical traditions, they have crafted a cohesive album that blurs the lines between genres and eludes classification." Relix Magazine describes the album as "intriguing, enticing, and engaging all at the same time ----- evidence of Elektric Voodoo's ability to cast a hypnotic spell."

The band released their second album, Animal, in October 2018, and did a national tour in support of it. They released two singles off of the album, both of which have received positive reviews. In their review of "Animal Pt. 2", the lead single off of their newest album, Glide Magazine describes Elektric Voodoo and their sound as, “a rhythmic howl of righteous grooves, rock tenacity, and experimental noise that recalls elements of Antibalas, Tame Impala, and Kamasi Washington." Since 2016, Elektric Voodoo has toured extensively throughout the U.S. They have shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Anders Osborne, Rebirth Brass Band, Con Brio, Songhoy Blues, Easy Star All Stars, Five Alarm Funk, Polyrhythmics, Orgone, and more.
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