Matador! Soul Sounds (members of Soulive, The New Mastersounds, & more)

Matador! Soul Sounds

In Matador! Soul Sounds, the duo of The New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts and Soulive’s Alan Evans assume the role of matadors, and they have carefully chosen the rest of their fierce cuadrilla. Each known for their skill and their grit, keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott have been chosen to take on the role of the matadors’ right-hand men as the band’s “banderilleros.” Adding a feminine energy to the band are Ms. Adryon de León (Orgone) and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime), who have been chosen to round out the line-up on vocals.

Evans notes, “We can’t wait to get out there and play with this band. It’s a dream team really.” Eddie Roberts riffs off this idea, saying, “Matador is going to make a whole lot of new friends quick, the band is as tight as any I’ve ever been around. The one two punch of Kim and Adryon on vocals is just gonna knock folks out.”

Darla plays Sly & The Family Stone ft. Nik Greeley & Fawziyya Heart

Darla is a 7-piece instrumental band from Philadelphia. Since forming in 2014, the group has honed their palette of funk and rock grooves, drawing from their origins in the Philadelphia DIY basement scene and influences of 1970s funk and fusion. The Darla sound is an accessible one—free from over-complication and over-indulgence. Fronted by saxophonists Wil Schade and David Bartler, the duo acts as the vocal core of the group, layering catchy melodies atop the methodical, feel-focused rhythm section of Michael Morrongiello (bass), Brendan Monahan (guitar), Jake Held (baritone guitar), Kosta Johnson (keys), and Richard Straub (drums). This talented group of non-conservatory musicians gets every crowd in the dancing mood with their raw, unpolished energy.

Darla has shared the stage with the likes of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, KNOWER, The Disco Biscuits, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Kamasi Washington, Bill Laurance, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles. The band works closely with the legendary engineer and member of The Butcher Brothers, Phil Nicolo (Ms. Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, BonJovi, Bob Dylan) of Phil’s Records.

$15 Advance / $17 Day of Show / $29 Seated

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