Electric Kif + Vertical Current
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
ELECTRIC - having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement
KIF - any agent [or music] capable of producing a euphoric condition
"Hailing from Miami, Electric Kif and their undeniable spunk has caught the attention of music lovers through their execution of cosmic funk, rock, soul, and jazz. Their taste and talent bring an unparalleled energy and sound to the stage that inevitably creates a uniquely raw experience through every performance.” - Live for Live Music
Electric Kif are a band who came together to perform music as an outlet in between sideman and session gigs with other artists ranging from Matt Scofield to Flo Rida…and many more in between. After a couple of years of hosting these well known jams in Miami, with numerous talented guest musicians joining them, the members realized their original music was taking its own form and getting a great response from those who heard it. They decided to write more, record again, and perform more of the KIF material.
The band come together creatively from very different backgrounds. Jason Matthews on keys proudly hails from Philadelphia, Rodrigo Zambrano on bass is from Mexico City, Eric Escances on guitar from is Grenoble & Bordeaux, France, and Armando Lopez on drums from Miami. Their training and experience combined was bound to generate something special…but their energy and dedication has taken Electric Kif to another level. Following a performance at one of the festivals, they looked at each other and knew Electric Kif was their calling. Fast forward to 2016… the band had new recordings under way, started playing outside of Miami, and shifted their focus to launch Electric Kif nationally.
Armed with their latest EP, Heist, which was recorded, produced by the quartet in their home studio, and mixed at City Of Progress Studio in N. Miami, they are thrilled to release this music with distribution partners La Reserve Records (http://www.lareserverecords.com/roster/electric-kif). “La Reserve is proud to have partnered with Electric Kif this year. As a new company focused on the music of tomorrow, sourcing and curating the most cutting edge arts from around the world - Electric Kif was a perfect fit with our vision” says Greg Mathews, founder of La Reserve.
The Kif have performed with national acts such as Snarky Puppy, Kung Fu, The Main Squeeze, Naughty Professor, Stratosphere All-Stars, TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds, The Fritz, Progger, and Killiam Shakespeare, as well as South Florida’s finest Roosevelt Collier and The Heavy Pets through a series of deep south and northeast runs. With the start of 2017 they were honored to be invited to perform at the first annual Ground Up Festival, the Okeechobee Festival with Roosevelt Collier’s Allstar Band, to represent the best of Florida musicians at Orange Blossom Jamboree, to play the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, and more. They will kick off their second national tour in June 2017, to support their latest release.
Vertical Current is a band on the rise, a name on the lips of music lovers in one of the greatest musical cities in America, Philadelphia. The band was started in 2009 by local trumpeter and composer Christopher Stevens, while pursuing a music degree from Temple University. Since then, Vertical Current has become the go to band for visiting artists from the likes of Grammy Award winners Chrisette Michele and Kelly Price to the awe-inspiring Frank McComb. Additionally, the band has opened for a number of notable artists including The Robert Glasper Experiment, Raheem DeVaughn, and Eric Roberson to name a few.
Individually, the members of Vertical Current have traveled throughout the world, performing and recording with an array of celebrated and award winning artists including Roberta Flack, John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Common, J. Cole, The Roots, and more. It's no surprise that their interaction with such amazing artists and composers has further kindled Vertical Current’s passion to create and perform at the highest level.
VC's brand of music is a unique blend of genres that is intended to uplift and inspire. Strong melodies and funky rhythms are characteristic of their classic style. With the most recent release, After Midnight Live, the band officially has 3 albums available. aRe (2011), Bright Side Of Midnight (2014), and After Midnight (2017) showcase the many ways Vertical Current gets down. The fourth installment, The Future Is Bright, is due later this year and promises to be their best work to date!! That being said, the best way to experience the music of Vertical Current is in person. Their electrifying performances will leave you feeling truly inspired.