Robert Walter's 20th Congress with Joe Marcinek, Ethan Tucker, and Down North
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:15 PM
This event is 21 and over
Robert Walter's 20th Congress
A founding member of the seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars, organ, keyboard and synth sharp shooter Robert Walter splits his time between his own 20th Congress, Greyboy, and a robust film soundtrack career in Los Angeles. He returns with 20th Congress to support his new studio album 'Spacesuit'.
Initially formed as the backing band for rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy, The Greyboy Allstars quickly became a long - term project for Walter with a string of critically acclaimed albums, world tours. The band quickly became home to some of the most revered players on the modern music scene.
The Greyboy Allstars' success also served as a platform for the band's individual members to launch highly successful and substantially diverse solo careers. To flex his desire to compose in a way that was just outside of Greyboy's wheelhouse, Walter formed 20th Congress and recorded and toured heavily through the late '90s and '00s. The band featured a rotating cast of players over the years including Stanton Moore, Joe Russo, Will Bernard, and Cochemea Gastelum.
The current iteration of 20th Congress includes a new crew of brilliant improvisers and genre-bending virtuosos. Drummer Simon Lott (Kool Keith, Charlie Hunter) is a longtime collaborator who brings a refreshing unpredictability anchored in deep-rooted New Orleans rhythms. Bassist Victor Little (Billy Preston, Charlie Musselwhite) started sitting in with the band on a series of West Coast gigs and gradually became essential to the evolving sound. Guitarist Chris Aford (Cassandra Wilson, Mike Dillon) has worked extensively with Lott in New Orleans, bringing a baked -in chemistry that has mutated into the infectious sound of this incarnation of the 20th Congress.
Walter has been a fan of Science Fiction since he was a child and several of his fantastic notions have found their way on the latest release from Robert Walter’s 20th Congress entitled Spacesuit (available September 21); a collection of futuristic sounds, danceable songs, and inspirational musicianship.
Whereas previous 20th Congress albums found Walter delving deep into the wellspring of his most formative influences: hip-shaking vintage soul, window-rattling '60s-'70s funk, and the sounds of classic organ jazz, Walter switched his source of inspiration for this latest effort from digging through the crates to gazing speculatively skyward, imagining new worlds rather than emulating classic records. The results lose none of the explosive funk and soul grooves that Walter has become known for, but it takes those sounds into outer space, blending inspiration from science fiction movies, comic books and art with wide-ranging influences encompassing everything from Dub Reggae to Krautrock to early jazz-rock fusion.A brilliant improviser with a gift for riveting hooks and unstoppable grooves, Walter set out to create songs that blur the line between the composed and the spontaneous; an album with a narrative arc that isn’t tethered to concrete ideas. He uses a full arsenal of keyboards, synths and electronics and draws together the varied aspects of his career, from his film soundtrack work with Michael Andrews to his free-ranging improvisational excursions with the likes of genre jugglers like Marco Benevento, Skerik and Mike Gordon.
Joe Marcinek Band is an experience you will never forget. That is because each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night. The music is equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and Jazz Fusion!
Joe Marcinek tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between. Most of the lineups will only happen one time making every night a can't miss show.
The group has featured many prominent special guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), George Porter JR (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Alan Evans (Soulive), Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik "Jesus" Coomes (Lettuce), Borahm Lee (Break Science), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.) and more!
Ethan Tucker’s trademark sound of acoustic roots and layered electric guitars combined with an unmistakable soulful and bluesy vocal, is a recipe which has garnered attention from some of his most popular contemporaries, as well as bonafide legends. Ethan Tucker may only be in his early 20s but the self-starting Olympia, WA-native has already made a name for himself, impressing some of the more respected veteran artists in today’s music world. Performing and recording since the age of 16, Tucker has honed his unique blend of acoustic-roots, soul, blues, and reggae, slowly building a dedicated and ever-growing audience, and making friends with some significant musicians in the process.
Tucker struck up a friendship with kindred spirit Michael Franti at a tour stop in Sun Valley, ID. Wielding his acoustic on his back and making several attempts to engage Franti backstage, Tucker was finally given a shot to impress. Franti and his bandmates in Spearhead erupted upon Tucker’s delivery of an early rendition of his song “What They Say” in their dressing room and a new friendship and musical partnership was born on the spot.
After forging their bond over a two-year span, Franti invited Ethan to his San Francisco studio to write and record some music. These sessions yielded the backbones of the songs “Cool Kids” and “Crazy Tonight,” the latter which features Franti on vocals for Tucker's 2015 release "Misunderstood". Ethan has toured internationally as support for Michael Franti across Europe, and domestically on tours with the likes of Jamaican legend Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy and G-Love among others. In 2016 Ethan made a debut national television appearance on The Voice, wowing judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton with his unique and rootsy rendition of "Roxanne". Ethan ultimately went a couple of rounds on Blake Sheltons's team, with his version of John Mayers "Gravity" beckoning official NBC Voice videos and singles on ITunes.
Whether with his full band or simply a troubadour with a guitar, Tucker continues to win over crowds, any size, anywhere. The future is an exciting canvas for Ethan Tucker and you can anticipate hearing new music and video releases from Ethan in 2018.
Hailing from Seattle, Down North consists of lead singer/dancer Anthony “Renagade” Briscoe, guitarist Nick Quiller, drummer Conrad Real, and bassist Brandon Storms.
Raised on Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke and James Brown, Anthony Briscoe combines a style and emotional impact reminiscent of Prince in his vocal expressions and proudly steals the spotlight with his ballet-trained dancing while psychedelic-jazz guitarist Nick Quiller dominates the fretboard with a limitless imagination that explores the soundscape from high to low. Bassist Brandon Storms blends slap/pop bass lines with deep synth, and pitch bent solos that parallel guitar leads and Drummer Conrad Real glues together a foundation through impeccable groove and powerful chops, his finesse, intensity, and strength are evocative of Chris Coleman and John Blackwell.
As three of the four members are African-American, Briscoe says people try to typecast them as, “You know, black rock. But when you think about it, rock is kind of like Michael Jackson. It was black first.” Seattle Weekly gets to the core of what you can expect from their shows by saying, “It doesn’t matter how ‘cool’ you are; when Down North starts playing, you’re shaking your tail feathers on the dance floor with everyone else.”
“We really work on showmanship, so from the beginning to the end, we’re bringing a certain amount of energy to the plate.” Briscoe continues to say, “Back home they do this thing called the Seattle freeze, where they listen to the music and just stand there. I’m always like ‘come to party or go home!’”
Their unabating work ethic that gets their ‘Seattle freeze’ fans up and raving also continues into their writing and production. “We’re perfectionists, and we have visions in our heads,” says Briscoe. Portland Mercury News describes the song, “Heart Breaker,” as a, “Machine-gun funk guitar riff, marauding organ, and a jazzy electric piano break… The twin pillars of the band seem to be frontman/dancer Anthony “Renagade” Briscoe, whose talents—judging by the music video—need no further marketing, and drummer Conrad Real, who won Guitar Center’s “Drum Off” regional competition. Soul and funk are hard genres to pull off with any sort of authenticity in the year 2014, but Down North seem to have it… down.”
Recently, Down North co-headlined at Joshua Tree Festival this past May and headlined the Elkfest in Spokane, Washington in 2016 which was well received by the Seattle Weekly, The Spokesman, and Portland Mercury. This past November Down North signed to TKO Artist Booking and played Daryl Hall and John Oates’ Hoagie Nation Festival in Philadelphia as well as The Riverbend Festival in Tennessee and MusicFest in Pennsylvania.
$12 advance - $16 day of show
- 8:15 - Down North
- 9:00 - Ethan Tucker
- 10:00 - Joe Marcinek
- 11:00 - Robert Walter's 20th Congress