Gypsy Sally's Presents
The Fritz, The Shack Band
We The People
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Infectious grooves, intoxicating guitar lines and a relentless drive of soul and passion describes one of the Southeast's newest sensations, The Fritz. Drawing inspiration from a variety of techniques and traditions, the group's vision is rooted within improvised Electronic Funk Rock. As schooled musicians, The Fritz rely on creating a canvas that is as much defined as it is colorful…leaving the audience entranced within their art.
Jamie Hendrickson's versatile guitar style and innate sense of melody first blended with Jake O'Connor's funky bass lines in 2007. From there, they met drummer Michael Tillis, who brings a strong driving energy to the ensemble. Jamar Woods' virtuosic keyboard solos and soulful vocal abilities propel the band into exciting musical journeys that are accented by his powerful stage presence. Rounding out the group is percussionist Mike Evans. His taste for world music, power funk and the occasional rap on the mic give the band a truly one-of-a-kind sound that is unmatched.
After their move to the North Carolina in 2011, the band has grown into a full time touring juggernaut that thrives in the live setting. Combining the art of improvisation with the soul of Funk, The Fritz set stages on fire with their incredible, passion filled, high energy performances.
With one independent release and many hours of studio work under their belts, The Fritz are no strangers to the studio setting. Last February, the band spent time at Crooked Tree Studios recording their second full-length album. The release date for Bootstrap is March 2013.
In just a short time, The Fritz have been featured in RELIX magazine, performed at many popular music festivals (Bear Creek, Blackwater, AURA, Swamptown) and have received many accolades from a multitude of media outlets
The Shack Band
What originally started as an organic, impromptu and free-flowing collection of musicians casually performing in the renovated remains of a dilapidated "shack" in Blacksburg, VA has morphed into what is now The Shack Band. Since 2010, things have changed. The band relocated from Blacksburg to Richmond, VA. A true lineup was established, with four members signing on. The songwriting abilities and sensibilities matured and improved. At the start of 2013, the quartet became a quintet with the addition of a horn player adding more complex arrangements and texture to the band's already well-established sound. But, the one thing that never wavered was The Shack Band's intent to wow new crowds with their off-the-cuff, high-energy live shows melding funky rock 'n' roll and soaring harmonies with a strong emphasis on song-writing.
In 2012 alone, The Shack Band played 120 + shows up and down the East Coast and as far west as Chicago, while performing alongside a number of national touring acts, including: moe., Moon Taxi, The Machine, Perpetual Groove, The Pimps of Joytime, The Heavy Pets, Assembly of Dust, Everyone Orchestra and Dangermuffin among others. Thanks to their raw, infectious live shows and incessant touring, The Shack Band have seen, felt, and heard the effects of their budding reputation and burgeoning fan base. In February of 2012, they released their first EP, Born & Raised, to a sold-out crowd in their hometown of Richmond, VA. For 2013, the goals are simple yet ambitious: hit the rarified level of 200+ live shows, release their first full-length album, and continue to hone their craft while writing and learning new material.
We The People
We The People are delving deep with blending the raw elements of psychedelic, progressive-fusion rock. The Northern-Virginia based trio (guitarist/vocalist Cody Fowler, bassist Kevin Fournier, and drummer Zach Johnson) are like a big, funky bowl of soup. They intertwine genres - mixing together different ingredients like funk-jam with a little jazzy salt and pepper, and a hint of spicy psychedelic, topped with a little dance party garnish (because it's all about presentation) to serve to you, the perfect combination for the best ear pleasing, rump shaking, head banging, foot stomping bowl of soup that you've ever had.
The three have played separately in various projects throughout their musical career, but in 2015 the group solidified and found their niche with one another with the onset of their newest addition Zach, who at the time was attending Shenandoah University Music Conservatory. Their debut release with two singles, Collecting Dust and Clusterphunk, showcase the drive, dedication and musical creativity that started a fire that can not be put out. With that fire brought performances with numerous well known artists. We The People have performed at several festivals including their own personally thrown festival, LaLa Land.
"Scratch all of our plans and leave behind the lies, I know a place where we can hide." As of 2016 We The People took a defined period of time towards refining and recording in the studio to allow for a more raw drive to truly be brought to their performances. With this they were able to tap into a truly cohesive mindset which can be seen in the depth of their friendships as well as the depth of their music. "Listen, love, and repeat." According to Cody, "This has been a time unlike any other in our musical aspirations and dreams." Until the time comes they are steadily putting in twelve hour workdays to bring you an experience which connects and leaves you with a memory more than satisfying.
Advance $14/Day of Show $16 + fees
The Fritz: Soul-driven Dance Rock
The Shack Band: Progressive, Alternative Rock 'n' Roll
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