The Aristocrats

Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros. After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS),
bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums. The result: Nine new compositions of greater sonic depth and breadth than ever before, with unique textures and lush layering augmenting the band’s preternatural ability to improvise both individually and as a group at the highest levels possible. But not to worry – it’s all still tempered with a steadfast refusal to take themselves too seriously, and The Aristocrats
are still having more fun than a fusion band has any right to have.

The Tres Caballeros tour will bring the band’s new musical vision in trio form to stages across North America in their most ambitious jaunt yet. The Aristocrats will be supported by fellow rock/fusion power trio The Travis Larson Band.

Doug Johns

SuperFunky musician, Doug Johns, is known for his raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess. Doug has had the privilege of working with such icons as Victor Wooten, Buddy Miles, Chuck Rainey, The LA Mass Choir, Aaron Lindsey, and many others.

The culmination of his musical experiences led Doug to his first critically acclaimed solo CD, Doug Johns, released in 2006. Doug followed up his very well-received solo debut with his 2008 release, "Pocket Fulla Nasty," and received an outstanding reaction from the bass community, as well as catching the ear of the general public very quickly. Doug's third release, Stank (October 2010), brought ten stank-funk tunes with returning artists Oz Noy, Kenny Anderson, Otmaro Ruiz and Chris Ceja. With fat slammin' horns, intimate, artful composition and beautiful solo bass.

Armed with a fresh approach and Doug Johns' unique brand of greasy bass, BLOMP! hits you with 10 superfunky tracks. When you turn to the band and say, "Hit me," the sound you hear in return had better be BLOMP! Introducing drummer, JSimms, BLOMP! hits the shelves in November, 2012.

Bass Player Magazine on Johns: "One of the most credit–deserving bass virtuosos in America…it's his inventiveness that's consistently compelling."

Matt Tate

Matt Tate is a Chicago-based Chapman Stick artist, Guitarist, Composer and Instructor. For over the last 10yrs he has been dedicated to mastering the Chapman Stick and performing Solo and in bands. Currently, he is composing music for a Solo Stick record (M@T8) to be released this Fall, launching a new website, touring, and working on multiple recording/performing collaborations (metal-math-prog-experimental). His current musical leanings are in the vein of the technical-death-shred of Blotted Science to the rhythmic madness of Frank Zappa, the interlocking poly-rhythmic spiderwebs of King Crimson and the stark, overwhelming beauty of Arvo Part.

$20.00 - $40.00


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