The Brighton Beat (Double Set), The Flowdown, TAUK

The Brighton Beat (Double Set)

Driven by a unified belief in real people playing real instruments expressing real human emotions, The Brighton Beat's goal is to create music that is able to live, breath and develop, with songs that allow the musicians to communicate and tell a story through carefully crafted melodies and inspired solo passages. Real world experiences and an inherent knowledge of jazz set them apart from the crowd. This is a band of working professional musicians looking to make a name for themselves in the ever burgeoning Afrobeat scene. Heavily influenced by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, but in no way traditional, The group creates grooves reminiscent of Herbie Hancock, at times reaching the raw, unbridled expression found in the music of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard.

The Brighton Beat is centered around a strong rhythmic foundation of bass, drums and dense percussion. Varying textures of unique, vintage keyboard and guitar sounds help to thicken the compositions. Leading the group, the adventurous horn section bring their heavy jazz influence to the forefront. Bassist Ryan Hinchey and Drummer Sammy Wags established their groove during recording sessions and national tours with various funk and reggae outfits (iLa Mawana, 6th Degree, The Hub Dub). The horn section leaders; Jon Bean (tenor sax) and Mark Zaleski (alto sax) came together while studying jazz at the New England Conservatory. Upon finishing they quickly established themselves as first-call session players for many of Boston's highest regarded jazz projects, all the while cultivating their own ideas, and exploring the different styles of music that influence The Brighton Beat's diverse catalog.

The Brighton Beat stormed onto the scene with their debut; "The Brighton Beat EP" in 2010, and have since hit the ground running, performing at premier venues around greater New England. They are currently touring in support of their first full-length release; "The Brighton Beat LP" and are preparing to release a live record due out Fall 2012, recorded during their Summer tour.

'The Flowdown' is a modern funk amalgamation that integrates, rock, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and electronic elements into a seamless musical experience. The five piece band is based in Brooklyn, NY and has performed live since 2002. The group blends vocal harmonies and inspiring lyrical rhymes with lush instrumental arrangements, offering accessible grooves that attracting audiences throughout New York City.

Meet Tauk, a band that delivers a unique blend of funk, jazz, pop and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit. Since forming earlier this decade, the NYC-based group has built an impressive DIY buzz scoring opening gigs for O.A.R, MOE., Robert Randolph & the Family Band, 311, Tea Leaf Green, a set at Gathering of the Vibes (alongside Buddy Guy and Bob Weir & RatDog) and a feature on Fuse TV. Most recently, the band announced upcoming gigs at Bonnaroo, Hangout Music Fest, Summer Camp Music Fest, Great South Bay Music Fest and Peach Festival with The Allman Brothers.

Legendary sound engineer, Dave Natale (Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac), invited Tauk into his studio in late 2011 to record the band’s latest album, “Pull Factors.” The band then teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson, Mars Volta) to harness the band’s eclectic vision creating entirely instrumental new tracks. “What’s compelling is the raw power of the band, from their light moments to full-out jamming. Music is a language that some feel and others speak – and Tauk do both very well" adds Carranza.

The band set out to record their new EP in 2011, and the combined mentorship of Robert Carranza and Dave Natale enabled the band to expand their musical boundaries. “Working with Dave Natale at his studio was great because he was willing to put in the extra time to allow us to try out new sounds and work parts out in different ways to see what worked best” says Jalbert. He went on to explain how Robert Carranza “took the rough mixes and breathed new life into them. Being able to work with someone who understands our music and knows how to give it what it needs as much as Robert does is truly a blessing.”

Tauk’s tunes are adventurous in scope, but the band’s origins are humble. Bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist-organist Alric “A.C.” Carter and guitarist Matt Jalbert met as teenagers in middle school and instantly connected over a shared passion for music.

While most high-school bands break up when they head off to college, Tauk’s musical bond survived over long distances. The three members majored in music in college, and Tauk regularly performed over school breaks. After graduating, they hit the road in the fall/winter of 2010 to play nearly 40 shows in a national tour playing in almost all of the major and small markets across the country. During this time they had the opportunity to open for largely established acts like Robert Randolph, MOE, 311, and Tea Leaf Green.

With a new album under their belt and an impressive summer lineup of shows, Tauk plans to continue to push the envelope of their musical vision, and bring that vision to all those who are listening around the country.

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Friday, May 17 · Doors 9:30 PM / Show 10:00 PM at Spike Hill