Listen Up Denver Presents
Pimps of Joytime w/ Mlima and Funkma$ter
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 3:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
Pimps of Joytime
If you have yet to encounter the Brooklyn-based band, The Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, show-by-show, and track-by-track.
Bandleader Brian J is a charismatic and soulful visionary, whose well-crafted songs invite the listener to enter a world of infectious dance grooves and indelible melodies. Spending formative years in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Mista J honed his craft, becoming an accomplished live performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer.
In 2005, Brian began to assemble a group of righteously soulful vocalists and musicians to assist in bringing to life the musical concept that would become The Pimps of Joytime. The band’s diverse sound and spirited attitude is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. Recent collaborations with legendary artists Cyril and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and Roy Ayers have helped vitalize the band’s connection to its roots.
Over the course of the past five years, The Pimps have evolved into a road tested and audience approved groove machine. They have excited crowds at over 100 club dates and festivals in 2012 alone, and are on target to exceed that volume in 2013. The exponential growth of the band’s fan base can be partially attributed to an artful blend of musical styles, including elements of afro-beat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica. Brian J’s classic songwriting and the band’s undeniable swagger on stage consistently energize dance parties wherever they appear.
In 2011, The Pimps of Joytime released their second studio album, “Janxta Funk!” through the boutique label Wonderwheel Recordings. With a steadily increasing repertoire and a passionate following of music lovers nationwide, the time was right to fortify their organization. The wall of their Facebook page is constantly receiving enthusiastic posts from fans from around the globe as word of mouth further carries news of this fresh new arrival.
The Pimps of Joytime are poised to bring their audacious sound to savvy audiences around the planet. Their forthcoming third studio album coming this fall will be a new chapter in the book of the Funk and a testament to the fact that real music is alive and kicking!
Emerging from Denver, Colorado, Mlima is premier jazz-funk ensemble that has established itself in the forefront of the ever-emerging funk-dance scene in the Rocky Mountains. Originally a four-piece, the group has expanded to a septet comprised of guitarists Doug Litvak and Jeph Kennedy, saxophonist/vocalist Zach Simms, percussionist Jack Breitenbach, bassist Ryan Thrush, drummer Lance Croucher and keyboardist Chaz Levinson.
Since their arrival in 2012, Mlima has built an ardent local fan-base through a relentless live schedule, including headlining Denver’s Bluebird Theatre, and opening for such renowned acts as Praang, Shpongle, and The Disco Biscuits at Colorado’s very own Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. While the early years of the band saw an ever-changing cast of band members, they have established a permanent core of musicians who pride themselves on creating their own unique style and sound incorporating roots in jazz, funk, rock, soul, afro-beat and contemporary pop culture. This latest rendition of Mlima has the profound ability to get your booty shaking on the dance floor and connect to their audience through their contagious funk melodies.
Music is a force that brings all walks of life together, and it is just this that influenced the development of Mlima. With their music, Mlima strives to bridge the gap between the live music scene and the funky dance party, spreading love to the general populous through the power of audio bliss.
FUNKMA$TER is a multi-instrumentalist. With drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, dobro, congas, vocals, and a looping device called an Electrix Repeater, he is able to put songs together one instrument at a time. Essentially bringing a recording studio to the stage. He is well versed in many different genres. But at his live shows, he primarily plays Reggae, Hip-Hop, Funk, and Soul music.
He has shared the stage with DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, HIEROGLYPHICS, THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME, LOTUS, BLACKALICIOUS, THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, REBIRTH BRASS BAND, EASY STAR ALL-STARS, EEK-A-MOUSE, B*SIDE PLAYERS, JOHN POPPER, THAT 1 GUY, ZACH DEPUTY, BERNIE WORRELL AND THE WOO WARRIORS, HEATBOX, RUDIE CLASH, and BROTHER'S PAST.
He currently plays percussion and sings back up vocals for DUBSKIN (www.dubskinmusic.com), and is a former member of the Fort Collins based Afrobeat/Reggae/Funk band EUFORQUESTRA (www.euforquestra.com).
In addition to live performances, he also works with MC's, singers, and instrumentalists as a producer, songwriter, and sound engineer.
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