TAUK, Cocktail Party Phenomenon, The Brighton Beat, Bryce Larsen

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.

Cocktail Party Phenomenon

In their short time together, Cocktail Party Phenomenon has been widely praised for their complex, genre-bending compositions interwoven with skillfully dynamic improvisations, as well as for their spot-on covers. Consistent gigging and festival appearances throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have earned them a reputation as a go-to party band in the Philadelphia jam scene, where they now headline regularly at local bars and support some of Philly's biggest jambands. Stop waiting - experience the phenomenon. 

The Brighton Beat

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.

Bryce Larsen

Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Bryce Larsen moved with his family at age 7 to Long Island, NY, where he learned to play mostly through his own compositions, and thus developed a very unique rhythm-oriented style of guitar that is a conglomeration of rock and R&B styles.

During his college years, (he studied at Rutgers University and graduated from the CW Post Campus of Long Island University with a degree in music) Bryce spent almost all of his free time touring as the frontman of the horn-laden rock band Stealing Jane, honing his skills in songwriting (and co-writing), arrangement, production, and performance.

The incredibly popular Fox television show "American Idol" featured Bryce in January, 2010, on the series premiere, and for the first two rounds of Hollywood Week as he finished in the top 90. The show brought him exposure in countless new markets, and also brought his musicianship to a new level as a solo artist.

Bryce Larsen is now a singer/songwriter who calls the road his home. He will often set off driving with little direction except to visit towns, small and large, that he's never seen. These trips often find him performing last minute concerts in all sorts of public places, bars and venues. At home, in New York City, he certainly finds himself in an environment that fosters his creativity and provides him with innumerable opportunities to share his talent. His inspiration comes from his own experiences as well as stories and music from friends and strangers he has met along the way.

Most nights, you can find Bryce performing solo with his Martin 000-16C guitar that has been with him from the beginning. He loves nothing more than to be on stage, whether he is performing covers (that he truly makes his own), or songs he has written which are often compared to the work of Marc Broussard, John Mayer, the band Sublime and Dave Matthews.

With three fully produced albums with past bands, and two solo releases to date (the original full length "Sport of Kings" and the collection of cover songs "Hip Hop Un-Popped"), Bryce is certainly creating a tradition of quality, growth and originality that he will continue and top with his current project, more than two years in the making. He has been writing and working with friends all over the country to put together a collection of professionally produced and recorded songs that will bring him into the spotlight very soon. His prolific writing and constantly evolving style will keep him on the front lines of the music industry for years to come.

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TAUK, Cocktail Party Phenomenon, The Brighton Beat, Bryce Larsen

Thursday, July 18 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Spike Hill

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