Kiwi (Double Set), The Huffers, Every Flavor Weather Machine, Dilemastronauta (CD Release Show)

Kiwi (Double Set)

"Warm, summery and hypnotic like all the best roots reggae... [with] wise, slinky vocals." -Lucidculture.com

Rooted in reggae rhythms and tropicália-inspired melodies, Jersey City-based Kiwi dynamically blends jazz flourishes and soulful grooves into a uniquely uplifting sound.

After nearly a decade of entertaining audiences around the Northeastern US and Brazil, Kiwi has hit their stride with a new lineup featuring some of the New York City area’s finest soul and funk musicians. The band, which includes Alex Tea (vocals, guitar), Ramsey Norman (drums), Steve Capecci (bass), Ben Guadalupe (percussion), Dave Stolarz (keys), Barami Waspe (tenor sax), Curtis Taylor (trumpet), and Rob Edwards (trombone), has been invited to share the stage with veteran reggae/ska acts including the Pietasters and John Brown’s Body.

Much of Kiwi’s pan-global approach to music is inspired by the time that primary songwriter Alex Tea spent in Brazil, beginning with a trip to the ocean-side city of Fortaleza over a decade ago. It was in Fortaleza that Tea first fell in love with the Portuguese language and capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines exuberant dancing and singing with powerful strikes and take-down maneuvers.

"What drew me into capoiera was the sense of community among everyone involved,” says Tea. “Each roda [capoeira exhibition/match] had a live soundtrack that featured instruments, melodies, and cadences that I had never heard before, but seemed so familiar." It didn’t take long for Tea, the grandson of a classical violinist, to incorporate Brazilian rhythms and instruments, as well as Portuguese lyrics, into Kiwi’s music.

In addition to over a hundred club and dancehall performances, Kiwi has also performed at a variety of music festivals and community events in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. They are also proud to be an active and vibrant presence in their home base, the Jersey City arts scene. In addition to a burgeoning American
following, Kiwi also has a growing fanbase in Brazil, where they have embarked on two short tours.

The Huffers

The Huffers are a group of musicians who have played together in various combinations for many years. Buford and Dan played together with The Toasters, NYC's ska legends, and together with Ben most notably with Dub Is A Weapon, a mostly instrumental dub outfit that played up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and achieved some notoriety for being the back-up band for Lee Scratch Perry. Buford and Jenny are the horn section for the reggae-rock hybrid The Easy Star All-Stars, and together have circled the globe countless times. Kevin joins this lineup to deliver a full spectrum sound, loosely based on the post-punk funk sound of 1980's New York and London, sprinkled with some reggae magic dust, with straight ahead drums, funky bass and jangling guitars, over which the horns deliver harmonies, poly rhythms and, to quote Bruce Dickinson, "Explore the Space."

Every Flavor Weather Machine

Every Flavor Weather Machine is turbo piano rock jetpack, born in Boston, raised in New York, and smelted in sweaty dance parties across the north east.

Dilemastronauta

Dilemastronauta is a hybrid of different musical backgrounds. Colombian rhythms and melodies, danceable grooves, electronic sounds, the human voice and intense improvisation. The group was created by Andres Jimenez, a Colombian musician who lives in the USA since 2000.
Dilemastronauta has performed in venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music and important festivals like Make Music New York. In 2011 the band released its debut album called "Astronauta en Tiera", featuring Colombian rhythms and Melodies as well as Jazz improvisation. Now days the band is getting ready to go back to the studio to record a second album which has a more experimental approach and yet lyric oriented thanks to the Vocals by Melissa Escudero, a rising Colombian- American singer born in Queens NY. Stay tune for Dilmastronauta's new Album coming up in 2013!!!!

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Saturday, November 2 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Spike Hill