Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds / Rustic Overtones
Big Ol' Dirty Bucket
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:45 PM
This event is 18 and over
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re all focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.
The band has earned a reputation as a true road warrior. Since they started touring in 2011, SS&TDB has played 150 shows each year all across the US (45 states so far) and Canada. Along the way, they've racked up a formable list of festival appearances, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Voodoo Experience, Bear Creek, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Jazz, and late night sets at Austin City Limits and Jazz Fest in New Orleans. They've also shared the stage with Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and Warren Haynes at a Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm's Studio, played with Gov't Mule at the Beacon Theatre in New York, and opened for a long list of tremendous acts like The Avett Brothers, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Dr. John, Fitz and the Tantrums, Counting Crows, JJ Grey and Mofro, moe., Soulive, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and the Funky Meters. Equally at home in the studio as they are onstage, their EP Fight (2013) was produced by Grammy award winner and former American Idol Judge Randy Jackson.
The band is building a following the old-fashioned way – and the demand for their infectious music has kept them on a relentless tour schedule across the country. Fueled by the band’s boundless energy, every show turns into a wild dance party, and the Dirty Birds are establishing a rabid following of fans eager to receive a potent dose of good times, delivered by the band night after night.
Sister Sparrow’s commanding style alone is more than enough to dazzle audiences, but the magic doesn’t end with her: the band’s palpable camaraderie, undeniable talent and passion for music makes for a contagious combination that is taking the country by storm. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ blend of seductive soul and dirty blues-rock reminds audiences why they love live music
Rustic Overtones is a seven piece rock band from Portland Maine with a discography that spans 20 years. The bands unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic music of the 60's and 70's. In December 2014, Rollingstone.com described Rustic Overtones as having “A unique sound steeped in both Earth, Wind and Fire-style funk and late-era Beatles psychedelia," and Billboard Magazine said that "Rustic's firepower-a skintight rhythm section, soulful keyboards, stinging guitars, funky horns and the potent, complex, and totally engrossing voice of frontman Dave Gutter."
"One of my favorite groups" - David Bowie
“Quite possibly the tightest band I’ve ever seen…I’m a huge fan” -Ray Lamontagne
"Dave Gutter sings like a man possessed." -Tony Visconti
“A legendary rock band from Portland Maine”. -Eric Krasno
Rustic’s early works "Long Division" ,"My Dirt (ep)" and "Rooms By The Hour", were released independently through Portland based Ripchord Records. In 1999 they were discovered by Kurt St. Thomas at Arista Records. A few years earlier Kurt had been program director at Boston's WFNX, and was the first to world premiere Nirvana's "Nevermind" on radio. With the the changing of label president (Clive Davis) Arista soon became an unsuitable home for Rustic. St. Thomas and Rustic both moved to Tommy Boy and released the album “Viva Nueva". The years to follow showed a music industry paradigm shift and Rustic soon returned to their roots with the aptly titled albums “Light At The End”, “A New Way Out” and “Let’s Start a Cult, pts1 and 2”. In 2014 they celebrated their 20 years as a band with the release of the 4-CD box set “The Mood Box”, an anthology of greatest hits, live tracks and rarities arranged by genre.
The current touring line-up is Dave Gutter (vocals and guitar), Jon Roods (bass), Dave Noyes (trombone, synth), Jason Ward (baritone sax, flute), Gary Gemmiti (drums), Michael Taylor (keys,percussion,vocals) and Kyle Hardy (tenor and alto sax). The band is best known for their energetic live shows and perceptual songwriting.
The Rustic Overtones have collaborated and recorded with David Bowie, Imogen Heap, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Krasno, Funkmaster Flex and Naughty by Nature, as songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, arrangers, and composers and have toured nationally as direct support for De La Soul, Steel Pulse, and Run DMC among others. Lyricist and frontman Dave Gutter is also a prolific songwriter, having penned songs for Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno, Res, Gramatik, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton.
°Rustic Overtones were the first band in history to be broadcast live on XM radio.
°Recording sessions for Rustic's Viva Nueva reconnected David Bowie and producer Tony Visconti after a 14 year silence.
°A New Way Out was listed as one of the best albums of 2009 in The Boston Herald
*Rustic is featured in the David Bowie biography "Pushing ahead of the dame".
Big Ol' Dirty Bucket
Described as "Parliament-Funkadelic meets Aretha Franklin at a Jay-Z concert", Big Ol' Dirty Bucket entertains with an energetic and engaging stage show that whips the dance floor into a frenzy and leaves every audience member sweaty and screaming for more. The band's sonic elements pay homage to its influences -- 70's Funk and Soul music spiced with touches of Latin rhythms and seasoned with a touch of Hip Hop -- creating a uniquely funky and fresh listening experience. The 11-piece band complements its seamlessly tight hooks and dance grooves with bouts of over-the-top musicianship, and the result is a sound and performance that is musically intricate and complex yet accessible to even the most casual music fan.
Fueled by a propulsive rhythm section and led by the powerhouse vocals of front woman Sarah "Lil' Shrimp" Seminski, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket surged onto the local Boston music scene in May 2010 with its inaugural appearance in front of a sold-out downstairs crowd at The Middle East. A cascade of well-attended Boston Area appearances followed the performance over the next year, including an appearance on the main stage of the 21st Annual Boston Freedom Rally alongside chart-topping acts such as Tracy Bonham and Onyx.
BODB's inescapable live energy launched the band into first place in the Wormtown Trading Co. "Battle of the Bands" in the winter of 2011, consequently earning them a midnight Saturday night set at the Strange Creek Music and Art Festival alongside jam band and folk rock legends Max Creek and Strangefolk. Since then, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket has been scheduled to appear on the stages of other festivals including Harry Brown's Green Love Festival, the Wormtown Music Festival, Harry's Harvest Ball, Uphoria Music Festival, and others.
The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
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