Presented by Novo Fogo Cachaça
SOULSHAKE with Tezeta Band, The Keplers
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Tezeta Band plays jazz, funk and soul music from Ethiopia's Golden Age of the 60's and 70's when political laxity and international influence helped foster a sound both familiar and mysterious--powerful dance music with a bittersweet quality that is uniquely Ethiopian. Tezeta is Amharic for nostalgia or remembrance. Tezeta Band has shared the stage with some of the very artists who have inspired their love of this music, including Mahmoud Ahmed and Aster Aweke. They have a recording on the just released Noise and Chill Out CD on France's Buda label, whose Ethiopiques series was responsible for much of the renewed interest in Ethiopian music. They are currently at work finishing their first full length CD. Tezeta Band is Ted Hille on alto sax, Curt Bieker on trombone & Josh Prewitt on trumpet, Talbott Guthrie on drums, Tim Cook on keys, John Teagle on bass and guitarist Brent Martens. If they look or sound familiar, it's because most of them were part of the Five Fingers of Funk, which will ring a bell for anyone who listened to live music in the Northwest during the 90's.
The Keplers are a Portland-based rhythm section hailing from Felony Flats. Their music is a spacey amalgamation of funk, hip-hop, and jazz in the vein of Herbie Hancock, MMW, Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, and Emmitt Smith. Since its inception in the summer of 2011, the band has experienced divorce, fought addiction, and suffered the effects of a stagnant economy all while honing that spacey, funky sound that a few dozen people throughout the Pacific Northwest have come to cherish and enjoy. After many lineup changes the band has condensed down to the current trio with the occasional horn player floating over funky key melodies, punchy bass lines, and thundering drum beats that don’t skip……..ever.