Zero Mile Presents
Chelsea Shag, Lel
887 West Marietta St. Studio C
Atlanta, GA, 30318
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
In just a few short years, the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch—Mike Wilbur (horns), Wenzl McGowen (horns), and James Muschler (drums)—has taken their exhilarating blend of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music from the New York City subway system to stages around the world, touring with the likes of Beats Antique, Lotus, Galactic, and Dopapod among others, as well as earning status as festival favorites and selling out headline shows in major venues. The trio initially turned heads in the music industry with their self-titled 2013 debut, which introduced their charismatic, unconventional sound to the world, but by then they were already well-known to straphangers in New York, who would react with such joy and fervor to their impromptu subway platform sets that the NYPD had to ban them from locations that couldn't handle the crowds.
Onstage, the band now plays through a "Reverse DJ" setup, in which the live sound from their horns runs through laptops to process recorded effects. In addition, they utilize Moog synthesizers, as well as an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in addition to touch) and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Wilbur added vocals to his repertoire, and Muschler, meanwhile, immersed himself in tabla studies in India in order to expand his percussion skills. Tahoe Onstage boasts, “Moon Hooch uniquely delivers a creative, energetic, and unyielding assault on your auditory senses."
The band members all speak reverently of meditation and consciousness and the role it plays in their music, but equally close to their hearts are the environmental causes they champion. Moon Hooch tries to live up to their green ideals while traveling as much as possible, playing benefit shows, supporting local farmers and co-ops, participating in river cleanups, filming informative videos for their fans, and more. The band even runs a food blog, Cooking In The Cave, in which they highlight the healthy, sustainable, organic recipes they utilize with their mobile kitchen setup on tour. For the members of Moon Hooch, commitments to consciousness and environmentalism and veganism and philosophy and peace aren't separate from their commitment to music, but actually integral parts of it. It's all tied into that same core approach that led to their discovery on the subway platform: try, even if it's just a little bit every day, to make the world less like it is and more like you wish it could be.
You can't put Chelsea Shag in a box - she's made up her own. It's not just pop - it's jazz, blues, R&B, and soul all in one - it's everything that's transcended through her. An enamoring energy both on and offstage, this twenty-three year old's music moves within you. Her words create stories and her voice and music bring life to them delivering a unique experience to each listener. An invigorating sound to your ears, Chelsea's voice vibrates through you with soul, edge, and smoothness.
From listening to her biggest influences and putting her hands on any instrument she could, Chelsea's been developing her sound since she started playing her electric guitar at age eleven. Moving to Atlanta in 1996 from Novia Scotia, Canada, Chelsea developed the soul of the Southeast and you can feel it when you hear her music. With so much to offer vocally, it's refreshing to hear a strong singer-songwriter play guitar with such ease and originality. After studying jazz guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music, Chelsea began winning hearts performing throughout Atlanta breaking the cliche that only men can rock a guitar. With her looper machine, sweet tones, beat boxing, and kick drum riding the rhythm - her live performance is not to be missed.
It is that time yet again where Chelsea evolves in front of our eyes and we are happy to announce that she is in the works of finishing her first record with a full band. This new element only magnifies her more as the artist she is, so keep your eyes peeled and ears ready!
Things are about to get funky.