The Brand New Life

Since stepping onto the world beat music scene in 2009, The Brand New Life has been uplifting audiences with a sound that is as enlivening as the name implies. The eight-piece band has become recognized as one of the Southeast’s top Afrobeat groups, sharing the stage with world-renowned all-stars such as Nigerian Afrobeat royalty Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and American Afrobeat collective Antibalas. With an adventurous original repertoire, the band avoids being classified as purely Afrobeat by drawing on a number of musical influences including New Orleans jazz and indie rock. The result is a rousing, danceable melting pot of sound, powered by fierce polyrhythm and forceful horns that can be heard on their self-titled album (2010) and recently released single Gigs/$$$.

Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the group tackles songwriting as a collective, with each band member pulling from widely diverse musical backgrounds. The rhythm section, including Evan Frierson (congas/percussion), Daniel Yount (drum set/percussion) and Scott Johnson (congas/percussion), blends drumming influences from West Africa, Uruguay, and Cuba. The influence of regular guest and Wolof griot Mamadou Mbengue (tama, aka talking drum) has led to explorations of Mbalax, the pop music of Mbengue’s native home, Senegal. TBNL’s horn section of Walter Fancourt (tenor sax/flute) and Sean Smith (trumpet) is equally noteworthy, having toured with rising indie bands Reptar and Rubblebucket in 2012 and 2013. Rounding out the rhythm section are Seth Barden (upright/electric bass) and Will Darity (electric guitar), prominent musicians on the North Carolina jazz scene. Members have also been involved in several side projects, including Mamadou’s Fantastic Band, playing traditional Senegalese music, and metal-infused jazz group Trioscapes, whose album Separate Realities cracked the Billboard charts in 2012.

The Brand New Life’s consistent drive to bring their world beat grooves to a broader audience has landed them on stages at established music festivals such as FloydFest, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, and Lake Eden Arts Festival. Notable venues where the band has performed include The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC), Cat’s Cradle (Carrboro, NC), Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA), The Bitter End (New York City). As TBNL’s résumé continues to expand, so will their sound, filling a niche between Afrobeat, jazz, and rock that is as explosive as it is original.

The Hot At Nights

For fans of The Bad Plus and Charlie Hunter.

Says one Carolina newbie to one Carolina native, "Dang! I knew it would be hot in the Summer down here, but I had no idea that it would get even hotter at night!!" Meteorologically speaking, there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. But as far as the Raleigh-based exploratory jazz trio called The Hot at Nights, there is no explanation for them. 8-string guitar virtuoso Chris Boerner leads the group, with Matt Douglas on sax/woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums. The group melted together in Boerner's studio over the many sweltering evenings of Summer, 2010. Though largely improvisational, the group's compositions pull from contemporary songwriters, classic funk, pop, rock, and of course the electric avant garde stylings that have spanned the last 30 years of contemporary jazz. Complex rhythms can quickly transform into head-bobbing groove fare. Simple melodies coaxed by all three players can explode into cacophonous meteor showers at the drop of a dime. Their limits go as high as the stratosphere and deep into the Earth's mantle. Both of which keep them sweating... even after the sun goes down.

George Tisdale Band

For fans of: Andre 3000, James Brown, and Prince.

Just imagine the gut wrenching soul of James Brown meshed with the fashion sense of Andre 3000, and then fuse it with the edge of the Rolling Stones you end up with the George Tisdale Band. GTB is successfully bridging the gap between experimental, alternative, funk that is rooted in a deep faith which is the solid foundation of the soul. Armed with soul-stirring vocals, a guitar, tuba, drums, and keyboards, – the George Tisdale band is a refreshing return to an era of true artistry and awe-inspiring talent. Applauds from both music industry insiders and fans alike; many GTB fans can testify to it being a life changing experience.

From an early age George began to distinguish himself as a musician. At the age of 8 he started playing the drums, keyboard, and later as a young underground artist experimenting with different styles, George began to develop the visionary sound that has become his trademark.

This sound is the product of a number of musical influences, including George's late uncle, the world-renowned jazz bassist, Wayman Tisdale. Other influences include James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, and Elton John.

George has worked alongside many of the most talented artists in the industry today including Janelle Monae, Branford Marsalis, Anthony David, Keite Young, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff "Tain" Watts, D.Woods, Nate Currin, and many more.

In 2010, he got together with Donald Parker III and formed the George Tisdale Band. Their eclectic songbook is a blend of alternative rock, funk, soul, folk and ballads. Donald Parker III sums up the secret ingredient to their groundbreaking style with one question: "what other rock band has a tuba in it?" His one-man funk-infused horn section adds another dimension to their multi-layered sound.

In 2013 the band is set to release their highly-anticipated debut single, "All We Are" which is from the album Problems vs. Solutions which is slated to come out soon. For this project they teamed up with L.A. Based producer Chris Warrior, ATL's Simon Illa, and DFW's own Keite Young and a host of other producers, singers, songwriters and musicians. The album uncovers the complexities of everyday life; but rather than simply dwelling on ever-present struggles, the band uses each track as an opportunity to offer solutions. Each melody becomes a light illuminating the way forward.

Donald Parker III says the band's mission is to produce life-changing, God-implanted music that penetrates the soul and sets listeners free. At a time when most artists are desperately trying to sound the same, the George Tisdale Band is a breath of fresh air – a reminder of a time gone by, and a celebration of what's to come.



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