“Every single second is a blessing if you count them all,” sings frontman Matthew Roads. You can hear the sincerity in his voice; the joie de vivre that oozes from everything Tropidelic does is apparent. When they take a stage, their synergy flows member to member—horns blow, knees kicked high and grins are passed from one man to the next. Almost immediately it spreads to the crowd, lifting hands in the air as their feet begin to move and the pulse collectively becomes that of one.
The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. But each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”
For their forthcoming 2017 release, “Heavy is The Head”, Tropidelic carefully vetted what songs made it to the record, and featured songwriting efforts from members James and Darrick. Sound engineer Cary Crichlow, who has worked on the last four releases from the band, returned to get the job done. “Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music” says Roads. “There’s certainly a lot that needs said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions.”
These seasoned road dogs can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper and The Wailers. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Werk Out Festival, Reggae on the River, Night Lights Music Festival, an appearance at Warped Tour, SXSW and supporting Badfish through the East and Midwest. In 2017, the band is focused on headlining tours as well as performing at Electric Forest, Burning Foot Festival, Surrounded By The Sound, Bragg Jam, Shadefest and much more. Stay tuned for more from Cleveland’s home-grown, Tropidelic.
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“The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ LOGIC, whom with jazz as
“The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ LOGIC, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip – hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.
Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of: MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, VERNON REID, CHARLIE HUNTER, JACK DeJOHNETTE, JOHN MAYER, BEN HARPER, MOS DEF and THE ROOTS, to name but a few.
These days, DJ LOGIC is focusing on studio endeavors, producing notable projects such as: Re-imagination with jazz piano phenomenon ELDAR ; collaborating with VERNON REID on a project he co-founded called the Yohimbe Brothers ; touring with CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE in support of Live at Tonic ; participating in a side project called SOLESIDE (featuring KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH from STRING CHEESE INCIDENT and SPEECH from ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) and co-anchoring a rock band with JOHN POPPER (The John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic) . LOGIC’S body of work also includes three highly accomplished solo albums (Zen of Logic; The Anomaly; Presents Project Logic), all released on Ropeadope Records.
DJ LOGIC and his role as an electronic-music ambassador keeps him at the top of his game. Whether the scratch artist instructs tablas to flirt with drum ‘n’ bass (such as on his NINA SIMONE and BILLY HOLIDAY remixes found on Sony Legacy’s Remixed and Reimagined volumes) , or while meshing free styling MC’s with Afro-Cuban rhythms (such as on ‘Share Worldwide Funk’ – a remix produced for JACK DeJOHNETTE and Golden Beams Collected, Volume 1 ) , LOGIC can always be found paying homage to his predecessors while contributing his vision to the deejay genre. While the context of his work may vary, DJ LOGIC’S spinning skills are definitely beyond reproach. He works with a phenomenal roster of invited guests, and he knows how to pick his collaborators as well as his samples. With a growing catalogue of recordings under his belt, DJ LOGIC’S supreme musicianship and catholic tastes will allow him to journey wherever an infectious groove may take him.
“The Magic Beans have been making big waves in their home state of Colorado for some time now with their unique genre-blending sound and exciting shows. Since starting to tour a couple of years ago, they’ve caught the eyes and ears of many music lovers nationwide. Bean’s shows are at their core a dance party with an emphasis on original songwriting and extended segments of improvisation. They invoke hints of your favorite live acts while managing to come across with a sound that is distinctly their own. The band’s stage chemistry is infectious and very inclusive of the audience, resulting in a close knit fanbase around the group dubbed, “Team Bean”. Having just signed with Madison House, you can expect big moves coming from the Beans soon. Make sure to check these guys out when they come through your town.
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“The Magic Beans out of Boulder, CO. just don’t stop, unless their on-stage hilarity builds up past breaking point, and then they still don’t stop, but just merge it all into their energetic and crisp performance. Their blues-funk-psych-grass style just shines through their instruments with such a laissez faire attitude. The ability of these musicians to soar right into these hardcore jams and inspirational riffs, and level out into a world of psychedelic peaceful melodies is up there with the talents of the legendary spirits of The String Cheese Incident and Phish.These boys all have that divine western charm, and when united on stage they just pour out their hearts through these audio boxes we call speakers. The Magic Beans are truly a traditional symbol of that exquisite Boulder folk humor. With their ability to flow so nonchalantly and connect with each member of the crowd individually, as well as the deep on-stage interaction between themselves, these guys are truly on the right track. Their red solo cup energy caused everyone in attendance to have the best day ever; smiles for miles! The beautiful on-point melodies and soulful style mark these fellas’ as the true ‘American Jumping Beans of Funk!’”
“The Magic Beans are anything but slow. Bringing a slew of their own fans with them, many in the crowd showed a level of enthusiasm rarely seen for a local act. Hailing from Nederland The Magic Beans have begun to build a loyal fanbase that is willing to catch them up and down the Front Range. A young band with a lot of potential they seem to be all over the map when it comes to their sound. Ranging from Phishy jam to a Disco Biscuits style dance party. At times they drifted into a distinctly Dead tone, which I found to be the best parts of their show…. The Magic Beans have enormous promise, and are already making waves in and around the Denver jam scene. Given the fact that they have had some solid opening slots and are finding their way into festival lineups including the upcoming Snowball and Phibstock. I see good things in their future as they continue to develop their style. ”
“When you talk to jam band fans, most will tell you that they never listen to studio albums. You go see bands like Phish and Umphrey’s McGee for the energy and live improvisation that takes the music to a level you just can’t reach in a studio environment. However, the Magic Beans, out of Boulder, Colorado, just released an album that will have you thinking a little differently…On the Beans’ self-titled debut, they bring you tighter, more polished versions of the songs they’ve been playing live for almost a year now. On the album only one song dips below 5 minutes while the rest around right around 10 minutes long. Now, that does not mean noodling by any means. They went into the studio with a purpose. They wanted to jam hard but without losing focus. On each track, there are solos, quick changes, dips, and massive peaks, all coming together to create a real mellow listen top-to-bottom.”
“Local Legends? That may be a bold statement, but the The Magic Beans are heading in the right direction…. a non-stop party that surely must have worn down more than a few pairs of dancing shoes… genres didn’t lack variety. Funk, disco, progressive electronic, and bluegrass fusion influences shook the speakers Friday night….When The Magic Beans took the stage something just screamed “headliner.” Their stage presence is as professional as it gets. They are always composed, but still let the crowd know they’re having a blast…these guys are really doing something that comes from the soul. It’s almost impossible to put a label on…. It seems like they are consistently pushing their limits…..The Magic Beans delivered a show that was nothing short of amazing between the songs they delivered and every positive emotion that came with them…. Like a dream, the night has come and gone, and we can only request The Magic Beans for one thing: please do something like this again”
“Blended genres, instruments meeting electronics, improvisation, exciting live shows. That’s pretty much the formula for a successful Boulder band right now. It can be tiring, finding the truly talented ones, so here’s a hint: Magic Beans”
“There is yet another talented band growing out of the nurtured musical environment that is the tiny town of Nederland, Colorado. Yet The Magic Beans are no regurgitated form.” ….. “the music a combination of ‘roots songwriting with inspired funk/electronica-based improvisation.’” …… “Listening to the new [CD], The Magic Beans, reveals many layers. One thing that jumps out right away is the group’s cohesion – These musicians play very well together… Certain points throughout the album can find spot-on influences from Umphrey’s McGee, String Cheese Incident, Phish, Particle and many others.” …… “Sounding like a seasoned, well-oiled machine, these musicians have a lot to be proud of and excited about in terms of their material and connectedness. For a band to share this type of musical familiarity without knowing each other for very long goes back to the feeling of an eerie, unexplained phenomenon at work to bring them together in the first place.” …..
“Americana-bluegrass / electro-acoustic fusion, supplemental influences audibly range from R&B-esque funk, bouncy new-wave, even disco, to an electronica-live band amalgam” …… “With a light show and massive sound seemingly able to turn a local bar’s stage into a major venue – it’s not just a performance, they’re an entertainment spectacular!”….. “Quite talented and considerably more serious about their music than most assemblies of young 20-somethings, and rooted in Four Mile Canyon west of Boulder, the Magic Beans are previous winners of the Waterfront Music Festival’s Local Band Contest.” …… “Clearly excited and energized to be playing”
“The Magic Beans is a troupe of musicians that got jarred up in Four Mile Canyon, Colorado and created a bond that allows for spontaneous improvisation and music greater than the sum of its parts. The Beans style is all encompassing and completely natural. Genres include but are not limited to jazz, folk, rock, bluegrass, funk, blues, reggae, electronica, honky tonk, etc. The Magic Beans love music and love sharing the fun with everyone in earshot. Just don’t expect to be sitting down. Rejoice!”
David Pattillo aka Strange Majik has firmly established himself as a blues rock icon on the NY scene.
He has performed not only at Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl, and rock haunts like Mercury Lounge, but also rooftops of the Standard Hotel and is becoming a regular at The Manderley Bar at Sleep No More. He has blazed a two year-long residency at Tribeca’s Belle Reve performing for celebs like Kim and Kanye, Elon Musk, Kevin Dillon, and Giancarlo Esposito, and jamming with NYC staples Brian Newman, rock stalwarts Willie Nile and even rock royalty Jakob Dylan. But 2017 brought a new uneasy change in American politics and it’s got him frustrated and enraged about many issues. The result is his stand out new EP, Soul Crisis. Nina Simone once said it’s the artist’s job to reflect the times. Well these are some extraordinary times! Pattillo puts his bullets in his pen and packs a message of hope and wariness. From blues swagger to sweet soul this little record takes you on an emotional ride with hard hitting grit and psychedelic groovy departures not unlike his 60s and 70s classic rock influences. Soul Crisis is available on all digital outlets March 28, 2017.
Strange Majik – “Raised On Rock ‘N’ Roll” 2016
David Pattillo aka Strange Majik has created an original vibrant ode to classic rock ‘n’ roll. This eleven song rollick ignites your spirit with soulful snarls, primal howls, and bone rattlin’ riffs straight outta Muscle Shoals or Stax. Whether you’re a old Stones fan or a Lightnin’ Hopkin’s purist, Pattillo will win you over with his urgency and raw power shedding the backwater blues style that schooled the rock bands of the 60s and 70s. Hips shakin’, peace signs pumping, protest signs held high, and long hair swingin’ in the breeze, simplicity and soul is where it’s at in 2016.
Raised on Rock ‘N’ Roll is at times a classic rock record about classic rock. With paeans to Leon Russell and shouts to Jimmy Page, Hendrix, Neil Young, and Ziggy Stardust it’s chock fill of references sure to hook the vintage vinyl junkie. It’s got an Elvis sense of humor and a John Lennon political heart, poking fun at city scenesters in “Cocaine Kisses,” praising tough Texas ladies in “Don’t Mess With The Girl From Texas,” and delivering a scathing philippic in “Workingman 99.”
But all in all it’s Pattillo’s intensity that takes you on the wild ride. Dillon Treacy’s fat back beats keepin ya groovin’ and movin’. Jake Pinto from the eclectric Brooklyn band Emefe channels Ray Charles and Booker T. with his vintage Wurly. Chris Gaskell aka Baby GSauce’s plays super funky, moving from upright bass to electric with ease. Showcase moments go to Geoff Burke on sax who Pattillo borrowed from Harry Connick Jr. Burke has effortless soul in his tenor that keeps the record authentic yet fresh. On “Electrified” the beautiful cascading piano work of Sean Spada recalls Bowie’s Aladdin Sane’s piano genius. It’s an incredibly rich musical record blowing the doors of Americana, blues rock, and retro soul wide open.
A NYC based music producer and songwriter Pattillo has always pushed forward stylistically playing an anomalous role in the alternative rock genre. A few years back when his 2 piece punk blues duo “The Dead Exs” had run its course, he took an excursion into funked out psychedelia with some urban twists in 2015’s “Lights On.” “I made a multi-layered studio record after The Dead Exs “readymades” and was excited with the collaborations of several young singers I discovered. As soon as I finished it though, everyone was asking me to play my blues again! So I started booking gigs downtown playing solo with a boot box.
I got introduced to Chef Paul Gerard who had just opened Belle Reve in Tribeca and he teamed me with a gogo dancer and suddenly Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and a host of upcoming supermodels were showing up at my shows. Eventually I added a bassist who was just graduating NYU Jazz and he hooked me up with a bunch of his classmates and we started building a band. It just kind of happened naturally… and suddenly a bunch of jazz kids were playing the blues and watching people dance and get crazy on a Tuesday midnight in Tribeca! Who knew?? We were all kind of amazed at the response, quickly building a whole new scene outside the usual East Village throng.”
“The crowds stayed consistent and a year later we are still playing. It’s been pretty wild. I wanted to document the excitement of those 3 hour plus nights of music so I brought the guys in to the studio and we cut the new album. Then Manhattan’s skyrocketing real estate nearly did me in as my studio rent was unexpectedly doubled. I really thought I was done in the business. I was so distraught, but at the last minute like a spiritual Hail Mary pass, the universe came through and got me in a space just a few blocks away with a full live room for my band. We stole away nights and weekends for 6 months crafting out the record while we were continuing to play live every Tuesday. It’s been fairly a chaotic process but great for a workaholic like me.”
“Going to Miami” opens the record with a fat back chitlin’ groove and a gritty guitar riff straight outta Jimmy James and The Blue Flames. One drop of the needle and its BANG! “Listening To Leon” sounds like it could have been a lost Derek And The Dominoes gem. Self deprecating, age wary, slides soaring and riff heavy it’s an infectious rocker worthy of Leon’s praise.
“Don’t Mess With The Girl From Texas” and “Raised on Rock ‘N’ Roll” are two southern tinged anthems full of feathers and flair. Background vocalists Mollie King from Tennessee and Briana Layon from Tulsa bring the swampy southern authenticity here. These two are like an ice cream sandwich with Claudia Lennear hiding in the middle. Classic indeed! Anthony “Flynn” Mullin of the NYC band The Blackfires cameos on rippin’ guitar runs as well. The result is a classic rock standard and an undeniable Texas honky tonk rager.
But then the masterful “Electrified” slows us down to a sexier groove that recalls a vibey JJ Cale moment. A haunting atmosphere eases you into to a plush 16 bar blues with a message. “I had just seen the movie ‘Amy.’ recalls Pattillo and the song just wrote itself. I related to her brutally addictive relationship with her boyfriend that fueled her iconic storylines, which on one hand gave her beautiful songs but eventually destroyed her life.”
“Workingman 99” is a more raw and immediate revisit from the “Lights On” record with Geoff Burke holding down a “Brass Monkey” Beastie’s vibe. No doubt this is one of the most visceral tracks on the record with the entire band working overtime. And its lyrical lefty sensibilities are right on time for this revolutionary election year! “Nolita Strut,” which could be an Allan Toussaint instrumental, along with “If You Got The Time I Got The Love” and “Girl From Texas” originally appeared on The Dead Exs records punkier and loose. But here they have evolved into tighter, punchier, maximum party pleasers. “Cocaine Kisses” keeps the fun going and the humor high with Floridian Greg Holt’s fiddlers nod to Americana coaxing Pattillo’s wit.
“Gone” starts with the dead thump of Pattillo’s foot on the bootbox. GSauce’s upright bass moans like a crawling king snake in the mud. Spada’s piano delivery is dreamy and masterful. Pattillo’s vocal rattles your bones. It’s a long slow ride that delivers. But perhaps the most epic tune on the record is “Pull The Trigger.” From its solitary beginning with Pattillo and his slide guitar on a single mic, this one genuinely reflects our violent often divisive times with a beautiful cameo from the NYC band Walking Shapes frontman, Nathaniel Hoho.
Pattillo shines as an ace songwriter on this record, and not only did he pen all the songs, but engineered, produced and mixed the record too. “I thought this one was going to be fairly easy but it became a huge labor of love and it kept growing. We started tracking the record with just the three of us in the room but then the upbeat songs were missing something. It was a challenge to get the right players and vibe so the band kept growing. I’m really happy with the response from the single and can’t wait for the world to hear the rest of it.”
Back in the 90s Pattillo came to the city to find something better than what he was getting in balmy Florida climes. Music had always been the best way out, and New York had more of it. Pattillo found on a job on the graveyard shift at Green St. Recording, pulling cables while Public Enemy mixed Fear Of A Black Planet and Sonic Youth tracked Goo. He then got an offer for regular hours at Sterling Sound where Madonna, Yoko, Questlove, and Keith Richards frequented the halls. It was an education. That led to a few things, including a producer role on The Beastie Boys Anthology DVD, working alongside Adam Yauch.
After setting out on his own, making music and engineering, he was nominated for an Emmy for the Live From The Artists Den television series, mixing the Alabama Shakes, Ray Lamontagne, and Robert Plant, among others. He discovered and produced the debut album of an up and coming Motown artist for super producer Linda Perry. But he always kept one foot in the clubs, fronting The Dead Exs, singing and crafting a blues guitar finger style and touring some backwater Southern dives with Ray Wylie Hubbard. Whatever it was he was doing, it was about exploration, finding the pulse. He hosted a UK show on Amazing Radio, ferreting out the best underground NYC bands and introducing them to London’s music scene. But it’s the latest stop in his travels that have proven to be the most inspiring, the most unexpected, and, musically, the richest yet.
“I’m so happy to have my weekly Tribeca residency at Belle Reve. It’s enabled me to play my music for new folks every week, get some immediate feedback, and inspire a lot of people to believe in rock ‘n’ roll again. I see all ages come out and it’s heartening to see how much fun everyone is having. There are so many bands in town, but not many that do what we do. I’m just glad people trust in the boys and me to deliver the goods. There’s so much emotion wrapped up in the lyrics and they will cut pretty deep, but there is such a release that happens live for the audience and for me. I feel like Leon Russell on his live record when he says ‘Now if you all don’t feel like you’ve had a religious experience tonight when you leave, you just go get your money back. I don’t need it!’ That may not be the hippest thing to say in indie rock today or the smartest, but with my crowd it just feels right.
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We are looking forward to the SOUTH HOUSE BEER GARDEN AT THE ALL ABOUT DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR! (Newark Ave Erie street). We will be featuring a few tea & spice cocktails a
We are looking forward to the SOUTH HOUSE BEER GARDEN AT THE ALL ABOUT DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR! (Newark Ave Erie street). We will be featuring a few tea & spice cocktails a sneak peak into our fall cocktail list!
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