“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.
’5 Up and Coming Jambands Poised to Take Over the Scene’ – Live for Live Music”
“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.
City of The Sun is John Pita, Avi Snow and Zach Para. Three guys from all around the world – Ecuador, Seattle, Israel – coming together in NYC with two guitars, a box, some bells, and a sound far greater than the sum of those parts. Their music has been called “tremendous,” “powerful,” “mesmerizing,” and “a re-invention of acoustic music.” It’s acoustic, but electric. Instrumental, but lyrical. Worldly, but deeply personal. City Of The Sun runs the gamut from wide-screen post-rock dynamics to gypsy jazz syncopations.
“It seemed as though the aggressive guitar work skated right atop post-rock chord progressions that were held down by a cajon and tambourine. The New York City band’s modern flamenco influence begged comparisons to Rodrigo Y Gabriela, showing the crowd that headbanging acoustic music exists.” – Jambase
“We don’t get much instrumental rock these days… Yeah, lyrics can make it easier to convey mood/meaning, but if you can do that with just a sonic landscape, you’re a true master of your art. And City of the Sun are shaping up to be master artisans. ” – Baeble Music
People’s Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they’ve signed with Madison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C., headlining NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and a dozen festivals around the country, playing Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN’ & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello and Dinosaur Jr.
Their new album (out June 10) was recorded in Richmond by Ricky Olson at The Ward, and is named after the band’s intense new one-minute and 35 second hit of proggy psych-punk, ”Quit or Die.” As People’s Blues pounds into the first chorus, singer Tim Beavers II howls, “Compromise is suicide when your choice is quit or die!” The song explores the hardships of addiction, from eviction notices to regrettable drug deals. Quit or Die is filled with thought-provoking lyrics as the band sonically claws through the speakers like some mutant beast. The songs “Richmond City Hangover Blues” and “The House on Oregon Hill” are shout-outs to their filthy/beautiful hometown, while “The March” and “I Understand” both exemplify the band’s love of life on tour and all the insanity that comes with it, and “I Love You” and “Just Tears” express the futility and anguish of love gone awry. The moods shifts from dark and brooding to manic and frenzied as if the record itself was suffering from borderline personality disorder.
People’s Blues of Richmond was originally formed in 2009 by bass player Matthew Volkes and guitarist Tim Beavers II. They found their first drummer, Raphael Katchinoff in the Richmond music scene and played with him for four years and two albums. During the making of their second album, Good Time Suicide, they were joined by keyboard player Tommy Booker, but he and Raphael soon turned their focus to their other group, Southern Belles. Then, Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb from The Wailers) took over on drums. After the switch, Volkes, Beavers & Williams all moved in together and began touring full time in a 15 passenger Ford van.
They’ve been going non-stop ever since, spending all hours of the day either traveling, playing, writing, recording or planning their next step. After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that shows in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.”
The band is currently working on a “Quit or Die” music video before continuing to take audiences by storm with their unbelievable live shows, which often include smashed guitars, blazing light shows and brilliant projections from Dustin Klein of Videometry (who also lives with the band back in Richmond).
There’s a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass
There’s a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage. Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences.
Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Just catching a single performance will make it abundantly clear why HMBB! is known as “a party in progress!”
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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!
July 4th at the Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park. There, you can expect a great selection of beers, patriotic sangria, and hang with your friends
July 4th at the Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park. There, you can expect a great selection of beers, patriotic sangria, and hang with your friends and family in the Red, White & Blue Austin-Style Beer Garden while taking in the sun, listening to great music, and drinking a few cold ones. Life is Good in JERSEY CITY! Click “MORE INFO” about for more information about the event!
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Cinco de Mayo celebration the CERVEZAS will be cold and the TACOS will be HOT!! Enjoy all night drink specials and our
CINCO DE DRINKO is our Chip DIPPIN, margarita SIPPIN
Cinco de Mayo celebration the CERVEZAS will be cold and the TACOS will be HOT!! Enjoy all night drink specials and our MICHELADA LOCA COCKTAIL our MEXICAN SHRIMP COCKTAIL APPETIZER !
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“Eclectic and evocative, stirring together dusty cinematic arrangements with lyrical tales of depravity and hard-luck humanity that sound like something out of a Cormac McCarthy novel.”
“Playing Americana ‘slash blues’, they sing, wail, lament, and brood over being drunk, hungover, alone, depressed, sweaty, and lost. A simple recount of a whiskey-inspired tradition on guitar and harmonica.”
– Pop Montreal
“It lands somewhere between The Basement Tapes and Anodyne, with a ragged, lo-fi aesthetic and lyrics drenched in heartbreak and whiskey.”
– Pop Matters
“A contemporary-ancient brand of Americana similar to The Band or, at its crankiest extreme, Captain Beefheart… with a dirty Mersey Beat that’d shame the Animals.”
– Philadelphia Citypaper
“A post-apocalyptic fall-out shelter house band.”
– Philadelphia Weekly
– CBS Philadelphia
“Sounding like a cross between the Mountain Goats, Tom Waits and the ghost of Captain Beefheart serenading the crowd at a drunken rodeo, these guys cherry pick from the American songbook for both whiskey-soaked missives and woozy balladry.”
– The Deli Magazine
“One of the most sought after bands in Philly.”
– USA Today