The Saxophonic master of our hearts and minds SKERIK returns to the Olympia Ballroom with all of his aces up his sleeve and then some in this group. Skerik's Bandalabra won the Golden Ear Award for 'Alternative Jazz Group of the Year' in 2012 (Earshot Jazz - Seattle, WA)
Skerik's Bandalabra is always on fire, blowing up all expectations of what phenomenal musicians with exceptional communication are capable of. This show will be deeply groovy, explosive, and contemplative. And this show will be extra live and memorable as the great trombonist Cary Meyers (The Mike Dillon Band) will be on stage. She is one of the most exciting horn players we have seen at The Ballroom and it is sure to be unbelievable!
Skerik's Bandalabra is: Skerik-sax Dvonne Lewis-drums Evan Flory-Barnes-bass Andy Coe-guitar. Carly Meyers-trombone
***The Steve Bentley Ensemble opens the show*** This group just played to a sold out crowd at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and won the crowd over with a standing ovation at the end - playing all original compositions by local funk/jazz drummer Steve Bentley, this very exciting quartet will get this evening very warm right at the start!
SKERIK'S BANDALABRA: The group's message is rhythm, Fela meets Steve Reich in rock's backyard. Dance and listen.
Skerik, the endearingly saxophonic, punk jazz iconoclast, introduces his latest project Bandalabra. Joining him are three of his fellow Seattle hometown's most revered players: Andy Coe on electric guitar, Evan Flory-Barnes on upright bass and Dvonne Lewis on drums. In Skerik's words, Bandalabra is intended to conjure the sounds of "Fela Kuti meeting Steve Reich in rock's backyard." A bold assertion, but one for which the music bears witness. Together, the quartet syncopates and snakes, floats free and snaps tight with hypnotic afrobeat rhythms, minimalist canons and improvised harmonics. There's a duality that demands listeners both dance communally and get lost in their daydreams. On their debut album 'Live At The Royal Room,' captured at the band's first ever public performance, the foursome head into the deep unknown, creating music in the moment for over 60 minutes straight. Halfway through the evening, they hit upon the illest of psych grooves, one later dubbed "Beast Crusher." Here the visceral and cerebral become one, the music explodes into the Northwest skies and Skerik's Bandalabra is born into the world a fully realized vision.
The Olympia Ballroom (View)
116 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501