Shokazoba and Lunar Carnival at Stone Church
"Shokazoba is a ten piece Afrobeat ensemble that blends jazz and old school funk, with a West African beat that sets the foundation for a great community vibe. Their website describes their roots from Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and our favorite Godfather of funk, James Brown. They have won several regional music awards and one visit to their show last night demonstrated that these were well deserved. This ensemble was among the hardest working bands I've seen in a long time. The instrumentals and musical solos were creative, intense and non-stop. Their teamwork both with each other and with the crowd intensified the experience with its impeccable timing. They elevated with multiple blending, streaming sounds and then could stop on a dime for punch and simultaneously start again to re-engage. It was our reality, one infectious groove. The musicians cued each other to keep the factors balanced among the amazing instrumental solos. These were songs of pride. They created a shared energy with each other and the crowd. As the evening went on, the audience became more cohesive and went deeper and deeper into a trancelike state. Even those who weren't dancing, were part of the collective Shokazoba unconscious." - Bluebird Reviews
Imagine yourself dancing with friends under the moon. There is a band and celebration is in the air. The moon is listening, while the band plays through the night...and we'll always remember, tonight.
Lunar Carnival is led by four free-spirited and versatile musicians. Ages ago, when these musicians came together, it was a magical-musical explosion. The group was originally founded by Vocalists and songwriters Katerina Korolov and Maia Archote with Bassist Daniel Grip. Katerina's songs flow beautifully like a summer breeze, while bassist Daniel Grip provides a foot stopping feel. And while Maia does not regularly perform with the group, her stand-up, knock out harmonies can be heard on the two existing albums. Come to a show and hear the vocals as they are decorated with soaring harmonies among a whirlwind of guitar, cajon, violin, and other musical sounds. Recently two amazing musicians have added to the Lunar mix! Singer, percussionist and instrumentalist Johanna Dun-Jones will light your fire and Alex Korolov will blow you away with his beautiful and professional Mandolin, Violin and anything else in the house stylings!
Their overall style is an eclectic blend of their various musical backgrounds. There are prominent stylistic elements of folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, and funk, among many others found in their sound, which makes it hard to categorize the band into a certain genre. For now, let's just say they are an original-sounding Bohemian-folk-trio playing music from the heart, for those who want to feel.
The Stone Church (Brattleboro, VT) (View)
210 Main st
Brattleboro, VT 05301
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|