HR + The Scotch Bonnets w/ The Reckless Island
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm
Seating for this show will be limited. Bright Box is general admission; first come, first served. Arrive early if you'd like to grab a table.
Start the new year on the right foot then the left foot, then the right again as you dance to all the sweet soulful ska and rockin' reggae rhythms. Bad Brains frontman H.R. and Baltimore/Washington, D.C.-based reggae/ska/funk/soul act The Scotch Bonnets are celebrating their brand new collaboration EP Quest and we're ready to party. HR will perform his own set as backed by The Scotch Bonnets, plus full sets by The Scotch Bonnets and The Reckless Island!
ABOUT THE EP:
"From the romping pub ska of "Cheyenne" to the spacey reggae love vibes in "My Universal Love" to "Just A Kid," a rare Bonnets soul-rocker, Quest is an eclectic mix of songs sung by both HR and Lady Hatchet. The EP's title track boasts HR's first recorded boy-girl duet, his avant-garde vocals in juxtaposition with Lady Hatchet's R & B tinged hooks. And what HR session would be complete without a little studio experimentation? Precisely that can be found on "H.R. Psalm," a mesmerizing HR composition for which he conducted the band as they played along to a previously recorded HR track!
Be sure to pick up your very own copy at the show!
HR is the enigmatic singer for the pioneering hardcore punk band Bad Brains. Formed in 1978, The Brains melded punk, reggae, heavy metal and funk into a fast, complex and intense sound that been the soundtrack for positive thinking punk rockers, skateboarders, and American Rastafarians for the past 35 years. The group has released nine studio albums and are known worldwide for not only their music but for the high-energy live shows that established their legend. Their influence has been acknowledged by countless musicians including the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Lil'John, Moby, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Along with singing in Bad Brains, HR has fronted his own reggae band Human Rights since 1983. HR's band has released ten studio albums, and HR has collaborated on songs with Sublime, 311, and P.O.D. His songs are a seamless blend of singing, rap and African chanting, and demand social and economic equality and an end to oppression and racism.
THE SCOTCH BONNETS
When you say the words 'scotch bonnets,' hot sauce aficionados think of the wrinkly peppers that are a staple of Caribbean cooking. But to reggae music fans, The Scotch Bonnets are the Baltimore/DC outfit who always bring the good-love vibe with their funky reggae, rocksteady, and soul-flavored sound. Though the current line-up boasts members of Scream and Left Alone, the band is the baby of singer/guitarist Kristin Forbes, upon whom the local reggae cats bestowed the nom de guerre Lady Hatchet because of her razor-sharp guitar chops.
Since their debut in December 2009, The Bonnets have been gigging regularly throughout the region. The have opened for The English Beat, The Pietasters, The Slackers, King Django, The Toasters, Bad Manners, and many others.
In April 2013, The Bonnets released their much-anticipated debut album, Live Ya Life. Recorded by the band over two and a half years, the album is a collection of Lady Hatchet's upbeat tunes about tough times, unrequited love, and the fighting spirit to get through it all. The Bonnets raised the money to duplicate the CD through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Among Live Ya Life's many contributors, Angelo Moore of the punk/funk pioneers Fishbone brought his saxophone orchestra to the track "Pim Pim Pim." He also sat in with The Bonnets during their set at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour and has collaborated with Lady Hatchet on other material.
On December 2, 2014, The Scotch Bonnets will be releasing Quest, an EP they recorded with their friend HR, singer of the legendary hardcore band Bad Brains. The group travelled the East Coast and out to the Midwest with HR, opening for him as well as backing him on songs from his Human Rights band. The songs on Quest were culled from sessions done recording the lead-off track for Morphius Records's 20th anniversary compilation, Morphius XX.
The Scotch Bonnets will also have a track on Hellcat Records' upcoming tribute record to Rancid, Hooligans United (slated for a winter 2015 release) and are booking a spring tour, backing and supporting the pioneering Two-Tone guitarist, Roddy Radiation of The Specials.
THE RECKLESS ISLAND
The Reckless Island from Richmond, VA blend radio-friendly pop with summer-drenched reggae. The band features former members of acclaimed Berryville, VA band The Golden Butter Band, and are influenced as much by Sublime as they are the Beach Boys. Their debut release, Breathe In EP, was released in October 2014.
Bright Box Theater (View)
15 N Loudoun St, Suite 100
Winchester, VA 22601
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|