Black Nature Band + Echo Street + One Drum at Ashkenaz
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30
After touring the world for several years as Damian Marley’s guitarist, Jason Bryant decided to dedicate his time to studying Buddhism. Four years later he emerged with a deeper perspective and passion to play Reggae, Funk, and R&B. He then moved to Santa Cruz and met Peter Sawyer, songwriter and guitarist for San Francisco’s improvisational rock icons Seconds On End. The pair became good friends and began writing songs together. Combining their melodies and lyrics with Bryant’s ethereal voice convinced the two that they should form a band; thus, Echo Street was born.
Soon after formation, Echo Street enlisted R&B/gospel keyboardist and vocalist Elliott Nguyen (Buffalo Jump). Nguyen is classically trained as an opera singer and capable of bringing serious funk on keys. Funkmeister extraordinaire Brendan McQueeney (Second Floor Funk) locks in his drums with bassist Jesse Holsapple, who played in Distant Visions with Doobie Brothers bassist Tiran Porter, and with Soul Island featuring Grammy nominated vocalist Tammi Brown. McQueeney and Holsapple create a big groove for the band and audience to ride on. Echo Street focuses on creating unique stage shows featuring relentless, danceable grooves interweaving reggae, funk and soul.
Echo Street is now booking shows throughout Norcal; look for their unique brand of original and authentic reggae, funk and soul mixed with covers of songs by Bob Marley, The Temptations, and Curtis Mayfield to come to a town near you.
One Drum is led by brothers Bryan and Andrew C. and is currently located in the bay area, California. The band is influenced by Roots Reggae music as well as World, R&B and Soul music. The vision for this music developed in CT, where lead singer Andrew joined with local musicians to form a Hartford based Reggae band in 2011. In 2013, Andrew and his brother Bryan, a vocalist and instrumentalist, came together after traveling diverse and unique musical paths, to begin writing and playing newly inspired reggae music.
In 2014 One Drum made their first radio appearance on WESU 88.1 in Middletown, CT. Soon after, with the help of two more native CT musicians, One Drum began traveling and playing live shows throughout the northeast and Tri-State area. Sharing the stage with acts such as Sleepy Wonder and Geometric Echoes w/members of Thievery Corporation, Hartford based group One Band International and Brooklyn based Heights Of Wisdom, they continued crafting their music and live performance. At the start of the new year One Drum released two independent tracks, “This Morning A Reason” and “About A Earth.” The strong cycling grooves and chant-driven chorus’s are characteristic of One Drums live sound and roots vibration! The Band gives thanks to Selassie I. Only Rastafari make this music possible.
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center presents concerts, classes, and workshops of participatory dance and music rooted in traditional cultures from around the world. We are committed to providing a great place to dance that supports local and international bands of both established and emerging artists in a respectful, comfortable, safe, and family atmosphere. Through this we build friendship and culturally inclusive community that encourages social awareness, education, and dedication to fairness, honor, and equality.
Berkeley, CA Ashkenaz
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