Skerik & Peter Afelbaum with Moksha

Skerik & Peter Afelbaum with Moksha

Jazz Mafia's "Adam Theis & The Last Band", Deep Space Quartet, Wil Blades with Jazz Mafia Horns

Wed, April 10, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$12 advance/$15 door

This event is 18 and over

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Skerik & Peter Afelbaum with Moksha
Skerik & Peter Afelbaum with Moksha
Explosive shows, filled with an arsenal of well-crafted material, have earned Moksha their reputation as Las Vegas' secret weapon. This well-oiled machine is now emerging from the glitz and glamour of Sin City and quickly garnering a solid following of loyal fans on the West Coast. With guitar, keys, bass, drums, and horns, this unique blend of musicians lives and breathes in a deep pocket of funk rock. Swirling in subtlety, their music paints a sonic landscape that unfolds in the moment and feeds on the dynamic ebb and flow of audience and band interconnection. In other words, they will melt your faces.

In 2010, Moksha joined forces with guitar legend Brian Stoltz (of Neville Brothers, Funky Meters, Bob Dylan and others) in the studio to record their first full length album "Mammal or Machine". J. Evan Wade of the Homegrown Music Network said it best "Mammal or Machine showcases lush compositions steeped in blues, rock, and elements of electronica as well. The resulting combinations are ambitious, well-executed, and result in an uncompromising "jam" album full of twists and turns." The album gathered critical acclaim when the Las Vegas Weekly described the album's sound as "can only be described as unstoppable", while Getexposedmusic.com called Mammal or Machine "a sound we can all groove on." The same year, Moksha took home the award for "Best Alternative Progressive Band" at the Vegas Rocks! Award show.

In 2011, the band entered the studio with four-time Grammy Award winning engineer/mixer James "Bonzai" Caruso to record their current album, Here to Go. "Overall, Here to Go seems to be a bit more cohesive," says Triola, adding, "being able to track together for every song was huge for us since the live dynamic is so important for the kind of music we make." 'Here to Go' is Moksha's first endeavor with new band member, Sam Lemos as lead vocalist, adding another level to Moksha's mastery of instrumental jam music. It fuses all the musical genres that influence each of the band members, into a sound that Simon Eddie of the Homegrown Music Network calls "similar to a classic rock album but with 21st century production. Their sound reminds me a lot like a cross between Rush and Pink Floyd but the music frequently shifts from reggae and world music to funk, rock and experimental jams." He then adds 'The album is slick, timeless and it only gets better with each listen"
Deep Space Quartet
Deep Space Quartet
While out for a walk one day, three life long friends met a drummer. Each drawn by the words..."Space is the Place". They found themselves picking up their instruments and traveling far into Deep Space. The Quartet discovered they have music in their Solar System, and have been rocking round the Milky Way ever since.
Wil Blades with Jazz Mafia Horns
Wil Blades with Jazz Mafia Horns
From cookin' with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, young Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area's first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the country. In 2007 and 2008, he was named in the Downbeat critics poll under "Rising Star" for organ. For the past several years, Wil has been wowing Bay Area audiences with groups such as "O.G.D.," "Motherbug", "Amendola Vs. Blades", "Steppin'." In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.

Born in 1979, Wil began playing drums at the age of 8, guitar at 13, and then found his true calling on Hammond B-3 at 19. While studying Jazz at New College of California with Herbie Lewis, Wil landed weekly gigs at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Barely of legal age, veteran musicians, such as Oscar Myers, took him under their wings. Being self-taught on organ, the weekly gigs proved to be the best lessons of all. In the years since, Wil has received tutelage from Jazz Organ master, Dr. Lonnie Smith. "Yeah, he does it...he's on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, [of] the B-3."

Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and "Groove" Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. In Wil's words, "I feel indebted to the tradition and masters of the Hammond Organ, but while trying to keep it going, I'm also focused on bringing my contemporary influences to the table." His playing is rhythmic, funky and bluesy, yet his original compositions are harmonically intriguing and unique.

Wil currently leads his own groups around the Bay Area and is dedicating his time to teaching the Hammond B-3 Organ privately and at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Current musical collaborations include groups with guitarist Will Bernard, Jazz legend Idris Muhammad and a duo project with drummer Scott Amendola. Wil's debut record, "Sketchy", is now available on Doodlin' Records.
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/