DOWNTOWN BROWN FT. DRON / DETROIT PARTY MARCHING BAND / CARMEL LIBURDI / ALMOST FREE
Friday, December 22 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
$12 presale $12 day of show
Downtown Brown: Exploding from (the suburbs of) Detroit rock city in 2001, and venturing to the absolute bottom of the rabbit hole by 2015, Downtown Brown (DTB) has carved a unique saga over their 14-year existence. Jamming a mutant style that splices together punk, funk, metal, rock, and hip-hop, DTB is a band impossible to categorize. People tend to either love them, hate them, or are just generally puzzled by their often politically incorrect, outrageous, satiric lyrics coupled with genre-hopping technical skill.
After nearly a decade of independently releasing media (4 full-length albums, a live album, and multiple dvds) and touring (100+ shows a year), Downtown Brown amassed a loyal following due to their infectious, energetic and ridiculously entertaining live show.
They signed with DC-Jam Records in 2010 to release their 5th studio album ‘Grabbleton’s Beach’, a concept piece that had critics scratching their heads due to its musical A.D.D. and lyrics ranging from childish absurdity to tongue-in-cheek satire. All confusion aside, the album helped propel DTB’s popularity to new heights and remains a fan favorite to this day.
In 2011, DTB caught the attention of Fishbone founding member Norwood Fisher, who soon after signed on to manage the band. Since Fisher’s involvement, the band has secured numerous endorsements, played multiple festivals, and toured with bands like The Adicts, Dead Kennedys, Peelander-Z, Fishbone, Psychostick, Andrew W.K., and even Insane Clown Posse (with whom they recorded a hilarious duet with in 2012).
DTB recorded and released their 6th full-length album ‘Masterz of the Universe’ in 2013. Produced by Fisher, ‘Masterz’ is the band’s first attempt at a ‘serious’ rock record. Although some of the material echoes DTB’s previous recorded lunacy, most of the album is comprised of tightly focused compositions written from a sincere state of being. The lyrics chronicle band leader Neil P.’s internal battles; dishing with brutal honesty about depression, love, chemical dependency, the state of the world, and staying true to the band’s artistic vision against all odds. In true DTB fashion, the music remains incredibly diverse, provocative, fun, and possesses undeniable pop sensibility.
2015 finds Downtown Brown thriving in a world full of easy-to-define, cookie-cutter music. Combining metal grooves, spastic funk, catchy riff rock, and all-over-the-place vocals, DTB’s broadly enjoyable sound and incomparable live show has captured the attention of a global audience. In the Summer of 2015, the band will release their 2nd live album and will continue to tour relentlessly, spreading their warped gospel to unsuspecting music fans across the land.
Dron: Don and Ron. Both former members of Detroit’s Downtown Brown. Hello. We are Dron. Don and ron creating musics. hello. We specialize in connecting with one another musically. It creates music. We also hug.
The Detroit Party Marching Band is an ever-evolving collective of 25 + Detroit area musicians devoted to frenetic revelry, driving jams, and the power of the un-amplified horn blast. Their music celebrates the spirit of street bands: a mobile, parade-ready mix of the Balkans, New Orleans, American Rhythm and Blues and more, played loudly and joyfully. Since 2010, the Detroit Party Marching Band has brought high energy music to unconventional spaces in celebration of life and community in & around Detroit.
The group has been featured in the New York Times, the Detroit News, and French Glamour, as well as in a documentary by HBO France. They’ve toured the midwest and northeast United States, paraded through the streets of New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and shared the stage with the likes of My Brightest Diamond, Band of Horses, and a range of other musical and visual performers.
Carmel Liburdi is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the Detroit area of MI. Her music could be best described as indie/alternative folk with ragtime and jazz influences. Carmel has had a love of writing and performing since childhood, and at the age of 23 has been performing her own original songs for 9 years. In that time she has appeared on WDET, been reviewed in Metro Times, Detroit Music Connection, Deep Cutz, and been nominated for a Detroit Music Award. Her passion for the arts is wide spread, as she also has a background in theater, dance, and visual art. This year Carmel has been on four full length tours, and completed her fourth full length album, Patron Saints of the Ordinary–written, performed, recorded, mixed, mastered, and designed by Carmel Liburdi. Whether political or personal, Carmel’s performances are full of energy and soul! Her style is fun and whimsical, with a unique edge that makes you think and challenges the norm of solo acoustic artists.
Almost Free is a trio that brings together the best of proverbial alt-rock styles (with pedal-effected guitars, bending solos and spindly high-neck fret throttling that can recall the now-nostalgic big-muff shred of Smashing Pumpkins, tempered by a more esoteric stateliness ala Radiohead) paired functionally with a palpable penchant for classic surf rock�s sunny timbre, (a recipe that will recall influences like The Pixies). But this seemingly straight-forward approach is given a bit more of a gritty uppercut by a tight and calamitous embrace of post-punk: propulsive percussion tornado-ing forward over wavy bass lines that set that fractured dance vibe � not so much anthemic floor-hitters but an intricate and enjoyably jittery take on the traditional toe-tapping head banger pound.�How can we be free if we are always chasing an intangible and subjective state of mind?� asks Almost Free frontman, Andy Bird. With Almost Free, their idea of learning how to cope with one�s surroundings involves comprehending that the everyday grind is a necessity to life, while never allowing it to shape them. Bird (vocals, guitars) and his bandmates, Bob Impemba (bass, synth, noise) and Garren Stevens (drums), fashion a substantially foreboding sound that covers various elements underneath the neat, but broad umbrella of alternative music. For Almost Free, living life to the fullest while realizing that every single decision and action has a price is a sublime feeling to express through their alternative-rock blend of grungy guitars, progressive hooks and upbeat drumming. Often sounding like a cross between The Smiths and Bloc Party, their nervy rock is the kind that pushes forward without sacrificing drive or focus. With Almost Free, a strong focus on the revelatory happenings that music creates continues to play the most prominent role in their tenure as a band.