Joey Porter’s Shady Business ft. Joey Porter (The Motet), Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy), MonoNeon (Prince), DJ Williams (KDTU), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio), Drew Sayers (The Motet), Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze) w/ CBDB - FRIDAY

Joey Porter’s Shady Business ft. Joey Porter (The Motet), Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy), MonoNeon (Prince), DJ Williams (KDTU), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio), Drew Sayers (The Motet), Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze) w/ CBDB - FRIDAY

Fri, December 8, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

This event is 16 and over

Joey Porter's Shady Business
Joey Porter's Shady Business
Multi talented keyboardist for The Motet, Joey Porter's Shady Business, and Juno! What
Robert "Sput" Searight
Robert "Sput" Searight
With every new project—hell, with every show they play—Snarky Puppy hopes to do something they’ve never done before. With their new album, Family Dinner, Volume 2, the eclectic, unclassifiable jazz/funk/global collective has set their sights higher than ever.

“We had a wish list of artists we wanted to collaborate with from a wide array of styles,” says bassist/composer/producer Michael League. “We tried to come up with different demographics, nationalities, even age groups. Beyond that, we wanted to write arrangements that not only the band would really shine on, but would also truly capture the essence of each artist.”

The result is a free-wheeling, wide-ranging collection, recorded live in New Orleans, featuring an astonishing list of musicians from around the world, including Susana Baca, Charlie Hunter, Salif Keita, Laura Mvula, David Crosby, and an all-star group of Big Easy players including Ivan Neville and Terence Blanchard. Various combinations of the three-dozen members of Snarky Puppy act as the house band for an unprecedented journey through different sounds, genres, and cultures.

The album is the second installment of a series that started with 2014’s Grammy-winning Family Dinner - Volume One, and is the follow-up to Snarky Puppy’s most recent release, Sylva, a collaboration with Holland’s Metropole Orkest that garnered a 2016 Grammy nomination and entered at #1 on both Billboard’s Jazz and Heatseekers Charts. The record (which comes packaged with a companion DVD that features footage of the recording process and artist interviews) is the first release in a joint partnership between Universal Music Classics and GroundUP Records, the label owned and operated by League; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New Orleans music education and mentorship organization Roots of Music.

Formed in 2004 at the acclaimed music school of the University of North Texas, Snarky Puppy exists as both an original music ensemble and a production team/session band, with individual sideman credits as diverse as Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, Marcus Miller, and St. Vincent. Voted “Best Jazz Group” in Downbeat’s 2015 Reader’s Poll, as well as “Best New Artist” and “Best Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist” in Jazz Times’ 2014 Reader’s Poll, they have earned accolades everywhere from the BBC to the Los Angeles Times, and All Music recently called the group “one of modern music's bright lights.”

The Family Dinner concept grew out of the band’s weekly late-night sessions at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, where they invited different guests for each show. Settling on eight of their favorite collaborators, they gathered in Roanoke, Virginia for the making of Volume One, which was honored with a Grammy in the Best R&B Performance category.

“I love that album, but it was kind of heavy on female R&B,” says League. “The main difference this time was that we invited guest instrumentalists and paired them with singers. We put the Swedish trio Väsen with Becca Stevens, an Appalachian singer-songwriter, and as soon as they sat down, it felt like they were had been playing together for years—and that happened with each combination of artists.”

Setting up shop in New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios, Snarky Puppy rehearsed for three days on their own, then for another two days with the guest artists, and brought in an audience for three days of recording. The studio building became one big, all-day hang-out: the tone was set when guitarist Charlie Hunter went into a storage room to try out some amps, only to find everyone piling into the closet with him, yelling encouragement.

“The most important thing for something like this is the attitude, and all the musicians were amazing,” says League. “People would be downstairs jamming and talking and sticking around to be with each other. It was all egoless, just a joy.”

Though participants came from South America, Africa, and Europe, perhaps the most surprising Dinner guest was Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer David Crosby. “Someone turned him on to the group and he was tweeting about us every day,” says League. “My family are huge CSNY fans, so I sent him a PM on Twitter and he replied within an hour. He said he was in the middle of a writing binge, so I said we should do one of the new songs. The first one he sent me was ‘Somebody Home,’ and I said, ‘That’s it!’ It’s the only ballad on the album, and it’s stark. Beautiful.”

Of course, the incomparable setting also had an impact on the music of Family Dinner, Volume 2—especially since the sessions came during the days leading up to Mardi Gras. “New Orleans is its own planet, and it was really deep to have all of the artists there,” says League. “So much music has come out of the mixture of cultures in the city, and we had a microcosm of that in the studio. It just felt like the right place to be.”

The one artist who could not join for the sessions was master Afro-pop singer Salif Keita, who fell ill and was unable to travel. League made the trip to Mali and recorded Keita’s part on “Soro (Afriki)” in his home studio—truly an unforgettable experience. Both the original plan and the adjustment are a tribute to Snarky Puppy’s soaring ambition; “We try to turn obstacles into opportunities,” says League.

With Family Dinner - Volume Two complete, Snarky Puppy is back on the road, continuing their perpetual touring schedule, and working on their next recording, which will be their first studio album in seven years (“To me, that’s weird—recording in front of people is what we do,” says League). But the exposure to so many genres and the creation of such a variety of combinations will stay with these musicians forever.

“The homework we did on these styles feeds into the general pot of knowledge and experience we pull from every night,” says League. “We talk to the artists about their music, their rhythms—that’s who we are as people. We want to learn. To us, it’s not about being rich or recognized, but about surrounding ourselves with people who can help us grow. That’s what keeps you humble and hungry.”

And numbering the volumes of the Family Dinner series is the giveaway that Snarky Puppy plans to continue doing these projects for a long time. “Different places, different artists- there are so many potential variations that you get a unique personality every time,” says League. “If you get the right blend of people in the room, it will keep working. We’ll do it as long as we can.”
MonoNeon
MonoNeon
Dywane Thomas, Jr. also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo, on his fourth studio album. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.

While Thomas is right-handed, he plays left-handed upside down on a right-handed bass guitar, which allows him to use heavy string bending on the upper strings. Thomas' slapping style/technique is unique because he is executing everything upside-down, but he still uses the thumb for slaps and fingers for pops. He also uses fingers and palm muting to create a warm, muffled timbre and have a little more control over the length of notes. In a free/improvisational setting, listeners may hear the use of Indian melodic inflections/embellishments in his playing, including the use of gamakas. Another attribute in Thomas' playing style is the use of randomness and personal mistakes in performance, eventually moving the mistakes from meaningless to meaningful. Thomas' overall playing style on bass can be described as "funky with unusual characteristics". Even musicians like Marcus Miller have noticed his playing style. His musical background is heavily influenced by southern soul, blues and funk. In a Bass Player magazine interview, Miller mentioned Thomas as one of several "young bad cats" he has met on the scene.

In 2009, Thomas was featured on the GospelChops Bass Sessionz Vol.1 project with Andrew Gouche, Hadrien Feraud, Damian Erskine, Janek Gwizdala, Anthony Nembhard, and Robert "Bubby" Lewis. In 2010, Thomas released several solo albums, including Aleatorick and Indeterminacy. Also in 2010, Thomas played bass on the Libra Scale album by Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo, and the album Directions by Forest Won with Georgia Anne Muldrow. In 2012, Thomas joined David Fiuczynski and Planet Microjam. Also in 2012, he released his solo avant-garde album, Down-to-Earth Art as MonoNeon. In early 2013, Thomas released an album called Southern Visionary under the pseudonym MonoNeon. He also released an album entitled Uncle Curtis Answered The Lobster Telephone. MonoNeon performed with Sheri Jones-Moffett (2010 Grammy nominee) at the Recording Academy Chapter 40th Anniversary Celebration at Levitt Shell. MonoNeon teamed up with producer Kriswontwo to release an EP called WEON. July 2014, MonoNeon made his debut performance as the bassist for Screaming Headless Torsos at Jalisco Jazz Festival in Mexico.

In 2015 MonoNeon began playing bass with Prince and his protégé, Judith Hill. Some of the live shows have been at Paisley Park. On 11 January 2016, Tidal released the track Ruff Enuff by MonoNeon, only four and a half days after its initial recording. The instrumental track features Prince as producer and on keyboards. The following day, the track was replaced with a vocal version with lead vocals on vocoder by Adrian Crutchfield.

The linernotes provided with the track state:

"You may recognize Kirk A Johnson on drums, MonoNeon on bass and Adrian Crutchfield on sax and electric woodwinds as the house band 4 Prince’s Paisley Park After Dark Jam Sessions. Well, that’s not all they do. 4 the past week they’ve been cutting basic trax 4 their as yet untitled debut album. With Prince producing and handling the keyboard & guitar duties, the set promises 2 b picking up right where Judith Hill’s BACK IN TIME left off. These brothas murder the funk! Normally they wouldn’t let a track out until it’s finished, but this one had 2 go! It was ruining everybody’s good loox. If U think U can resist the funk, check out the key change of Mono’s bass solo at near 4 o'clockmark."
DJ Williams
DJ Williams
Los Angeles based, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired, has been gaining a lot of attention in Southern California and are about to spread the sound to the masses with a new live record this fall. KDTU guitarists leads this all star packed funk & rock ensemble featuring members of KDTU, Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, Soulive, Slightly Stoopid, Pimps...
Jennifer Hartswick
Jennifer Hartswick
Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most exciting performers in music today. She inspires audiences all over the world with her powerful voice and commanding trumpet playing. She exudes confidence and joy and brings her own refreshing spirit to the stage every time she performs.

Jennifer's live performances are renowned as spontaneous, joyful and contagious. Her natural charisma and sincerity shines through, and each performance is a celebration of musical collaboration; the camaraderie between Jennifer and her band mates is always visible. And whether she is wailing on the trumpet or singing an intimate vocal solo, her performance is all part of a single seamless instrument, one that is played not only with astounding technical proficiency, but also with sensitivity, conviction and heart.

The Jennifer Hartswick Band released their latest record, Ocean Floor last fall to rave reviews.

Hartswick has been an integral member of the Trey Anastasio Band since 2001 and you can find her performing with rock, jazz and gospel ensembles throughout the world.
Drew Sayers
Drew Sayers
Saxophonist from THE MOTET, JOHN BROWN'S BODY and THE SUPERPOWERS
Corey Frye
Corey Frye
Main vocals of the Main Squeeze
CBDB
CBDB
CBDB is a progressive rock n roll jam-band from Alabama; their music spreading from the southeast across the nation like wildfire. Fresh off the release of their third album, entitled "The FAME EP" their live performances continue to strengthen and attract an ever-growing fan base.Defining a new-founded, southern blend of joyous and progressive funk-rock n roll, CBDB is channeling a sonic bled of soulful vocals, virtuoso and complimentary musicianship with smart, tasteful songwriting. On stage, each member projects his or her individual masteries into a fluid, elevated and collective energy of rock n roll.Soaring monthly listeners and followers on Spotify have further propelled their growth and continue to bring widespread attention, interest and new fans daily. If you enjoy the music, we couldn’t be happier but come see us live!
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/