Joey Porter's Shady Business feat. Joey Porter (Motet), Kris Myers (Umphreys McGee), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Band), Garrett Sayers (Motet), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Lyle Divinsky (Motet), Drew Sayers (Motet) & Con Brio w/ The RunniKine

Joey Porter's Shady Business feat. Joey Porter (Motet), Kris Myers (Umphreys McGee), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Band), Garrett Sayers (Motet), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Lyle Divinsky (Motet), Drew Sayers (Motet) & Con Brio w/ The RunniKine

Fri, April 7, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$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
Kris Myers
Kris Myers
Kris Myers (born April 5, 1977) is an American musician. He is the drummer for Chicago-based progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee.

Myers began drumming when he was eight, after an uncle bought him a drum kit. He attended William Fremd High School in Palatine, IL from 1991-1995 where he was actively involved in the music department and forming local rock bands with fellow students. While participating in team sports throughout his time at Fremd, Myers co-started local ska/punk band Skalawags with fellow music students and friends. After a stint of success in '94-'95, the band members declined an offer to tour Japan, opting instead to pursue college degrees.

He attended Elmhurst College as a music major from 1995 – 1999, joining the Elmhurst College Jazz Band under director Doug Beach. The jazz band was self-sufficient; spending most weekends on paying gigs to help fund trips to jazz festivals both in the U.S. and internationally (Umbria Jazz Festival in Perusia & Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland).

In 2001, Myers attended DePaul University where he earned a master's degree in jazz drumming and was a member of the Robert Parton Orchestra. During this time he was regularly hired for studio sessions and was a member of Chicago local jazz fusion group Kick the Cat.

After submitting his demo material and a subsequent audition, Myers began playing drums for Umphrey's McGee in 2003, replacing the departing drummer Mike Mirro. With Myers at the helm, Umphrey's has released eight albums (both studio and live) and is on extensive tour, playing over 100 nights a year. They have played the some of the largest music festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), to name a few.

He has shared the stage with a variety of artists over the years: Buddy Guy, Dave Matthews, Huey Lewis, Mavis Staples, Koko Taylor, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mike Gordon, Warren Haynes, Ivan Neville, Les Claypool, Stephen Perkins, Mike Keneally, Jimmy Herring, Bill Kreutzman, Adrian Belew, Joshua Redman, Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Jen Hartswick, Keller Williams, Stanley Jordan, Chris Poland, Rob Pagliari, Jeff Austin, Buckethead, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickenson, Mark Kolby, Jon McLean, Rob Cornelius, Paris Delayne, Jeremy Piven (actor).

Kris is an endorser of Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth drumsticks. In 2012, he received his own line of signature drum sticks from Vic Firth:

In 2011, Kris Myers was given the title of best Jam Band drummer by DRUM Magazine, beating out jamband stalwarts such as Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers and Jon Fishman of Phish.

Since 2003, Myers has been a member in several bands with fellow Umphrey's band mates, and an array of new and old musical artists and friends:

Drop Q (2006 – present): Transfusion jazz/drum and bass trio with former members of Kick the Cat

Kris Myers Jazz Trio (2006 – present): Modern jazz

Brain Damaged Eggmen (2006 – present): Pink Floyd/Beatles cover band with Umphrey's band mates and Marc Brownstien and Aron Magner from Disco Biscuits

North Indiana Allstars (2007 – present): Jazz/rock fusion with Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction and Umphrey's band mates

Umphrey's McGee personnel
Brendan Bayliss - guitar, vocals
Joel Cummins - keyboards, vocals
Ryan Stasik - bass guitar
Jake Cinninger - guitar, vocals
Kris Myers - drums, vocals
Andy Farag - percussion
Goodnight Nurse (2007 – present): Music licensing project for T.V., film, and record label

Digital Tape Machine (2009 – present): Electronic dance music for live setting and T.V/film

OHMphrey (2010 – present): Hard rock/fusion with Chris Poland of Megadeth and Umphrey's band mates

Dextrous Roy (2010 – present): Electronic(House, Drum 'n' Bass, Hip Hop) duo; drums and DJ

Huey Lewis & the rUMors (2012 – present): Teamed up with 80's pop legend Huey Lewis and fellow Umphrey's band mates for covers and originals from both Umphrey's McGee and Huey Lewis & the News
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.
Garrett Sayers
Garrett Sayers
Garrett began studying jazz on upright bass and bass
guitar starting at a young age. He gained experience
coming up in the renowned music program of Hall High
School, and the local Hartford, CT jazz scene.
In 1996, Garrett was selected to join the National
Grammy In The Schools Jazz Program, an honor awarded
to only 40 people.

From 1996 - 1999 Garrett attended the New England
Conservatory in Boston where he studied with jazz
greats: Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Danilo Perez and
graduated with a Jazz Performance Diploma.
In addition, Garrett was selected for the prestigious
Thelonious Monk School: Jazz at Aspen summer program
in 1997.

Shortly after arriving in Boston Garrett formed the
Miracle Orchestra with fellow music school peers. For
5 years the Miracle Orchestra toured the country
gaining a devoted national fan base, while also
maintaining a solid local following, earning them
accolades such as Boston Magazines Best of Boston
"Best Local Jazz Group". The Miracle Orchestra sold
out numerous shows at their local haunt The House of
Blues in Boston as well as the legendary Wetlands in
New York City. The Miracle Orchestra released two
studio albums: "Coalescence" and "Forks Bends &
Spoons", and a live album: "Live Vol. 1".

Garrett was a founding member of the award-winning
jazz ensemble Dead Cat Bounce led by Matthew Steckler,
who were voted Boston's Best Local Jazz Act at the
2002 Boston Music Awards, and were winner of Boston
Phoenix Best Music Poll 2001 and 2002 also in the
category of Best Local Jazz Act. Garrett performed
with Dead Cat Bounce between 1996 and 2002 and
released two albums with them: "Lucky By Association"
and "Legends of the Nar" (Chonsky).

Between '99 and '01 Garrett performed with Bob Moses'
Mozamba, along with Sam Kininger and Neil Evans
(Soulive) and (DJ) Mr. Rouke. Mozamba performed at
several festivals including an opening set at Phish's
Oswego festival.

In 2002 Garrett joined the Boulder, CO based group The
Motet and toured the country playing over 250 shows
and festivals per year. In 2006 The Motet played in
front of an estimated 10,000 people at Bonnaroo and
shortly there after Bass Player Magazine wrote a
feature profile about Garrett in October, 2006. In
2007 the Motet performed one special gig with
Christian McBride where Garrett and Christian traded
bass lines and solos throughout the night, a career
highlight. Garrett has released two albums with the
Motet: "Music for Life" and "Instrumental Dissent".

In 2006, Garrett had the great honor of subbing for
Kai Eckhardt in his band Garaj Mahal alongside Fareed
Haque, Eric Levy, and Alan Hertz.

After performing several times with keyboard wizard
Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), he asked
Garrett in 2007 to join a new project called Soleside
featuring Speech (Arrested Developement), DJ Logic,
and Chief Excel (Blackalicious).

Since the Fall of 2007 Garrett has been touring the
States, Europe and Japan with Koch recording artist

Garrett has also been featured with: Carl Thomas,
Loulou (Thievery Corporation), Marcus Eaton, Goodbye
Champion, magicgravy, Henry Butler, Russel Batiste
(The Funky Meters), Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction),
Robert Walter, and Papa Mali.
Adam Smirnoff
Adam Smirnoff
Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff is a native New Yorker and founding member of the renowned funk outfit Lettuce. Since perfecting his craft at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has played guitar for the likes of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Nigel Hall Band, The GZA, DJ Quik, Lady Gaga, and Break Science.
Lyle Divinsky
Lyle Divinsky
Lyle Divinsky, a.k.a. The Sasquatch of Soul, "doesn’t front: he sings soul and R&B, and that’s that. There are no tags or modifiers needed: his music is pure and honest. His focus is so spectacular that his originals sound like instant classics...” (Todd Richard, The Portland Phoenix). Hailing from Portland, ME, Divinsky moved to the delicious apple just over 3 years ago, and has been crooning his way into the hearts and hips of the 5 boroughs since. With a new album on the way featuring some of the baddest musicians in soul behind him, there's no limit to how far this Sasquatch will go. To quote NYC blogger/music aficionado, Sami Promisloff, "Lyle Divinsky is the minister of soul and master of babymaking music for ALL TIME... and scene."
Drew Sayers
Drew Sayers
Con Brio
Con Brio
The night before Con Brio headed into the studio to record their first full-length album, 23-year-old Ziek McCarter had a dream. In it, the singer received a visit from his father, an Army veteran who died at the hands of East Texas police in 2011. His father delivered an invitation: Come with me to paradise.

McCarter woke up with a song in his bones. “It was one of the most spiritual moments of my life,” he recalls. It was up to him, he knew, to rise above injustice, and to perform in a way that lifted up those around him as well. To make Con Brio’s music a place of serenity, compassion -- even euphoria -- right here on earth.

Paradise, which saw the San Francisco band teaming with legendary producer Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Beck, Seu Jorge), is the result: a declaration of independence you can dance to; an assertion of what can happen when the human spirit is truly free.

Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

By 2015, when the band self-produced their debut EP, Kiss the Sun, Con Brio had already become a West Coast institution on the strength of their magnetic live show, with McCarter’s swiveling hips, splits and backflips earning him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson or James Brown.

After a busy 2015 spent touring the U.S. and Europe, playing alongside veterans Galactic and Fishbone, and racking up critical acclaim on proving grounds like Austin City Limits -- where PopMatters declared Con Brio “the best new live band in America” -- they headed home to parlay their momentum, chemistry and tight live sound into a full-length record.

In an era when much has been made of the “death of the album,” there’s no question that Paradise, out DATE HERE on LABELS, is a fully-formed journey -- a trip made all the more immersive by Caldato’s raw, live style of production. “We tried to create a narrative in the studio, in the same way that we segue between songs live,” explains McCarter of the record’s arc.

From the first primal wail of Benjamin Andrews’ electric guitar on the title track -- Paradise is bookended by intro and outro versions -- the album tells a story about modern life through its contradictions: “Liftoff” speaks of an urge to fly, to transcend the day-to-day with a starry, bird’s-eye view. “Hard Times” brings us crashing back to earth with the struggles of city life, inequality, and a fractured society desperate for healing. “Money” is a revolution, a rejection of societal pressure to equate success with a paycheck and abandon one’s dreams in the process.

“Free & Brave,” the band’s most overtly political anthem, is also arguably its most infectious. Over a driving R&B groove courtesy of veteran rhythm section Jonathan Kirchner and Andrew Laubacher (bass and drums), McCarter name-checks Trayvon Martin and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clearly inspired by his own personal relationship with police brutality, the song is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful.

“‘Free & Brave’ is in part a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, but it was also created to serve as a reminder -- to myself and to whoever finds joy in that song -- that there is a light there. We don’t have to get bogged down, we don’t have to feel helpless,” says McCarter. “We might not see it on a daily basis, but we are still ‘the land of the free and home of the brave’...I still take pride in that, in what pieces of joy and happiness we can create here with our actions.”

Of course, songs about love and passion remain Con Brio’s native tongue. (At a recent Australian festival in which the band shared a bill with D’Angelo, one journalist told McCarter his sex appeal had eclipsed that of his longtime idol. McCarter continues to have no comment.) So it’s a refreshing surprise that the strongest love song on Paradise, in fact, is “Honey,” a sweet, spacious and vulnerable tune that allows the band’s horn section, Brendan Liu and Marcus Stephens, to shine. Though the band’s built a reputation on sonic bravado, it’s choices like these -- moments in which the music’s power flows from its subtlety -- that truly highlight where Con Brio is going.

As for where they’re literally going: The second half of 2016 will see Con Brio embarking on an ambitious international touring schedule, including stops at the lion’s share of major American music festivals (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Summerfest and San Francisco’s own Outside Lands); Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest annual music event; Montreal Jazz Fest, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; London; Paris; and more.

Which is not to say they’re intimidated. After performing most of these songs live throughout the past year, the team is running on adrenaline, and they’re thrilled to finally put this record in people’s hands. To bring old fans along for the journey, to help new fans lose themselves in a beat or a message. To spread music that, hopefully, shakes away the daily grind -- and nurtures listeners’ dreams about what their version of paradise on earth might look like, even for the duration of a song.

Ziek McCarter already knows what his looks like, because Con Brio’s building it. And from where he’s sitting, they’re well past ready for liftoff.

“We don’t want to walk, we don’t want to drive,” he says with a laugh. “We want to fly. We want to levitate.”
The RunniKine
The RunniKine
The Runnikine is an improvisational funk music super-trio based out of Denver, CO. The band is comprised of three relentlessly hard working individuals – Will Trask (drums), Jon McCartan (bass), and Eric Luba (keys) - who have made a name for themselves in the scene with a constant variety of musical activity. In addition to their time on the road with several touring bands, each member of The Runnikine has been called upon individually by musical peers to provide their exceptional talents in the studio, as session musicians on recordings for other bands.

Having vast on-tour and in-studio experience has enabled this group to touch into the deepest levels of musical literacy, allowing them to create each show as a “from the hip” experience – meaning each concert is 100% spontaneous and unplanned, with set lists and jams being determined in real time, in front of a live audience. While every single show is completely different, one thing remains the same: You never know what might happen, or who might join them on the stage, and it will always be an incredibly funky dance party.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205