Water Seed, CitizenFive, plus TBA

Water Seed


plus TBA

Tue, July 18, 2017

8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Water Seed
Water Seed
What do you call a musical gumbo that recalls the ancestral strut and joie de vivre of the New Orleans’ Tremé, the drama and ecstasy of the church’s wailing floor, and the suited-up sophistication of jazz threaded with the party funk of Parliament? What do you name sounds that hail from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the red dirt South all at once? How do you label music that simultaneously evokes all of the uncontainable energies and passions exploding from so many disparate musical legacies? Here we call it Water Seed.

The origins of this hybridity reflecting the diverse feels and experiences of Black America begin in New Orleans, the birthplace of multi-instrumentalists Lou Hill and J Sharp, the architects of Water Seed’s cool, elemental sound. The band’s privileging of rhythm and groove, the elegant jazz flourishes, and lyrical songs deeply rooted in both alchemists’ classical education, all hint at the sacred training grounds that sharpened Louisiana jazz greats from Jelly Roll Morton to the Marsalis Brothers, creators known for marrying the traditional with the modern in the creation of the new.
CitizenFive is a funk-rooted soul band of multi-instrumentalists making music in Oakland, Ca. Founded and led by vocalist, songwriter, and percussionist Nate "Suave" Cameron, Jr., a New Orleans native, and keys player, sax player, and songwriter Kevin Seal, from Cincinnati. Together they create the foundation for politically charged experimental riffs on progressive R&B and hip hop grooves. Their style incorporates slash chords, backmasking, micro-edits, and stacked harmonies to play with the conventions of soul music.

Bassist Ted "Blyss" Gould (Zigaboo Modeliste, Jon B, etc.) and drummer Rian Robinson provide what has been referred to as one of the most grooviest rhythm sections in the Bay Area. CitizenFive's lyrics, which Suave delivers via his gospel-schooled baritone voice, often address issues of resistance, love, life, and social justice. With Seal's extensive rock experience on keys, Blyss' deep New Orleans funk roots on bass, and Rian's southern baptist and contemporary gospel chops on drums, they create a new sound,a vibe, and an experience. To add another layer of "dopeness" to the mix, they are often joined by horn players Ethan Levitt (Alto & Tenor Sax), Malcolm Stokes (Trumpet & Trombone), & Al Lazard (Alto Sax)

Hip hop, New Orleans funk, and soul runs through it, but so does outsider-rock weirdness. It's melodic, it's inclusive, its funky, and it's unexpected. It's CitizenFive.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107