Seattle World Tour- Greenwood w/ Bad News Botanists // All Star Opera // Bambu Bokony // The Landmarks
Bad News Botanists
Seattle jam band, Bad News Botanists, dives through a mixture of classic funk and soul music with a modern, synth twist, planting a new cool on instrumental music. Brain child of the Botanists, Frank Vitolo, organically formed the group through a series of local jam sessions scattered around the city. Their repertoire is thoughtfully composed to features each individual Botanists as well maintain an original sound. This band turns a new leaf on the set standard of the jam band genre.
The origins of this band was started through the strong and popular jam session scene in Seattle. Each member was found through various jam sessions which included: Mo Jam Mondays at the Nectar Lounge, Capital Cider Brazilian Sessions, Own N Thistle Jazz Jam, Love City Love and was asked to join this project based on the musical chemistry and ability to communicate through their instruments. This six piece super group is made up of some Seattle's finest musicians. Frank Vitolo (sax), Colin Pulkrabeck (trombone), Andy Short (guitar), Rob Homan (keyboards/synth), Marina Christopher (bass), and Heather Thomas (drums) are all critically acclaimed musicians from University of Washington, Central Washington University and Western Washington University. Their diversified styles show extended knowledge of both modern popular music, 90's hip-hop, R&B, Seattle grunge, to multiple eras of jazz, bebop and soul. Bypassing the borders of genres and pushing the boundaries of harmonic progression, Bad News Botanists could only come from the rich soil of the Seattle music scene.
Their debut album, Venomous Nightshade, will be available for streaming Nov. 9th on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and Youtube. Recorded at the historic (and haunted) mansion, Robert Lang Studio in Edmonds, WA. Though Bad News Botanists is cataloged as Jazz, this album sows the seeds of millennial music right into their sound. Fans have compared their music to such bands like: Lettuce, Polyrhythmics, Karl Denson Tiny Universe, Skerik, McTuff, Delvon Lamar Organ Trio and Badbadnotgood.
All Star Opera
Bohemian Hip Hop/Jazz
At the surface level, All Star Opera is a 6-piece hip-hop/jazz band based out of Seattle – dig a little deeper, and you will find a collective of artists balancing a diversity of talents and influences.
The band is fronted by MC's (and lifelong friends) Oz & Flow Carter. Supplying the backbone of tight rhythmic grooves are drummer Tylee Toyoda and bassist, Keith Gledhill. Heavy licks + tasteful melodies echoed out by guitarist Will Greenburg, or the soulful chords produced by singer-songwriter, Seth From Above on keys. Although the "Opera" in the band name is just a metaphor, all 6 of their voices can be heard on hooks and/or backup vocals. MC, Flow Carter, gets down on trumpet when he is not rapping, both on record and live.
Voted 'Best Band In Seattle' in August 2017 via the Seattle Weekly, ASO has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time.
All Star Opera has been working relentlessly ever since the release of their debut EP, Shifting States, in 2016. For starters, 35+ shows have been rocked by All Star Opera in the past year alone. They performed at Capitol Hill Block Party '17 in Seattle where the likes of Thundercat and Run The Jewels played as well. A 15 date west coast tour as main support for the KnowMads in September 2017 additionally brought them tons of new listeners. Amidst the live show grind and working day jobs, they still found time to write and record their debut album as a band. The All Star Opera LP released on October 17th, 2017 and has been receiving high praise from the Seattle music community and their outlets thus far.
Other notable acts they have performed with are hip-hop legends Devin The Dude, and Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Seattle jazz powerhouse, Industrial Revelation.
This is friendly-funky-dreamy-grungy-creamy-yummy-steamy-crunchy music for your hungry soul.
Bio: Born in The Democratic Republic of Congo (Formerly Zaire) and raised in Federal Way, WA – Bambu Bokony is an artist based in Seattle. He released his first EP Playing In The Storm in 2014 under the pseudonym Porky Scoop and followed it up in 2016 with another EP produced by BasedWorld legend KeyBoardKid. Currently working on the untitled debut project under his government name, Bambu has said his new music will touch more on the stories of his ancestors that came before him and the decisions (good and bad) he has made to bring him to this current stage in life. Always influenced by hip hop, R&B, jazz, electronic and African music from every generation Bambu Bokony hopes to become a true international presence.
Bio: The Landmarks (also known as the Landies in some circles) are a five-piece indie psych-pop band originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Comprised of soulful lyrics, screaming guitar, swirling hypnotic synths, funk-steeped bass lines and often frantically dancey drum beats.