This February 14th, 2013 Utage would like to welcome you to join a live rock event with a headlining band Turtle Island from Japan, as well as many other amazing artists! This will be a show you do not want to miss, so grab your friends & partners and come join us !!
SRB Brooklyn (177 2nd Ave, Brooklyn)
Turtle Island (Japan)
Formed in 1999 at Toyota City Japan by Yoshiki Nagayama (Vocal),Hiroshi Tsuzuki(Tabla) and Ko Yamaguchi (Drums).
Turtle Island fuses traditional Japanese carnival beats with other musical elements including distorted guitar, Indian music, and Korean traditional music, all held together with a punk rock background.
Turtle Island has performed with international artists such as Fermin Muguruza and Esne Beltza from Basque country, and received great admiration from artists such as PREFUSE73 and David Byrne from Talking Heads. David Byrne selected 3 songs from TURTLE ISLAND for his web radio after his visit to Japan.
In 2008, Turtle Island headlined at "KAIKOO meets REVOLUTION" festival presented by POP GROUP & microAction, sharing the bill with more than 80 groups. They have also performed in number of rock festivals such as, Rising Sun Rock Festival, Nagisa Music Festival, Dragon Rock Festival, TOYOTA ROCK FESTIVAL, FESTA de RAMA, ZETTAI-MU etc. In 2009 they had their first overseas tour in Basque country, and in 2010 they were invited to Morocco to perform at "MAWAZINE MUSIC FESIVAL" presented by the Moroccan King playing along with Alpha Blondy the Cote d'Ivoire reggae legend, and 4 time Grammy nominee Angelique Kidjo.
In the end of 2010, they collaborated with Kabuki company "Hapon Theater Project" supervised by Tomohiko Hara to create a brand new style of entertainment "Punk Macbeth", a collaboration of punk rock & Kabuki & Shakespeare held at Nagoya Noh Theater. They sold over three thousand tickets over the three day performance and released the original sound track of the performance from their own label "microAction".
Brown Rice Family (NYC)
Brown Rice Family is today’s freshest world roots band jamming towards global solidarity and organic happiness. Guided by a strong belief in the natural flow of things, BRF provides the masses with a distinctively organic World Roots Music, which encompasses jazz stylings, afrobeat, reggae, rock, Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and funk.
The band was formed while its members were attending the City College of New York. The band began to grow and is presently comprised of eight members hailing from all over the world—Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and USA. The members’ diverse national backgrounds set the stage for their unique coexistence, their musical creativity and dance. The BRF sound is in the truest sense of the words, World Roots Music. The Brown Rice Family vibe is similar to Fela Kuti’s, but if Bob Marley and Antonio Carlos wanted to get on board for a gig, they would. BRF’s colorful sound waves will carry rhythm surfers on a musical journey that straddles ancient and contemporary global sounds. BRF takes a workshop approach when crafting their music. Each member’s input is examined with an open mind by all members before it’s placed in a musical frame for display.
Yula Beeri / Kiss slashed crooked smile (NYC)
Yula is the founder of the music and arts collective Yula and the Extended Family (YXFM), an ever-morphing poetic tribe based at The Hive NYC in Brooklyn. The group's members not only produce music but also theater, film, photography, painting, literature, beekeeping, and wit.
The band has released two albums: Victor, Dark Side of the Bee, and a third due out in 2011. They include the singles "Yulix", "Back Off America", and "Mouthful of Diamonds." "Barcelona," her most well-known songperformed live, has not yet appeared on an album. The band also continues to perform hits from her previous band, Nanuchka, including "Red," "Mediterranean," and "Good Well." In 2010, the band performed both at the SXSW Festival and Punk Island NYC. Yula is a former basist and writer for The World Inferno Friendship Society & Star Fucking Hipsters. Her collaborations include working with Brain Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, Frazn Nicolay of The Hold Steady, Shlomi Lavie of Marcy Playgound and many more. Kiss Slashed Crooked Smile is her newest project.
Hungry March Band (NYC)
Roaring out of Brooklyn comes the Hungry March Band, NYC's legendary street brass march band in the anarchic style that has become their trademark . Put on your dancing shoes and break out the fancy threads because they’ve got a party going on - a blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood. They are the music of the people!
The Hungry March Band has earned a reputation for mythical revelry having performed at a huge variety of fine venues and celebrated events. Such planned and spontaneous performances have included guerilla art events, mermaid parades, rural raves, subway parties, eccentric weddings, community affairs, protests, high art events, the Staten Island Ferry, Brighton Beach Boardwalks, MOMA, Lincoln Center, steps of the NYC Post Office, playing themselves in the final scene of John Cameron Mitchell's recent film "Shortbus and many other forays into the territories of free spirit.