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Big Something & Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Thursday, December 29, 2016
9:30 Club - Washington DC
Age Restrictions: All Ages
Named Best Rising Artist of 2014 by Live Music Daily, BIG Something is one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. A 6 piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, BIG Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. Soaring guitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered Summer circuit stalwarts as Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.
The group recently released its 3rd full-length studio album - Truth Serum - with the help of Grammy-nominated producer John Custer. Recorded almost entirely live in the studio, Truth Serum, is a great snapshot of the magic the band is capable of creating on stage. The album was named 2014 Album of the Year by The Homegrown Music Network, which makes BIG Something the only band ever to win this award 3 times with 3 different releases (2010, 2013, and 2014).
Funk is more than a musical genre, it’s a way of life. And since that mindset is what Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band embodies every day, the collective titled its fourth studio album Funk Life.
The new record is as sassy and self-possessed as lead track “24/7,” a fearless plunge into contagious rhythms and bold horn hits. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in the Booty Band’s hometown, Asheville, N.C., Funk Life paired the musicians with engineer Julian Dreyer(Band of Horses, Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band). The band was still arranging a couple of songs when tracking began, leaving room for the element of surprise. That spirit of excitement is captured on tracks like “Quick E,” an instrumental with plenty of swagger and vintage cool; the bold, woman-power manifesto “Mama Feelgood”, originally recorded by Lyn Collins; and “Wake Yo'Self,” a caffeinated dance track that builds to a keys-driven crescendo.
Known for their live act, Bencoolen defines their sound as maximalist rock with soaring vocal lines, massive guitar tones, and swift saxophone solos. The band was credited as the best Washington DC college band of 2015, was featured in USA Today, closed an Arlington Virginia festival, and opened for Cold War Kids