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Cortland Main St Music Series: Black Masala, Root Shock, Rachel Beverly
July 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm – Rachel Beverly is a musician based in Cortland, NY, who brings her own approach to a wide variety of cover songs, as well as original music. Beverly’s pure, yet gutsy, vocals come from a heartfelt desire to bring her audience a fresh new twist to songs old and new. With a unique sound ranging from singer-songwriter, pop and folk; she has been incorporating her original music throughout each one of her shows. She attributes her success so far to the help and promotion of local artists and venues.
6:10 pm Root Shock formed in 2012 with regional veteran musicians whose love of reggae music flows deep. Their unique blend of reggae and heavy drum & bass combined with American roots and
soul, and a focus on conscious lyrics result in positive dance music will make you want to move! The band has been surprising and delighting crowds across the New York region and beyond, bringing their unique high-energy style spearheaded by the stunning soulful vocals and stage presence of Jessica Brown to a wide range of settings. The band’s dedication to spreading music with a positive message has paid off in entertaining, elevating, and energizing music lovers of all walks of life! On the heels of their 2016 debut album, Root Shock is stepping up their game, hitting the road
and bringing their renowned live show to clubs, festivals and concert halls far and wide. The band is concentrating on spreading their uplifting message and vibes to the masses. Root Shock’s genre-bending sound has proven to fit many musical settings yet always stand out!
Root Shock is:
Jessica Brown – Vocals & Melodica, Bill Eppel – Bass Guitar, Cix Nyne – Drums & Vocals, Phil Grajko – Guitar & Vocals, Nick Kaczmar – Keyboards, Jason “Jocko” Randall – Percussion, Electronics & Vocals, Dan Valvassori – Guitar
7:15 pm Brassy Washington DC-based multicultural
outfit, Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. Think about the best concerts you’ve attended and chances are you had a lot of fun, dancing and smiling throughout the show. This is exactly the kind of vibe you will experience when Black Masala is performing live. Performing hundreds of shows a year has helped Washington, DC’s gypsy punk brass band hone their sound, while injecting it with a healthy dose of funk, soul and eclectic grooves. Black Masala is all about having fun!
In 2015 Black Masala released their second studio album, I Love You Madly and has plans to release remixes of that album later this year. I Love You Madly was well received and reached #2 on the CMJ World Chart and #4 on Canada’s national Earshot radio chart.
On their second album it is clear that Black Masala are having a lot of fun incorporating various musical influences into their go-anywhere Brass sound. Ranging from Gypsy punk, Balkan brass and New Orleans funk, to Bhangra and bounce, this is an album for the multicultural music listener. The heavy horns and danceable rhythms tie “I Love You Madly” together and create an album that can be played for a wide range of audiences.
The band has not let up since releasing the album, touring heavily with their infectious live show to clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. This fall sees the band reaching new heights and new regions with some exciting tour dates. New fans will be hooked and those already familiar with the band will be excited to hear and see new instruments and songs.
Concert is FREE and open to the public – donations appreciated. Bring lawn chairs, but please keep the coolers at home!