While the Sound Tribe Sector 9 remain dormant until their upcoming spring
tour, fans in the California central coast sure aren't
short of their organic drum and bass sound in the upcoming weeks, as members
of the STS9 rhythm section embark on a trilogy of various side projects that
are far from your typical Sector 9 show.
It all starts on Friday, January 25th at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, as
the Santa Cruz Hemp Allstars make their fourth appearance, sharing the stage
with Maceo Parker along with DJ Logic. The Allstars feature members of
STS9, Zach Velmer (Drums & effects), David Murphy (Bass), and Jeffree Lerner
(Percussion & effects), along with multi-talented Santa Cruz musicians John
Whooley (Saxophone, vocals, & effects - Estradasphere), Jason Concepcion
(Guitar & effects - Netwerk: Electric), and Aron Magner (Keyboards &
effects - The Disco Biscuits). The Santa Cruz Hemp Allstars indefinable
sound, ranging from ElectronicaJazz-AstroFunk to JungleDub-HipHop and
beyond, is completely improvised and totally unrehearsed. "This is
free-form at its finest!" The Allstars take the stage for a 90-minute set
at 8:00 PM, so don't be late. Tickets for this all ages show are $23.00 in
advance from Ticketmaster. Check out the Pulse Production for complete information.
Photo by Matthew Earhart
Just one week later, Zach Velmer (STS9) and Jason Concepcion
(Netwerk:Electric) share the stage in Santa Cruz again. For this special
show, Zach again teams up with musical visionary Max Malone of The Free Energy Project for their latest creation, L.I.F.E. (Love In Full
Effect). The intention of L.I.F.E. is to perform music as an uplifting
experience of transformation to a higher vibration of love. Through selected
tones and rhythms the music is performed as a cycle of life. Recognizing our
journey from birth to death, spring to winter, as circle, vibrating higher
after each revolution to experience Love In its Fullest Effect. Closing the
show are the Santa Cruz funk-masters Netwerk: Electric; whose jazz-fusion and
space-funk style is increasingly hard to classify and constantly evolving.
Netwerk:Electric forges ahead with sounds of tripped-out funk blended with
jazz and jungle, hip-hop and bebop, gospel and groove, even samba and soul.
This all ages show, at the Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building in Downtown Santa Cruz
on Friday February 1st, starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 available at JamBase Tickets.
Go to Indagroove.net for
The following Friday, at the Justice League in San Francisco, David Murphy,
and Zach Velmer of the STS9 rhythm section are joined by DJ James
Christopher (War On Drums), and MC's Lost & XQR (Knightbred) along with
melodic female vocalist Audio Angel from the SF Bay Area, as they embark on their latest adventure in
sound; RootScience. RootScience is classic drum and bass tracks
interpreted live in an improvisational environment. As a group, the
performers will recreate and simultaneously reinvent the sounds at the roots
of modern jungle. This first-time musical experience is one not to be
missed! Doors open at 9:00 PM, for this 21 and over show. Tickets are
$15.00 in advance available at BreakBeatTickets. Check out WarOnDrums
for more information.