As fantasy leagues are to the sports fan, Will Bernard and Otherbug (Tobacco Road, NYC, Saturday March 2) is to the true music aficionado. Rather than players drafted via a computer to form a "dream team" of the best, the line up for this rare night of music consists of hand picked musicians, guaranteed to provide the ultimate live music experience. This show is a continuation of a recent trend in which the fans themselves are taking control of the music themselves by booking the talent and working with local venues to present the events.
The night, dubbed Will Bernard and Otherbug, as a variation to Will's current band, is being built around Will Bernard (Will Bernard and Motherbug), an amazing guitarist out of San Francisco. Will has been involved with a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. He has performed and recorded with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Peter Apfelbaum's various band incarnations, Beth Custer, The Coup, and Midnight Voices to name a few. In addition, Will’s music friends include DJ Logic, Robert Walter, Les Claypool and Josh Roseman, but perhaps his biggest project thus far was his collaboration with Charlie Hunter, called TJ Kirk, whose 2nd record for Warner Bros. If Four Was One was nominated for a Grammy in 1997.
In Otherbug, behind this guitar virtuoso is bassist Matt Rubano, drummer Deantoni Parks, keyboardist Adam Klipple and trombonist Josh Roseman. The combined accomplishments of the lot are bound to impress even the most cynical of music fans. On bass, Matt Rubano, a former member of Schleigho, has toured with Project Logic, and recorded with Lauryn Hill, and is currently performing with The Bomb Squad, with former Deep Banana Blackout front woman Jen Durkin. Keeping the beat is Velour Recording artist Deantoni Parks. Parks is currently the drummer for Velour recording artists Kudu. Ironically so, Parks also has recorded with DJ Logic on Anomaly, and was most recently he was seen on stage with Eric Krasno and DJ Logic, opening for Living Colour at Irving Plaza over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The secret weapon of the line up, however, might be the least well known of the quintet, in spite of his tremendous music resume. Adam Klipple, on keys, may be best known for his touring and recording work with Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe. His credits also include performances with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dave Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, Josh Roseman, Peter Apfelbaum, Rachel Z, Dougie Bowne, Alfonzo Blackwell, and Smokey Robinson Last but definitely not least, on trombone is the one of the most talented young trombonists on the scene, with a witty, and offbeat sense of humor to compliment his funky style. As a co-founder of the Groove Collective and the Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Josh Roseman is without a doubt a man well known around town. In addition he has also played with artists like the Roots, Cibo Matto, MMW, Charlie Hunter, Sean Lennon, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Ray & the Kosmic Krewe and Me'Shell Ndegeocellom, and currently has his own band in the city, Josh Roseman Unit.
Tickets for the show, which will be held March 2nd at Tobacco Road in New York City, can be found on Ticketweb.com. With a stellar line up as such, it seems to be the not to be missed show of the weekend for sure.
JamBase NYC Correspondent
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