Friday night brought Toronto’s The New Deal to Santa Barbara’s The Edge. This band combines electronic, techno, fusion and improvisational into a fluid musical experience they like to call live progressive breakbeat house. Jonathan Humfrey of Central Coast Productions coordinated this mystical event.

The evening initiated with DJ Freddy Be from LA’s Bud Brothers Monday Night Social on the turntables. He mixed while the crowd filtered into the venue and set the mood for a full grooving evening. The New Deal snuck onto stage and gently mixed in with much of the crowd not noticing that the band had initiated their set. The New Deal, a young trio of bass, keyboards and drums, bridges live improvisational music with techno/club beats to create a high energy, funky beat that bounced the crowd into a hedonistic frenzy.

The inevitable collision of live music and electronic techno occurred with The New Deal at the Edge. After witnessing the show in Santa Barbara, The New Deal is at the forefront of this cutting edge music revolution. Drummer Darren Shearer led the charge on with his hard driven beats while bassist Dan Kurtz bumped the crowd deeper into the groove with his bass. The groove electrified as Keyboardist Jamie Shields raced the crowd through an interstellar journey where musical boundaries fade and electronic improvisational jams flourish.

The trio played what appeared to be two extended songs for their first set until DJ Freddy Be mixed back in during set break continuing the musically seamless performance. Most of the crowd continued to groove. The New Deal mixed back on for a final set that flowed through their musical joy ride. The band and the crowd had a symbiotic relationship. The band electrified the crowd causing a swell of swaying bodies that in turn feed the bad with boundless energy to explore their electronic fantasies. The energy was high as the band thanked the crowd for such an infectious and delightful show.

FDR’s New Deal during the depression reawakened our country; today’s New Deal is rekindling the musical world from Toronto to Santa Barbara with their interstellar infectious grooves. The bridge has been crossed into a new musical realm with much space to explore.

James Studarus
JamBase Santa Barbara Correspondent
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[Published on: 2/6/01]

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