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Bay Area funk-soul septet Con Brio unveiled the official video for ‘Explorer’ single “Too Lit 2 Quit.”
Con Brio shared professionally-shot video from their recent session at Fantasy Studios, a legendary Bay Area facility that will close its doors next month.
Con Brio shared “Body Language,” the new single from their upcoming studio album ‘Explorer.’
Listen to the MC Hammer-inspired single “Too Lit 2 Quit” from Con Brio’s forthcoming sophomore full-length studio album ‘Explorer.’
Listen to Con Brio put their own sultry spin on Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.”
Watch Bay Area funk/soul/rock act Con Brio perform for a few lucky KFOG listeners.
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About Con Brio
Known for their fiery live shows, Con Brio is a living, evolving testament to the power of soul. Fronted by 21-year-old phenom Ziek McCarter — a charismatic, undeniably gifted showman whose stage presence calls to mind the magnetism of a young Michael Jackson or James Brown — the band’s sound traces a clear lineage from the dirty funk, blues, and psychedelic legacy of Bay Area legends like Sly and the Family Stone, with a nod toward ‘90s neo-soul trailblazers like D’Angelo, but with an eye to the future: A drive for experimentation, for pushing their high technical ability higher, for reaching beyond the familiar — approaching a deep R&B groove, a hard-rock guitar solo, or the warm peal of a Hammond organ with an ambitious, progressive sensibility. All of which is to say: They throw one hell of a dance party. Named for a musical direction meaning “with spirit,” Con Brio has been packing Bay Area venues since 2009 — from the storied Cafe du Nord to Great American Music Hall to The Independent, as well as clubs across the country during their first national tour in 2012. Thanks to a legion of super dedicated fans (who reliably show up to tear the house down at every available opportunity), the band has shared stages with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone and Meshell Ndegeocello, and opened for the venerable Trombone Shorty at the Fillmore.
In 2013, rebuilding after a lineup change, the longstanding rhythm section of keyboardist Micah Dubreuil, bassist Jonathan Kirchner and drummer Andrew Laubacher joined forces with McCarter: A Texas transplant who had begun drawing crowds at Madrone Art Bar as a 19-year-old by crashing their weekly Tuesday night funk jam to do Stevie Wonder covers and soon had his own residency at historic Fillmore District club The Boom Boom Room.
Add in the electric guitar fireworks of effortless powerhouse Benjamin Andrews and a classic trumpet and tenor sax horn section culled from the best players in the Bay, and the resulting dynamic fuses the skill and confidence that comes from years of stage time and longstanding musical partnerships with the thirst and energy of a rising star — a bright light who’s just getting started.
Kelley Lauginiger interviews Rob Compa and Eli Winderman of the currently-on-hiatus Dopapod.
All reportedly went well with Dickey Betts’ brain surgery on Friday.
Georgia’s own Widespread Panic will celebrate the end of 2018 and ring in 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
The latest episode of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ starts with “The Rundown” and continues with “Reelin’ In The Years” featuring Vince Herman and Nicki Bluhm providing “Tour Stories.”
Jam titans The String Cheese Incident will begin a celebration of their 25th anniversary with a home state New Year’s Run.