Saturday, February 9th 2013: 7PM-George Tisdale Band // 11PM-Fred Thomas Trio

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8PM TONIGHT:

  • George Tisdale Band:  ”Bridging the gap between alternative rock, funk, and soul the George Tisdale Band’s unique genre-bending sound has garnered praise from both music industry insiders and fans alike. Anyone that’s ever witnessed a GTB performance can testify to the fact that it’s more than just a show – it’s an experience. Armed with soul-stirring vocals, a guitar, drums, keyboard, and tuba – the George Tisdale band is a refreshing return to an era of true artistry and awe-inspiring talent.”  Listen here.
  • Hokum Factory:  “In the heart of Easy Town, six musicians with diverse backgrounds but a unifying need for funk form to create the Hokum Factory. Operating at night, their mission is to reverse the process of control that dominates life during the day. Stocked up on hokum, the stuff you can’t define that makes the unpredictable happen, they ride the kink express all over the country, bringing the potent stuff to rooms filled with sweaty fans who dance, sing and clap to the mighty funk of the factory.”  Listen here.
  • Red Gretchen:  “NYC based psychedelic rock band Red Gretchen is composed of Ronnie Wheeler (lead vocals and guitar), Nancy Pollak (back up vocals and rhythm guitar), Anne Husick (bass), and Shauna Westgate (drums). Red Gretchen’s music features expansive layers of melodic vocal harmonies over gritty guitars and heavy rhythm, with a delicate and bluesy blend.”  Listen here.


11PM TONIGHT ($5):
Seal Of Approval, a brand new Soul and R&B label founded by Jason Baldock, presents their second-ever party at The Grand Victory.  Future parties will be on the fourth Saturday of each month, so synchronize your watches and mark your calendars and we’ll see you there!

Tonight’s festivities:
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  • FRED THOMAS TRIO:  As one of the most sampled bass players in the world, the Fred Thomas sound is like no other and has a very special place in R&B history. In 1971, Fred joined the by then legendary James Brown band,”I never dreamed I’d be playing with James Brown. I got to NYC from Georgia in 1966 and started playing all over town. I always had a tight band.” Fred went on to make history with James Brown after replacing Bootsy Collins. He would go on to be one of the most prolific and consistently charting period in the Godfather’s incredible career. Further highlighting Fred Thomas’s significance in contemporary popular music is the fact that many of his basslines have become a samplers playground causing the Godfather Of Soul himself to declare Fred “the most sampled bass player in the world.”  Fred is joined on guitar by his fellow bandmate from Daptone artists “Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens”, Gabriel Caplan, and Tommy Greene, drummer from Fred’s original trio that was playing at Small’s Paradise in Harlem, 1971, when James Brown walked in and decided they would be his new rhythm section. Though for Tommy, who’d been drafted, he would spend the next years engaged in the Vietnam War. Years later, Fred and Tommy reunited, and we’ve got our trio.  Listen here.
  • Providing the vinyl 45 enjoyment between Fred Thomas’ two live sets will be Warner Brothers recording artist, ELI “PAPERBOY” REED.  After jumping up onstage as an un-announced special guest at the first “Seal Of Approval” night in December, Eli loved the place, and just had to come back as soon as possible.  He’ll be joined in the DJ booth by Daptone Records‘ very own “Custodian Of Soul,” Mikey Post, who DJ’d at the first Seal Of Approval, and went down so well that we had to have him back!
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