The August program at Rams Head On Stage features rock ‘n’ roll band Hollis Brown and dance-rock ensemble Elektric Voodoo.
Friday August 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Hollis Brown is an American rock’n’roll band. Named after a song by Bob Dylan (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the group was formed by Queens, New York, natives and songwriters Mike Montali (vocals / guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (guitar ). Both second-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American respectively), they quickly found their fellow musicians across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard / vocals) from St. Louis. and Brian Courage (bass) from Long Island.
Hollis Brown’s latest vinyl EP, “Cluster of Pearls” (Alive Naturalsound Records), was chosen as one of 300 selected releases around the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited at 800 copies and features four of the unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. “Cluster of Pearls” follows the 2015 release of Hollis Brown’s third album “3 Shots” (Jullian Records / RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance” and the duet “Highway 1” with the famous alternative country singer Nikki Lane. The daring indie roots rock group recently completed over 40 amphitheater shows across America in support of Counting Crows and Citizen Cope last summer / fall, followed by a month-long UK tour and in Europe.
The independent group has enjoyed considerable success since its formation in 2009. They released their debut album “Ride On The Trai” on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), collecting early songs and videos from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American songwriter, as well as musical placements on Direct TV’s “Kingdom”, Showtime’s “Shameless”, MTV’s “Real World” and Willem Dafoe / Matt Dillon’s film “Bad Country”. Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in New York City, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a tribute to the classic Velvet Underground album “Loaded”, in limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day 2014. “Hollis Brown Gets Loaded” took on a life of its own, with airing on influential radio stations, resulting in a full CD and digital release.
The group has toured America and Europe extensively, headlining and supporting groups such as The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes and Jesse Malin, and building a fan base. impressive on both continents.
Tickets for the Rams Head show are $ 20. For more information visit www.ramsheadonstage.com/events/detail/396895.
Sunday August 29 at 8 p.m.
Elektric Voodoo is an Afrobeat inspired psych dance-rock ensemble founded by Scott Tournet. The group is made up of Tournet (songwriter and guitarist), Matt Bozzone (drums / percussion, vocals), Ty Kiernan (congas, timpani, percussions), Travis Klein (tenor sax, keyboards, guitar, percussion, vocals), Brad Nash (baritone saxophone, keyboards, percussion, vocals) and Luke Henning (bass, vocals, percussion). They joined in 2016 around the time Tournet left the group he had formed for 12 years with Grace Potter and Nocturnals.
“I think it can’t be stressed enough that we really did this thing the old fashioned way and that all that heart is in the music,” Tournet said. “Music is pure that way.”
Elektric Voodoo has a new album, “Telescope”, which is due out on August 20th. A concept album, “Telescope” presents a conscious change from the internal to the external, and is meant to be listened to directly. The nine songs on the album tell the story of a journey through introspection, the assessment of mortality, the confrontation of death and finally the dawn of a new perspective.
Tournet discussed the single and the lyrics, “I looked through a telescope … looking at the world up close … but never opening both eyes.
“These lyrics to the track sum up the fate of the main character throughout the first half of the record,” he said. “Along with a heavy funk and afrobeat groove, this song stacks up enchanted synths and delayed guitars that drift with a song that could work in a stripped-down singer-songwriter setting. An amalgamation of genres and elements. disparate but which blend in a natural way.
Tickets to see Elektric Voodoo at Rams Head On Stage are $ 20- $ 22. For more information visit www.ramsheadonstage.com/events/detail/406309.