TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Greyboy Allstars @ The Troubadour LA 7/16/13

WHO: The Greyboy Allstars (Record Release Show for Inland Emperor)
WHEN: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
WHERE: The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
TICKETS: $20 adv / $25 door (TICKET LINK)

Modern funk innovators The Greyboy Allstars are swinging through the world famous Troubadour for a midweek, mid-summer record release show on July 16th and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway! Their latest effort Inland Emperor is, for our money, the strongest studio release of their career and we’re very much looking forward (and you should be too) to hearing the new material on the live stage. To enter the contest, leave a comment answering the question below:

QUESTION: If you could put together your own All-Star Superjam, which living artists would be a part of it?

CONTEST NOTES: Winners will be chosen from the responses and notified at least 48 hours prior to the show. You can’t win if you do not enter your e-mail into Disqus (or leave it in the body of your comment) because we have no way to notify you. Good luck and thanks for visiting Live Music Blog!

When the Greyboy Allstars first formed, two decades ago next year, they were nothing short of groundbreaking. They have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format. Meanwhile, they have outlasted most of their contemporaries, because they have continued to enjoy working together and have honed the essence of their collaboration – also refining their chops while busy with their highly successful individual musical endeavors – without ever chasing trends. Throughout, they have continued to operate completely independently, slightly under the radar, with no major label support or radio airplay, while attracting thousands to legendary shows in cities across the country.

On Inland Emperor, the Greyboy Allstars’ fourth studio album to date, one hears the benefits that accrue when a group of exceptional players with a wide variety of tastes and musical experiences continue to collaborate for 20 years. The cornerstones of The Greyboy Allstars sound remain the same: funk, soul and jazz; or, looked at another way, rhythm and spontaneity. Without attempting to recreate them, the band has drawn upon elements of many genres: old soundtracks, psychedelic garage rock, ’80s dance music, ’70s FM soft rock and Tropicalia, to name a few. As a result, Inland Emperor has the vibe of a mixtape whose tracks are united by an emphasis upon rhythm.

The Greyboy Allstars came together in 1994, when the individual members were asked to perform at a record release party for the landmark acid jazz and club staple “Freestylin,” by San Diego’s DJ Greyboy, who was famous for spinning `70s soul and funk. The guys so enjoyed playing together that they decided to continue on as a band. Right out of the box, The Greyboy Allstars starting playing weekly at San Diego’s now defunct Green Circle, weekends at San Francisco’s Elbo Room and various clubs throughout Europe. By playing danceable boogaloo music within the soul jazz genre, they became a national and international phenomenon. The lineup of the band remains nearly the same as it did on their breakthrough, West Coast Boogaloo: Denson on horns and vocals, Robert Walter on keyboards, Elgin Park (aka Michael Andrews) on guitars and vocals, and Chris Stillwell on bass. Original drummer Zak Najor has passed the baton on to Aaron Redfield, an old friend of the band and frequent collaborator. While DJ Greyboy is no longer a member of the band, he remains a central figure in their artistic output, having introduced the band to many of the records that inspire their sound, produced their first album and appeared on 2007′s What Happened to Television?

At this point, the band’s members are as well known for their non-Allstars projects as for their work with the band. The individual members have gone to score film and television shows, work with platinum artists and bands both on the road and in the studio, and head their own highly regarded solo projects.

Even for these now well-seasoned musicians, the catalytic force that takes hold when they collaborate with each other seems to pleasantly surprise them. For Inland Emperor, they worked out the arrangements during the recording, which took place live over just a few sessions at Elgin Park’s studio in Glendale, CA. Denson says of this accelerated pace of creation, “We do in one week would take me two months to do in any other situation.” Amazingly, the 12 tracks comprising the album, mostly written by groupings of the band’s members, are seamless performances, and sound as if they’d been rehearsed and road-tested for months.
Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Peaches, Eels, Flight of the Conchords) mixed the tracks, expertly capturing the energy and collaborative joy inherent in the recording.

Inland Emperor follows the critically acclaimed What Happened to Television?, which prompted The Los Angeles Times to write, “The [music of] this talented collective feels so cozy and organic you never want to leave its inviting groove.”
This spring and summer, audiences across the country will have opportunities to experience the Greyboy Allstars’ music in its ideal format: live. Given the likelihood that the chance won’t come again soon, these are shows not to miss.

  • Charlie Walker

    Mr. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Carter Beauford, Karl Denson, Joss Stone, and Damian Marley… All star super jam

  • Lynn Lesh

    Stanton Moore and George Porter Jr. holding it down. Add a rotating line up of guitars: Al Schnier, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Prince, Anders Osborne. Bernie Worrell and ivan Neville on keys. Maceo and Fred Wesley to start your horn section…..

  • HMB

    Clapton, Macca, Keith Richards, Chuck and Al, Page

  • biw

    Warren Haynes, Ruthie Foster, Phil L, Stewart Copeland, Corey Glover

  • 3po1nt0

    trey anastasio (guitar), les claypool (bass), page mcconnell (piano/organ), danny carey (drums), skerik (saxophone) and mike dillon (percussion)

  • Jenova_Project

    Jerry Cantrell, Joe Walsh, J Mascis, Earl Slick, David Johansen, Tom Morello, Chris Wolstenholme.

  • Art Binder

    sax heavy…Karl Denson, Maceo Parker, and Dana Colley (Morphine)…Prince (fantasy, right?), Victor Wooten (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums)….it’ll never happen…but wow!

  • Jeff Manson

    Trey Anastasio, Derek Trucks, Mike Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Stanton Moore