Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions (10:00 PM)

Lady (record release) (9:15 PM)

Jungle Fire (8:30 PM)

DJ Marv Mack (Soulside Productions)

Wed, April 17, 2013

8:00 pm

Advance tix $18 / Day of show tix $20


This event is all ages

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Lee Fields & The Expressions - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Lee Fields & The Expressions
There aren't too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist—or maybe he's better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it's mind-blowing that the music he's making today with Brooklyn's own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.

With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions—Truth & Soul's house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group's sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound. Their latest full-length, Faithful Man, released in March 2012 on Truth & Soul, was called "one smoking mother of an old-sound soul record" by Pitchfork and Vice magazine called Lee the "coolest motherfucker to sing words into a microphone."

Since the release of Faithful Man, Lee Fields & The Expressions have been touring the world and racking up accolades from critics and fans alike. Lee Fields was featured on Last Call With Carson Daly and has toured the world over, gaining new fans and satisfying old ones. Highlights include opening slots for The Black Keys, Pretty Lights, and Wilco. Performing in front on 7000 people at Rosklide, 10,000 people at Red Rocks, and sold out shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angles, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Montreal, Austin, Houston, New Orleans and many more.

"In a curious case of musical evolution, the older Fields becomes, the closer he gets to perfecting the sound of soul that he grew up with as a young man, " so said music writer, scholar, and DJ Oliver Wang about Fields in a piece for NPR in July 2009. The latest LP from Lee Fields and The Expressions is the next step towards this perfection. A step that may find Fields, The Expressions, and Truth & Soul as a label, finally being bestowed the contemporary soul music crown.
Lady (record release) - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Lady (record release)
All you have to do is listen to Lady once, and you’ll remember—in case you forgot—why they call it soul music. The honesty, the aching sweetness, the raw power of these singers and their songs will remind you that nothing can move you as much, or touch you as deeply, as two women with amazing voices singing in tight harmony.

Lady is the name of the group and of their first recording—the latest from Truth & Soul. Together Nicole Wray and Terri Walker make music that sounds a little like the songs your Mama loved best—and at the same time like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Nicole, who’s from Atlanta and Terri, from England, met in New York City in 2009 and realized that their love of soul classics and the hip-hop of today would make for a new kind of record. They linked up with producers Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman, whose lushly-orchestrated, beat-heavy songs have showcased artists such as Adele, Raekwon, Ghosface Killah, Aloe Blacc, and Lee Fields.

Terri Walker has released four hit albums in the United Kingdom. Her debut was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Nicole Wray’s debut single, “Make It Hot,” was certified gold. She has been featured on singles by Missy Elliott, Cam’ron, the Black Keys, Kid Cudi, and many others. Lady, Nicole and Terri’s first project together, unites the mellowness and pop flair of 60s soul with the driving beat of hop-hop, and the silky rhythms of modern R&B. These two powerful voices harmonize to create a fresh sound that tells the stories of growing up and never giving up, of love and friendship, of yearning and losing, bad girls and good hearts. Lady is an authentic original, drawing from the past to infuse the present with new power. In one of the album’s most touching songs, “Sweet Lady”, a loving tribute to their moms and to strong women everywhere, they sing, “Take my hat off to my mother, / such a sweet lady. / There will never be another one like you.”

Prepare to take your hat off to Lady. Get ready to fall in love. There has never been, there will never be, anything like it before.
Jungle Fire - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Jungle Fire
Jungle Fire is an afro-latin funk band, with roots stemming deep in LA’s funk scene.

You may have seen Judson McDaniel playing guitar with Breakestra or Steve Haney as part of The Greyboy All Stars. You may have noticed Sam Halterman banging the drums with Orgone. But you have NEVER heard this sound come from an LA based funk band.

With a debut 7″ single, recently released on Ohio-based funk/soul label Colemine Records, Jungle Fire is sure to open a new audience’s ears to classic and contemporary Afrobeat and Latin funk sounds.

Don’t get me wrong. We’ve heard the above-mentioned LA touch on these sounds, but Jungle Fire adds a bit more Latin influence, through the use of an extended percussion section of congas, bongos, timbales, and bata drums.

In the studio, up to 12 members are contributing. During their live performances, the group is tapered down to an 8-piece outfit (with the majority being percussion).

“The idea behind Jungle Fire is to re-introduce the obscure (and familiar) latin/afro funk tunes that never get a chance to be heard live,” said bassist Joey Reina. “Most importantly keeping it authentic and coming correct by paying particular attention to the tone of the instruments and the musicianship involved. Super funky rhythm section, heavy percussion and fiery horns… that’s the blueprint of the Jungle Fire sound.”

The band pulls influences from artists such as Ray Barretto, Enrique Lynch, and Soul Vibrations.

Originally a side project that Joey put together for a festival performance in Chinatown last summer, the guys eventually recorded tracks at Killion Sound Studios, with engineering help from longtime Breakestra/Orgone contributor Sergio Rios.

Kelly Finnigan from the Monophonics, a psychedelic soul band from San Francisco, heard the tunes and shared them with Terry Cole at Colemine Records, who inquired about pressing the record. Colemine released Jungle Fire’s debut 45 with a cover of Fela Anikulapu Kuti’s “Let’s Start” on the a-side, and “Tokuta” on the b-side.
DJ Marv Mack (Soulside Productions)
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change