THE NTH POWERDUB APOCALYPSE at Sinclair

Friday, November 27, 2015 8:00pm

THE NTH POWER

The Nth Power
 
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power will inspire you to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power—tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

The quintet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce's world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Neville's New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Brown's Body perfectly compliments Singer and Guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Next add West African Master-Percussionist, Weedie Braimah to the mix with his insurmountable world beat rhythms. Finally rounding off the ensemble is the newest and youngest member, Courtney J'Mell Smith who brings his soulful vocals and keyboard abilities to the table.

"Just know that when you hear this music, you're going to feel something—you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," explains Braimah.

The Nth Power's 2013 independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test, showcases a first glimpse of the spark shared among the group, delivering gospel-style vocals with soul, jazz, funk and world-beat riffs in nearly mathematical fashion.

"It's my dream team," said Glaspie. "Each one of us is a songwriter, so when we get together, everything becomes that much stronger." Beyond raw skill, however, Glaspie cites a deep spiritual connection as the glue that binds them together. "Music is what brought us together, but it's the spiritual bond that makes us play so in touch with each other," she explained.

And at the core of their vibe is a deviously simple concept—the healing power of love.

Following The Nth Power's 2013 debut, their inspirational sets floored audiences at music festivals like Electric Forest, Bear Creek, Catskill Chill and North Coast Music Festival. In just the last six months, the group has performed more than 50 shows in 21 states across the US, and made their second international appearance at Australia's Caloundra Music Festival on their 2014 "Fall In Love Tour."

Although the band members are based across the East Coast, they maintain New Orleans as their "spiritual home," and the celebratory essence of that city's music culture is audible in each performance.

Simply put, there is something pretty magical happening in this band, and they're only just getting started. "We're going as far as you can go on the planet Earth and playing music," explains Glaspie. "I don't know how many times we've said it — we are so blessed."

Together, The Nth Power wants to change lives through a message of musical love and understanding. "Just know that when you hear this music, you're going to feel something—you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," Braimah explained.

In September 2015, The Nth Power will release their first full-length studio album, Abundance. The studio version of the album's lead single "Only Love" will debut in June 2015 and promises a soul-surrendering groove steeped in fellowship among all who hear it. They have a live recording of this song already in regular rotation on Sirius XM Radio's "Jam On" station.

DUB APOCALYPSE

Dub Apocalypse
 
Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from Boston,MA.The lineup includes Tommy Benedetti(drums),Timo Shanko(Sax/Bass),Johnny Trama(gtr),Van Martin(gtr) and Aaron Bellamy(bass).They have created their own unique sound that fuses the militant toughness of Sly and Robbie, and Scientist productions,with a balanced twin guitar attack,explosive Coltrane inspired sax,and a healthy dose of improvisation.The band plays a mix of classic Jamaican tunes and dub plates from the 70s and early 80s,mixed with their own compostitions.Featuring current and former members of John Brown's Body,Ghosts of Jupiter,Morphine and G Love and Special Sauce,DA brings decades of combined experience from clubs,theaters and festivals around the globe to the stage every night.Drummer Tommy Benedetti(JBB) formed the band in 2007 and was quickly joined by longtime musical brothers,Johnny Trama on guitar,and Timo Shanko,a duel threat,who is an equal force on bass and tenor sax.The band started out featuring a rotating cast of Boston heavyweights,including Jim Hobbs(Fully Celebrated),Dana Colley(Morphine) and Jeffrey Lockhart(Wally's Funk Band) to name a few.This approach created a buzz in the Boston music scene and made each show a fresh experience.In the past couple of years,DA has solidified into a more consistent lineup with the addition of Van Martin and Aaron Bellamy.This has inspired the band to concentrate more on writing and recording original material,while still maintaining a busy performance schedule,further crafting their deadly,unique sound.DA maintains a busy schedule in New England with appearances at many festivals,clubs and pubs.They have 2 successful long running residencies,won a Boston Music Award in 2011 for Best International Act,and were recently named "One of the 10 Local Acts You Have to Hear Now" by the Improper Bostonian..The Dub Apocalypse live show is a soul shakin' throwdown..and they invite you along for the journey.

HAYLEY JANE AND THE PRIMATES

 

Hayley Jane and the Primates
 
Hayley Jane and the Primates deliver a genre-bending sound that is hard to define and a live performance that has created a serious buzz in the Northeast and beyond. The Primates’ music draws inspiration from a variety of styles, including 60s/70s rock and pop, old musical theater, folk, blues, soul, reggae, psychedelic, funk, bluegrass, and country.

In May 2012, The Primates released their first EP entitled Color Me, which has been described as “brilliant, brave, innocent, tangled and cutting edge…genius” -Scarlet’s Picks
Their catchy songs have been praised by a wide range of music lovers for successfully combining a diverse sound with clever, over-the-top lyrics and Vaudevillian style storytelling. However you decide to categorize the Primates musically, their on-stage energy, skilled musicianship, theatrics, and group improvisation will take you over a landscape of emotion that will leave you wanting more. The Primates are mere months away from dropping their first full length album so keep your ear to the ground for new HJP releases.
Hayley Jane and the Primates recently wrapped their first tour on the west coast which kicked off at the iconicWhisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA and ended it at Qualcomm Stadium for Monday Night Football in San Diego, CA. They traveled up the coast to Sacramento and San Francisco where they were pleasantly surprised by the packed venues and positive support. While down south in Burbank, CA, The Primates recorded their first full length album with Brian Wallace and it is currently being mixed and mastered!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Kickstarter! We couldn’t have done it without you. And to everyone that helped, housed and supported us on tour! It was a wonderful adventure!

California native, Hayley Jane, creates her over the top lyrics and larger than life performance by mixing Vaudevillian style story telling with Americana roots. Her band of Primates are no strangers to the theater either. They have graced the stage at The Calderwood Theater, The Huntington Theater and the city of Boston has invited The Primates to perform multiple times at Boston’s Government Center and the city’s “First Night” New Years Eve celebration. Hayley Jane and the Primates continue to find ways to bring old and new together to create a unique theatrical spectacle that is certainly all their own.

“A highly original, high spirited rock group” -The Boston Arts Festival
“Hayley Jane belts heartfelt, quirky lyrics set to a crawling 1950’s jazz and blues inspired soundtrack.” – Three Dudes Music Corner
Phone:
617-451-7707
Cost:
$18 - $20
Location:
The Sinclair
52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138