Sun March 19th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 7:30PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $10
Day of Show: $12
This is a general admission event at C’mon Everybody: 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Progger is an unusual collection of gifted musicians who were brought together by the simple desire to create new powerful, beautiful, engaging, modern music. Originating in Austin, Texas in 2011, Progger is led by saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer Brian Donohoe and incorporates some of the most in-demand young touring and session musicians from the Texas and New York City music scenes. With compelling compositions and energetic live performances, Progger has steadily developed a devoted following through national tours, studio releases, and viral videos. The group’s third full-length release, Scattering, was released through Ropeadope Records on April 22, 2016.
Destinee Ware, owner of the legendary venue “One2One” in Austin, says “Progger commands attention. The musicians on stage are of the highest quality and it shows. The song arrangements are smart and different with unexpected changes at every turn.” Stated simply by Grammy-winning producer and Snarky Puppy band leader Michael League, “Progger rocks.”
Progger’s personnel includes contributors to such music luminaries as Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Chrisette Michele, among numerous others. Building on inspiration from artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Soundgarden, D’Angelo, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Maurice Ravel, the group has synthesized a unique and fearless original sound that cohesively combines exciting influences while creating a uniquely personal atmosphere.
The first two releases by Progger, Beatmaker (2013) and Populace (2014), were released to critical acclaim and a warm reception by fans. Scattering represents a number of exciting departures for the band, including the incorporation of new personnel, production techniques, and a recording process that involved two cities 1,700 miles apart, Austin and Brooklyn. Progger’s regular personnel were joined by some of New York’s finest young musicians, including Nate Werth (percussion) and Justin Stanton (keyboards) of Snarky Puppy, to explore larger textures and a hugely diverse sound palette for the new music.
Progger will be performing extensively in the United States and Canada throughout 2016 and 2017 to support the release of Scattering and to bring its unique, exciting sound to new ears across North America.
Hailing from Miami, Electric Kif and their undeniable spunk has caught the attention of music lovers through their execution of cosmic funk, rock, soul, and jazz. Their taste and talent bring an unparalleled energy and sound to the stage that inevitably creates a uniquely raw experience through every performance.
Ready to release their latest LP, Heist, which was recorded, produced, and mixed entirely by the quartet, “The Kif” have been gaining momentum through touring throughout Florida, earning them select festival slots in the past year. Together, they have harnessed a unique spirit, capturing their current chemistry on the new record—due out in January 2017—which they describe as post-nuclear music.
The Kif has gone on to perform with national acts such as Snarky Puppy, Kung Fu, The Main Squeeze, Naughty Professor, Stratosphere All-STars, TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds, The Fritz, Progger, and Killiam Shakespeare, as well as South Florida’s finest Roosevelt Collier and The Heavy Pets through a series of deep south and northeast runs. Not only has the quartet garnered regional attention, but they have also been instrumental to the core of the blossoming music scene in Miami, spanning across several diverse projects in between and acting as the backing musicians for many national and international acts.
Alison Shearer Band
Alison Shearer is a saxophonist with tremendous style, lyricism, and intuition whose talents have brought her around the world. Alison has performed at The Blue Note NYC, Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, Brooklyn Bowl, National Sawdust, Rockwood Music Hall, among many other venues.
College at the Manhattan School of Music introduced Alison to many of the musicians she works with today. One of the notable groups to emerge from MSM during Alison’s time was PitchBlak Brass Band, a ten piece hip-hop brass band that has received critical acclaim from publications DownBeat Magazine, Live for Live Music, Brooklyn Vegan and The Source Magazine. Alison is a founding member of PitchBlak and has toured with the group extensively since its beginning in 2010. PitchBlak’s debut album “You See Us” was released in 2014.
In 2013 Alison formed her own group, Alison Shearer Group, which is now her main musical focus. Alison has been writing a tremendous amount of music for this group, which features guitarist Sean Richey, keyboardist Wade Ridenhour, bassist James Quinlan and drummer Mike Gordon. Alison’s debut album “I Am You” was released in early 2016.