with ASTR, Tondrae Kemp & special guests
Wed February 19th, 2014
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $3/$10
Red Bull Sound Select is an ongoing program that gives love to local music scenes, hardworking bands, and its supporters. It is a long-term music initiative that invests and connects artists and fans with one another to be part of the stories that break music. Every month, a collective of local music curators invite three new artists from each participating city into the program and host a Red Bull Sound Select Presents showcase to introduce them.
$3 with RSVP before 9pm here RedBullSoundSelect.Com
$10 day of show
This is a general admission, standing event.
Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.
As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities – ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotus’ 2010 LP ‘Cosmogramma’ on the track ‘MmmHmm.’ Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse,’ co-produced by Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of songwriting and artistic exploration.
In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, ‘Apocalypse.’ Forthcoming on Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy, ‘Apocalypse’ is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.
ASTR is a duo that lives, works and writes music in New York City. After meeting three years ago in a Manhattan yoga class, they discovered they shared a musical and artistic sensibility informed by cinema noire, Miami Vice and urban dreamscapes. ASTR was soon born.
Zoe is a New York native and former major label refuge. After a hiatus from music to explore the world via spirituality she met Adam, a recovering vinyl addict with a penchant for 60’s / 70’s cinema scores, Disco, and the fingers for anything with keys (vintage synths, guitar and bass).
Transplanted from New Orleans into the metropolis of New York, Tondrae Kemp has been growing exponentially since his departure to the big city. Where he was once known as a soul singer, he is now expounding on that notion by adding the potential for any genre to find its way into the music. From Hip-Hop to Reggae, Rock, Electronic and always Soulful, TK could take you anywhere at any moment. Always with a fresh approach and always unhindered. Imagine Zappa influenced by Public Enemy and Stevie Wonder. Something different and sincere. As funny as it is musically fresh. Tondrae would say that he’s “Just channeling whatever comes out. A true expression that I haven’t attempted to gate or limit by description. An honest flow and expression.”
There’s a certain charisma, a certain depth, a certain je ne sais quoi about Tondrae. You can hear it in his lyrics, his voice, you can feel it in his vibe and see it in his eyes. A thinker, an artist, a free spirit and an undeniable energy. When asked about his musical purpose, Tondrae says, “To make the personal universal. To elevate the listener beyond his situation to a higher consciousness of the world around them or to just make them say, “Man, I can really relate to that, would ya turn that sh*t up please?!” Tondrae turns a mirror to the world through his frank commentary on world issues as well as revealing his own experiences with life, love and even the most common and mundane moments that we all share. He’ll tell you that the “mundane is full of treasures. As a writer, that’s where you’ll find the nuggets… the little things that we all go through.”
Tondrae began singing in church at the age of 10 in his native Baton Rouge. As a teen, inspired by hip-hop pioneers Rakim, Public Enemy and Main Source, he took to the stage as a rapper. However, during his adventures in hip-hop he had a revelation, in his words “every rapper wants to sing; you can just express more.” Finding that singing afforded him more freedom to express ideas and emotion, he joined an acapella group called All 4 Love where he could expand upon his vocal growth. Influenced by what he calls “The Soul Starter Kit” of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and Bob Marley, he honed his voice and picked up the pen.
Tondrae worked to develop his repertoire of original songs while in film school at the University of New Orleans with friends and musical counterparts guitarist/ producer Dani Kartel and bassist/producer Roderick “Bassheavy” Tillman. He then began performing with a full band in clubs throughout New Orleans. It wasn’t long before Tondrae’s show was captivating large audiences at the 2002 & 2004 Essence Music Festivals and the 2003-05 & 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals.
Tondrae went on to share the stage with legends like Allen Toussaint, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Neville Bros.) and Irma Thomas. In 2005 he released his first full-length studio album Still Searching, with the infectiously funky “Don’t Trust Ya, But I Love Ya” and the Amen!-evoking title track, “Still Searching.” A live recording, Tondrae Live at Jazzfest, was released later that year on Munckmusic.
Broadening his appeal by performing, writing and recording overseas in the UK and Holland, Tondrae has garnered an international audience and reputation for his versatility in styles and the energy of his live show. Having recorded in 2008 with London production duo Block 16 and Dutch Soul/Breakbeat producer D-Felic, as well as keyboardist/producer Michael Cain (Meshell Ndegeocello), he stayed busy with European and Stateside EP projects and collaborations. He also found time to infuse his film background by writing and starring in a semi-autobiographical screenplay and soundtrack about his move to NYC from New Orleans entitled Cool Landlord: Songs from the Room in 2009.
Presently, Tondrae has teamed up with Kwality Records for the release of his new 10-track album Sun Money. You can find him playing venues, events, benefits and festivals between NYC and New Orleans in support of the release while continuing to record and collaborate. Through hard work and undeniable talent, Tondrae is fast becoming a well-respected, up-and-coming performer and recording artist.