By: David Smith and Olivia Rivers
Nahko and Medicine for the People performed at The Blue Note Monday night. They played in front of a passionate crowd that was visibly excited to hear them.
Nahko, the lead member of the group, is a native of Portland, Ore. and found his other three bandmates while living in Hawaii. That’s also where they found their opening act Dustin Thomas, who is a traveling singer-songwriting accompanying the band on their “Water is Life” tour.
The band has a unique style of music using a combination of indie and folk styles along with an influence of “native culture.” Nahko and Medicine for the People stand up for many causes and have started their own philanthropic movement with their movement. They express the causes they support through their music, and many listeners claim Nahko and Medicine and the People have changed their lives. Fans really believe in what the band is doing. One concert attendee, Jessie Stone, stated that their music is “What we all need.”
If you want to check out Nahko and Medicine for the People, they play in St. Louis on Oct. 10th.
By: Sam Christensen and Courtney Rolfes
On Saturday, Oct. 4th, Mojo’s in downtown Columbia hosted the third Good Vibes event. The event’s creator Ise’ah Bentley (who goes by stage name Bentley) recently came out with a new album and many of his fans came to the event to support him along with his music, and the music of the other various artists. Bentley describes Good Vibes 3 as “an artist showcase album” and decided to organize this show at Mojo’s to give the audience a sample of the music. Co-hosts Marcus Ferguson and Bryhana Monegain introduced each artist on-stage and provided a lively atmosphere throughout the night. Follow Bentley on Twitter (@bentley573) and check out his new album, which can be found on iTunes.
By: Hailey Brown
On the twenty fourth of September, Columbia’s local music venue Mojo’s hosted a concert displaying a new sensation in pop culture. EDM, Electronic Dance Music, is a newer music style that is readily becoming popular in college cities. This week people from around the area flocked to see Savoy, one of the EDM music industry’s newer groups, perform.
Initially, electronic dance music had limited popular exposure in America. Over the past decade the unique style has received more publicity due to the growing number of fans. “The style of music we play and how we play it is different than other artists,” Savoy member Ben Eberdt said. “Our group brings new tempos and sounds to the table.”
Most EDM artists perform solo, but the members of Savoy came together in order to combine their tastes in music as one. Each artist adds their own beats and mixes to the soundtracks. “We work together to make some sick beats,” added Eberdt.
Savoy stands out from other musicians by including a bright colored laser display during their performance. “They have an awesome laser show,” according to fan Mikey Leirer. “The lights are supposed to be pretty good and I can’t wait to see them live.”
The trio features lasers in their show in order to “pump up the audience and get the fans going,” said drummer Mike Kelly. “The lasers raise everyone’s energy levels and gets them ready to party.”
The EDM group will continue their tour by playing in venues such as the Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. “We are excited to play everywhere else too,” drummer Mike Kelly added.
By Erin Szczepaniak and Olivia Rivers
This past Thursday, September 18th at Carnahan Quadrangle, MU students were given the opportunity to perform original spoken word to an audience of roughly one hundred rapt listeners, most of which consisted of their fellow students. Credit for the event can be attributed to MSA as well as the Black Programming Committee. This was the first event put on by the Black Programming Committee this year and was considered by staff to be extremely successful in terms of turn out as well as atmosphere. The event, formally known as Poetry in the Park, was free of charge and included free sandwiches and beverages to all who stopped by. An estimated twenty artists bravely took the stage to recite poems with themes varying from romance to death to the drive to succeed and an array of experiences in between.
Spectators were particularly impressed with the openness by which the poets voiced their often painful and violent past. The sense of a close-knit group was emphasized by each audience member, worker, and poet as a central aspect of the event. Members of the Black Programming Committee expressed their beliefs that this sense of supporting one another can positively impact the community in its entirety. Many people came with a group of friends and there was a light-hearted air to the event although the poetry the students performed could not be described as cheerful in any way. The audience was very respectful of those performing, there was absolute quite on the Quadrangle during performances with the exception of the lone speaker.
The event left spectators and performers alike awed by the talent of the MU student body.
By: Jon Doty and Shelby Gyger
Jantsen and Dirt Monkey took the Blue Note on Thursday, Sept. 18.
The duo took the stage around 11:00pm after their three opening acts Captain, Freelance , and Medusa; all of which are native to MO.
We sat down and spoke with Jantsen and Dirt Monkey at before their performance. The duo, coming all the way from Boulder CO., was excited to see what Columbia had to offer. They were delighted to share their experiences on tour thus far as well as give us a peek into their future as well as the future of Kairos Audio (their label they started).
They will be collaborating in the future via the internet as Jantsen will be moving to Mexico with his family right after the tour.
“We just had a baby and so like and then we got married and bought a house all in the same year and everything was just starting to feel like really cookie cutter and that’s not how we are at all and we both spent time in Mexico” said Jantsen
“We did our honeymoon and we were just like **** it lets do what we want, lets move to Mexico” followed Jantsen
Dirt Monkey shared that although Jantsen will be in Mexico they plan to do a summer festival tour as well as work via Skype to pump out some new songs together.
They shared some tour a secret such as their guilty pleasure when they are on the road in between shows is listening to Drake but they also like to get some acoustic going since EDM is so hyped up they like to mellow down.
When asked about their feelings about the negative connotation EDM music has been placed under they shared how
“That’s just main stream media putting a different twist on it” said Dirt Monkey
“I think going to a rave is safer than driving your car to the store still” continued Dirt Monkey
They emphasized that people do dangerous things at concerts no matter an genre, and that although EDM may have a negative name it is something they as far as they know happens in all music scenes.
By: Colleen Sloyan and Zoe Branco
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI- Snarky Puppy performs at the Blue Note as part of the first installment of “We Always Swing” Jazz Series this week. The arrival of Snarky Puppy is highly anticipated by jazz lovers citywide.
Snarky Puppy originated in Texas, starting off as a group of friends playing in their garage. Now, Snarky Puppy is a full-fledge instrumental fusion band consisting of 12 “pups” with here and there musicians called the “fam”. Critics from BBC, Village Voice, Guardian, and Boston Herald have recognized the band for their modern sound and take on the jazz genre. Snarky Puppy has performed with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, and Kirk Franklin.
The group is led by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League who is also the owner of their record label. His goal was and is to create an original music ensemble, production team, and session band for individual artists, and most importantly, a group of musicians committed to the musical education of young artists.
E23 caught up with Michael before his performance where he gave a little insight into his music inspirations, Grammy award experience, and passion for music education.
As Snarky Puppy has worked hundreds of music workshops at colleges, high schools, and middle schools worldwide, Michael League commented, “it’s our responsibility to inspire young people to make music for music, not for money or popularity or fame.” League comments that this generation is not exposed to the real music that he had growing up, or the joy of hearing music on vinyl.
This past January, Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway’s rendition of Brenda Russell’s “Something” won a Grammy award for best R&B performance. League described the experience as a blur. He explained that he had no suit for the event upon hearing Snarky Puppy’s nomination because the band was on tour, nor did he have a speech prepared when they won!
Despite this recognition, the band stays humble. “Once a bum, always a bum.” Bandleader, Michael League states, “winning an award doesn’t make you a better band. Instead, the Grammy award makes others expect more from Snarky Puppy.” League admittedly says, “[awards] improve your conditions,” however. For the past decade, Snarky Puppy has slept on floors of random house and in their vans. The band’s motivation has been and will always be the music. “We would play even if no one was in the audience,” Michael states.
Snarky Puppy’s latest album, We Like It Here, was released in February 2014 and has debuted at #1 on ITunes Jazz Charts. Recently released is a DVD version of We
Like It Here featuring behind the scenes footage of their tour in Europe and includes an hour of band interviews and alternate solo takes from recording sessions. Be sure to check their website www.SnarkyPuppy.com to keep up to date with the pups!