Monday May 7
9pm / $12adv / All Ages
Marcus Tenney, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison. Straight out of the underground, a steady rumble is building and it’s called Butcher Brown. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond VA, Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind with wanton abandon. Garage punk jazz funk on the low end of the dial gives way to delicate and elegant compositions as the band shows off without trying. These are not just players, these are musicians.
Visitors is collaborative musical hive mind born out of the Broad Street Visitors Center recording studio run by Dan Bailey and Jared Pepper. Dan and Jared began construction on the space back in the Fall of 2014. Two years later, from the guts of an abandoned liquor store, Dan and Jared had built not only a fully functioning studio but a beautiful creative space. Along with the Mammal Gallery, they were part of the first wave of artists to begin the transformation of south Downtown Atlanta. Now they were poised to form a unique musical dialect.
Inviting the best and brightest of the local jazz and experimental music scenes, Visitors was born. Weekly improv sessions would set the groundwork for what would become expansive compositions in the Visitors repertoire. Even though their albums feature dozens of players from the local music community. The performing lineup had been distilled to include the key players in Visitors heightened lexicon. Dan Bailey plays his signature fretless electric bass. Jared Pepper on drums and Kenneth Kenito Murray on percussion make up a formidable rhythm section. Gage Gilmore on keyboards with electronic wizard Jeremi Johnson on synthesizer command the “space station”. While flutist Rasheeda Ali brings a deft melodic tone to the ensemble.
You can expect to hear a lot from Visitors in 2018. They are currently shopping for label support of the studio albums and future touring ventures.