After Funk, Boulevards, Of Good Nature

After Funk

Boulevards

Of Good Nature

Sun, April 8, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Camel

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

After Funk
After Funk
After Funk is a fun filled, soul driven, funk-rock explosion.
Hailed as “The grooviest band north of the border” (Live for Live Music), the Toronto based funk family have been blazing a trail through the North American music scene leaving only happy hearts and dancing feet in their wake. The combination of Yanick Allwood (keyboards & vocals), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Justin Bontje (bass) and Phil Tessis (guitar) results in an infectiously fun show, as well as virtuosity and beauty that will challenge your musical mind. After Funk’s sound and hard work has not gone unnoticed; being selected as the Electric Forest’s Instrumental Forester in 2014 earned them two sets at the festival and they have served as support for Walk Off The Earth, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, TAUK and more.
The band has released 2 albums to help you prepare for the experience: ‘Til The Sun Comes Up features Canadian hip hop legend Choclair and earned over $10,000 in crowdfunding presales and their self-titled debut EP was mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. Both albums promise to have you rocking out and singing along to catchy melodies and funky grooves. But if you truly want to find out what comes after the funk, you’ll just have to come experience it for yourself.
Boulevards
Boulevards
Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful on his debut LP Groove!

From an early age, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth. In his teens, he embraced the punk and metal scene in his hometown of Raleigh, NC; genres that would later go on to influence Rashad’s songwriting by way of their tight technical precision and power. After an art school education and several stints in local bands, Jamil rediscovered and returned to his first true love: funk.

Boulevards evokes a spirit from a time that combined intricate production with a focus on rhythm and getting people back on the dance floor. With Groove!, Boulevards does just that. On tracks like “Patience,” Rashad melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. “Cold Call” introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over. However, to give Groove! merit solely based on nostalgia would be a mistake. Groove! is not just a rework of a classic sound — it is an intelligent collection, an evolution to reign in a new era of funk – heard via the disco pulses on tracks like “Weekend Love” and “Up On Your Love,” nodding to industry giants like Pharrell and Breakbot.

Bringing back producers Roller Girl! and Taste Nasa, who helped craft his critically received self-titled EP. Groove! delivers catchy songwriting, infectious bass lines, and plenty of hooks to keep you grooving until dawn, a clear indicator that there is still room for funk in 2016 – and that room will be occupied by Boulevards.
Of Good Nature
Of Good Nature
Of Good Nature is an extremely talented and fast upcoming group, reigning from Charlotte, NC. Their original music, due to its variety, is difficult to pin into one genre. The sound is generally described as Rock/Reggae/Funk, with bursts of instrumental jam sessions that constantly demand their audiences' attention. The group's unique, tight, yet full sound derives from its creatively driven members. OGN consists of Cameron Brown (lead vocals/guitar), Joey Vachon (backup vocals/drums), Brandon Hucks (trombone) and Jon Reed (bass).

The band's original songs display a range of emotions, anywhere from high-energy and upbeat; to a mellow groove you can chill to. Either way, OGN yields a reggae vibe, a catchy melody, and a funky bass-line that will force you to dance. The musicians got their start in the entertainment world at a young age. As teenagers they would play small sets at restaurants and bars in Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC under the name 'Just Add Water'. It was early in 2011 when music became the bands number one priority.

The band relocated back to their hometown of Charlotte, NC and dubbed themselves Of Good Nature. In a short amount of time OGN has reached as far as our nation's capital, Washington D.C and as south as Key West, FL. Of Good Nature has gained a sizeable following in the Southeast. Their first album, "Just Add Water" can be found on iTunes, Amazon ect…The band is currently recording their sophomore album. Of Good Nature is jammin' out regularly on the east coast so don't miss the next show!
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org