with Here Lies Man

Thu Mar 8


with Here Lies Man

Doors: 7:00 pm
Start: 8:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

The Antibalas band leader, Martín Perna, carefully crafted this 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble 20 years ago utilizing elements of funk, jazz and dub music to create hits like "Dirty Money" and "Go Je Je."

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Genre: Afrobeat / Funk

Ticket Price: $20 advanced / $22 day of show / $35 reserved loft seating


The musical collective known as Antibalas​ (Spanish for bullet-proof or anti-bullets) was conceived of in
Mexico City and formed in Brooklyn New York. The early nucleus of the group was composed of the
band's founder Martín Perna and later included several other members (Gabriel Roth, Michael Wagner,
Del Stribling aka Binky Griptite, Victor Axelrod, Fernando Bugaloo Velez, Anda Szilagyi) from the Soul
Providers / Dap Kings band, performing their first show in May 1998 at St. Nick's Pub in Harlem NY.
A few months into the group's existence, Perna and Roth, on a walk through their southside Williamsburg
neighborhood, met Amayo, who at the time owned a boutique / kung fu studio / arts space where he sold
his own fashion designs, held shows. They invited Amayo, who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and was fluent
in the music of Fela, to see a show in the neighborhood. A few weeks later, they called again to ask him
to fill in for a percussionist for a show at the Cooler (NYC) and he joined the band shortly thereafter.
Within months he began composing and performing lyrics and assuming the role of the group's lead
vocalist / frontman.
The nascent group spent its early months rehearsing and composing at Desco 41st street studios and
later the first Daptone Studios at Amayo's Afro Spot. Eschewing all commercial venues for the first year,
they performed exclusively in alternative spaces in lofts, community markets, parks, art spaces like Sara
Roosevelt Park, Taller Latinoamericano, Brecht Forum, and the Angel Orensanz Center.
In August 1999, Greenwich Village record store owner Ayo Osinibi introduced them to the owner of the
Tribeca club NoMoore, where they earned a weekly residence that ran for 18 months until the club was
abruptly closed by the city. At No Moore, the group's nucleus and repertoire expanded, as they routinely
played three 75-90 minute sets every Friday.
In 2001, following their debut record (reissued independently, then licensed to Ninja Tune) they began
touring internationally, from Glastonbury, Montreux to Newport Jazz and other renowned rock, jazz and
world music festivals.
Around 2003, following their third album "Who Is This America," the Dap Kings and Antibalas both
became very busy, each group developed its separate full-time lineup although the groups would remain
close, later reuniting with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley for the 2014 Daptone

Super Soul Revue across summer festivals and theaters in Europe and culminating in a three night run at
New York's Apollo Theater.
The group toured heavily between 2002 and 2007 with the releases of their third album, "Who Is This
America", and fourth, "Security".
From 2007-2012 many members and former members of the Antibalas participated in the Tony-Award
winning Broadway musical FELA!, including the show's musical director Aaron Johnson, lead saxophonist
Stuart Bogie, and assistant MD trumpeter Jordan McLean.
In 2011, the group returned to the Daptone House of Soul to record their most recent album, "Antibalas"
produced by emeritus member Gabriel Roth. The group toured heavily throughout the US and Europe,
and later that year, performed songs from the album live on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Antibalas has recorded five studio albums on the Daptone, Ninja Tune, Anti-, and Ropeadope labels as
well as a number of singles and EPs. The band finishing their sixth studio album, due out in mid-2017.
Though recognized for their fluency in Afrobeat and funk music, the band is known to collaborate with
diverse groups and artists, from Angélique Kidjo to Jovanotti to Medeski Martin & Wood to Public Enemy,
and served as the house band at Carnegie Hall in 2014 (Music of Paul Simon), 2015 (Music of David
Byrne & Talking Heads) and this year's 2017 Music of Aretha Franklin.
The Antibalas horn section has performed on Grammy award-winning albums by Angelique Kidjo, and
Mark Ronson and dozens of albums, sound tracks and live guest appearances with artists including The
Roots, My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio, Santigold, Jovanotti, Nneka, Alabama Shakes, The String
Cheese Incident and numerous others.
Former members have gone on to record and perform with The Dap Kings, Mark Ronson, the Black Keys,
the Arks, Menahan Street Band, the El Michels Affair, Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine, Bat For Lashes, and
Imogen Heap.

Here Lies Man

What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? In short, that’s the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualized by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of West African rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock.
The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilizing the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia’s vision a reality.
“The repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are very close to heavy rock guitar riffs,” Garcia explains. “ This music is based on the clave. It’s the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. It's what gives it integrity and provides the basis for the musical conversation that's happening. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition rather than pretending to be creating something new.”
And that expansion is the brilliant, hazy, psychedelic, hook-laden 8-song masterwork Here Lies Man, available on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records.

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