Toubab Krewe, Hunter Green, Ben Spivak, The Deacon Board

Toubab Krewe

Hunter Green

Ben Spivak

The Deacon Board

Thursday, April 11

Doors: 7:45 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$10 advance- $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

  • Hunter Green - 8:15
  • The Deacon Board - 9:00
  • Ben Spivak - 9:45
  • Toubab Krewe - 10:30

Toubab Krewe
Toubab Krewe
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.

Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, STYLO, (March 2nd, 2018). What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drumset), Drew Heller (guitar, organ), Justin Kimmel (bass, keys), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, Congas, Dundun, Sangban, Kinkini) have wrought on STYLO reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their last studio album, TK2.

This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury and Wakarusa, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan or Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community.

Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group's travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they've learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.
Hunter Green
Hunter Green
Formed in Los Angeles, California, Hunter Green is a band quickly gaining momentum in the Reggae and Rock scenes. The group began performing in the Fall of 2010. Formed by Dre Gipson (Fishbone/Eek-a-Mouse) with Steven "Tree" Padilla, Jeff "Soulular" Laos, and Marc Rey (Eek-a-Mouse, Mandrill, Weapon of Choice), this versatile group shares an experience from a rich background of musical diversity while staying true to roots and groove. Hunter Green is an artist's band that maintains it's simplistic appeal.
Ben Spivak
Ben Spivak
Ben Spivak is perhaps best known as the bass player and one quarter of the chart topping band Magic! In 2014 their song "Rude" was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 straight weeks and went #1 in over 40 other countries.

And while Magic! still tours consistently and is always working on and releasing new music, Ben also wanted to do something a little different.

Going back to his love for earthy organic rock music, live performance, improvisation, and "classic" songwriting, Ben began writing songs that aren't meant to be hit songs; aren't meant to be played on the radio. They're meant to be played live by a band in front of an audience. They're meant to breathe and grow and be explored. He describes it as though the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead had a baby in 2019 (with a splash of Allman Brothers for good measure). The anchor is always the song, but once the band takes off there's no knowing where it could go.

Ben, originally from Toronto, Canada but now living in LA, released his solo debut back in 2010. Recorded in Toronto, Ben played most of the instruments and wrote and sang all the songs. At the time he was also building a career as a touring/session bass player. Over the years Ben has shared the stage with Marc Anthony, Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul, Ty Taylor (of Vintage Trouble), Grammy nominated artist K-Os, multi Juno and CCMA Award winner Johnny Reid, and has appeared on Fallon, Kimmel, Letterman, The View, the Juno Awards, and Good Morning America.

"Music is a journey," says Ben. "In the writing stage, recording stage or performing stage, songs live and breathe. They have good days and bad days. But it's always a journey. I want to push that journey forward as much as possible."
The Deacon Board
The Deacon Board
Chesley Allen affectionately known as Cheese is a world recognized drummer for Pop and Grammy winning Artist Megan Trainor. Chesley’s percussion skills come from a humble beginning at a young age playing for his home church, whichlead him to go on to school and study the craft of percussion,While in his home town of Raleigh, NC Chesley honed his skills performing for various types of musical Artist from Jazz, Gospel to R&B and Rock, making him a well rounded Drummer.
Cheese has performed around the world and on various T.V. shows. Including: The Ellen Show, Jimmy Kimmel, StevenColbert, Jimmy Fallon and even the Today show a few times. He has also had the great fortune of touring with Jazz Great, Marion Meadows, Bass legends Chip Shearin and Ethan Farmer and Pop Artist Earl St. Claire.
While now residing in Los Angeles, CA, Cheese is an on call studio musician and still tours with Meghan Tranior. In 2016 Chesley released a limited edition Debut EP titled “Play Time is over” which was a showcase of his percussion skills laced over popular songs of the day.
The newest project Chesley has created (The Deacon Board) is a conglomerate of some of the industries well recognized touring musicians .The band performs a various style of music, but is applauded for their mash ups of J.Dilla style rhythms and jazz fusion melodies. Chesley Cheese Allen and The Deacon Board are definitely a crowd pleaser, to the consummate party goers and dedicated musicians.
Chesley Cheese Allen is endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjan Cymbals, Drum Dots, Remo Percussion, JH Audio and has Signature Vater Drum Sticks.
Venue Information:
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035