The Good Music Club

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The Good Music Club

Hard Proof Afrobeat, The Preservation, Shakey Graves, Megafauna

Sat, August 25, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

North Door Main Stage

Austin, TX

Free

This event is all ages

Hard Proof Afrobeat
Hard Proof Afrobeat
he Austin-based collective of musicians known as Hard Proof are the sole purveyors of African funk in the state of Texas. Locally produced and internationally-inspired, they have established a following as Austin's best-known Afrobeat group. They don't just play Afrobeat per se, but funk and jazz music from and inspired by the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. If you enjoy listening to heavy horns and funky polyrhythms with tropical, mystical undertones, don't miss out on Hard Proof. Their sounds will both stimulate your brain and move your feet.

Members of Hard Proof also perform with bands such as Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Ocote Soul Sounds, Echocentrics, Calm Blue Sea and Cougar.

What the critics are saying about Hard Proof:

"The task of any Afrobeat ensemble is to first prove that they're well-versed in the classics and then bring something new to the conversation. Austin nine piece Hard Proof Afrobeat does exactly that on a stirring self-titled debut that kick-starts with 30 seconds of hard funk fury and closes with a mournful jazz melody over sparse percussion that only loosely operates within the framework of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. From the dark psychedelic marauding of "Stolen Goods" to the Ethiopique groove of "Jimma", Hard Proof crafts moody instrumentals that lean more toward Budos Band than Antibalas. A rumbling baritone sax churns the hypnotizing crawl of "Mahout", while the brass (which splits time with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears) blows hard on "No Consideration" and freaks out on "M.E.N.D." The best of the band's brooding grooves border prove Afrobeat is alive in Austin. This debut is Hard Proof." -Austin Chronicle

"Austin nine-piece Afrobeat outfit Hard Proof hardly need to prove themselves as a great Afrobeat group, their music stands for itself. Their debut album came out last fall, and it is filled with instrumentals informed by the group's great sense of melody and rhythm." - KUT's Texas Music Matters

"What is appealing about Hard Proof is [sic.] the elements of jazz, funk and African rhythms that they fuse together to create a unique sound. While there are many talented musicians in Austin and an equal number of great bands, Hard Proof offers fans something out-of-the-ordinary in terms of the local music scene." - Greg Ackerman - Austin Concerts Examiner (examiner.com)
The Preservation
The Preservation
The Story of The Preservation
Start: FALL 2009

Cayce and Mario were touring around the country and things were good. But they weren't great. So how do two find greatness? By becoming five, maybe six. And work, a lot of work. So Mario called Josh and said, "Do you think Andy would be down?" Josh said, "Yeah, you should call him."

So they met at the Baltimore House and decided whatever it was it should be good, sound like The Kinks and they should put a lot of work into it. They called Ben and began work immediately, playing two shows that first week.

Mario came up with the name The Preservation because of the obvious Kinks reference and because he naively believes they are preserving good music.

A couple shows later they met Kullen, who wanted in. Hot dog.

They are heavily influenced by family and friends, Humboldt County, Baltimore, New York, and Texas. They are also very much into music and art.
Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves is gentleman from Texas.
Megafauna
Megafauna
Thax Douglas, Austin’s notorious rock poet who has introduced pretty much every band EVER, proclaimed Megafauna “one of the best bands on the planet.” Pretty high praise considering the man has shared stages with every band from Daniel Johnston to Destroyer. Perhaps he decided to stake his claim after hearing the opening tracks from Megafauna’s much-overdue debut CD, Larger Than Human. Touring at least as much — if not more — than they record, Megafauna has built a reputation on their fusion of delicate pop idioms and their reverent love for metal pastiche. Falling somewhere between the anxious enjambed rhythms of Deerhoof, and the siren-like vocals of English shoegazers My Bloody Valentine, Megafauna have a rounded sound that is hypnotic while still retaining a lot of physicality. The preliminary measures of solo drum in “Hug From a Robot”, the opening track, seem to say that this is an album with considerable mass behind it—and it intends to move.
Megafauna formed after established Brooklyn shredder Dani Neff packed her bags for the move to Austin, TX. Once there, local session players Will Krause and Cameron Page filled out the group. After several months of work through 2009, Megafauna has become one of the most sought after rock experiences in Austin, on a mission to bring the juncture of pop, progressive, and experimental fringes of rock to the fore-front of an Austin scene that has mainly subsisted on blues, singer-songwriters, vintage throw-back bands, and a general apprehension to move forward. Through 2010 and into 2011, we have been working on our follow-up album to Larger Than Human, and have embarked on 11 tours throughout the US to bring Austin’s new firebrand rock sound to other parts of the country.
Venue Information:
North Door Main Stage
502 Brushy St.
Austin, TX, 78702
http://ndvenue.com/