KPSU & College Music Series | Ultrabook™ presents Menahan Street Band
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 2:30pm

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 

The Bing Lounge, 1210 SW 6th Portland, OR 97204

2:30 p.m.

FREE (with RSVP) - First 150 people to RSVP to get in

All ages (Free beer provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company if 21+)


The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, El Michels Affair, Antibalas, and the Budos Band, brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking will be released on Dunham Records, Brenneck’s new imprint of Daptone Records, a joint venture devoted to bringing the Menahan Street sound from Brenneck’s bedroom out into the world. The album is marked by eerily quirky arrangements, featuring vibes, horns, piano, organ, percussion and even a strange bling sound that Brenneck creates by tuning and plucking the strings of his guitar on the wrong side of the bridge. However, it is not the textures themselves that make the new sound of Menahan Street so exciting, but rather the way the sounds are incorporated into the heavy rhythms and bold melodies of the compositions.


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