We are giving away a pair of tickets to Brownish Black, Tezeta Band @ The Secret Society on June 25. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, June 24.
From our sponsors:
Brownish Black, Tezeta Band
June 25, 2016
9 p.m. | $10 | 21+
More info: ticketfly.com
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St, Portland, Oregon 97212
Brownish Black doesn’t walk the line between garage and soul – they destroy it.
The Portland-based octet started out as a three-piece garage rock band, whose raw energy pulled a handful of the city’s best players into its gravitational field, yielding bigger and funkier results with each addition.
Though loyal fans flock to ecstatically dance at the band’s shows, the subject matter of Brownish Black’s songs packs a heavy punch; tackling class warfare and casting harsh criticism on modern social and economic systems. And there are love songs. Nothing is heavier than a love song.
High-energy music going up against oppression is possibly one of the most striking similarities between the group’s two main influencers – underground Pacific Northwest indie music and soul. For Michael David – band leader and Detroit native – nothing seems more natural than fostering the growth of social consciousness and human togetherness through music.
Tezeta Band plays jazz, funk and soul music from Ethiopia’s Golden Age of the 60’s and 70’s when political laxity and international influence helped foster a sound both familiar and mysterious–powerful dance music with a bittersweet quality that is uniquely Ethiopian. Tezeta is Amharic for nostalgia or remembrance. Tezeta Band has shared the stage with some of the very artists who have inspired their love of this music, including Mahmoud Ahmed and Aster Aweke. They have a recording on the just released Noise and Chill Out CD on France’s Buda label, whose Ethiopiques series was responsible for much of the renewed interest in Ethiopian music. They are currently at work finishing their first full length CD. Tezeta Band is Ted Hille on alto sax, Curt Bieker on trombone & Josh Prewitt on trumpet, Talbott Guthrie on drums, Tim Cook on keys, John Teagle on bass and guitarist Brent Martens. If they look or sound familiar, it’s because most of them were part of the Five Fingers of Funk, which will ring a bell for anyone who listened to live music in the Northwest during the 90’s.