- 21 & over
*SCOTT PEMBERTON BAND* (& *EL METATE*)
- When: Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 9:00 PM to Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 2:00 AM (Doors open at 8:00 PM)
- Ticket Price: $15.00
- Door Time: 8:00 PM
- Show Type: Funk
21 & over
- Where: Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115
*SCOTT PEMBERTON BAND*
Scott Pemberton Band
Many master guitarists find their homes within a specific genre, perfecting the ins and
outs of their chosen musical realm until their names become synonymous with the very art form. Portland's Scott Pemberton is not your average guitarist. He's a musical nomad. His home isn't in one comfortable bubble, but rather spread across genres. One moment, he's shredding through the blues. Then next, he's living in a classic rock world, or drifting melodically through an ethereal psychedelic plane. Maybe he's leading a dirty funk jam, or experimenting with something heavier, or sitting back on a jazz odyssey. Regardless of genre, though, Pemberton's musical journey is marked by two unmistakeable realities: You always know when you're hearing a Scott Pemberton song. And you're always going to be captivated. Beyond stages both local and international, his music has found its way into various movies, television programs and advertisements (Nike, Coke, Jaguar, and NASCAR ads have been propelled by his distinctive melodies), and his funky guitar work has led to collaborations with legendary drummers such as Motown's Mel Brown and Bernard Purdie, AKA "the world's most recorded drummer." He's played prime spots at major festivals across the U.S. and Canada, hit #4 on Billboard's Tastemakers' charts and ranked among the top performers on Jambase, peaking at #2 during the High Sierra Music Festival, where he stormed the stage. Even more remarkable than Pemberton's quick ascent to a superhero on the axe, though, is his second act. Most musicians are lucky to find their talent in the first place. For Pemberton, his love affair with his guitar received a rebirth following a bike accident that nearly ended his life and caused a traumatic brain injury, a life-changing event that would have grounded most artists. For Pemberton, it only fueled his musical drive. During rehabilitation, the guitarist rediscovered his gift, and emerged with a strong new vision as an artist. Exploding back into the public consciousness stronger, sharper and more dedicated than ever, Pemberton released his eclectic debut, Sugar Mama, produced by Los Lobos sax player Steve Berlin and featuring a bevy of guest performers including legendary bluesman Curtis Saldago. Amazingly, Sugar Mama manages the difficult task of capturing Pemberton's wildly ambitious live persona, jackknifing across genres with ease, using the frontman's intricate musicianship as a glue that holds it all together. A master showman who draws amazed stares when audiences realize he's shredding without a guitar strap, Pemberton's unique musical gifts and infectiously positive attitude come exploding to life, making the axe man and his band's legendary shows on stages small and large come vibrantly to life. The music is hypnotic in its infectiousness -- consistently challenging listeners while grounding it all in a familiar foundation of rock. Music is Pemberton's domain. The stage is his home. And his door is always open.
El Metate is a psychedelic spacefunk collective from San Francisco that formed in the summer of 2013. Their recorded body of work runs the gamut from soaring, guitar-fueled originals that recall Soulive and Boogaloo Joe Jones to reinterpretations of rare groove classics awash in a psychedelic haze of Hammond Organ and Fender Rhodes.
On any given night - be it a sojourn down the coast to some of the western seaboard's most storied musical outposts, or an all night, postmodern/pre-apocalyptic space odyssey in their hometown of San Francisco - El Metate is a band possessed.
After headlining sold-out shows to enthusiastic (if not rabid) audiences and sharing the stage with Monophonics, Tea Leaf Green, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Con Brio, Wil Blades, and members of Lettuce, El Metate has begun to take the show on the road. With a West Coast tour under their belts and a debut album slated for early 2016, these young musical retrofuturists are ready to share their music the masses.