Join us for the a night of FUNK with Parliament Funkadelic Allstars
*LIGHT THE BAND*
[MUSIC 9 PM - 3 AM]
RonKat is a grammy nominated/song writer of the year winner. He was a vocalist/musician with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic from 2000 to 2010. Touring the world with GCPF has enriched his talents and pushed his skills to even higher levels of achievement. RONKAT’s music is a combination of funk and rock. Bridging unbelievably tasteful elements of multi-genres in a musical blend of pure magic. Katdelic began as RonKat’s off the road project for the past few years but as of 2010 (with George Clinton’s Blessing) Ronkat devoted all of his time and work to work on his D.O.T.M.S. (Dance On The Mothership) CD .Ronkat picks up on the incredibly high standard set forth by George Clinton with Funkadelic. He takes this framework and contextures it to a new paradigm of futuristic jubilance. Dr. Funkenstein himself show up in this and personally hands over to Ronkat the keys to the ever-mystical and Fonk-N on Mothership. Just when you thought the funk could get no deeper, it just did. Ronkat Spearman has delivered the best funk record of the year. It crackles, bubbles, grinds and oozes with so much sonic groove. Ronkat is one of the new breed of multi-instrumentalist, producer-visionaries out of the bubbling Bay Area Funk scene. Every…track….rocks. All songs written, produced, performed, engineered, mixed, vocals and lyrics by Ronkat Spearman. Ronkat’s genius perpetually serves up one good groove after another the not only packs a dance floor, it challenges the listener to soul-search and self-examine through uncanny thought-provoking lyrical imagery. This Kat has something to say.
*LIGHT THE BAND*
The roots of Light the Band's music come from a series of jam sessions between drummer Logan Tyler & guitarist Dan Guzman in the fall of 2011. Intense, loud, powerful, frantic. The duo would loop samples while Logan played drums and Dan solo'd. The chemistry was other worldly, but due to work obligations, Logan moved to Monterey in 2012. Logan ran into Dan at a 7 Come 11 show about a year later, and the 2 re-kindled their music flames, returning to Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios where they first made vibrations.... The duo quickly sought out Santa Cruz bass legend James Tashnick, and the first version of Light the Band was formed. Their first show was played December 5th, 2013, at the Crepe Place. In early 2014, Logan & Dan both joined legendary Santa Cruz funk band 7 Come 11, and together with Light the Band, perfected their art of high-energy jamming. Since creative differences led Logan & Dan to quit 7 Come 11 in Spring of 2015, Light the Band has become the main artistic output for the two. Guitarist and Singer/ Songwriter Tim Gan joined the group in January 2015, and after Logan & Dan left 7C11, the band began to create their own style of psychedelic funk. Shortly after Tim joined the group, saxophone player Christopher "Boa" Noonan began to also jam with the band. He remains a close friend and active honorarymember of Light, whenever he can make it. The band continued to tour and record as a 4 piece until June of 2016, when Santa Cruz keyboard legend Pat Blizinski joined the boys for a show at Bocci's Cellar. The chemistry was undeniable and Pat was welcomed as the 5th member of the band almost immediately after. He solidified his place after crushing shows at Boom Boom Room and Slim's SF in July & August. Sadly, Tim Harper was asked to leave in June 2017 after a fallout with the rest of the band. It's this incredibly potent, gumbo type mix of Dan's blistering, out of this world solos, James' commanding bass lines and earth shaking grooves, Pat's heavenly Hammond blazing through the mix and Logan's bomb-like pounding of the drums that give Light the Band their sound. The members all love the music they create with their entire beings. Each note radiates emotions ranging from pure bliss to down right terror. Their music is powerful and dynamic, funky and real, psychedelic in the old-school way, and filled with love. There is literally nothing this band can't do. Talking Heads? Pfunk? Scofield? Nugent? The Meters? James Brown? They do it all, complete with a full arsenal of original music. Light the Band is the next Santa Cruz legend. Be a part of history.....