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Show Details
  • Ticket Price: $15.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Show Type: Funk
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
  • Where: Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115

*The W-BEEZ*

featuring members of

WILL BERNARD- Guitar (Stanton Moore Trio)
WIL BLADES- Organ (Dr. Lonnie Smith)
JASON THOMAS- Drums (Snarky Puppy)
JUSTIN STANTON- Trumpet (Snarky Puppy)
CHRIS BULLOCK- Saxophone (Snarky Puppy)

*DJ Kevvy Kev*

*The W-BEEZ*
Will Bernard

“Will Bernard is one of the best-kept jazz-guitar secrets on the planet.” – Dan Uuellette, Billboard
He began playing and recording on an international level as a member of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble,who made their recorded debut with Don Cherry on “Multikulti” (A&M 1989). Since then, Bernard has participated in a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip-hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. In the 90’s Bernard recorded and performed with many projects under the direction of acclaimed producer Lee Townsend 
and worked with groups ranging from the Hindustani-influenced Jai Uttal to the political hip-hop group the Coup. The most commercially successful of these projects was the group T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose sophomore album “If Four Was One” on Warner bros. was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. Will made further inroads with the Stanton Moore trio which toured extensively and made 3 albums on Telarc and a Hal Leonard drum instructional video and book.

Wil Blades

That influence harkens back to Blades’ roots in Chicago, where he grew up playing drums and guitar in rock and funk bands. He moved west to study jazz at the New College of California, where he studied with bassist Herbie Lewis. “It was a real old school jazz education,” Blades recalls. “With Herbie, it was almost a Mr. Miyagi thing, life lessons where I’d be wondering, ‘Why am I cleaning the music room right now?’ But as I got older I started to appreciate these fundamental, basic lessons that were actually very deep and useful, more so than what scale to play over what chord.” 
  Blades had begun adding the organ to his repertoire at the time, and it was Lewis who pressured him to choose one instrument to focus on. He had discovered the instrument through rock records by the likes of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, which led him to Jimmy Smith and other jazz innovators. At the same time, Medeski Martin and Wood had emerged with a new, more radical approach to the organ trio, which Blades found equally intriguing. “Something about the sound of the organ really turned me on,” he says. “There was just something about it that I really dug, and I can’t really explain it.” 
Over the past fifteen years, Blades has grown to be one of the most in-demand organ players on the Bay Area scene. In addition to leading his own trio, he works regularly in duo situations with drummers Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers); and in trios led by guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Stanton Moore. He’s performed and recorded with a host of jazz and blues greats including Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Charlie Hunter, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, and many others. 


Equally expressive on trumpet and keyboards, Justin Stanton is constantly pushing Snarky Puppy into new musical directions. He grew up in the tiny town of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and after two degrees from Eastern Tennessee State University and the University of North Texas in jazz studies, made his way to Brooklyn with the majority of the band. He has toured Europe with UNT's world-famous One O'Clock Lab Band and recorded with Kirk Franklin, Myron Butler, Trombone Shorty, John Popper, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, and a crazy little project called Shake It Like A Caveman. Stanton is equally active on the NYC music scene as a horn player and keyboardist.

Chris Bullock is a tenor saxophonist, flutist, and clarinetist from the culturally rich Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and went on to the University of North Texas grad program, where he played in the Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. He has shared the stage with Jon Hendricks, Jeff Coffin, N'dambi, Ari Hoenig, Bernard Wright, Jimmy Haslip, and many more, as well as having performed at many of Europe's largest jazz festivals. He currently calls Brooklyn his home and is equally gifted in a well-stocked kitchen as the band's honorary chef/foodie.

Jason "JT" Thomas, drummer, producer, writer, singer. Growing up in a musical family JT started playing the drums at the age of 3 and was surrounded by all kinds of music, from Jazz/Country/Rock/Caribbean, to Gospel, and everything in between. Being exposed at such a young age to all genres of music is what prepared him to authentically adapt to any musical situation. After years of honing his skills with all types of bands from Dallas, Texas to countries afar like Indonesia, and Asia, JT quickly became well known for his versatility. As brisk as JT is with his hands on drums, is as swift as his name became known on the music circuit. Calls soon began coming in for both live, and in the studio with artists such as Fred Hammond, Roy Hargrove(RH Factor), Les McCann, Marcus Miller, Tommy Sims, CeCe Winans, Daystar TV, Forq, Mark Lettieri, Snarky Puppy, & Phillip Phillips only to name a few. Though playing all styles of music can be a challenge, it's what JT loves and is known to do. Today, "JT the drumma" is in high demand and numerous of artists FIRST call. His high level of preparation for each artist he works with, along with being a consummate professional on and off stage, is what continues to keep him busy performing on stages and in studios all across the world. JT proudly and exclusively endorses Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Meinl Cymbals and Percussion, and MatTea.

Pamela Parker's Fantastic Machine is a celebration of the Summer of Love -- just in time for the 50th Anniversary!  This band captures the San Francisco music scene, ranging fro rock to gospel to R&B to epic psychedelia.  The band features Tom Finch on guitar/vocals, Spence Murray on bass, Chris McGrew on drums, and Jordan Feinstein on piano/organ/vocals. The band's raw energy along with Pamela's powerhouse pipes bring to mind Amy Winehouse and Ann Wilson.  Their dynamic show draws you close, then surges forward with anthemic power to lift you higher.  Pamela shreds like a cross between Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, guiding us with danceable hooks alongside her dueling lead player, Tom Finch.   The upcoming album creates a fresh rock n'roll landscape with a diversity of touchstones you wouldn't expect to experience like Alabama Shakes, Adele, Thin Lizzy, and Funkadelic. The last album, Evolutionary Process, debuted at #1 and was up for Album of the Year in Vancouver, BC.

$17 ADV 
$20 DOOR


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