Metazoa July 4th Block Party w/ Busty & The Bass

WTTS & Metazoa Present

Metazoa July 4th Block Party w/ Busty & The Bass

Michigan Rattlers, Audiodacity, Lazer Lloyd, Levi Driskell

Tue, July 4, 2017

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

Metazoa Brewing Company  

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Busty & The Bass
Busty & The Bass
With their seamless blend of soulful hip hop vocals, rap, signature brass and synths, Busty and the Bass is ushering in a new era of genre-defying sound. After meeting in their first week of the McGill University jazz program, the Montreal-based nine-piece quickly shot up from from packed house party jams to scorching live performances in front of thousands of fans across the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.

After building a dedicated international fan base off of the release of just two EPs -- GLAM (2015) and LIFT (2016) -- Busty is taking things to the next level with their forthcoming debut album, “Uncommon Good.” They’ve enlisted veteran producer and mixer Neal Pogue to guide the project, who is best known for his work with the likes of Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Earth Wind and Fire, MIA, Nicki Minaj, Aretha Franklin, and Lil Wayne.

The new album builds on a smooth foundational sound reminiscent of artists like Parliament, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson, weaving in the contemporary influence of Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, and James Blake. Each song on “Uncommon Good” feels like a single, from the brassy disco groove of “Up Top” to the Outkast-esque “Memories and Melodies” and the sensual, lyrical flow of “Common Ground.” The album synthesizes a swirling mixture of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, dance music, and gospel that is layered, polished, and unified.

Busty’s natural chemistry and high-energy live show have made them an instant favorite with audiences around the world. Whether it’s your first Busty experience, or you know every time the cowbell comes in -- you’re gonna dance.

This coming fall will mark the beginning of Busty and the Bass' world tour in support of their debut album, “Uncommon Good”, set for release September 8, 2017.
Michigan Rattlers
Michigan Rattlers
Upholding a time-honored songwriting tradition, Michigan Rattlers recount human stories through a soundtrack of Americana punctuated by countrified rock 'n' roll and folk. The subjects of their 2016 self-titled debut EP practically live and breathe between Graham Young's rustling guitar and Adam Reed's percussive upright bass. Born in Petoskey, MI and based in Los Angeles, the duo's music plays out like a film.

"All of my favorite songs tell stories," says Graham. "It's the most important part. They're about people trying to overcome life's obstacles. That's what it always comes back to."

Lifelong friends Graham and Adam began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. Residing in a quiet tourist town of 6,000 located on the banks of Lake Michigan, the pair regularly played every bar, café, and stage in town, developing an inimitable musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more. Adam headed to Ohio for college as Graham went to Illinois, but upon graduating, Graham beckoned Adam to move out to Los Angeles so they could start a band. A four-day cross-country road trip gave birth to Michigan Rattlers.

"We had been in bands together for a long time, so we knew what we wanted to do," Adam explains. "I was going to play upright bass, and we were going to do a project with just the two of us. We wanted to be lean and mean on tour. As soon as Graham called, I went for it. If you get a music degree, you might as well play music!"

Settling down in Los Angeles, the boys recorded a short demo and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super producer Johnny K [Plain White T's, 3 Doors Down], and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.

"My favorite music is recorded that way," continues Adam. "You get in a room, plug in, and cut as many songs as you can live."

The first single, "Illinois Sky," rolls from an energetic acoustic guitar into an expansive refrain that's immediate and infectious, following "Midwestern boys out on our own headed for a life of treasure."

"I started writing it when I was living in Chicago, and I finished it when I got to L.A.," recalls Graham. "It was something I'd been working on for a while. It sort of covers the journey. It's really sad, but it's also upbeat. I look at it as a love letter to living in Chicago and that time. You've got the image."

Culminating on a lyrical guitar lead, "Sweet Diane" weaves a narrative of newfound love in the aftermath of loss driven by Graham's robust delivery. "That was totally fiction," he continues. "It's a straightforward story. A guy knows this girl. The girl lost her husband. He gets the courage to ask her out from there."

"Strain of Cancer" recounts a heartbreaking tale he witnessed firsthand. "I used to work at Starbucks, and I wrote it about this guy I worked with," he goes on. "He had a kid with this girl. Things didn't work out. He only saw his son twice a month or something. He was always meeting with his lawyer about child support. He was just losing everything. It was a horrible situation. I felt for the guy. I thought about him and put it into song."

As for their moniker? It's a name that lets you in on where they're from and who they are. "A Michigan Rattler is an actual snake," Adam explains. "There aren't a lot of them, and they're hard to find." As the duo gets ready to share their tales with the world, listeners far and wide will soon find that like the elusive reptile, a sound like theirs is hard to find.
Audiodacity
Audiodacity
What do you get when you mix rock, blues, reggae, funk, hiphop, and r&b and forge them in the fires of Mordor with hair from Chuck Norris' beard, the tail feather of a phoenix, Old Spice Showtime from Ray Lewis' personal stash, top it all off with some booze and Colonel Sander's 21 HERBS and spices, then find 6 bamfs with the audacity to pull it all together? The cure for cancer? Yes...and AUDIODACITY!!! We. Melt. Faces...consider yourself warned.
Lazer Lloyd
Lazer Lloyd
Lazer Lloyd is an electrifying live performer mixing psychedelic roots rock with emotional ballads and down home swamp and country blues. Critics around the world praise Lloyd's musicianship, singing, songwriting and storytelling. Fans are rapidly gathering around the Lazer Lloyd phenomenon stemming from his extensive touring, inspirational shows and intimate live guitar chill sessions posted on social media. His upcoming Spring and Summer 2017 tours are in support of his highly anticipated upcoming release "AMERICA". Major influences include Neil Young, Willy Nelson, BB King, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Cash, Johnny Winter, Wes Montgomery, Ry Cooder, Santana, and Middle Eastern oud.
Levi Driskell
Levi Driskell
Venue Information:
Metazoa Brewing Company  
140 S College Ave
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
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