The Werks

Psychedelic / Jam

The Werks

The Other Black

Fri, March 23, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$16.00 - $20.00

This event is 18 and over

The Werks
The Werks
On their forthcoming LP Magic, jamband favorites The Werks transcend their roots while never losing their identity. Poignant songwriting and engaging melody come together on a record that showcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of uniquely creative musicians.

The virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks have released four highly acclaimed studio albums over the past ten years - Synapse (2009), The Werks (2012), Mr. Smalls Sessions EP (2014), and Inside a Dream (2015) - performed well over one thousand shows (including launching their own multi-day music festival The Werk Out), and released countless live recordings including last year’s Live at The Werk Out live album. In that time they’ve earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as one of the most energetic, compelling, and downright entertaining live acts in the business. They’ve developed a hard won confidence, and a willingness to fearlessly chart new sonic territory on Magic.

“This is our first truly multi-genre album” says Chris Houser. “Each track has its own unique vibe and sound. We didn’t write these songs to please people, we wrote them because this is what we hear when we turn off the outside and let the creativity flow.”

The songs on Magic started as sketches the band members crafted independently. Coming together in their sonic dojo The Werkspace, those seeds of groove were nurtured by the group, growing into fully wrought songs through holistic arrangement and organic improvisation. “Our writing is collaborative,” explains Dan Shaw, “but starting with demos written individually gives each band member a chance to leave their fingerprint on a tune.”

The songwriting finished, the band decamped to Sonic Lounge in Grove City, Ohio. There lead engineer and producer Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty One Pilots) settled down to work with the studio’s legendary Amek/Neve 9098i mixing console. One of only thirteen in the world, Sonic Lounge’s was originally installed in Olympic Studios in London, England, where it served to document the unique creative mojo of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and more.

Joining Viers were assistant engineers and producers Aaron Oakley and B.J. Davis, and the unstoppable horns of Columbus’ own Hoodoo Soul Band - Chris Young (trumpet), Kevin O’Neil (tenor), and Phil Clark (Baritone) – while Kenny Holmes, tour manager and right hand man, was the gaff tape that held it all together. Finally Columbus native and current Los Angeles, CA resident Brian Lucey (Train, Dr. Dog) mastered the record.

From those sessions emerged a rare jewel of a record; Magic is muse put to tape, a direct download of the creative spark. “This is a recording of the music that’s in our souls” explains Rob Chafin. “In a way, the past decade has been leading to this moment. We play and write together so seamlessly now, we’re able to channel the inspiration in our hearts out into our instruments, and come at this from a pure place.” Together, these visionaries have crafted a record where melodies take flight, dancing and twisting around the sonorous main of the tune itself. By fusing their spirited improvisation to a core of immediately engaging songwriting, The Werks have truly performed a feat of modern musical Magic.
The Other Black
The Other Black
The Other Black

The Other Black, featuring Cosmic Slim (formerly of Air Dubai and Petals of Spain) is
an experience unlike anything you have yet to observe in the Denver music market.

Newly formed in the late Fall of 2012, this dynamic group started with a mere 9
members and has launched to upwards of 24. That's right, just about 30 musicians
collaborating to bring you a unique sound and leave you with a smile in your soul.
These are musicians that have already contributed successfully to the scene; from Birds
Of A Feather, Bonnie & The Beard, Petals of Spain, The People's Abstract and more.

Needless to say, upon taking stage - this assortment of artistry commands it's presence.
Their act has been compared to reading an old school Parliament comic book. In a
nutshell, this crowd's get-up is wild, garish, & funky with fresh attire that makes you
believe they MUST have a costume designer amongst them somewhere. In short, they
are like watching a cartoon come to life.

The Other Black clearly simply loves what they do. Their soul-funk- do-wop mix with a
modern squeeze endears them. People are on their feet when The Other Black hits the
stage. If you haven't seen them yet, you will.

All songs are written and arranged by Cosmic Slim, with the exception of the few covers
they perform honoring soul legends Sly & The Family Stone and Ray Charles.

All booking inquiries go to Cosette Simone at theotherblacksoulband@gmail.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOtherBlack
twitter: theotherblacksoulband

Photography by Rachel Waltman Photography

Bio Courtesy of Mel King
Venue Information:
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
http://www.opheliasdenver.com/