Rastasaurus

Reggae / Funk / Soul

Rastasaurus

Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band

Fri, September 20, 2019

Doors: 8:30 am / Show: 9:00 pm

$13 - $27

This event is 21 and over

Rastasaurus
Rastasaurus
Rastasaurus was uncovered in the concrete jungles of Denver, Colorado, where they’ve been building an enthusiastic following around their new reggae sound. Centered around the prolific songwriting of Justus Lacewell (vocals, guitar), Rastasaurus also includes lifelong musical pals and identical twin brothers Eric (lead guitar) and Mark Ciccone (bass). The thick, psychedelic grooves of Ryan Kerr (keyboards) and the smooth, funky rhythms of Nick Souder (drums) round out the quintet.

With their original songs featuring an infusion of reggae with elements of funk, rock and roll, improvised jamming and dub, Rastasaurus is constantly exploring and expanding its own unique blend of American reggae.
Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band
Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band
In a few short years, Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band have built their reputation as the hard-hitting, world-class, force-of-Soul-and-R-&-B-nature beyond comparison. People everywhere have done more than just take notice as this young-blooded crew has brought their searing, raw performances to stages from their hometown St. Louis, across the country, and beyond.
The band's distinct brand of Soul music is a bit less "New York City" and much more "Mississippi River". Their sound combines the loose, funky feel of New Orleans R&B along with the visceral power and intensity of East St. Louis' own Ike & Tina Turner - and they bring it all right to ya with truly inspired original numbers by an undeniable, natural born singer, Al Holliday.

"He sings with a depth and grit and twang not usually found in the metro area, and his comfort with Chicago blues, big-band soul and barrelhouse piano shows scholarship beyond his years. His voice is just growl-y enough that listeners may write it off as a pastiche of Randy Newman, or Joe Cocker, or Fats Domino, or some amalgam of all three. It may be, but Holliday owns it and uses it to sell these familiar-sounding tunes."

"The benchmark sound here is very much derived from pre-Meters New Orleans R&B, the type of stuff Dr. John might have sat in on...Holliday supplements his East Side Rhythm Band with those omnipresent Funky Butt Brass Band horns, swelling the horn section to seven players at times...Every so often the band takes it back up the Delta to Memphis...."

"Holliday certainly has the capability to take this little slice of R&B and make it his own."

-- Riverfront Times --



“Illinois native Al Holliday traffics in the sort of timeless soul music that lifts the heart and drops a funky hammer. Holliday's keyboard-laden tunes mix the best elements of R&B, old-school blues, soul, funk and jazz in an incredibly winsome way. ”

-- Columbia Tribune --
Venue Information:
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
http://www.opheliasdenver.com/