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Afrofunk Experience coming Saturday to the Crown Room

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If you go

Who: Afrofunk Experience

When: 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8

Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room

Cover: free

After-party: Terraplane, free in the Red Room

Afrofunk Experience’s instrumentation of dual guitars, bass, drums, percussion and trio of horns plays free in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room on Saturday, June 8. Local band Terraplane makes its Crystal Bay Club debut in a free after-party in the Red Room.

Formed in 2004, Afrofunk Experience has played in the Red Room before, but has made the jump to the larger venue on the west side of the historic casino. Band co-founder and bassist Wendell Rand (who has performed with Pleasuremaker and Afrolicious) leads the cast with low-end dance grooves.

Tasteful, precise and very funky drummer Tai Kenning (Junk, Yacouba Diarra), is a serious study in afrobeat/afrofunk drum work. Guitarist David James (Beth Custer), former six-string slinger for the Coup and Michael Franti’s Spearhead, brings his explorative, sinewy, rhythmic approach to counter guitarist Ken House’s (H. P. Riot, Wade Love Band) chunky funk rhythms and funk metal solos that recall the heyday of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Saxophonist David Boyce (Broun Fellinis, Ronkat Spearman), trumpeter Mike Pitre (Bohemian Knuckle Boogie, Joe Louis Walker) and trombonist Andre Webb (Howard Wiley), also offer stylings from classic Wailers to Ethiopian-style R&B of the early ‘70s.

The band has played the Boom Boom Room, 111 Minna, The Independent, Slim’s, the Great American Music Hall, and The Mezzanine and many other live music venues in the SF Bay Area.

Festival appearances include Stern Grove, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Outside Lands and the Carnival. Other performances were at many world music parties like Earthdance SolFest, Sierra Nevada Music Festival, Salem World Music Festival, Cape May Jazz Festival, San Francisco Best of the Bay and S.F. Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Awards.

Terraplane, according to the band’s Facebook page, was formed by a group of transport locals from all over the globe and has been grooving steadily for the past three years.

The band features guitarist Lucas Arizu, an Argentinian native with blazing fast fingers currently in the UNR Jazz program; keyboardist Ryan Taylor, a classically trained pianist turned organ and synth scientist; drummer Bill Kerrigan, a ball of sweat, energy and tasty drum grooves; and bassist Jeremy Hunt, the low end backbone, the wall of thump, the man, the myth, the legend.

The band blasts fast and funky dance beats, mellow hip-hip infused grooves and jazzy instrumentals with a little Latin flavor. Learn more about the band on Facebook.


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