“Peace & Rhythm Presents” is a weekly eclectic music series every Wednesday night at The Root Cellar, downtown Greenfield’s newest music venue. This premier season features bands and performers of various genres and styles, including funk, world music, jazz, reggae, rock, folk, DJs and more. Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION, 21+. Doors open at 8, music starts pumping at 9 and goes until 1230.
—Wed, July 27…The Boogalistics (soul-jazz/funk) and Doctor Thing (freak-out psychedelic jazz-funk) –
The Boogalistics bring fresh energy to the classic sound of soul jazz. Boogaloo, soul-jazz, funk, this brand new group out of Northampton will satisfy your need for dancefloor-jazz. Justin Tomsevic (formerly of Melvin Sparks Trio)-drums, Nico D’Amico-guitar, Parker McQueeney-keyboards, Josh Owsley-bass, Adam Scotera-sax.
Doctor Thing play a groove based brand of freak out psych jazz. Joined by their nemesis, Doctor Ilya Kuryakyn, a cold war psychedelics researcher mysteriously turned into an elephant, they root their jazz improv sensibilities in grooves that will keep the dance floor pumping. The band consists of Parker McQueeney (keyboard), Andrew Atkin (guitar), Nico D’Amico (bass), Denny Ray Pellitier (drums).
—Wed, Aug 3…I-Ganic Sound System – mobile reggae sound system, selecting the latest and classic sounds from the U.K. to Jamaica: Roots, Dub, Dancehall, Steppas… I-Ganic uses a series of effect processors, sirens and vibe enhancing sounds to produce a one of a kind, bass heavy, echo blurred dub mix, live on the sound system. http://iganicsoundsystem.com/home.htm
—Wed, Aug 10…Brook Batteau solo & band sets & DJ Afropanther – Brook Batteau is the demented frontman, the mad eponymous magician, who plays around with his voice so you get a little Roy Orbison, a little David Byrne, a little Antony & the Johnsons, a little Barry White, a little Rufus, both Wainwright and Chaka Khan. The band plays danceable neo-R&B/indy rock.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut and bred to be a hardcore musician; Afropanther is a Space Jungle Club DJ, Producer, and lyrical assassin. Afropanther provides MC skills, ground-breaking production, and DJ mixing techniques of one whose been on the 1’s and 2’s since the early 80s. https://afropanther.com/
—Wed, Aug 17…Studebaker Hawk & DJ Andujar’s “Rumba Psicodélica” – representing the Peace & Rhythm crew. Vinyl DJ dance party, funk, afrobeat, dub, cumbia, boogaloo, highlife, international jams.
—Wed, Aug 24…Rebirth – Citing influences ranging from Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Steel Pulse to The Beatles and The Police to Nina Simone and Bill Withers, the group folds “Afro-influenced folk,” funk, soul, reggae, jazz, Latin & hip-hop elements into its expansive sound, along with other elements from music throughout the globe. Rebirth write honest and heartfelt songs and are proud to stand by a message of love and unification through music.
—Wed, Aug 31…Vimana plus TBA – psychedelic funk-rock jazz that pays tribute to Zappa, Sun Ra, The Boredoms, and Yusef Lateef, among others.
—Wed, Sept 7…Matt Valentine & PG Six – Matt Valentine, of MV/EE, plays a solo set. Cosmic psych-folk, magical country & blues, mountain ragas, blissful strings, open roads. One of the leading lights of the freak underground for decades. Child of Microtones.
PG Six’s music fuses an unlikely range of influences including 60s British folk, country rock, & experimental music. In his various musical incarnations, Pat has shared the stage with the aforementioned Robin Williamson & The Incredible String Band, Yo La Tengo, To Live and Shave in L.A., Alan Licht, Tony Conrad, Tono Bungay, Ghost, Bert Jansch, Slint, the Shadow Ring, Michael Hurley and others.
—Wed, Sept 14…The Soul Magnets and DJ Bongohead – based in Northampton MA, Soul Magnets are an up & coming neo-soul/funk band. Kaliis Smith :: lead vocal Janra Roberts :: backing vocal Luke Jaeger :: guitar Chris Fournier :: bass J.J. O’Connell :: drums Dave Trenholm :: sax Fred Hooven :: trumpet Zippy Paige :: trombone
Check them out on Bandcamp: https://soulmagnets.bandcamp.com/
DJ Bongohead (Pablo Yglesias) is a co-founder of the Peace & Rhythm record label. His specialties: funk, latin, afro, soul. He is also a percussionist, artist, writer and designer.
—Wed, Sept 21…Original Cowards & Rebel Base – Northampton-based, rock and some roll, soul, blues, punk from a distance, testifying… They have a full length LP and some brand new songs in the can to play for you. https://theoriginalcowards.bandcamp.com/
Greenfield MA’s own lovable stoner-space-metal sci-fi band Rebel Base will open the show.
—Wed, Sept 28…Dave Noonan’s Green Island -featuring Jon Weeks, Chris Ball, and Dan Thomas, with special guests! Afrobeat, ska, jazz, reggae, a touch of funk, a bit of mariachi. Bring your dancing shoes!
—Wed, Oct 5…Walking Ghosts & Beach Honey – Walking Ghosts are a four-piece garage rock band from Western Mass with a glow-in-the-dark vinyl 45! Beach Honey is a Kinks-inspired rock n’ roll quartet from the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. The DailyHampshire Gazette calls the group “part bubblegum, part Velvet Underground and totally catchy”. The Honeys are currently working on a 7″ single for Rub Wrongways Records.
—Wed, Oct 12…Peace & Rhythm DJs w/ special guests– Our DJ curators throw down a funky vinyl dance party on a Wednesday night! Studebaker Hawk returns from his third tour of Asia and will be ready to get down. Andujar and a special guest TBA will also DJ.
Peace & Rhythm is a vinyl record label founded by DJs Andujar, Bongohead and associates. Pressing glorious independent music on vinyl. Funk, world and jazz are the launchpoints. Peace & Rhythm are excited to partner with The Root Cellar on this weekly series. For more info visit www.peaceandrhythm.com
The Root Cellar brings downtown Greenfield fresh, quality music six nights a week, including funk, rock, jambands, jazz, reggae, afrobeat, latin, folk, DJs and anything else! Quality, diverse selection of beverages (including the namesake house Root Cellar Pale Ale by Stoneman), full bar, non-alcoholic options such as kombucha and cold-brewed coffee from the tap, outdoor seating, great art and a killer sound system! A beautiful spot for your dancing, listening and socializing pleasure! http://rootcellarbar.com/
10 Fiske Ave, below Mesa Verde. This venue is wheelchair accessable via elevator.