Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Sim Redmond Band

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited

Sim Redmond Band

Black Castle (feat. Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body), Thousands of One

Fri, July 15, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$20 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited
Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited are a band from Zimbabwe. Influenced by traditional music (traditional instrument called the mbira, or thumb piano) from Zimbabwe and improvised with modern music, the band has come a long way. "Our music speaks for the people. We are influenced by the people who are struggling at home. Their voices have been silenced. Someone has got to talk." -Thomas Mapfumo
Sim Redmond Band - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Sim Redmond Band
Since their inception seven years ago, the Sim Redmond Band has been quickly on the rise, forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of moe., the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and Habib Koite, in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. SRB's unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Caribbean, and reggae music continues to spread like wild fire. They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds emanating from West and South Africa. This magnetic pole has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight rock grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh and Nate Silas Richardson creates a male/female chemistry that is rare and beautiful. Lyrically, they explore dreams, truth and matters of the heart. The music of the Sim Redmond Band has reached the hearts of people all around the world. They have toured extensively, selling more than 10,000 records in the U.S and more than 20,000 in Japan, where SRB has toured numerous times. Their latest CD, "Each New Day," has caused quite a buzz, already earning them very high acclaim from all who hear it. The sky is the limit for SRB and they are sure to reach it.
Black Castle (feat. Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body) - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Thousands of One - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Thousands of One moves bodies, minds and souls.

A band born to change society through music, Thousands of One core members' first gig was in a maximum security youth prison. At one point Jhakeem gave the mic to one of the inmates who let his voice be heard. It was a defining moment for the band.

Conscious music, revolution sounds, liberation time!

Something deep happens when dedication to social change meets the burning desire to make amazing music. We give thanks for being alive! We give thanks that we can travel this beautiful road! We give thanks for a million things, and do our human best to put it into music.

This is the essence of Thousands of One - to build connections between people and live inspired lives, striving to bring that inspiration into the world around us.

Thousands of One have released their second CD "SoulForce" on I-Town Records. Featuring a vocal collaboration with Speech of the Grammy-award winning group Arrested Development and production and performances by Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body, SoulForce captures the spirit and energy of the band’s live performances while adding a subtle layer of space age sound and rhythm. The result is a work of art that explores a new musical identity—a defining statement from a group whose sole purpose in creating music is to reflect the process of social improvement by starting from within, hence the title SoulForce.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com