Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

See-I (Feat. Members of Thievery Corp), The Pimps of Joytime

See-I (Feat. Members of Thievery Corp)

The Pimps of Joytime

Rob Paine

Sat, January 7, 2012

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

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $13.00

This event is all ages

See-I (Feat. Members of Thievery Corp)
See-I (Feat. Members of Thievery Corp)
The story begins with two brothers, Rootz and Zeebo, who found their way from college in North Carolina via the Caribbean only to end up in Washington, DC. It was in the cultural melting pot of the Nation's capital that they developed their creative and musical talents. In the heady days of the late 1980s, the brothers Steele would launch the project that has defined their lives: See-I. They quickly became a fixture of DC's burgeoning Reggae scene crossing paths with Reggae aficionado Eric Hilton who was determined to include them in his future projects. Hilton was opening the Eighteenth Street Lounge and associated record label, and brought Rootz and Zeebo on board. Throughout the 90's and into the coming millennium they would go on to record, perform and tour with Thievery Corporation.

Then in 2005 Zeebo and Rootz started a regular Wednesday night gig at the Eighteenth Street Lounge that would see them coalescing one of the greatest live bands the city has ever seen. Slowly gathering momentum, guest musicians and members – from the Thievery Live band and the Chuck Brown band amongst others – the See-I live band would grow into a nationwide touring phenomenon, and are now considered one of America's premier Reggae party bands.

See-I's unique blend of classic roots reggae with a good blend of funk and soul has rocked dance floors from coast to coast. The deep experiences & influences of this 8-piece group have created a sound popular sound at ski resorts, beach towns & concert halls alike. Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation even said, "They're unique musically and I think that's why people gravitate to them so much". See-I is original roots, rock reggae from the nation's capital!
The Pimps of Joytime
The Pimps of Joytime
Over the course of the past four years, the Pimps of Joytime have evolved into a road tested and audience approved groove machine. They have excited crowds at over 100 club dates and festivals in 2010 and this year's ongoing "All The Way Live" tour far exceeds
the volume of previous years. Amazingly, their stage performance improves each night as the electricity between the band members rises to new heights. This fluidity is not something you can manufacture, it is an authentic and exciting collaboration that is the Pimps of Joytime.

With the "All The Way Live" tour, The Pimps are offering their fans and music lovers alike a chance to experience the electrifying rhythms that lace the upcoming album, Janxta Funk! (June 21 – Wonderwheel Recordings).

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the Pimps of Joytime are paving their own unique path in the world. What do you do when there isn't a phrase to describe your sound? You coin a new one of course! Janxta Funk, as Brian J describes it" is a style that is part gangsta, part janky." Janxta Funk ranges from Latin inspired rhythms to deep funky grooves and hot dance beats laced with soulful melody and harmonies. Those who have experienced a Pimps show agree that you have to see the band live to truly understand their unique combination of musical elements, including afrobeat, rock, hip-­‐hop and electronica. The exponential growth of the band's fan base is attributed to their artful blend of musical styles framed by bandleader Brian J's classic songwriting along with the band's undeniable swagger on stage. Their live synergy consistently inspires dance parties wherever the band appears!
Brian J is a charismatic and soulful visionary, whose well-­‐crafted songs invite the listener to enter a world of infectious dance grooves and indelible melodies. He spent his formative years in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles, honing his craft to become an accomplished live performer, multi-­‐instrumentalist and producer. He is joined by the lady of rhythm and soul, Maytean Morales. Fans lose themselves in her beats and are captivated by her distinct voice. Completing the front line is Chauncey Yearwood who adds funky flavor to every song with tasty conga grooves and his classically soulful voice. Filling out the rhythm section is super talent David Bailis on bass and synth and rotating cast of top-­‐notch drummers.
In 2005 Brian assembled this group of righteously soulful vocalists and musicians to bring to life the musical concept that would become The Pimps of Joytime. The band's diverse sound and spirited attitude is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. The new album Janxta Funk! features collaborations with legendary artists Cyril and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and Roy Ayers have helped vitalize the band's connection to its roots.
A brief look at the bands busy touring schedule shows that the PJT's mean business. This summer The Pimps Of Joytime dazzled fans and critics with their performance's at Bonnaroo, Joshua Tree Music Fest, High Sierra and Electric Forest to name a few.

Poised to bring their audacious sound to savvy audiences around the planet, The Pimps Of Joytime's new album, Janxta Funk! (June 21 – Wonderwheel Recordings) is a new chapter in the book of the Funk and a testament that real music is alive and kicking!
Rob Paine
Rob Paine
Solomonic Sound/Worship Records
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123