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Rocket: Exploratory Rock

Rocket: A Night of Exploratory Rock – Gentleman Surfer and Vegan Butcher

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Date(s) - 07/24/2019
7:30 PM - 10:15 PM

Community Music Center


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  • 7:30PM Q&A
  • 8:15PM Concert

Gentleman Surfer

  • Jon Bafus – drums
  • Barry McDaniel – guitar
  • Zack Bissell – synthesizers

Gentleman Surfer began in 2006 as the solo project of drummer bandleader Jon Bafus, and now exists as a fully functioning band since mid 2010. Difficult to categorize, they draw upon a wide range of influences, anywhere from Captain Beefheart and King Crimson, to film and video game music, classical, jazz, punk, etc… The collective sound is both tight and loose simultaneously, and continually growing and shifting into a bigger and stronger vortex of angular, shifting rhythms and timbres. The music is full of energy and sincerity, and time and time again all who behold their performances are made into believers. Gentleman Surfer has shared the stage with many great bands including Cheer Accident, Mike Watt and the Second Men, Free Salamander Exhibit, The Molecules, Tera Melos, AU, XDS, the Nightingales, Realization Orchestra, Chemical Clock, Heatwarmer, Surplus 1980, Brainstorm, Cash Pony, Inner Ear Brigade, Grex, Pregnant, Planets, Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways, Zack Nelson, Phil Manley, Modern Man, So Stressed, Poppet, Appetite, Find Yourself, John Niekrasz, Carson Mcwhirter, and many more. Past (and some still active) projects of the band members include, but are not limited to, Afternoon Brother, Sholi, Mucky the Ducky, Practice, Invasive Species, Pac and Seep, Buff Clout, Good News Bears, Black Holes What? and highq.

Vegan Butcher

  • John Shiurba – guitar, composer
  • Wil Hendricks – bass
  • Suki O’Kane – drums
  • Angela Coon – voice

Vegan Butcher is led by guitarist John Shiurba assembled to interpret his music and somniloquy. The lyrics are culled from the early-morning, half-asleep ramblings of the composer, while the music employs the signature January Scale. The band includes bassist Wil Hendricks (Califone), drummer Suki O’Kane (Thingamajigs, She Mob) and vocalist Angela Coon (Ninewood, Toychestra) along with Shiurba on guitar.

Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7FM, the 18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit by Outsound Presents is a concentrated celebration of the music and its listeners, still independent and volunteer-run in a time of corporate takeover of the City’s music scene and a swiftly homogenizing City culture. This year we’ll present artists like Andrea Centazzo, Francis Wong, Lenora Lee, Vinny Golia, William Winant and many more!

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