Funky Friday at The Wellsprings! with Orgone, Jelly Bread, & AfroQBen

Live at the Armory is bringing our Funky Friday to the Wellsprings! Get ready for a wild , funkalicious good night! Featuring three incredibly talented bands: Orgone, Jelly Bread and AfroQBen!

The evening will start under the Jackson Wellsprings tent outside from 7 pm untll 10:30 or 11, and then move into the community room for hours more of intense dancing. We'll bring our full bar and set up inthe Wellsprings' patio under the stars. After 11 there will also be acoustic jamming around the fire pit under the tent, so you'll have two groovy zones to go back and forth between!

Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of show
Available online and at the Music Coop in Ashland (call the Coop to make sure they are there)
Doors open at 7 pm at the WELLSPRINGS / 2253 Rogue Valley Hwy 99 N, Ashland, OR 97520
21 and Over (Bring your ID's)

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Orgone

Orgone is an 8-piece soul machine driven by Dan Hastie and Sergio Rios, once two kids from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles united by a hunger for raw soul recordings.  While the musicians began by covering Booker T. & the MGs, The Meters, and other giants of soul, they eventually carved out a sound all their own.  Drawing on their love of Funkadelic, Santana, Muscle Shoals, and all things Stax, the duo sought to create the band that, if they were to hear for the first time, would be their instant favorite.  After living and working as session musicians for many years, they were still unable to find a studio that adequately captured their warm, gritty sound, so they decided to make one.  KillionSound Studios was hand-crafted as Orgone’s hub and home studio where they continue to create (including playing on a handful of Grammy-winning songs), rehearse, and record with Rios at the helm as chief engineer and Hastie as co-producer.

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By teaming up with fiery soul singer Adryon de León, the band discovered the secret weapon that would take their sound to new heights.  With de León, Hastie on keys, Rios on guitar, and drummer Sam Halterman as the backbone, a deeply-rooted family of LA musicians makes up the rest of Orgone— Dale Jennings, bass, Will Phillips, percussion, Darren Cardoza, trombone, and JJ Kirkpatrick, trumpet.

Jelly Bread

Over a few short years of touring, Jelly Bread has risen from Reno/Lake Tahoe area favorites into a powerhouse quintet with a high-energy calling card that delivers a high-energy, chameleonic playlist all over the United States.  Jelly Bread’s distinct style is identified by a blend of desert twang meeting the urban tones of funk and rock. Exceptional songwriting and storytelling interlaced with four part harmonies, intricate “in-the-pocket” drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, tasty talkbox, “take-’em-to-church” organ come together into a sound that is downright appetizing.

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Here, There & Everywhere, Jelly Bread’s upcoming album is due to be released this fall. The album was mixed by renowned engineer/producer Justin Phelps (Cake, Galactic, Fruition, The Mars Volta, The Neville Brothers, and Dead Kennedys among many others).  Jelly Bread has performed direct support for the likes of Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Moe, Rusted Root, JJ Grey, Dragon Smoke (members of Galactic), The Motet, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Allen Stone Band, Orgone, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Carolyn Wonderland, and The California Honeydrops. The band has also appeared at premiere festivals including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, High Sierra, Joshua Tree, Strawberry, and Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

On a recent tour through the in the upper reaches of the Northwest states, Jelly Bread had a fortuitous encounter with American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks.  Taylor decided to sit in with Jelly Bread that evening for a couple songs on vocals and harmonica.  Footage of the collaboration can be viewed on the Video page.

Jelly Bread is co-fronted by powerhouse singer/gospel drummer, Cliff Porter, and southern-fried singer/guitarist, Dave Berry. They are backed by Jeremy Hunt on bass, Sean Lehe (formerly of Isabella and Poor Man’s Whiskey) on lead guitar, and Eric Matlock on keyboards and talk box.

AfroQBen

AfroQBen a multi-instrumentalist, one man concerto whose beats are infused with his own live instrumentation, rare vinyl samples and futuristic synths swirled into a one of a kind sonic experience. His collaborations feature vocalists and musicians from around the globe, extending his sound to new realms that never become monotonous. With a heated desire to get your body moving by selecting the perfect beat, regardless of genre, QBen tends to wake the party that’s always been in your bones but hasn’t vibrated quite this way until now.

His recent endeavors include a new 2014 EP, "Jam Packed", a “Live at Shambhala 2014” video, and his most popular tune “Hypnotize Me” nearing 50,000 plays. His 2012 debut album "Liquid Gold" on Timewarp Music (Greece) showcases his skills for creating world influenced electronic music, incorporating musicians and vocalists from around the globe. "Liquid Gold Remixed Vol. 1" features versions of the tracks byEmpresarios and Congo Sanchez (from Thievery Corporation), Drum Spyder (US), Father Funk (UK) and more!

With live sets at some of the most memorable festivals around from Burning Man to Shambhala Music Festival, new tunes being released on the regular, and upcoming international tours, AfroQBen’s sound is being heard near to far, in cars, bars and rickshaws!

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