TAUK ~  Shapeshifter Tour ~  EP Release ~ with The Fritz

The Blind Tiger presents

TAUK ~ Shapeshifter Tour ~ EP Release ~ with The Fritz

The Fritz

Tue · May 1, 2018

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

$12 in advance/$15 Day of show/$15 VIP Parking

This event is 16 and over

TAUK
TAUK
TAUK Full Bio:

An intense touring schedule and focused studio time have helped TAUK tap into their singular chemistry to elevate and expand their all-instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz. Renowned for both their refined musicality and unbridled creativity, the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece (guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly textured soundscape.

The band has returned to the studio to craft a follow up to 2016’s Sir Nebula which found TAUK introducing a cosmically inspired element to their music. “The album ended up taking on a more ambient kind of vibe than anything we’ve done before—there’s a spaciness in the songs that lets you get lost in the sound,” says Dolan. And while the album is endlessly hypnotic, TAUK also deliver the dynamic tension-and-release jams that have helped earn them a devoted following while drawing critical acclaim (the Washington Post, for one, praised TAUK for “creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that—thanks to a penchant for improv—offers limitless possibilities”).

As with their past releases, TAUK is creating the follow up to Sir Nebula in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Carranza (The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Taj Mahal). The band has been holed up in an abandoned house, turned studio on Long Island, NY a region which traces back to childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed their first band in seventh grade and held practice in their school basement. After playing together in various projects over the years, the trio brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup. “We gelled pretty quickly as friends and as musicians, and now there’s a connection onstage that’s unspoken,” notes Teel. “You just feel it from the energy within the band and from the response coming from the crowd—all these people in the same exact headspace.”

Since their formation, TAUK have shared stages with an impressive list of bands (including Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and Tim Reynolds & TR3), in addition to appearing at festivals like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and The Allman Brothers’ Peach Music Festival. That rigorous touring schedule has gone a long way in strengthening their chemistry, according to Carter. “We’re doing over 100 shows a year and we pretty much live with each other, so there’s a healthy respect and trust and love happening there,” he says. “We all have a common goal and an understanding that this is something we’re compelled to do, and that’s definitely brought us close together.” It’s also helped TAUK develop a reputation as a masterful live act: “TAUK is unstoppable,” raved Live for Live Music. “If you haven’t see them, dear God, go.”
The Fritz
The Fritz
Infectious grooves, intoxicating guitar lines and a relentless drive of soul and passion describes one of the Southeast's newest sensations, The Fritz. Drawing inspiration from a variety of techniques and traditions, the group's vision is rooted within improvised Electronic Funk Rock. As schooled musicians, The Fritz rely on creating a canvas that is as much defined as it is colorful…leaving the audience entranced within their art.

Jamie Hendrickson's versatile guitar style and innate sense of melody first blended with Jake O'Connor's funky bass lines in 2007. From there, they met drummer Michael Tillis, who brings a strong driving energy to the ensemble. Jamar Woods' virtuosic keyboard solos and soulful vocal abilities propel the band into exciting musical journeys that are accented by his powerful stage presence. Rounding out the group is percussionist Mike Evans. His taste for world music, power funk and the occasional rap on the mic give the band a truly one-of-a-kind sound that is unmatched.

After their move to the North Carolina in 2011, the band has grown into a full time touring juggernaut that thrives in the live setting. Combining the art of improvisation with the soul of Funk, The Fritz set stages on fire with their incredible, passion filled, high energy performances.

With one independent release and many hours of studio work under their belts, The Fritz are no strangers to the studio setting. Last February, the band spent time at Crooked Tree Studios recording their second full-length album. The release date for Bootstrap is March 2013.

In just a short time, The Fritz have been featured in RELIX magazine, performed at many popular music festivals (Bear Creek, Blackwater, AURA, Swamptown) and have received many accolades from a multitude of media outlets
Venue Information:
The Blind Tiger NC
1819 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC, 27403
http://theblindtiger.com/