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Free First Friday Concert feat. The Tontons w/ Chambers & Taz and Co.
May 2, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Grand Stafford Theater presents FREE First Friday Concert Series featuring The Tontons!
When a band’s name is inspired by Star Wars you just don’t expect the group behind it to be The Tontons – they’re far too ‘cool’ for that. The Houston, TX rising kings (and queen) of indie rock are out to prove they can be both – creators of music that both pop fans and hipsters adore, and also loyal friends who truly love making music together and never shy away from experiences and vulnerabilities that shaped their beginnings. A culmination of years on the road, The Tontons are proud to release their forthcoming LP, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love on February 18th. The new album was produced and mixed by Dave Boyle (Black Joe Lewis, Okkervil River, Robert Plant) at Austin’s ChurchHouse Studios and features 11-tracks of Asli Omar’s old-soul vocals that heave the band’s lyrics forward with empowering, sultry and emotional force. Flanking her is bassist Tom Nguyen, armed with a nimble rumble that forms the sturdy dermis of the band. Brothers Adam and Justin Martinez’s titanic guitar-and-drum attack are the dance-ready glue. Omar’s voice seems to melt like butter into the cracks of the Earth that the foursome create.
Chambers is a 4 piece Mood Rock band based out of Denton, Texas. When Judson Valdez and Chase Johnson started working together in October of 2012, they were playing as backing musicians for a mutual friend’s project. After only a couple of months playing together, they quickly realized that they shared creative similarities and decided to try writing music together. Along the way of writing the songs that would eventually become Chambers first album, they recruited Johnson’s sister Piper, stole their sound engineer, Daniel Pelletier, away to play bass to round out the band and became Chambers. Early on they realized that they all had strong but very different voices and instead of trying to conform their different styles to each other, made it into their strength. What has come out of this process is a collection of songs that features 3 different lead singers, complex arrangements of harmonies, and a variety of instruments and styles.
TAZ & COMPANY
Taz is no newcomer to the Bryan/College Station music culture as he’s performed shows and open mics since he began his college career at A&M. As a multi-instrumentalist, Taz’s lush harmonies and unique instrumentation have, over time, created a signature sound; a concoction of suave jazz, r&b, and almost anything else that can be played on six strings. His music can be described as electric and innovative, a blue fire pirouetting to be witnessed. This Friday he will be joined by fellow musicians Amy Westwick, David Johnson, and Brenton Kim to reinvent the craft of the acoustic experience. Using a wide variety of songs and instruments, this group will have you singing along to the classics.