New Zombies & El Duo Hallowed Bash
Two of the Bay Area's most up and coming Afrobeat groups will be teaming up for a sensational Halloween Bash at Berkeley's beloved Starry Plough on Friday, October 27th. Costumes strongly encouraged! About the New Zombies: Emerging from the East Bay underground warehouse party scene, New Zombies is a 10-piece band playing original music influenced by Afrobeat, Afropop, highlife, reggae, and other energetic music. The band draws its name from Fela Kuti's landmark album Zombie; its musical influences and inspirations include Fela, King Sunny Ade, James Brown, and Tom Tom Club, creating a new sound that takes international dance music in adventurous directions. Fronted by four saxes and propelled by a dynamic rhythm section, the band includes members of a diverse range of other Bay Area jazz and rock outfits. About the El Duo: Born in 2015, Oakland's "El Duo" blends lo-fi electronics and afro dance grooves with a natural sense of wonder. Drawing from their deep love of improvisation, drummer/producer Randy Schwartz (Brett Dennen, Illumination) & keyboardist Harrison Murphy (Sun Hop Fat, Harry & the Hitmen) curate unique and inspired soundscapes for audiences. El Duo weaves together its unabashed brand of experimental dance music under an umbrella of vintage synthesizers and drum machines. The witty pair approaches their concerts with a raw and loose fervor, often featuring special guests, which gives each of their shows its own distinct magic and character.