SWATKINS & THE POSITIVE AGENDA AND MORE @ HIGH GRAVITY BREWFEST
McMenamins' Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St, Bend, Oregon
Parallel 44 Presents is happy to bring Swatkins & The Positive Agenda, Company Grand & Maxwell Friedman Music to our 5th Annual High Gravity Brewfest at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. The Positive Agenda is a special new concoction created by the one and only Steveland Swatkins. Known for his work with Allen Stone Band, Lettuce, Juno What & Excellent Gentlemen, Swatty is one of the most soulful, joyful and all around entertaining keyboardists on the Funk/Soul/Groove scene in the US. Bendites, we are very lucky to get to see one of his first handful of shows with this new kickass combo!
Free Show. All ages Two sets of music from 8-11PM
About Swatkins: Swatkins is a joyful prophet of positivity. Together with his band, The Positive Agenda, he plays feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins is part of the new generation of performers making raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks. This multi-instrumentalist is a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Think of the funky robot voice from "California Love" or the hair-raising harmony intro to "24 Karat Magic." Now picture a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable, and you've got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.
Swatkins has long been a fixture on the touring scene in his capacity as a sideman and guest artist. As a fulltime member of Excellent Gentlemen and Juno What?! he's spread his irresistible signature style on stages across the US and Canada. Since joining Allen Stone's band in 2013, he's been around the world several times, becoming an indispensable part of the live show and co-writing several of Allen's songs, including the lead single "Upside" from Stone's latest album, Radius. Most recently, he's guest-starred with Brooklyn's Turkuaz at their debut Red Rocks performance, sat in with Vulfpeck at their biggest NYC show to date in Central Park, and has toured subbing on keyboards with modern funk legends Lettuce. Now with Steve's new original project, The Positive Agenda, his dedicated fans can see the Swatkins they know and love in a brand new setting, bringing high-energy performances to dancefloors everywhere.
Links: Swatkins & The Positive Agenda - www.swatkinsmusic.com