Friday, December 5, 2008

Weekend Round Up

Quite a few things happening 'round Limerick this weekend...

First up, the paltry sum of €6 (hey, aren't these the times not to be spending huge amounts of dosh) will get you a long dip in the Irish hip-hop pool tonight, with The Hideous Penguin doing a live turntablist scratch set, and getting some help from Alphabet Set's T-Woc and Kerrynini djs. Disappointed I'll be missing this, but am looking for reports back on how they work out with Pery's Hotel as a venue...It could be start of something very promising...

Jimmy The Hideous Penguin is part of Vince Mack's that quartet in action

[Crude] mag (declaration of some interest here), launches tomorrow night at Baker Place. Should be an interesting night, and in this times when print media seems to be in trouble, let's hope it survives and prospers. Anyway, the launch gig (also, a nice €6 in) will feature Sea Dog, The Handless Organists and Two DJS Vs One Drummer (that one does what it says on the tin). Look out for the excellent album reviews section...cough...cough...

Finally, Sunday sees the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in town. Cheebah have the skinny on that over here, and here's some blurb on them:
Some facts about: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

1. They are Mos Def's Live band.
2. Sampled by Jay Z and he is a huge fan, they toured with him in 2008 so is Kanye
3. Worked this year with Erykah Badu & Maxwell
4. Are the new Gorrilaz live band and are featured throughout this
forthcoming release with Damon Alburn, scheduled for a 2009 release!
5. Their last 5 Irish shows have been sell outs and this first Limerick show will be the same !
6. They will be appearing on the streets of Limerick for an exclusive free show on Sunday Afternoon!

One of the hottest soul acts in the world has just announced an exclusive date for Limerick, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble play the Soul Xmas party at Trinity Rooms on Sunday December 7th, fresh off a world wide tour with Jay Z and being talked up by everyone from Al Green to the New York Times, this is a very special show and early booking is advised.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a eight man brass ensemble from Chicago, of which 7 are the sons of Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, the 8th member of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble might not be connected by blood but is definitely part of the family. The creation of Hypnotic in 1999 represented the sons return to their instruments after a time of quitting music in their teenage rebellion years.

The ensemble is four trumpeters, two trombonists, a drummer and a sousaphone player:
This is the real deal folks - music the way it was ment to be. From the heart, from the lungs. These guys don't need to plug in to be heard. As they say themeselves, they could play on a boat in the dark - they're powered from within.

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