UPDATE, 5/28: Click here for a post with a little more detail, plus a few more clips and links.
ORIGINAL POST: Well this news sure came out quietly a couple of days ago, The Greyboy Allstars, Gringo Star, and Mayer Hawthorne are lined up for SCAD’s annual New Alumni Concert in Forsyth Park.
When the Greyboy Allstars first formed, two decades ago next year, they were nothing short of groundbreaking. They have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format. Meanwhile, they have outlasted most of their contemporaries, because they have continued to enjoy working together and have honed the essence of their collaboration – also refining their chops while busy with their highly successful individual musical endeavors – without ever chasing trends. Throughout, they have continued to operate completely independently, slightly under the radar, with no major label support or radio airplay, while attracting thousands to legendary shows in cities across the country.
On Inland Emperor, the Greyboy Allstars’ fourth studio album to date, one hears the benefits that accrue when a group of exceptional players with a wide variety of tastes and musical experiences continue to collaborate for 20 years. The cornerstones of The Greyboy Allstars sound remain the same: funk, soul and jazz; or, looked at another way, rhythm and spontaneity. Without attempting to recreate them, the band has drawn upon elements of many genres: old soundtracks, psychedelic garage rock, ’80s dance music, ’70s FM soft rock and Tropicalia, to name a few. As a result, Inland Emperor has the vibe of a mixtape whose tracks are united by an emphasis upon rhythm.
Here’s a taste:
SCAD hasn’t put this on their online calendar yet, and I haven’t gotten a press release, but the show is listed in a couple of different spots online. Friday’s tweet from the college links to this blurb in Connect Savannah.
— SCAD (@SCADdotedu) May 3, 2013
I don’t see the date on Gringo Star‘s calendars yet, but here’s the popular band:
And Mayer Hawthorne, with a trailer for his upcoming album Where Does This Door Go?:
No, SCAD did not book Mumford & Sons, despite persistent — and crazy — rumors.
SCAD’s New Alumni Concert is scheduled for May 31, 2013. That’s the day before graduation. The event is as always in Forsyth Park, and it’s free and open to the public.