The TBB NYE Roundup: 11 live shows to ring in the new year

If you're looking for a music-fueled New Year’s Eve party in the Bay Area, call off the search because we've got you covered. From legendary funk artists in large concert halls to local heroes in small clubs, here are eleven choice picks for your live music fix in the final fleeting moments of 2019. In San Francisco Con Brío (soul/funk): Bottom of the Hill, $55, 9pm Killer Whale (rock and roll): Amnesia, $15, 9pm Fantastic Negrito (blues): The Chapel, $70, 9pm Bonobo (electronic): the Midway, $69.50, 9pm Maceo Parker (funk): SFJAZZ, $25 and up, 7:30pm In The East Bay Johnny [...]

By |December 19, 2019|Tags: , |

Get excited for ‘Explorer’ with new music from Con Brio

After releasing a stellar, soulful cover of "Heart-Shaped Box" last month, Bay Area favorite Con Brio has dropped a couple more singles from their upcoming sophomore album, Explorer. "Too Lit 2 Quit" is inspired by MC Hammer, who saw Con Brio perform at the Fillmore back in 2016. "I Wanna" is a dance floor-ready dedication to life and love. Both songs sound great, and will likely crush when the group performs live. Con Brio's Explorer comes out in July on Transistor Sound. The band also has a bunch of summer tour dates coming up, from Healdsburg to the Netherlands. Check [...]

By |June 12, 2018|Tags: |

Con Brio turn “Heart-Shaped Box” into a spacey soul jam

San Francisco soul band Con Brio is known for a lot of things, but emulating the crunchy riffs of the Pacific Northwest in the early '90s is not really one of them. Even still, yesterday they premiered an inventive cover of Nirvana's grunge classic "Heart-Shaped Box," reinterpreted in the most Con Brio of ways — sultry, electric, and overflowing with passion. But does Oh, it does. It so does. Take a listen below to Con Brio's mind-expanding version of "Heart-Shaped Box" below, then go see them at the Fillmore tomorrow night.

By |May 4, 2018|Tags: |

Behind The Scenes: Con Brio

Con Brio (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) If you've ever listened to Con Brio, you know the band's mission is to bring its audience to a world full of musical bliss. The official invitation can be found on band’s 2016 album Paradise, where singer Ziek McCarter pleads for you to join the group in paradise on the opening track. It's a self-imposed duty that comes to life across venue floors so completely, even the venue wallflowers start to dance, and soon there's no doubt every person in the crowd is experiencing euphoria on earth. When numbers like "Liftoff" come on, it's hard not to [...]

By |May 4, 2018|Tags: |

Con Brio headline the Fillmore tomorrow night

On Saturday, May 5, the high energy soul-funk stylings of the Bay Area's own Con Brio will be headlining The Fillmore. Con Brio translates to "With spirit," a musical direction used in concert performances. Said energy is evident every second they are on the stage. Currently, the band is in the beginning of a tour that will jet them across the country and into Europe. Con Brio will release their second full-length album Explorer, out July 6. Eventually they will return to California in September. Following their 2016 debut record Paradise, Con Brio has earned a reputation for their live performances. [...]

By |May 4, 2018|Tags: |

NYE Happening: Noise Pop presents Con Brio at Swedish American Hall

(photo: Jon Bauer)Psychedelic funk and soul was pioneered here in the Bay Area with bands like Sly and the Family Stone, but it's Con Brio who keep that pulse alive these days. After their performance at Austin City Limits a few years ago, PopMatters called the band “the best new live band in America.” Noise Pop will be presenting the band for two nights, including New Year's Eve, at the Swedish American Music Hall. Con Brio has had a whirlwind few years as their popularity beyond San Francisco has soared. They've been featured at nearly every major festival (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, [...]

By |December 29, 2017|Tags: , |

Mixtape: Standout Bay Area Funk, Soul, and R&B Artists Download: Mixtape: Standout Bay Area Funk, Soul, and R&B Artists (Podcast #409) This episode first appeared on The legacy of groups like Sly & the Family Stone and Tower of Power may loom large, but the the Bay Area has a wealth of emerging local funk, soul, and R&B acts that draw from a wide variety of sounds to craft exciting works. To be sure, you can hear influences of Bay Area classics in bands like the ascendant Con Brio, now bringing their energetic live sets to festivals around the world, and Monophonics, a group crafting music layered [...]

Photos: Con Brio at SFJAZZ

Con Brio (photo: Jon Bauer) Ziek McCarter is a high energy ball of fire. Each member in the seven-piece band that is Con Brio had a turn showing off their skills on their instruments at SFJAZZ Sunday night, June 18, 2017. They were all high energy, playing plenty of songs off their 2016 album Paradise and some new ones as well. One notable song started with his description of losing his father (shot six years ago by law enforcement in Texas) and the place was silent in respect.

By |June 21, 2017|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: New Year’s Eve with Con Brio and Scraper

(photo: Estefany Gonzalez) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Friday, December 30 Con Brio, Otis McDonald @ The Chapel 9pm, $25, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, December 31 Scraper, The World, Tough Customer, Lovebirds @ Hemlock Tavern 8:30pm, $12, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, December 31 Con Brio, Will Magid @ [...]

By |December 28, 2016|Tags: |

Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area Download: Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #395) This podcast originally appeared on San Francisco's Minna Choi has been known to indie musicians and music fans as the leader of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, contributing orchestral accompaniments to live performances and albums by countless acclaimed artists over the years. More recently, though, Choi announced a solo project under the Magik*Magik moniker, and unveiled a stunning duet with How To Dress Well. "Laugh a Lot" reveals Choi as not just a gifted composer, arranger, and conductor, but also as an impressive vocalist. More broadly, the [...]

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