Elikeh, Kendall Street Company – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – March 31st, 2017

Elikeh, Kendall Street Company

Gypsy Sally's Presents

Elikeh

Kendall Street Company

Mateo Monk

Fri, March 31, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Advance $13/ Day of Show $15 + Fees

This event is 21 and over

Elikeh: Afrofunk/Afropop

Kendall Street Company: Jam Rock, Psychedelic, Alternative, Indie, Ska

All online sales stop at 5PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door at 7PM unless the event is listed as sold out

Elikeh
Elikeh
Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh's music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.

The group's leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo and developed his singing and songwriting ability performing with several local bands. He also acted as musical director of the University Orchestra in Togo.

Elikeh recently released a new album Between 2 Worlds featuring the Malian guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure and John Kadlecik, lead Guitarist of Furthur. In recent months, Elikeh has performed with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, John Kadlecik of Furthur and Dark Star Orchestra.
Kendall Street Company
Kendall Street Company
Kendall Street Company was founded in the early months of 2013 by guitarist/vocalist Louis Smith and saxophonist Andrew Drehoff. The duo had been playing together for some time in the greater Virginia Beach area, joined by a rotation of talented musicians who performed behind Louis as the Louis Smith Band. After moving to Charlottesville in late 2012 to attend the University of Virginia, the pair began putting together a group of student musicians, adding Brian Roy on bass/vocals and Ryan Wood on drums/percussion in early 2013 and Price Gillock on keyboards and Bucky Henry on auxiliary percussion later that year.

The band performs regularly in Virginia and throughout the East Coast, maintaining a central presence in the Charlottesville area, which includes live radio performances on WTJU 91.1 and WNRN 91.9 and a debut EP recorded at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While Kendall Street Company's music is influenced by a variety of musicians and styles, the group has been described as "psychedelic," "alternative," "jammy," "rock," "indie," and "ska." It is not uncommon for guest performers to join the group on stage for extended jams.
Mateo Monk
Mateo Monk
Mateo Monk's full biography:

Mateo Monk has been playing the guitar for twenty years, the flute for fifteen, and has been performing regularly since 1992. He spent the first four years of his life in southern California, and was then transplanted to northern Virginia where he remained until he finished high school. It was during high school that he first picked up the guitar and began writing songs. Mateo made it through two years of college at the University of Delaware, first as a Music major, then as an English major, before moving on to pursue his passions and explore the world.

After a short stint living in Boulder Colorado, Mateo packed his instruments and headed south of the border, settling in Guadalajara, Mexico. His experiences in Mexico were formative. Living amongst a community of artists and musicians and making his way as a street musician, Mateo spent countless hours writing music and honing his instrumental skills. After about a year and a half, he felt his soul was ripe and he was ready to share his music with a larger audience, so he returned north to the lively music scene of Boulder Colorado.

Mateo spent six years in Boulder leading an original reggae/soul fusion band called Natural Kingdom with some success. While opening for the legendary reggae band Culture, he was "discovered" by acclaimed reggae producer Georges Kouakou and proceeded to record his first solo release entitled "Guidance and Protection" at Lion and Fox Studios in Washington DC. Georges co-produced several of African reggae superstar Alpha Blondy's groundbreaking records, including the "Jerusalem" album, and he has toured with many reggae greats including Culture, Burning Spear and the Wailers. While recording the record, Mateo also had the pleasure of working with Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and the Wailers. "Guidance and Protection" was picked up by the French record label Sankofa Blackstar and has received international airplay as well as frequent rotation on XM Radio in the US. In the fall of 2004, Mateo played a two week, multi-city tour throughout France with The Viceroys and Clinton Fearon of the Gladiators to promote the disc.

After the tour, Mateo decided to settle in the Washington DC area to take advantage of the connections and opportunities that recording the album had brought about. Since being in DC, he has performed steadily, both as a solo performer and as a member of several bands: One Night Stand, the Monday night house band at Madam's Organ in DC (8/03 to 8/04), THC, featuring Desi Hyson of Culture and Mojanya (8/04 to 12/05), Kleen Kut, a reggae band from Liberia (12/05 to 10/9), and currently, The Archives (1/10 to present), who are about to release their debut album on the ESL Music label. The album was produced by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. Mateo has also released a live solo album on his nascent record label Mateo Monk Music. The album comprises performance highlights from the past three years.
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
http://www.gypsysallys.com/