Why You Should Go: The Greyboy Allstars are back in full effect. After limited “reunion” style shows over the past year or so, The Quintet decided to return to the studio to record a brand new album of Greyboy Allstars material. The result, produced by the bands namesake DJ Greyboy, is What Happened to Television? a tight collection of songs penned by the group in the studio during the recording process.
The band made the decision to bring DJ Greyboy back into the mix for the first time as a producer since their 1995 breakthrough, West Coast Boogaloo, to keep them in check. “We worked with Grey [DJ Greyboy] again on this record because we really wanted to stick to the root of what the Allstars music is about,” said Robert Walter in a recent interview with me. “It’s supposed to be danceable and have space in it and not be overly musical. We are all fairly accomplished musicians with an affinity for jazz, and if left to our own devices it is tempting to play a lot of notes and put a lot of fancy stuff in there and Grey really keeps us rooted.”
Joining The Allstars on the bill are Jazz gurus Medeski Martin and Wood and turntablist extraordinaire, Cut Chemist.
Medeski Martin & Wood’s live performances are renowned for their exploratory nature. Their concerts usually involve extended improvisations, which may be both arrhythmic and atonal, an aspect of their musicianship that is rarely documented in the studio.
Cut Chemist comes from another world entirely. He is a former member of the Latin funk band Ozomatli, and of the underground hip-hop group Jurassic 5. He is a legend in his own right and with any luck, we’ll get to see him collaborate with The Allstars this weekend.
Venue: The Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson, Denver, CO, 80218, (303)837-1482
*Approximate Set Times:
Cut Chemist: 6:45 PM
Greyboy Allstars: 7:30 PM
Medeski Martin & Wood: 9:30 PM
Cut Chemist: 6:45 PM
Medeski Martin & Wood: 7:30 PM
Greyboy Allstars: 9:30 PM
*All times and prices are gathered from other sources and I am not responsible for mistakes or inconsistencies. They are intended only as guidelines. Please, always call the venue if you desire the most accurate information possible.