Boom Boom Room Presents
@ The Independent (628 Divisaderdo, SF)
(Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell)
ANDY FRASCO & The U.N.
DJ Kevvy Kev
Eric Lindell (Vocals/Guitar)
Ivan Neville (Vocals/Keyboards-Dumpstaphunk)
Stanton Moore (Drums-Galactic)
Robert Mercurio (Bass- Galactic)
Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition known as the “Superjam”. The “Superjam” idea is to put together a band of people who don’t normally play together and see what happens. With the dual vocals of Neville and Lindell, matched with the Galactic rhythm section, the band quickly realized, “We are on to something”and has played every Jazz Fest since it’s inception in 2003. This inception took place at the famed Dragon’s Den, hence the name of the band.
The music centers around Lindell’s blue eyed soul , Neville’s funk and R&B, and Galactic’s groove. Besides a few trips to the West Coast, this band has been strickly playing in New Orleans. With everyone in the band being a leader on their own, it is rare to get this band together. And when it does, it shows that these guys are really having FUN! From the interplay between the members, you would think that Dragon Smoke has been playing shows forever.
Dragon Smoke is looking towards the future, with plans to write and record an album and to do more touring outside of New Orleans and the Bay Area. So be on the lookout for the Smoke—IF YOU SEE SMOKE, YOU KNOW YOU WILL SEE FIRE!
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
“There’s something to be said for people that go after what they want and pursue their dreams. Some people just do it harder than others and Andy Frasco is one of those people. Don’t be fooled by his party boy demeanor, Frasco’s got soul and he’s got a purpose. His idea of success is all his own and normality is the furthest thing from his mind. Andy Frasco & The U.N. has a unique experience to offer to audiences. They bring a party to the stage and the blend of the gypsy band’s sound comes together to emit a rowdy energy. Whether you look to him for his music or his power to put on a damn good show, Andy Frasco is working hard to bring happiness to anyone who’s willing to accept it.” -Fusfoo.com
Andy Frasco, the 27-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been cited frequently as “Party Blues,” but the band’s musical inspirations and influences run much deeper incorporating elements of Soul, Funk, and Rock as well as tones of Roots, and Americana, creating a much more diverse sound and style that is distinctly Andy Frasco & the U.N. Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.
Since his start, Frasco has embodied a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home; averaging 200+ dates a year, trekking over 200,000 thousand miles spanning the country dozens of times over, blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes, 2014 marked a breakout year for Frasco, highlighted by the release of the band’s 3rd full-length studio album Half A Man, a host of high profile festival performances both domestically and overseas, and recognition from national press outlets such as Pollstar, Live For Live Music, and Relix. Produced by Grammy Award Winning, Charles Goodan, Half A Man received warm praise from press and fans alike, charting in the top 10 of Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart for nearly 6 months, while the road highlighted featured performances on festivals like Wakarusa, Electric Forrest, and YSMB’s Harvest Festival in the US, and festivals like Zwarte Cross (NL), King’s Day Festival (DE), Bamberg Jazz Festival (DE), Guezenpop Festival (NL), and the COTAI Jazz & Blues Festival in Macau, China.