Amidst this hectic weekend of EDM domination in New York City thanks to Electric Zoo, we were thankful as ever to learn about this stacked night of jamtronica prowess at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. I’m a huge fan of traditional electronic music performances, but after catching 30 some-odd DJs over the course of three days, there’s nothing better than welding the energy and innovation of electronic music with traditional instrumentation. The show’s tonight, tickets are still available here (and at the door), and each band on this bill brings their own special spin to jamtronica music. Learn a bit about each band below, and enjoy a video of each act. See you tonight!
The Horizon Wireless Live Band
We fist saw the Horizon Wireless Live Band when they performed together during this summer’s Disc Jam Music Festival (filmed above with Ryan Dempsey of Twiddle on the keys). The group consists of Luke Bemand (bass, lespecial, Drunken Doja Money), Wiley Griffin (guitar, Teddy Midnight), Dan Lyons (drums, Horizon Wireless, SOLARiS), Phil Cadet (piano) and Harrison Waxenberg (decks, Horizon Wireless). In a fitting description I once read, Horizon Wireless “blends psychedelic lounge, house, and break-beat music with a variety of other styles including trip-hop, minimal tech-funk, and breaks to create high energy and soulful dance sets. Incorporating live instrumentation and seamlessly using elements from all across the sound spectrum. unique themes are woven together through each show creating a storm of soul smashing beats, titillating harmonies, and wet melodies. This sonic tsunami can easily induce multiple crowdgasms, so bringing a towel to shows is not only recommended, but encouraged as well.”
I’ve personally never seen Digital Frontier perform live, but we found this ancient video of the band performing at the 6th Camp Bisco, which I believe took place in 2006. They’re a four-piece electronic act from New York, consisting of the fraternal duo of Luke (bass) and Jesse Stocker (flute and synth), Matt Smilkstein (keys, synth), and Sol Montoya (drums). They formed in 2006, are returning from a hiatus, and have play with a “digital vibe and a floating jazz influence which creates hard hitting jams that are eclectic yet tasteful.”
Cosmic Dust Bunnies
This will also be my first time catching Cosmic Dust Bunnies live, but after watching this great video of “Hipster Champagne” at 2014’s Gathering of the Vibes (RIP), I couldn’t be more excited. Like Digital Frontier, Cosmic Dust Bunnies formed back in 2006, and the band performs a genre of music they describe as “New Wavetronica.”
Brooklyn’s own Space Bacon kicks off the night of music promptly at 8, so I would personally suggest getting to the venue at 7:45 to comfortably catch their entire set. I’ve been lucky enough to see Space Bacon perform some stellar jamtronica shows this summer, and I can confidently say each time I’ve seen them live they outdo their previous show. With this trend, I’m excited to see Sam, Chris, Jack and Kevin exceed my expectations and perform some new material off their debut release, Nodes EP, which they released just a couple weeks ago. Check out the full EP below.