Live Music In The City: Elevaters & Supertaster
Every time I go watch live music I think "I should really watch more live music".
Last night gave me the bug again. C & I went to Coda Jazz Supperclub in the mission (it's in the old Levende space) for her birthday. We did dinner there and hung around for an absolutely amazing show.
Dinner itself was just OK. One of those meals where everything tastes "fine" but not great. Overall, pretty forgettable and I'm not dying to go back for the food.
But the music was incredible and very memorable.
The opening act was a group from LA called the Elevaters.
From the Coda site:
California genre-bending band Elevaters is the new hope for people craving unconventional hip-hop. The racially diverse group manages to push their musical experiment to new heights, all the while never loosing their populist appeal.C and I absolutely love this band now. Even a couple sitting near us who looked like they hated life and each other couldn't help but to nod their heads with the music.
Bands like the Elevaters make you wish you spent less time studying and more time practicing to be in a band with your friends. Forget all those books on finding the secrets of happiness. Watch these guys live and you will see 6 guys who will just make you feel happy listening to their craft.
I can imagine one of these guys telling their dad "me and my friends are going to start a band". The dad, wanting his son to be an engineer, delivered all the TV-cliches like "how are you going to earn a living? when are you going to start taking your life seriously? what will your grandparents think?". But the first time dad watches his son perform live and sees him in his element, making a club full of people happy, he understands and he can feel proud.
C and I got to say hi and thank you to a couple of guys in the band (Ben and David) after their show and you really could tell they loved what they did. Thank you Elevaters..we got a couple of your CDs and we will come watch you whenever you are back in the bay.
The other performers of the night were Supertaster.
Supertaster is the latest offshoot of the Jazz Mafia, San Francisco's eclectic and highly talented musical collective. [...] the band has become one of the most incendiary live acts on the Bay Area music scene. This dynamic five-piece ensemble has developed into a band that slides easily between raw funk, post-rock, glitch-hop and more.
It is really hard to describe the talent and range of this band. Karyn Paige has some of the most amazing pipes I have ever heard live. She reminds me of a cross between Erykah Badhu and Samantha James (if that even makes sense). Their drummer, Joe Bagale, has a soulful Harry Connick Jr. sound WHILE rocking the drums. Amazing. There are not a lot of bands that can switch from original jazz tracks, to hip-hop and rap covers (my favorite probably was "Forget about Dre" with some original lyrics and a trombone back-up"), to sets of freestyle rap.
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Supertaster perform again too.
And finally, a big thank you to Coda. You've set up a great intimate venue for the bay to catch some great music. We will definitely be back.