Benefit for Syria: Bassel & The Supernaturals / The Admirables

Benefit for Syria: Bassel & The Supernaturals / The Admirables

The Admirables, Gretchen Pleuss

Thu · July 20, 2017

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

The Grog Shop

$12.00 - $15.00

Off Sale

Bassel & The Supernaturals
Bassel & The Supernaturals
Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others. The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria. Their album was premiered by Noisey (Vice) and led to their involvement in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW showcase ContraBanned: #MusicUnites featuring artists from the diaspora of the countries targeted by the travel ban. They've since been featured on PRI, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, NowThis, and many others. In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel partners with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria.

"Bassel Almadani doesn't want audiences to just have a good time getting down at shows. He wants fans to leave Bassel & the Supernaturals shows with a sense of connection and, perhaps, new political awareness. The bandleader of the contemplative indie-funk ensemble is first-generation Syrian-American and has been using the band's shows and releases to benefit humanitarian efforts in war-torn Syria." - Jessica Hopper
The Admirables
The Admirables
The Admirables is a funky soul band based out of Akron, Ohio. Wielding their instruments alone, the raw, unrelenting energy of the Admirables is a force to be reckoned with! Frontman Nathan-Paul Davis engages the crowd with his vocals like a baptist preacher in a packed church of eager people, encouraging the crowd to get up and dance until they drop. “It’s a big soul party and everybody’s welcome to join, so come as you are!” Nathan-Paul says.

The Admirables got their start as a pick up band providing entertainment for a local soul singer’s birthday party. Nathan-Paul (Alto Saxophone) headed up the group that night and discovered his uncanny gift for getting the crowd pumped and dancing. The bass player (Matthew DeRubertis) realized they had something special and told Nathan “We should maybe keep this thing going.” There was no original intent on continuing past the band that night, but The Admirables had been formed, and they all knew they had to deliver for the people!!

Although they began with a repertoire mainly of obscure 60’s soul covers, The Admirables have built up an impressive array of original music. Their sound has drawn comparisons to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and James Brown, similarly drawing upon that fiery southern gospel church vibe where the lines between audience and performer become blurred.

Despite being an instrumental band, they offer their music instead of words to approach certain social issues. ”Its Gonna Be Alright” (written by tenor sax player Chris Coles) is one of those songs. It addresses the injustices towards Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and all people continually affected by racial tensions. “For Mandela”, was written by Nathan-Paul to be a narrative of the great leader’s life. “Saint in the City” was dedicated to a murdered local bar owner that was known for his unending kindness. The band is currently in the studio working on their first full length album, set for a release date in August of 2015.

Members: Nathan-Paul Davis on Alto Saxophone (sometimes Flute), Chris Coles on Tenor Saxophone (sometimes Alto), Dave Hammer on Guitar (adjunct member), Steven A. Miller on Keyboard, Theron Brown (adjunct member), Matthew DeRubertis on Electric Bass, and Ashanti Allison on drum set, and Dan Fernandez on percussion.
Gretchen Pleuss
Gretchen Pleuss
As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics." - Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal
To date, Pleuss has played at an array of venues throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Peru, and Ecuador and opened for prominent acts such as Lisa Loeb, Chely Wright, Damien Jurado, and Griffin House. Pleuss' discography includes two E.P.'s and two full-length albums. Her 2013 release, Out of Dreams, was produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Brian Setzer, Incubus). Her most recent release, From Birth to Breath to Bone, was self-produced.
Venue Information:
The Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd
Cleveland, OH, 44106
http://grogshop.gs/