Andy Frasco and The U.N.

Harlow's Presents

Andy Frasco and The U.N.

Element Brass Band

Thu, May 24, 2018

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

Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub

Sacramento, CA

$12 Advance - $15 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Andy Frasco and The U.N.
Andy Frasco and The U.N.
Averaging 250 shows per year, 10 countries, at least 10,000 hours playing music, countless satisfied fans, and about 1 million beers kicked, the past decade has been nothing short of an odyssey for Andy Frasco & The U.N. In 2016, this wild musical journey culminated with a three-hour headlining set in front of 15,000 people at Jazz & Blues Festival in Bamberg, Germany. The evening marked a handful of firsts. It would be the first time the band performed its entire catalog during one show, and it would be recorded for their first-ever live CD/DVD—2017’s Songs from the Road: Live in Bamberg. In many ways, Andy had been working towards this evening since he quit his record label job at 19, bought a van with his remaining Bar Mitzvah money, hit the road, and never looked back...͞I always wanted to do a live album,͟ he exclaims. ͞I didn’t want to play some cliché venue though. When I started booking shows for the band in Europe, Bamberg was actually the first place that threw us a bone. We decided to take over this town, throw a block party, showcase everything we’ve done, and see if anyone shows up. All of a sudden, the whole town is there. In this last decade, I’ve played every dive bar you can imagine. It was like we finally manifested all of the dreams I’ve had for my entire life.͟Songs from the Road captures the magic inherent in an Andy Frasco show. Throughout the set, the chemistry between the musicians and sonic unpredictability power every second. Among many standouts, the group slowed down ͞Main Squeeze͟ from 2014’s Half A Man into a sultry and seductive ͞Soul Version͟ highlighted by Andy’s bluesy delivery, hulking keys, and a virtuoso saxophone solo. ͞That was the first song I ever wrote as a kid,͟ he recalls. ͞It started as a slow ballad, but we sped it up over the years for festivals. We went back to the original incarnation here.͟Elsewhere, the group locks into a show-stopping 20-minute jam during ͞Struggle͟ spiraling into drum and guitar battles. Meanwhile, ͞Smoking Dope n Rock n Roll͟ and ͞Stop Fucking Around͟ incite raucous and rowdy singalongs between crowd surfing to a barrel of wine—you have to see it to believe it. These moments hint at something much bigger for Andy though. ͞It made me like I’m not just an entertainer, but I’m becoming a musician,͟ he admits. ͞To see all of these Germans who barely speak English singing my songs made me feel like I’m doing something bigger than me. I tell everyone, ͚Whatever͛s going on in your life, don͛t worry about it. I don͛t care how broke or tired you are, let͛s just come together and celebrate life.͛ If we can get the audience out of their heads for two or three hours, we’ve done our job to make this world happier.͟Stirring up a simmering stew of soul, funk, rock, roots, Americana, and blues, Andy continues to musically intoxicate listeners worldwide. Releasing five independent full-length albums to date, the boys have shared the stage with everyone from Leon Russell, Dr. Dog, Joe Walsh, and Gary Clark, Jr. to Snoop Dog, Galactic, Pepper, Foreigner and more. A festival favorite, they’ve ignited Firefly, SXSW, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Backwoods Music Festival, Phases of the Moon, and beyond. Along the way, they earned acclaim from Relix, Pollstar, Live for Live Music, SoundFuse, and others in between cracking 2 million cumulative Spotify streams. As they begin recording album number six with producer David Schools of Widespread Panic, Songs from the Road confidently opens up the next chapter of Andy Frasco & The U.N.
͞At the end of the day, I want people to know we’re a band that can entertain, but we write good songs,͟ he leaves off. ͞We have fun, but we take this super seriously. We’ve dedicated our lives to this. This is my life destiny to make everyone feel good. That’s my job on this planet for the next thirty or one-hundred years that I’m alive. It’s what I plan on doing."
Element Brass Band
Element Brass Band
"It's about community. When we lift people up it makes the music rise higher!"

"Sacramento's own second line marching band, Element Brass Band, is out with a new album. "Cali's Got a Brass Band" continues the group's tradition of horn-driven, high-energy marching music and features album art from local Shaun Burner" - Sacramento New & Review

Second line music is most common in New Orleans, but with the efforts of groups like the Element Brass Band, second line is reaching appreciative audiences well beyond its traditional boundaries. Second line music is being played both nationally and internationally. Element Brass Band is the premier brass band in Sacramento, CA and one of the few authentic second line bands on the West Coast! EBB have toured New York, Atlanta, and New Orleans and performed at many, many clubs including The Fillmore, The New Parish, Club Amnesia, the Boom Boom Room, Ace Of Spades, the Starlight Lounge, the Shady Lady Saloon. Element has opened for the likes of Giza (Wu-Tang Clan), Blackalicious, Andy Frasco, The California Honeydrops, Turkuaz and many others.

“It tends to sort of create its own energy, rather than just channel the energy of our environment,” says Joby Morrow, one of Element’s trombone players. That energy shows in the massive crowds who have come to see Element at Concerts in the Park, as well as all the fans who voted the group as the best jazz act in the Sammies two years in a row.

When Sacramento trumpeter Ryan Robertson traveled to New Orleans in 2010, he knew that he had found a new home and calling. Robertson immersed himself in New Orleans’ rich culture and became fascinated with the local music, finding work playing in several local brass bands. When Robertson returned to his hometown of Sacramento in 2011, he brought the music of New Orleans with him. He quickly rallied some of Sacramento's top aspiring musicians, and the Element Brass Band was born. Robertson could not get New Orleans out of his blood and soon returned to the Crescent City to further his musical career, passing the bandleader torch to saxophonist Byron Colborn.
Venue Information:
Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
http://harlows.com/