Maybe it’s just me but fall is the best time for funk. We’ve got a nice line-up of shows to help you through the shorter days. Good clubs, good drinks, you good people and some funky grooves… don’t miss out.
Saturday October 26th
Red Hook, NY
Oobleck returns to Red Hook! If you have friends or family in the area let them know, ought to be a raucous good time.
Friday November 1st
Free, all ages
Graveyard shift at Radio Bean! We’ll be after our good friends Lucky Jukebox Brigade which means it’ll be an even crazier show than normal – standing room only friends, so pack in and dance hard!
Friday November 15th
$?, tbd, 21+
opening up for New York Funk Exchange. More details to come…
Saturday December 7th
$5, 9pm, 21+
with our friends Uneven Steven.
I have no poorly written storyline to let you know what’s going on with Oobleck. I do, however, have some funky grooves. Listen to this.
Don’t fret, that empty feeling you’ve had from lack of Oobleck will be filled soon. We’re taking some time to work out a couple new grooves and the wait will be well worth it. While your watching the leaves turn today give a listen to Rules Of Engagement. It’ll hit you right in the spacey funk spot.
We’ve got a some exciting shows lined up for the fall including a return to Radio Bean on November 1st, a show at Red Square in support of the Brooklyn based funk army known as Turkuaz on November 22nd, and a whole bunch in between. Stay posted for new tour dates and more glimpses at the new Oobleck coming your way.
This weekend is the 3rd annual Hudson Music Festival. If you’ve never been to Hudson you’ve been missing out and there’s no better excuse than a free, three day, music festival with over 400 musicians involved.
Get your Oobleck fix Saturday at 4pm on the 200 Block Stage. (215 Warren St., Hudson NY, 12534) After last May’s show at Club Helsinki we’re pumped to rock Hudson again. Speaking of rocking, does anyone remember that little waltz we played at The Ruck last Wednesday. A waltz… we’re so dignified.
For the early birds out there you can catch the Hudson Band Camp run by your’s truly, Scott Vorwald. Hosted by Club Helsinki and sponsored by the music festival and Operation Unite the band camp offers children in Hudson a free summer jazz band program. This year the students also received African drumming lessons from the Kuumba African Drumming and Dance Company. You can catch members of Oobleck joining them for a 2nd line in the Black Arts & Culture Festival parade at 1:45 then we’ll be playing around 2:30pm at the Waterfront Park. Come cheer on the young musicians of Hudson!
Come out to The Ruck Wednesday and get your dance on for our Rockin’ On The River after party. They’ll be two sets of Oobleck and the best beer selection in the Capital District. (RIP Mahars) Don’t forget to eat the wings too. Here’s a taste to get those dancin’ feet moving.
Ok…this one’s got some rough spots but it also has some fine moments. Here’s a little glimpse into our writing process. Nick finds a funky line, Bill and Kevin coalesce around it, then the horns find the key and start blurting out ideas. Keep an ear out for some of these horn lines in “The Morph.” Coming soon to a stage near you.
Rehearsing a song you haven’t played in a while can lead to great improvising. This version of “24 Miles” turned into some dark, effects heavy funk. How can you not listen with a description like that.
We’ll be back at Club Helsinki in Hudson this Friday. If you’ve never been there be sure to come out and enjoy what is probably the best venue north of NYC. Great food, great drinks, great people, great music. Enjoy the spring weather with a stroll down Warren street. Then come inside for some dancing.
And while your here check out the this killer breakdown from the last Valentines show.
Our contribution to the RPM challenge is in! Rise & Shine
is a-day-in-the-life-of concept album, that is, a-day-in-the-life-of Oobleck. Get up, go to work, get through the day, party like a rock-star and do it all over again the next day. All while keeping it funky. The album is an 90% improvised with a sneak peak at some new tunes that are in the infancy stages.
For those who don’t know, the RPM Challenge
asks musicians to record an album in the month of February with either 10 songs or 35 minutes of previously unreleased material. Ours was recorded almost completely in one session, straight from the heads of the Oobleck crew.
released 28 February 2013
Audrey Van Genechten – trumpet
Scott Vorwald – tenor sax
Bill Murray – guitar
Nick Wallas – bass
Kevin Van Genechten – kit
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Kevin Van Genechten. Design by Audrey Van Genechten.
Bring an instrument and get down for the “RPM Challenge” hosted by the Albany Music Coalition. Be there are 8 to be part of an impromptu recording session. Stick around and keep it going for a funkified set of Oobleck.
This could also be the premier of the new effects set-up. The attempt at Radio Bean was… well, it was a kick ass acoustic set for the horns. Here’s a taste from our first practice of the year. If the sound gods are willing you can check it live on Friday.