The Fritz (ROCK/FUNK)
THE FRITZ IS LIVE ROCK. THE FRITZ IS LIVE FUNK. THE FRITZ IS LIVE MUSIC.
After five years of traveling the East Coast and steadily building a reputation as a live act not to be missed, Asheville music ambassadors, The Fritz, played a strong year of sets showing thousands of new fans what throngs of Southeastern music lovers have known for years: The Fritz likes to get funky. As much as they take their funk seriously, the band takes it’s rock-honed songwriting just as seriously, but the well crafted song is not the only final product in the live forum. Individually, the members of The Fritz are masters of improvisation, carefully weaving their personality into each performance.
While the music may range from hard driving soul to progressive rock, a common thread of The Fritz’s passionate energy reigns true in each show. Whether live or in the studio, the band creates an energetic dance party every time. Their 2013 release, Bootstrap, released positive acclaim around the region. The Fritz brought several unforgettable performances to festivals all over the East Coast. As 2016 rounds to a close, the boys are preparing to enter the studio to record a new album with the help of Dave Brandwein (Turkuaz, The London Souls, Zongo Junction). The Fritz looks forward to a great year in 2017, as they continue to spread the good Fritz gospel of intoxicating live music.
w/ Leisure Chief (FUNK, R&B, FUSION COLLECTION)
Leisure Chief is a new-wave, musical powerhouse drawing influence from Funk, Jazz, Fusion, Hip Hop, and Soul, yet going beyond the confines of any one genre. Inventive compositions paired with the spirit of improvisation, jazz harmony, and hard grooves distinguishes them as a noteworthy group of musicians bringing forth a refreshing sense of originality. Though the band is heavily instrumental-oriented, they also feature vibrant vocals, extending their expression to the reach of all types of music lovers.
Based in central Florida, the band has quickly taken hold of the Orlando scene, released an EP entitled “Buster Keaton” in August 2013, and has since established a loyal fan base in and around the greater central Florida region. Leisure Chief will be releasing their first full length album this Winter (2015) and will be announcing tour dates for late Winter / early Spring along with the release. The band recently set a new precedent at Orlando’s premier downtown venue, The Social, where debuted their full 8-piece band for the first time nearly selling out the venue as the headliner for the new show series “Swamburger Presents: On The Come Up (August 2015).” The full band features the original rhythm section, along with the addition of percussion, and a full 3-piece horn section which can all be heard on their upcoming full length album!
Most recently, the band broke new ground playing the opening set for Suwannee Hulaween Music Festival 2015 in Live Oak, FL at Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park’s Amphitheater Stage where they shared the festival with national bands including String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights, Primus, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lettuce, Railroad Earth, The New Mastersounds, The Nth Power, Tauk, Dumpstaphunk, along with notable local bands Squeedlepuss, Holey Miss Moley, The Groove Orient, and many more! Following the full band’s debut on the festival scene, be on the look out for upcoming festival announcements, show updates, news, and music releases on Facebook. More TBA!