Kalu and The Electric Joint

THE WINE DOWN PRESENTED BY CHARLES SMITH WINES FT.

Kalu and The Electric Joint

Wed · April 25, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:15 pm

Free

This event is all ages

WITH BITES BY MAD GREENS / POP-UP SHOP BY SIKARA

It’s back!  The Wine Down presented by Charles Smith Wines returns for a sixth year with six more evenings of free music and bites, plus local pop-up shops and, of course, wine.  The 2018 series at 3TEN Austin City Limits Live (3TEN ACL Live) continues previous partnerships with the 2ND Street District, Visit Austin, and KUTX, with proceeds once again benefitting the Austin Music Foundation.

The Wine Down presented by Charles Smith Wines provides happiest of happy hours from 5PM-8PM on the last Wednesday of each month, April through September.  This free celebration of local culture invites Austinites to experience an evening in the 2ND Street District with music, bites, and shopping from some of our favorite spots.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Kalu and The Electric Joint
Kalu and The Electric Joint
Austin, Texas, has long been a breeding ground for fantastic musicians. Not only has the town birthed some of the best players one could ever hope to hear, it also attracts peerless musicians from all over the world. Kalu and the Electric Joint not only live up to Austin’s caliber of playing, they infuse it with worldly rhythms that give their music a sound all their own.

This musical chemistry comes from the bond forged by frontman Kalu James, who emigrated from Nigeria at age 18 to claim Austin as his new home, and guitarist Jonathan “JT” Holt, who adds a touch of American soul to Kalu’s West African heritage. Kalu and JT connected through the hustle of the Austin music scene, writing songs together and discovering immediately that the talents of each complemented the other. JT is a master song craftsman, and he also can rip a mean solo. He’s just as comfortable holding down the groove with his magnificent chording and rhythm as he is busting out a blistering guitar lead. The musicians honed their vision during a weekly residency at Austin’s Continental Club Gallery that was initially intended to last only a month but eventually stretched to three years. Drummer & Percussionist, John Speice, who had a longstanding Austin connection with JT also had spent his life mastering rhythms Kalu had grown up with, making him a perfect fit for the group. Opening for acts like George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, Vieux Farka Toure, Allen Stone, Keller Williams amongst many others, this band comes to play and when they do, the dance floor never stays empty.

Time Undone, Kalu and the Electric Joint’s forthcoming album, testifies to the band’s talent and mission with tight arrangements, stunning vocals and a deep well of influences.

Time Undone is sonically woven with the low end theory of hip hop, yet it has the drive of heavy-hitting rock and roll and futuristic psychedelia. The resulting boogie-down blend of ethno-funk and neo-soul packs dance floors and tantalizes eardrums. Kalu and JT wrote the album’s songs, perfecting them during their nights at the Continental Club Gallery. The group recorded the album with producer Brett Orrison, known for his work with The Black Angels and Widespread Panic, over a year’s time at Nest Recording in Driftwood, Texas. The album features guest appearances by members of Widespread Panic, The War on Drugs, The Sword and Grupo Fantasma.

The ensemble’s sound palette integrates masterful songwriting and electrifying performances. With deep lyrics, ethereal arrangements, youthful exuberance and a positive message, Kalu and the Electric
Venue Information:
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701
http://www.3tenaustin.com/