Asheville's New Year's tradition is back at New Mountain AVL! Don't miss the 2018 NYE Masquerade Ball featuring Empire Strikes Brass, Supatight, DJ Bowie, Backup Planet, ElectroChemical, G3MS and more!
We'll be packing out all three stages at New Mountain with insane talent, so stay tuned for more artists TBA!
• More about Empire Strikes Brass •
Born on the streets of Asheville, NC, Empire Strikes Brass has been exciting fans around the world with their unique and dynamic approach. Since their formation in 2013, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from around the globe. Arrangement and the writing process is a collaborative band effort, taking multiple genres of music and weaving them together through the horn section. The diversity present is what makes ESB unique. There are definite nods to Old School Funk, Ska, Southern Rock, Alt Country, Hip Hop, Boogaloo and New Orleans Jazz. Expect face melting guitar solos, soul shaking synthesizer solos, lush vocal harmonies, powerful moving drums, thick nasty bass, hypnotically rhythmic keys and wall to wall horn power. Very few brass bands are able to fuse so many styles and array of technique into their work, but Empire Strikes Brass makes it happen again and again.
ESB is thrilled to announce the release of its debut album, Theme For A Celebration, which dropped Friday, February 3, 2017. The album “celebrates” the band’s love for brass instrumentation while drawing inspiration from different musical styles and influences. Throughout the band’s evolution, Empire Strikes Brass has developed its own unique sound that evolved from a traditional New Orleans Brass band to a ‘BrassFunkRock’ band with no limitations. They can share a world of high energy music in one setting that is packed full of flavor. In 2016 they played multiple festivals, had the pleasure of having Warren Haynes sit in with them at New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, celebrated the life of Dizzy Gillespie for the fourth year in a row in his hometown of Cheraw, SC, for the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival, co-billed with Dr. John & Lettuce and even paraded hundreds of folks to a secret stage late night at the Big What? Festival. Empire Strikes Brass is now primed to take things to the next level on the national and international scenes with their eclectically evolved sound.
• More about Supatight •
Currently out of Asheville, NC, Supatight delivers a high energy live performance that is funk driven and appeals to a wide variety of audiences. While specializing in hard-hitting funk, their music incorporates elements of jazz fusion, soul, reggae, and comedic country. Supatight blends intricately timed grooves with improvisational components resulting in an authentic, full sound, drawing diverse styles from every member of the band.
Supatight has been touring the southeast for the past 6 years, developing a loyal fanbase a long the way; always striving to make their concerts a high energy-interactive-dance party. Having recently added two new members, Kent Spillman on the drums and Joshua "Bizkit" Upchurch on percussion; has brought a new life and energy to their composition and live performances.
purée, Supatight's upcoming third album will be released July 14, 2017 and is a raw representation of the musical style they have developed over the years. Live tracked with minimal overdubbing, this 5 track EP encompasses the sound and energy you would experience at a Supatight show. purée was recorded at Seclusion Hill Music in Asheville by recording engineer Phil Ludwig. Having just released their last full length album, "Does This Work?," less then a year ago; Supatight is wants to keep the momentum going and keep spreading the funk!
• More about Backup Planet •
Rock ‘n’ roll epitomizes escapism in its purest form. It’s not just artistic anesthetization either, but rather a galvanizing force that inspires us to keep pushing through life’s trials and tribulations. That’s why we still listen to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Rush, and countless others all these years later. It’s the same reason audiences will be talking about Backup Planet’s second full-length album, Reactions, for a long time to come. The Nashville, TN quartet—Ben Cooper [keys, vocals], Chris Potocik [drums, vocals], Gavin Donati [guitar, vocals], and Blake Gallant [bass, vocals]—write arena-size anthems echoing with progressive intricacy, funk swagger, and even a little metallic edge. Giving listeners an inspiring and invigorating aural haven, their moniker couldn’t be more apropos.