Black Masala

Gypsy-Brass Dance Party!

Black Masala

The Scotch Bonnets

Sat · February 24, 2018

8:00 pm

$10 advance

This event is all ages

Patrons under 21 years of age pay $2 surcharge at the door

Black Masala
Black Masala
Can you hear that? Can you feel it? It's the sound of Washington, DC's eclectic high-energy brass band Black Masala. Formed in 2012, the band creates an irresistible dance groove packed with funk, gypsy-punk and soul. Black Masala has made a big impact as one of the most exciting live acts in the region and is the winner of four Washington Area Music Awards "Wammies", including Best New Artist and Best World Music Album.

In just three short years, Black Masala has released its debut album, multiple remixes, live recordings and its follow-up second album, "I Love You Madly" that came out Ocotber 30th and reached #2 on the CMJ World Music Charts. The new album showcases the band's variety of influences and moods, ranging from Bhangra and bounce to New Orleans funk and Balkan brass. This sound was forged on the road, playing countless shows up and down the east coast to enthusiastic crowds. Black Masala is part of a new generation of go-anywhere brass bands, and when they take the stage, their infectious grooves result in a dance party that leaves smiling concert goers eager for the next song.
The Scotch Bonnets
The Scotch Bonnets
Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009, playing over 200 shows all around the Eastern States. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. The Bonnets self-released their debut album Live Ya Life in 2012 and dropped Quest in 2014, an EP done in collaboration with their legendary friend HR of Bad Brains. In April 2015, the band supported and backed Roddy Radiation, founding lead guitarist of The Specials, on a three-week US tour. That same month, the Bonnets released a video for their contribution to Hooligans United, a Smelvis Records’ tribute to Rancid, which has since been viewed over 14 thousand times.


Last year, the band released The District, their first 7” on Jump Up Records, with their second video for its A-side. They also had a song released in conjunction with last year’s Record Store Day (April 22) on Recutting The Crap, a Crooked Beat Records’ LP that reinterprets The Clash’s swan song, Cut The Crap. The Bonnets had the privilege of recording their track at DC’s punk pantheon Inner Ear Studio with owner Don Zientera. They also have a track on Baltimore Does Bowie, Morphius’ upcoming tribute to David Bowie, and their second full-length album will drop later this year. The journey is continually evolving for these reggae cats, mee-yowza!
Venue Information:
Ottobar
2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
http://www.theottobar.com/