The Great Barrier Reefs Album Release feat. Roots of a Rebellion, Deep Machine & Charles Butler and Associates

When: Tue., Aug. 28, 9 p.m. 2012

While we may have a reputation for being on the rugged and raw side — it’s probably all the bar fights and sandpaper box shorts — the reality of the situation is that we love the smooth, smooth sounds. And damn, to paraphrase the late, great Ol’ Dirty Bastard: “Oh baby, we like it smooth. Yeah baby, we like it smooooth.” And we’ll be damned if The Great Barrier Reefs aren’t the smoothest band on the block. Or in the city. Maybe even the state. You get what we’re saying. This steel pan-centric jazz-funk outfit won us over with their debut Finding Time — it’s the perfect soundtrack for a mimosa-heavy weekend morning — but Time was a studio recording, and studio recordings never really do jazz justice. Live recordings, however, are the perfect format for improv-fueled explorations, and we couldn’t be more excited for the new album Live in Middle Tennessee, which The Reefs are celebrating tonight. Even if we weren’t pumped to begin with, the split-second interpolation of “The Imperial March” from Star Wars on the live recording of “To the Bridge Burners” they’ve got streaming on their website is enough for us to buy a ticket. Roots of a Rebellion, Deep Machine and Charles Butler & Associates join in the fun.

Sean L. Maloney

Price: $10

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