Big Mama Shakes, Bencoolen
1353 H St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Since it’s inception in late 2012, Washington DC-based band AZTEC SUN has hypnotized the ears and feet of the District’s live music aficionados. No matter the scale of the venue, this ensemble maintains an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70's Funk and Soul, Jazz, Afro-funk and Motown-era pop. Their infectious songwriting and energetic live performances have yielded rewards for the group - such as being named Best Local Original Band by the Washington City Paper and sharing the stage with international and national touring acts such as Burning Spear, The Suffers, Pimps of Joytime, Naughty Professor, Alanna Royale, and Major and the Monbacks.
AZTEC SUN marks the end of a fantastic year with a December release of their debut studio EP, Set You Free. The self-produced and live-tracked project is both a preview of a full-length album planned for 2017 and an example of the band’s incessant desire to challenge its own rhythm.
Big Mama Shakes
Known for their live act, Bencoolen defines their sound as maximalist rock with soaring vocal lines, massive guitar tones, and swift saxophone solos. The band was credited as the best Washington, DC college band of 2015, was featured in USA Today, closed an Arlington, Virginia festival, opened for notable acts like Southern Belles, Atlas Road Crew, Cold War Kids, and has booked big ticket stages like Nationals Stadium, 9:30 Club, and the Broadberry.