Kendall Street Company, Black Masala
7416 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD, 20740
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Kendall Street Company
From late night jam sessions at the University of Virginia to the main stages of venues throughout the East Coast, the Company has broken out of the college bubble and into a world that loves to groove to a great live show. The band was founded in the early months of 2013 by guitarist/vocalist Louis Smith and saxophonist Andrew Drehoff. The duo had been playing together for some time in the greater Virginia Beach area, joined by a rotation of talented musicians who performed behind Louis as the Louis Smith Band. After moving to Charlottesville in late 2012 to attend the University of Virginia, the pair began putting together a group of student musicians, adding Brian Roy on bass/vocals and Ryan Wood on drums/percussion in early 2013. Since then, the band has added Andrew King on keyboards, Ben Laderberg on the electric guitar, and Jake Vanaman on saxophone.
Kendall Street Company performs regularly along the East Coast, maintaining a central presence around the state of Virginia. While the Company's music is influenced by a variety of musicians and styles, the group has been described as "psychedelic," "alternative," "jammy," "rock," "indie," and "ska". Their recent performance at the 2017 Lockn Music Festival was praised by Relix magazine as having "[raised] the crowd's energy with frontman Louis Smith and guitarist Ben Laderberg's acoustic/electric interplay and lively, technical breakdowns". It is not uncommon for guest performers to join the group on stage for extended jams.
Space for Days - LP 
Earth Turns - LP 
Kendall Street Company - EP 
Louis Smith - Lead Vocals/Guitar
The frontman of Kendall Street Company. Louis was raised in the beautiful city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, before moving to Charlottesville in 2012 to pursue a degree in music performance. He, along with Andrew Drehoff, founded Kendall Street Company the following year.
Brian Roy - Backup Vocals/Basses
A Charlottesville-based musician who was born and raised inside the D.C. beltway. He came to Charlottesville to study music and history at the University of Virginia. Brian plays upright, electric, and acoustic basses along with producing some of the band's live and recorded music.
Ryan Wood - Drums/Percussion
A drummer from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He moved to Charlottesville in 2011 to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering, joining Kendall Street Company two years later.
Ben Laderberg - Electric Guitar
Raised in the 757, Ben Laderberg lays down electric guitar with the Company. Following extensive jam sessions and recording on Earth Turns, he continues to influence the tunes with his savory noodles, ferocious tone, and good vibes.
Jake Vanaman - Saxophone
"Young Gun" Jake Vanaman hails from Northern Virginia and joined Kendall Street Company as their saxophonist in the Summer of 2016. His horn playing is heavily-influenced by the music of Sonny Stitt, Snarky Puppy, and Sonny Rollins.
Andrew King - Keyboards
Andrew King is a multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham, Alabama who joined the Company in 2017 after their release of Space for Days. Be on the lookout for his righteous live jams!
Price Gillock - Keyboards, Flute
Appears on: Earth Turns (2016), Space for Days (2017)
Price "Thomas Jefferson" Gillock is a keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist from Staunton, Virginia. Performing as a member of the Company from 2013 to 2017, Gillock was a key player in the development of the band's sound during their formative years.
Andrew Drehoff - Saxophone (2016)
Appears on: Kendall Street Company (2014), Earth Turns (2016)
"Dre" grew up playing saxophone with Louis in Virginia Beach. After moving to Charlottesville, he became a founding member of Kendall Street Company. He continues to join the band at live performances in and around Richmond, where he is working on his Masters degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Bucky Henry - Auxiliary Percussion
Appears on: Earth Turns (2016)
Grooving and unassuming, Bucky Henry is a percussionist from Virginia Beach. He offers diverse rhythmic arrangement to the group's foundation. His setup includes rainsticks, wood blocks, bongos, timbales, chimes, cowbells, and various other accouterments. He currently resides in California.
Think about the best concerts you've attended and chances are you had a lot of fun, dancing and smiling throughout the show. This is exactly the kind of vibe you will experience when Black Masala is performing live. Performing hundreds of shows a year has helped Washington, DC's gypsy punk brass band hone their sound, while injecting it with a healthy dose of funk, soul and eclectic grooves. Black Masala is all about having fun!
In 2015 Black Masala released their second studio album, I Love You Madly and has plans to release remixes of that album later this year. I Love You Madly was well received and reached #2 on the CMJ World Chart and #4 on Canada's national Earshot radio chart.
On their second album it is clear that Black Masala are having a lot of fun incorporating various musical influences into their go-anywhere Brass sound. Ranging from Gypsy punk, Balkan brass and New Orleans funk, to Bhangra and bounce, this is an album for the multicultural music listener. The heavy horns and danceable rhythms tie “I Love You Madly” together and create an album that can be played for a wide range of audiences.
The band has not let up since releasing the album, touring heavily with their infectious live show to clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. This fall sees the band reaching new heights and new regions with some exciting tour dates. New fans will be hooked and those already familiar with the band will be excited to hear and see new instruments and songs.
$7.50 - $12.00