Pearl Street Warehouse Presents
Bencoolen, Swift Technique
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Rock. Blues. Funk. Shred. Sax. A few words that may come to mind when Bencoolen fills the airwaves.
The maximalist rock band achieves their bold, signature sound by weaving blues, funk and soul through songs, teetering on the edge of mainstream pop and rock. Featuring soaring vocals, swift saxophone lines, and massive guitar tones, the band was started in 2014 by college friends Paul Gregg and Teddy Scott. As time has progressed, the focus of the band shifted from a hobby to a lifestyle, catalyzed by lineup changes, rediscovery, and unrelenting inspiration. The lineup rounded out by mid-2016 with Ben Suarez joining on bass, Jack Bentsen on saxophone, and Will “Willy Pipes” Lockery on drums and backup vocals.
The early days of a band are often painted poetically. Artists face lengthy struggles to be heard, turbulent lives on the road, and uncertainty. They also experience grand adventures, beautiful stages, and meet wonderful people few others find. This journey is embraced by the five-piece of Bencoolen and they play on, writing their first chapters, riding in a caravan up and down the coast from sunny Savannah and to New York’s metropolis. They rapidly dance between highs and lows. A van stuck in the mud, an encore in a college town, a festival stage among a lineup of legends, and a lonely night at the dive. Song ideas sprout up from it all, sax solos fill the night, and ripping guitars stun a passerby with an adrenaline rush.
Bencoolen’s sound has dazzled crowds, and their determination continues to bring them to new venues. In fact, Bencoolen grabbed a hometown sell out show in Washington DC in September 2018. They have supported tours for Mihali of Twiddle, Marcus King, Spafford, Mungion, Atlas Road Crew, Mondo Cozmo, and Big Something, to name a few. They also have landed major festival slots at Firefly Music Festival in 2017 and at Musikfest in 2018.
The group welcomes their formal debut album, Daydream, this March. The record cycles through genres seamlessly, from pop to funk to rock, capturing the genre-bending spectacle now expected out of their live performance. The record is headlined by "Tonight," "Roll On," and "Daydream” where listeners are enveloped in steady pulses, swaggering leads, and confident vocal performances. The release was made possible by the generosity of Dragon’s Lair Studios and producer Addison Smith's touch behind the controls. It was captured in a cabin tucked away in the lush hills of West Virginia.
Self-managed and self-booked, Bencoolen is proud of their first full-length project and plans to tackle their biggest tour to date this Spring.
Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, is sprinting into its tenth year at full speed! The band’s unique blend of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop and relentless showmanship has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. With bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, driving guitar and keys, and more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship and pure feel-good fun. And with a recent appearance on the award-winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, the group is commanding national attention.
The band has shared the stage with all varieties of world-class acts including: The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Snarky Puppy, Charles Bradley, DJ Questlove, Soulive, Lettuce, Break Science, Fishbone, Vulfpeck, Cory Wong, The Disco Biscuits, Turkuaz, The Motet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Main Squeeze, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Kermit Ruffins, Deep Banana Blackout, Kung Fu, Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Sophistafunk. In the past year they’ve also debuted at multiple major festivals including: Camp Bisco, Disc Jam, Xponential Fest, Domefest, and Strangecreek.
For Swift Technique, every show is the craziest basement party you’ve ever been to. Representing Philadelphia in the funkiest way possible, Swift’s mission is to get you grooving, get you grinning, and fill you with the positive energy that the world so sorely needs. Come out and see what thousands of satisfied funksters across the US have already experienced. With the hype around Swift Technique building at lightning speed, look for these gritty groove masters to take large leaps forward in the coming year!
Disco Risqué is a four piece thunderstorm of a funk rock band that has been
endlessly burgeoning forth from Charlottesville, VA since its inception. A melting pot of
genres and influences have resulted in a musical force that is difficult to pin down, but
impossible to ignore and has yielded a trademark sound for the band, pitting the electric
energy of amplified guitar and bass against the raw acoustic force of drums and horns.
In October of 2018 the band released their sophomore album, a 9 song dance-funk
record entitled “If You Don’t Like Hits You’re Gonna Hate This.” This second release
showed a more focused and deliberate side of the band while still maintaining the “take
no prisoners” mentality that they had established for themselves.
While honing their skills as a studio project, Disco Risqué continues to be a force
on the live circuit as well, and have become a recognizable name in many markets on
the East Coast. In 2018 they earned a coveted spot at the Lockn Festival in Arrington,
VA performing on Saturday alongside legendary acts such as Dead and Company,
Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Keller Williams as well as some of the biggest up and
coming names in the scene, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Big Something, The Suffers,
and People’s Blues of Richmond. The band is also a regular name on the lineup of
other festivals on the East Coast such as Rooster Walk, Hoopla Festival, Peace of Mind
Festival, and Threestival.
Formed in 2014 by guitarist Charlie Murchie and drummer Robert “Slim”
Prescott, the band quickly added bassist John Bruner and vocalist/trumpet player Ryan
“Swimsuit” Calonder and have been performing and working together as this lineup
since early 2015. The band relies heavily on everyone’s input and treats all songwriting
as a group effort. In live shows the band works hard to make every night more than just
people playing music. “It’s important to us that we put on a show” explains Prescott and
that’s a sentiment that’s quickly obvious if you find yourself at a DR gig. From light
shows, to head banging, to pick scrapes, to ridiculous stage antics and more, you can
bet that Disco Risqué is not an act you’ll soon forget.
This show is G.A.
Seating is limited and first come first serve
Tables are meant to be shared.
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