Backup Planet

Simple Play presents:

Backup Planet

The Heavy Pets, Roxy Roca

Sun, April 30, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Backup Planet
Backup Planet
Backup Planet is a progressive funk-rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. To see Backup Planet perform live is to simultaneously travel back in time and forward into the future. Their truly unique sound emanates from a place that seems familiar, yet unchartered. Elements of jazz, funk, roots, blues, electronic, and progressive rock all emerge during the course of their shows. Their sound draws from so much you've heard before—'70s rock and funk, high-energy improv, a touch of pop, and a sliver of metal. But the members of Backup Planet mix and match those elements—with just a hint of modern tech to burnish a sturdy nucleus of retro-minded organ and guitar—in ways that never fail to astonish. With a fantastic repertoire of original songs, they're able to build fluid sets interspersed with extended improvisation.

Incorporating some degree of uncertainty into live performances is innate to the improvisational, or 'jam band,' music scene. Audiences can sense when a group takes major risks onstage; the elements of surprise and unpredictability foster a level of joy unparalleled in other types of musical performances. Masters of this process, Ben Cooper, Gavin Donati, Blake Gallant, and Carson Brown, are doing all of the above while their rapidly growing fan base nods in approval and shouts for more.
The Heavy Pets
The Heavy Pets
The Heavy Pets are an American rock band that blends rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, disco and reggae with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix Magazine, The Pets are known for their soulful songcraft and powerhouse live performances. Having released 3 short EP's over the last two years the band will break ground this October on their first self-produced full-length release since their debut album.
Roxy Roca
Roxy Roca
"I think Roxy Roca is a hot band and the public and the music industry need to watch. These guys are on the rise!!!"

—Lee Fields

"A very nice mix of old and new. These guys are on the right track in keeping music real and alive. Soulful and entertaining."

—Larry Braggs (vocalist, Tower of Power)

"My favorites!!! An explosive soul-n-roll, take-no-prisoners dance-off. This is the deal. The REAL deal. Mitch Ryder meets The MGs in the back alley of The Continental Club. It's a high energy Detroit Texas rumble goin' on!!!"

—Kevin Kinney (vocalist, Drivin N Cryin)

"I'm on a mission from God," Taye Cannon deadpanned before breaking into laughter. "Well, maybe not exactly, but it kinda felt that way at first, and it still does sometimes." Ok, so the Blues Brothers reference is a little cringe‐worthy, but it's an apt description for the path Cannon traveled assembling Austin‐based ROXY ROCA, although the Blues Brothers story starts off in jail, and Taye's starts in, well, Alabama. Close enough. "I grew up in the deep south immersed in my dad's music — Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown. Basically, if it had a groove, my dad had it. When Motown 25 hit the TV it was all over — I knew this was what I wanted to do. I remember staying up all night with my cousins, emulating James Brown and Michael Jackson in our grandfather's carport."

Things didn't work out the way he expected, at least not right away. Teenage years, rebellion, and punk rock created a detour for the fledgling belter. "I couldn't really sing yet, but I made up for it with volume and conviction." Cannon took what he learned about showmanship from James Brown and combined it with his raw aggression and parlayed it into a successful run fronting Austin darkwave pioneers Mocktigers. The thrill of performing was just what he imagined it would be, but something was missing. "I started telling people I wanted to be a soul singer and I got a lot of sideway looks, like, 'Really? Where is this coming from?' They all knew me as the crazy frontman from Mocktigers that screams himself hoarse night after night. They didn't know this other side of me. So, things kind of stalled for a while."

Then, a chance meeting changed everything. "I said, 'Hey, do you want to start a soul band with me?' and he said, 'Yeah, let's do it.'" Cannon is talking about veteran Austin guitar slinger Errol Siegel. "I thought, 'Man, that was easy, who's next? Well, Errol and I both knew Roger (Wuthrich) from previous bands and it turned out he was into it too — he just said, 'Anything you want to do, I'm in.' I knew these guys were great players, so I had no doubt they could do it. For whatever reason, they saw something that made them think I could too. So, we were on our way."

One by one they recruited players for their "mission." Tom Hays on trombone. Houston Rawls, former tenor saxman for T Bird and The Breaks. Royce Phillips Jr. on alto sax. Most recently, the band welcomed Christina Comley on drums. "We just started connecting the dots, figuring out who we knew that had a passion for soul music, the chops to play it right, and the desire to be poor," explains Siegel. "We knew this was going to be a labor of love, which is really just another way of saying, 'You better love this, because we sure as hell can't pay you.'" After a year of recruiting, woodshedding, and writing, ROXY ROCA made their debut at an ACL Festival after-­‐party. The wait was worth it. The band exploded out of the gate firing on all cylinders. "We felt like we had one chance to prove ourselves so we knew we had to leave it all on the stage that night."

Since that night, the buzz has spread quickly, leading to more high-­‐profile shows with B.B. King, Tom Jones, Lee Fields, Fitz and The Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Fred Wesley, Vintage Trouble, Anthony Hamilton, Tamia, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-­‐N-­‐Harmony, Orgone, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Robert Walter, Honey Island Swamp Band, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Brownout, The Monophonics, Maneja Beto, T-­‐Bird and The Breaks, Guy Forsyth, and others. The band was an official showcasing artist at SXSW 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The band continues to hone their chops and develop their sound. They recently wrapped up production on their new record, recorded at EAR Studio in Austin with producer Lars Goransson at the helm and are looking forward to its release later this fall. So, what's on the horizon for ROXY ROCA? Cannon doesn't even blink. "Straight to the top. I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't really believe I could. I told you man, I'm on a mission from God."
Venue Information:
Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA, 70115
http://www.gasagasa.com/