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Concerts in the Redwood Grove: Bells Atlas + Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

Performing Arts - Music | July 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Redwood Grove

Botanical Garden

"A captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration." - San Francisco Chronicle.

A Bay Area native, Sickafoose spent some years in Los Angeles studying bass with Charlie Haden and composition with the great, late Mel Powell. Since then, he's been recording and performing with a ton of innovative folks and genre benders including Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Ron Miles, Trey Anastasio, Yoko Ono, Myra Melford, Tin Hat Trio, Adam Levy, Skerik, Allison Miller, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Stebmo, Jessica Lurie, Shane Endsley, Erin McKeown, Anaïs Mitchell, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Noe Venable, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Tony Furtado, and Darol Anger.

The consistency of his personal voice within wildly diverse collaborations prompted the LA Weekly in 2004 to call Todd "one of the most comprehensive musical minds of this coast". Since 2005, Todd has been living in Brooklyn, NY.

“[Bells Atlas] draws from Oakland’s tradition of jazz and blues, speeds it up with Afropop beats, and breaks the flow with odd tempos and quick changes.”- Whitney Phaneuf, East Bay Express
Bells emerges from the vibrant cultural and musical backdrop of Oakland, CA. Blending heavy percussion, soulful vocal harmonies, and thoughtful arrangements, this dynamic group has arrived at a sound that is uniquely their own, calling it Afro-Indie Soul. They capture the spirit of an eclectic range of influences, including Highlife, Hip-Hop, Samba, R&B and aspects of Indie Pop. Quickly drawing a wide audience with diverse tastes, June 2013 will be the release of their first full-length album, intent on providing their listeners with an experience that incessantly grabs the ear and evokes relentless body movement.

The band is made up of 4 musicians who each impart a unique and vibrant essence:
Nigerian-American artist Sandra Lawson-Ndu breathes life into the group with a rare creative force all her own, providing enigmatic lead vocals, captivating live looping, and an innovative sense of rhythm and composition. Doug Stuart, bassist and vocalist, pulls from his Soul, Jazz and Afro-beat roots to deliver the band’s music with contagious bass lines and a warm, fresh approach to feel and harmony. With tasteful musicality, guitarist Derek Barber compliments Bell’s songs with polished, infectious guitar stylings, background vocals and a broad scope of ideas. Completing the lineup is Geneva Harrison, who carefully crafts a symbiosis between drums, percussion, vocal harmonies, and hypnotic vibraphone phrasing, while seamlessly tapping into a distinct knack for groove with fluidity, drive and at times, ragged grit.

Combining forces, Bells presents a compelling chemistry that will be sure to grip the listener from start to finish, piloting an incredible journey for everyone to experience.

Shows may sell out - buy online in advance.
Parking is limited and not guaranteed - carpooling is encouraged.
Ticket includes admission to the Botanical Garden before 4:30pm.
Redwood Grove door at 5:00pm.
Bring your own refreshments.
Alcohol is not permitted per UCPD.
Warm clothes recommended.

All Audiences

All Audiences

 $15 Adult,  $12 UCBG Member Adult,  $5 Youth (5-17)

Ticket includes admission to the Botanical Garden before 4:30pm. Redwood Grove doors at 5pm. Click the following "online" button to purchase tickets. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-643-2755., 510-643-2755