CITY BEATS with The Brainstory
11:30 AM DJ Set with Anthony Valadez // 12:00 PM Performance
A fresh addition to the Bunker Hill scene, the monthly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez. The series, which runs every 2nd Wednesday, April through September, provides a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Grab lunch, sit back, and enjoy the show!
Brainstory is a tale of brothers bounded by blood, by fate, and a small town with nothing to do. Brothers brought together by some unknown magic that would set them free to create, to sing, and to play a music of the soul. To open a window of truth in a world of auto-tuned hamburger egos. To forever be pushing long hair out of their eyes as they explore the cosmos beyond the hot, dusty, world in which they’ve dwelled. And what a universe it is. One part Jazz and one part Psychedelia, with a whole lotta Soul put in the middle. Add some Hendrix and Mayfield, some Bossa, and some afro-latin groove and you’ve got the right idea. Pure fun-love-exploration music.
Their story begins in the long lost lands of the San Bernardino Valley, in the twilight zone known as Rialto, California: A hot, arid, dusty, wasteland of boredom and dirty trash-filled empty lots, which could’ve only given rise to the backyard punk jams of the boy’s teenage youth. Through Punk and skateboarding, brothers Kevin and Tony Martin found liberation from the monotony. Tired of the small music scene in the IE, Tony set his sights on the San Francisco Bay area, where he honed his upright bass jazz chops for 2 ½ years. It was during this time apart that Kevin, also tired of the limited opportunities around him, had a vision. “I was so disillusioned with being a guitarist in other bands, playing the same small town gigs over and over. I knew there was something more.” Thus, Brainstory was born.
Originally an acoustic guitar duo the band grew into a full piece outfit with the return of Tony and the addition of longtime jazz trio member Eric Hagstrom. Armed with a renewed love for the electric jazz sounds of their inspiration, the trio of destiny was now complete.
It is said that the eye is the window of the soul. This is eye-music. Music of the body, the mind, the spirit, and the earth. Tales of nature, ecstasy, of darkness and light. Excursions in rhythm, melody, harmony; taking you to the pinnacle of the open-blue sky, and back down to the ground of the raw earth of each listener’s humble beginning. Stripped down funk, jazz improvisation, and spacious vocal harmony seek to take the listener to a place of expansion, a place of dancing, liberation, and love. This is our music. This is our memorandum. This is the story of our brains.
ABOUT ANTHONY VALADEZ:
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles radio personality with dj residencies around the city, including First Fridays at The Natural History Museum. He hosted Cratediggers on FUSEtv for 3 seasons. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli in addition to 2 LP releases on Plug Research. He can be found hosting his program on Monday nights on KCRW which has been championed by the likes of Julian Casablanca (The Strokes), Ty Dolla Sign and Childish Gambino. He also hosts Indie on Tune In.