1.11 Friday (Funk / Jazz)
Nectar, KNKX Public Radio
& The PBJ Present:
Robert Walter's 20th Congress
DJ Abe Beeson (KNKX «The New Cool»)
$13adv / $17dos
A founding member of the seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars, organ, keyboard and synth sharp-shooter Robert Walter splits his time between his own 20th Congress, Greyboy, and a robust film soundtrack career in Los Angeles. He returns with 20th Congress to support his new studio album 'Spacesuit'.
The Greyboy Allstars' success served as a platform for the band's individual members to launch highly successful and substantially diverse solo careers. To flex his desire to compose in a way that was just outside of Greyboy's wheelhouse, Walter formed 20th Congress and recorded and toured heavily.
The band featured a rotating cast of players over the years including Stanton Moore, Joe Russo, Will Bernard, and Cochemea Gastelum. The current iteration of 20th Congress includes a new crew of brilliant improvisers and genre-bending virtuosos including drummer Simon Lott, bassist Victor Little, and guitarist Chris Alford, bringing a baked-in chemistry that has mutated into the infectious sound of this incarnation of the 20th Congress.
A brilliant improviser with a gift for riveting hooks and unstoppable grooves, Walter blurs the lines between the composed and the spontaneous. He uses a full arsenal of keyboards, synths and electronics and draws together the varied aspects of his career, from his film soundtrack work with Michael Andrews to his free-ranging improvisational excursions with the likes of genre jugglers like Marco Benevento, Skerik and Mike Gordon.