Live Concert Photography: Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath, Latin Funk Interpretations of Black Sabbath and Ocote Soul Sounds at Music Hall of Williamsburg 8/10/16
If you’ve been frequenting this site over the course of its history, you’d like be familiar with JOVM mainstay act Grupo Fantasma, an act that over the course of its 15 year history has developed a reputation for being one of this country’s preeminent, most commercially successful, independent Latin bands, as they’ve been nominated for several Grammys, and won a Grammy for their 2011 release El Existential. And as a result of their critical and commercial success the act has managed to collaborate with the likes of the GZA, Prince, Maceo Parker, Sheila E, Spoon, Daniel Johnston and others — and they’ve had their music appear in several popular TV series including Showtime‘s Weeds and AMC’s Breaking Bad.
Sadly, because of the finances behind being in a large band — Grupo Fantasma currently has 9 full time members — each individual member frequently splits off into a variety of side projects and other creative pursuits, including Brownout, a funk and rock-based act that has become for all intents and purpose, its own independent act, in a fashion that closely mimics Parliament and Funkadelic in the sense that both bands prominently feature many of the same members playing completely different genres and styles of music. Over the past couple of years, the member of Brownout have been relentlessly touring playing a live set of Latin funk interpretations and reworkings of Black Sabbath. And last week Brownout made another stop in Brooklyn — this time at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Ocote Soul Sounds.
(Photo Caption: Brownout performing Latin interpretations
Co-founded by Antibalas‘ co-founder Martín Perna and Grupo Fantasma and Brownout’s co-founder Adrian Quesada, Ocote Soul Sounds was created as a side project from both co-founder’s primary projects, in which they could play material that didn’t quite fit with their friends and associates from Austin, TX, NYC, Washington DC and Sao Paulo, Brazil in a who’s who of Afrobeat and global funk project. And as a result, the act which played their first live set together in several years has a globe-spanning, genre mashing, populist-leaning sound.
(Photo Caption: Ocote Soul Sounds performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg last week.)