Bumbershoot Music Lounge: The Budos Band

photos by Brittney Bush Bolay

Released August 10 on the crucial-groove Daptone Records label, The Budos Band lll features the The Budos Band on unreconstructed participatory jams just begging for a Bumbershoot audience to bounce and shout and clap along to.

Produced by scene-forging sound technicians Bosco Mann and TNT in Brooklyn, the third LP has been laying down fiercely loving press — not surprising for the results of weekly sessions and 150 gigs achieved in around 24 months. The album was all set to thick two inch tape during a two-day buzz, the only way to capture riffs and beats like “Black Venom,” “Crimson Skies,” and “Golden Dunes.” Their Afro-rock slab “Unbroken, Unshaven” has been getting gobs of airplay, and is the album’s first single.

The Budos Band is hitting Bumbershoot after playing Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, teaming up with label-mates Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Millennium Park in Chicago, and probably making the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco a totally unforgettable experience. A better instrumental outside party band you’ll be hard pressed to find.

As for their just-finished indoor performance at the Music Lounge, they nearly blew the doors off of the relatively tiny venue. Having a tight band is one thing when there are only three or four musicians, but to be as tight and in sync as The Budos Band were with nine musicians on stage was truly impressive. The band consisted of three percussion players who were constantly going to work on bongos, shakers, and cowbells, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such deft and nimble bongo work. Also on stage were a guitarist, keyboardist, trumpet player, and barritone sax player and frontman Jared Tankel. The drummer and bassist were both sequestered behind the folding Plexiglas screen, laying down the driving groove that is crucial to The Budos Band’s music.

They played five songs from the new album, which Tankel introduced as having a cobra on the front, adding dryly: “And it is full of dangerous venom.” After opening the set with “Right of the Ancients” and “Black Venom,” they continued to play “Mark of the Unnamed” and “Golden Dunes” before closing out with Budos Band III‘s first single “Unbroken, Unshaven”, which featured amazing back to back solos by Tankel and trumpeter Andrew Greene. Every song finished to uproarious applause as and the Music Lounge was filled to the brim. Before ending Tankel announced that they’d be playing later on the State Farm Stage “in a less FCC-compliant” manner. I don’t know if that means they’re going to interrupt their instrumental jams to drop a few f-bombs, but I know I’ll be there to find out.

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