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Bells Atlas

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Wednesday, March 6 2019
8:00 PM
 
 

With Kafari

Trying to nail down the sound of Bells Atlas is a bit like narrating the inner workings of a kaleidoscope – where it’s more about tripping out than nailing it down.

A surreal blend of r&b, psychedelia, jazz, and pop, rooted in the cultural bellwether of Oakland, CA, Bells Atlas has supported a number of international artists and shared the stage with acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell, Angélique Kidjo and more. They have also been making a name for themselves nationally as the touring band for NPR’s Snap Judgment since 2016, and recently wrapped up a sold-out tour supporting Bermuda Triangle, side-project of Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard.

Channeling at once the ramshackle lo-fi beats of Tune-Yards and the sighing lullabies of Sade, Bells is like the passing bubbles of an unknown aquatic lifeform, music percolates from depths untaken, playing in a deep blue pool of life, death and the fluid in- between. 2018 promises to be a big year ahead for Bells Atlas – with a 10’’, full length LP and accompanying EP of all-original material prepped for release and club dates throughout the US.

Opening the evening is local favorite and inimitable talent, Kafari – a synth, drum machine, and rhythm bones-wielding pianist, beatmaker, and sonic-tinkerer melding disparate sounds from contemporary neo-soul to 19th century classical, drum&bass electronica to boom-bap hip-hop, and burning jazz to hypnotic ambient. We welcome Kafari back from a recent solo tour through the US in support of his latest release, Beholding.

Please see our updated pandemic policy for fall 2021. Indoor events at 538 Congress Street start in October!