Crown City Rockers blast Cecilia’s tonight
BRECKENRIDGE – West Coast, East Coast, whatever.
When the Crown City Rockers, with special guest Scarub, hit the stage tonight at Cecilia’s in Breckenridge, expect a balanced audio attack from musicians bent on positive, melodic beats.
Based out of Oakland, Calif., the Rockers began as a living-room jam act at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass. They called themselves Mission:, before learning they shared the name with a British rock group, sans the colon.
By switching their name (“We knew we had to, eventually,” they said) the crew expanded their audience and soon shared the stage with hip-hop legends like Talib Kweli and Common. With Raashan Ahmad as the MC, Kat Ouano on keys, Ethan Parsonage as producer and bassist, Woodstock as an additional producer and Max MacVeety on drums, the group brings a strange mix of traditional rap, jazz and funk jams.
“We’re trying to do both,” Rashaan said. “One of the things we’ve been fighting for the band is not having just an MC playing with a funk rhythm. That’s actually easier to play that. So we do have a sampler. We do play music. We do a mixture of both.”
Trying to do a variety of sounds has worked and earned them some attention. While the crew has only one album (under the name Mission:), its hit, “Contagious” climbed to No. 12 on CMJ’s singles list.
LR8R magazine summed up the band’s vibe, saying, “Imagine Herbie Hancock meets A Tribe Called Quest at a party where the DJ has a Jimi Hendrix hangover, but he’s rockin’ Stevie Wonder and Biz Markie.”
Tonight’s show will be the seventh on this tour, and Rashaan only laughs at the comparison to all those artists.
“We’re just trying to have a good time,” he said.
Wednesday, the Rockers played Boise, Idaho and Thursday, the crew dished it out in Salt Lake City.
“We’ve played in Boulder and Denver, but man, Colorado has been really, really good for us,” Rashaan said. “We’ve always had good shows out there.”
The doors open at Cecilia’s at 9 p.m., with a $5 general admission.
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