Indie Fridays Featuring The Heavyweights Brass Band With Minotaurs

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Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall says
Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square
Featuring Heavyweights Brass Band

The Heavyweights Brass Band
Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids' Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band enjoy crossover appeal and respect from music's elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass-band tradition, the group keeps one foot firmly-rooted in the rich legacy of jazz while the other foot steps forward into the future. Like the music's originators, the Heavyweights are unafraid to incorporate influences from disparate areas of the musical spectrum, from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America, all woven together with the thread of adventuresome sophistication. The band has shared the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and built up a loyal following. Their sophomore release, Brasstronomical, further emphasised their original compositions, revealing a stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature music that continues to grow.

After three solo albums, MINOTAURS founder and frontman Nathan Lawr made the transition from guitar-slinging singer-songwriter to bandleader with 2010’s The Thing. Though the form has changed, the core remains: Lawr is a folk artist, and MINOTAURS is a folk band. But the “folk” here isn’t a genre. It’s about connecting with the community, mobilizing people, reflecting and questioning the world in a conscious and deliberate way. That might be more likely to happen in the context of a strummy acoustic number full of literal lyrics. But it could also be embedded in an eight-minute jam, beating to a pulse that makes it impossible to stay still. The idea that art can – should – make a difference is what links all of Lawr’s work, and defines MINOTAURS.
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By: Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall

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