P R E S S R E L E A S E S 2002
March 13, 2002
Kid Koala and Bullfrog Play MASS MoCA on April 13
(North Adams, Mass.) Take a rhythmic, buoyant groove band, add the limitless sonic palette of a skilled scratch deejay, pepper it with offbeat songwriting and clever, tongue-in-cheek rap interludes to make the compelling combination of Kid Koala and Bullfrog, who'll play MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 13, at 9 P.M. Deejay Kid Koala and band Bullfrog combine upbeat melodies and explosive funky rhythms with a sardonic sense of humor and witty lyrics. The Vancouver Sun called the group "Down and dirty and damn well out there," and continued, " [there is] nothing like seeing a DJ with a bad-ass live band."
Bullfrog explores multiple pop genres and offers a unique approach to songwriting for a danceable mix that's been a hit on U.S. and Canadian club circuits since the group's formation in 1994. Their relentless touring schedule -- over 100 shows per year -- has had them headlining at popular clubs on both sides of the border and sharing stages with Maceo Parker, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark among others. They've earned a reputation as energetic and entertaining performers. "We were conceived as a live act," according to Koala who goes on to say, "The band works really well together on stage and that's the reason we've weathered all this time together." He adds, "It's a real joy to play as a group and all have the same common feel. We just get on stage and the beat is there."
Eric "Kid Koala" Sans is the renowned deejay of Gorillaz and Deltron 3030 fame. Fresh from his tour with Radiohead, he brings 7 years of live experience highlighting songs with scratching and sampling and peppering the music with offbeat conversational tidbits and even a synthesized croaking frog. Rapper and emcee James "BluRum 13" Sobers adds live interludes interspersed throughout their show. Singer, guitarist Mark Robertson's songs and arrangements highlight much of Bullfrog's sound with jazzy, laid-back pop that has audiences bobbing their heads and singing along. Peter Santiago on bass, Massimo Sansalone on drums, and Joanna Peters on percussion and vocals round out the sextet.
Tickets to Kid Koala and Bullfrog are $10 in advance and $13 the day of the show. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office at 1040 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M. Wednesday through Monday. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased on line at www.massmoca.org. MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located on a 13- acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. MASS MoCA focuses on the work of visual and performing artists charting new territory.
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