BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Suffers

The Suffers

Aaron Parnell Brown

Thu, April 2, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Suffers
The Suffers
The Suffers are a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin's massive voice. The band's sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene.

The Suffers' ten-piece line up was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and keyboardist/songwriter/vocalist Pat Kelly in 2011. The pair brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, and percussionist Jose "Chapy" Luna, all band mates from earlier projects. Filling out the rhythm section are accomplished jazz saxophonist Cory Wilson and songwriting/producing duo Alex Zamora on guitar/vocals and Nick Zamora on drums/vocals. Vocalist/songwriter Kam Franklin, having recently completed a tour with London-based group The Very Best, was recruited to front the band.

In a short time, the band has progressed from packing local Houston venues to accepting invitations for main stage performances at the 20th annual Austin Reggae Festival, Houston's Free Press Summer Festival, and Paste Magazine's Untapped Festival where they've shared the stage with the likes of The Wailers, Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes, The Walkmen, and Cat Power. The Suffers have accepted four Houston Press Music Awards in two years and have been listed among the top musical acts to watch in 2014 by the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle. The band's debut video, a live performance of "Giver," was recently premiered by Side One Track One following a hugely successful performance during Austin's Free Week. Work has already begun on a follow-up to their debut 45, which will be a full-length album planned for release in 2015.
Aaron Parnell Brown
Aaron Parnell Brown
Aaron Parnell Browns bold sensitivity as a vocalist and performer has garnered him favorable comparisons to Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend. The Philadelphia-based artist draws from his hometowns distinguished heritage of Philly Soul, while at the same time incorporating influences from great songwriters such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and James Taylor. His captivating solo acoustic performances and incendiary full-band outings have helped him build an impressive profile among audiences and critics alike. The past few years have seen Brown win the 2014 Soul Artist of the Year Award in Philadelphia, win an Independent Music Award for his song A Beating Heart, kick-off WXPNs acclaimed XPoNential Festival (featuring artists such as Wilco, Bob Dylan, Beck, Lake Street Dive, and Jose James), and be named as one of NPR Musics 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012. Bruce Warren, WXPN Program Director, raves: "Singer-songwriter Aaron (Parnell) Brown is an exciting new name to add to the lineage of the city's expressive and emotionally intense soul singers.

Brown, formerly performing under the name Aaron & The Spell, recently made a bold change to perform under his given name, saying I recently got back from a trip visiting my grandmother at her farm in North Florida and while I was there I had a chance to reflect on all the lessons she taught me growing up and the one that really stood out in my mind was her telling me be authentic in who you are and be sincere in what you do. As a musician and songwriter I always strive to live up to those ideals, so once I got home and began to think about my new unreleased album Ive created and the personal nature and delivery of many of the songs, I knew it was the right time to officially change my name from Aaron & The Spell to Aaron Parnell Brown. The name change is a reflection of who I am today and the journey its taken to get here. Additionally, by performing under my given name I am honoring my past and future and it allows me to live my grandmothers wish and my own ideals of being authentic in who I am and sincere in what I do.

The Tin Man is Aaron Parnell Browns sophomore album filled with soulful and sophisticated songs such as Just Leave, I Believe in You, and Changes that show the growth and maturity hes experienced since his first album Sing (released under the name Aaron & The Spell) came out in 2012. The title The Tin Man refers to all the changes that have come to his life over the last several years such as falling in love, pursuing a full time music career, and conquering personal challenges. Brown explains it, saying As in the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man found that he always had a heart, but it was just rusty through the success of my last album, Ive found where I need to be. I was lost in many ways, but now Ive found the love and purpose in my life to give my music greater meaning.Not only has The Tin Man been an expression of his personal growth, but it also is the first time he has included cover songs on one of his albums. Not content to just simply copy a song note for note, Brown has an included two cover songs from some unlikely sources with the first being a simmering emotional take on Elton Johns song We All Fall in Love Sometimes and the second song being a very simple yet powerful version of The Black Keys song Everlasting Light which strips away all the bells and whistles and focuses on the simple yet powerful proclamation of love in the song.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com