Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 8:30pm

  • All Ages
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Parallel 44 Presents Brother Gabe's FireOnyx Album Release Party feat. Swatkins & The Positive Agenda, Ze Rox (co-leader of Elektrapod w/ Gabe) and more, on Friday, December 28th at Volcanic Theatre Pub. This All Ages show will feature a long set from Brother Gabe w/ album co-producer Steveland Swatkins, and a variety of performers from the record, including Ze Rox, Tyrone Hendrix, Andre Zapata and more, followed by a long set of Swatkins & The Positive Agenda feat. Brother Gabe. Not only is this night a celebration of the release of an album that is quite possibly the best ever produced by a Central Oregon musician, it'll be a complete THROWDOWN of awesome soulful positive funkiness which you must come boogie and partake of. The first 25 people to buy tickets will receive a FREE SIGNED COPY of the new FireOnyx CD, the next 25 will receive a CD and everyone else attending will be given 50% off on the CD ($5) or a free download card. Get your tickets HERE NOW. A tremendous thanks to our sponsors Dr. Jolly’s, The Source Weekly & Cascade Alchemy for their support.

About Brother Gabe:

Deeply Funky & Soulful, Brother Gabe's debut album FireOnyx, co-produced by Brother Gabe & Swatkins, sparkles, shines & scorches, leaving an indelible impression on your soul. FireOnyx is an instant classic; a musical testament to the cathartic, transformational and FIronic qualities of Love, Life & Music. Gabe "Brother Gabe" Johnson has been creating, presenting, furthering and chasing joyous, soulful music for his whole life. In fact, it’s safe to say that musical inspiration is Brother Gabe’s one true religion and he lives every day devoted to the furtherance of the idea that bringing people together through the inspirational force of music is the most effective way to build community, bring joy and inspire human beings. Brother Gabe’s forthcoming album, FireOnyx , co-produced by Gabe & Steve “Swatkins” Watkins is a compilation of his best compositions and features some of the best players that Oregon has to offer: Swatkins on keys/vox, Ze Rox on lead vox on 7 tracks, Tyrone Hendrix on drums/percussion, Andre Zapata on bass, Paul Creighton on lead and backing vox, Joshua Cliburn on sax, Arietta Ward on backing vox and of course, Brother Gabe on all guitars, some keys and backing vox. FireOnyx is not just a Soul/Funk/Pop classic, it’s an exploration of universal themes of love & loss, indulgence & restraint, strength & weakness and of course, life & death. As these tracks are released & revealed to the world, Gabe hopes that the fiery and ironic duality of life is revealed in a way that makes you feel both enlightened and bear-hugged. THAT, my friends, is his intention. Brother Gabe LOVES you and hopes you feel it all as deeply and as soulfully as he and his good friends who blessed him on this record, feel it.

About Swatkins:

Swatkins is a joyful prophet of positivity. Together with his band, The Positive Agenda, he plays feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins is part of the new generation of performers making raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks. This multi-instrumentalist is a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Think of the funky robot voice from "California Love" or the hair-raising harmony intro to "24 Karat Magic." Now picture a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable, and you've got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.

Swatkins has long been a fixture on the touring scene in his capacity as a sideman and guest artist. As a fulltime member of Excellent Gentlemen and Juno What?! he's spread his irresistible signature style on stages across the US and Canada. Since joining Allen Stone's band in 2013, he's been around the world several times, becoming an indispensable part of the live show and co-writing several of Allen's songs, including the lead single "Upside" from Stone's latest album, Radius. Most recently, he's guest-starred with Brooklyn's Turkuaz at their debut Red Rocks performance, sat in with Vulfpeck at their biggest NYC show to date in Central Park, and has toured subbing on keyboards with modern funk legends Lettuce. Now with Steve's new original project, The Positive Agenda, his dedicated fans can see the Swatkins they know and love in a brand new setting, bringing high-energy performances to dancefloors everywhere.

In addition to The Positive Agenda & Brother Gabe, Swatkins has performed or recorded with: The Motet, The Quick & Easy Boys, Liv Warfield (of Prince's New Power Generation), Moorea Masa, Jans Ingber, Jarrod Lawson, Fruition, Doo Doo Funk Allstars, Farnell Newton, Reva DeVito, Russ Liquid, Bernie Worrell (of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Leo Nocentelli (of The Meters)...and many more]


Brother Gabe -
Swatkins & The Positive Agenda -
Ze Rox -
Elektrapod -
Dr Jolly's -
The Source Weekly -
Cascade Alchemy -
Parallel 44 Presents -]
Volcanic Theatre Pub -

Volcanic Theatre Pub

70 SW Century Dr
Bend, OR 97702

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