• 149 WESTCHESTER AVENUE, PORT CHESTER, NY 10573-4549 · (914) 937-4126

  • Deep Banana Blackout

    Deep Banana Blackout

    Percy Hill

    Fri, March 31, 2017

    Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

    The Capitol Theatre

    Port Chester, NY

    $25 // $30 // $45 (ADVANCE) $30 // $35 // $50 (DAY OF SHOW)

    This event is 18 and over

    This event will have a general admission standing room only floor and a reserved seated Loge and Balcony. Reserved Loge and Balcony tickets will NOT have access to the general admission floor.

    18 and over unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

    Deep Banana Blackout
    Deep Banana Blackout
    Deep Banana Blackout (or DBB) formed in the summer of 1995 when a group of like-minded musicians hailing from New York and Connecticut joined forces to play Soul and R&B covers from the 60’s and 70’s for the pure love of that music. As the band members’ chemistry became apparent, all other projects fell to the wayside so that they could focus on writing and arranging original material. The band soon became a highly acclaimed musical force on the East Coast underground live music scene. This eight piece musical outfit, with full horn section and soulful groove embedded in the roots of funk, is notorious for weaving their own compositions involving extended improvisation with songs by Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Parliament/Funkadelic.

    In July of 1997, DBB released their first studio effort entitled Live in the Thousand Islands. The album was recorded in Hartford, CT in the old Colt.45 building and was produced by the band members themselves. In February 1999, Deep Banana Blackout released their second recording, a double live CD called Rowdy Duty. The album was recorded in one night at 7 Willow St., a now defunct club in Port Chester, New York. Later on that year, the band’s label Artkin Touchya Records released B’Gock!, a side project for DBB’s guitarist Fuzz and his band On The Corner.

    Also in 1999 drummer Eric Kalb and percussionist Johnny Durkin went into Avatar Studios in NYC to record on jazz guitar legend John Scofield’s Verve Records release entitled Bump. The album was featured on the Billboard Jazz charts and pay homage to DBB through the track ‘Blackout’ which features a rhythmic refrain imitative of an audience chant typical at DBB’s live shows preceding the encore.Deep Banana Blackout has sold out such venues as Irving Plaza in New York City, the Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut and Toads Place in New Haven, CT multiple times. They were featured at the Newport Jazz Festival in the summer of 2000, as well as being the focal point of a feature article in JazzTimes. In 2001, DBB played a co-bill with Maceo Parker in the new Denver Fillmore to 2750 fans, was featured at events such as Jazz Aspen/Snowmass, and the Gathering of the Vibes and toured with the Allman Brothers Band with several DBB members joining the legendary group for their set. The band has also performed in Tokyo, Japan twice.

    DBB released 2001’s Feel the Peel on Flying Frog Records, the label founded by Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks.

    Over the course of the bands 20 year history many notable musicians from the Funk, Rock and Jazz world have joined DBB on stage. The list includes legendary musicians such as bassist George Porter Jr (The Meters), trombonist Fred Wesley (James Brown/P Funk), keyboardist Bernie Worrell (P Funk), drummer Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown), guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band/Govt. Mule), John Scofield (Miles Davis), trumpeter Michael Ray (Kool and The Gang/Sun Ra), drummer Mike Clark (Herbie Hancocks Headhunters) as well as drummer Chris Franz and bassist Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club to name a few. A true highlight for the band was opening for James Brown at The Gathering of the Vibes Festival in 2003.

    Deep Banana Blackout continues to perform to a devoted following, selling out venues and shows no sign of stopping.

    DBB are James “Fuzz” San Giovanni, guitar/vocals; Eric Kalb, drums; Benj LeFevre, bass; Jen Durkin, vocals; Rob Somerville, sax/vocals; Rob Volo, trombone/guitar/vocals; Cyrus Madan, keyboards; Johnny Durkin, percussion. Previous members Hope Clayburn, sax/flute/ vocals, and Bryan Smith, trombone/vocals.
    Percy Hill
    Percy Hill went from New England's best kept secret to legendary Jamband following the recording of their 1999 album Color in Bloom. The critically acclaimed release won a Jammy award for best studio album and earned the band high praise from publications like the Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly. Percy Hill's music drew favorable comparisons to Paul Simon, Sting and Steely Dan; and while their live shows earned them a spot beside the very best of the improvisational rock bands of the 90's and early 2000's (Phish, Widespread Panic, Disco Biscuits, moe., String Cheese Incident), they often claimed to be most at home in the studio. The success of Color in Bloom grew the bands popularity, leading to sold out shows and marquee festival slots from coast to coast. Now, a little more than 10 years after Percy Hill's last live performance, the band comprised of Joe Farrell, Aaron Katz, John Leccese and Nate Wilson will reunite to celebrate the 17th anniversary of their critically acclaimed album with shows in Portland Maine and Boston Massachusetts over the first weekend of Spring 2016. Color in Bloom at 17.
    Venue Information:
    The Capitol Theatre
    149 Westchester Avenue
    Port Chester, NY, 10573