Touting the release of their new album, “Shake It,” and celebrating an epic 20-year-run, The New Mastersounds take center stage at Isis Music Hall Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m.
“We’re all excited to perform in Asheville, said NMS drummer Simon Allen. “We first played at Isis in 2015 – it’s the perfect venue for NMS – great sound system, impressive lights and a high stage which means we can see the audience and they can see us.”
Twenty years in the game is no small feat in the fickle world of music, especially for an instrumental funk band.
But, with so many releases under their belt that their own promotion agency has lost count, and an amount of live shows that only dedicated musicians who truly love their craft could withstand, The New Mastersounds continue to play, compose and record with the enthusiasm and joy of teenagers, while having garnered the experience and skill of the seasoned veterans they are.
Their new album “Shake It,” features Lamar Williams Jr., (son of late Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams), who joins the band on the road this tour, on vocals throughout.
“We’ve been touring with Lamar quite a bit already this year and our audiences have been blown away by his vocal performances and the way he integrates with what we already do on stage,” said Allen.
While they promise to play new and old tunes, spanning the band’s 20 years together, Shake It is a departure from the jazz-funk-fusion meanderings of their recent releases. Lamar’s husky voice is said to be a match made in heaven with the tight groove that NMS seem effortlessly to provide. Add to the mix Mike Olmos on trumpet (a NMS regular who has already appeared on albums such as “Renewable Energy” and “Made For Pleasure”), and Jason Mingledorff on sax and flute and you have yourself a very tasty cocktail indeed (shake it, don’t stir).
About Isis Music Hall
Isis Music Hall is a premier concert venue, bar, and eatery in the heart of West Asheville. Their name gives a nod to the building’s history – a single screen cinema built in the mid 1930’s. Today, this famed Art Deco style venue hosts many of the top touring artists and musicians in the nation. With two stages, multiple bars, and outdoor patio, Isis Music Hall is one of the hottest spots in the city for live music. Join Kitchen 743 at Isis Music Hall nightly for an array of creative, local and seasonal fare.