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Adam Chase & Friends feat. Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy – String Cheese Incident Pre Show Party

May 5, 2023 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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(String Cheese Incident Pre Party)

Adam Chase (Chase Brothers, Jazz Is Phsh), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy, Boomtown) and John Daniel Ray (The Allman Brothers, Mr. Haircut, Vintage Astronaut) and Danny Darress (Chess Club) come together for this very special, one time performance at One World West in Asheville NC on May 5, 2023 (3-6pm).

Drummer, Adam Chase, is an acclaimed music director and drummer that has built a name for himself by putting together a variety of Funky and Jazzy All-Star projects. Adam’s unique approach to drum reflects his unique personality and his visionary approach to performance.

Chase has worked with an uncanny amount of acclaimed musicians including Fred Wesley, Clyde Stubblefield, John Medeski, MonoNeon, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Scott Metzger (JRad), Craig Robinson, Antwaun Stanley, Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy), Domi Degalle, Dennis Chambers, Marcus King, Isaiah Sharkey (John Mayer), Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars), Jeff Sipe, Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween) and many others.

Chris Bullock is a Brooklyn, NY-based saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has enjoyed an expansive career performing with a variety of artists across all sorts of musical styles. Most notably, he is known for his longtime role as a saxophonist and composer in the genre-bending ensemble, Snarky Puppy. With this band, he has received four Grammy awards and is often on tour around the world performing at concert halls to music festivals to small rock rooms.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Chris has performed and recorded with a variety of artists including David Crosby, Michael McDonald, Lalah Hathaway, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Charlie Hunter, Chris Thile, Eric Harland, Metropole Orkest, Phish, and Soulive. In addition to his work as a live musician, he recently wrote and recorded his first commissioned film score.

In 2018, Chris released his debut solo album, Boomtown. This music is a hybrid of sorts. On the album, Chris explored ways to combine his interests in improvisation, jazz, chamber music, electronic music, and hip hop production elements. With his Boomtown band, Chris has brought a synth-heavy, grooving sound environment on live tours across the US and Canada.

John Daniel Ray is a progressive jazz bassist and composer, and operates a production company called Mr. Haircut. He has produced dozens of projects and has played with hundreds of bands and ensembles in his 20 year career, from the Allman Brothers to the Roots.

John plays with his original band Vintage Astronaut, a progressive jazz/electronic project that pushes the boundaries of what live music can accomplish by utilizing computers as improvisational tools and incorporating electronic sounds into live performance. He also performs regularly with Noobious, a video game music cover band, RKIII, an experimental electronic band, Lucky Pocket, a dance/party band, and he produces and hosts a podcast called Mr. Haircut with renowned drummer Jonathan Greene.

John has performed and toured with bands from all over the country including The Allman Brothers, The Embers, Solos Unit, and shared the stage with The Roots, Gap Band, Common, Wu Tang Clan, The New Deal, George Clinton, Oteil Burbridge, The Platters, The Temptations, The Funky Knuckles, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Jazz is Phish, and more.

New York based pianist, Danny Darress is a recent Berklee School of Music graduate that is coming from a special circle of musicians that include DOMi Degalle and Jonathan Huber. The young musician and songwriter has quickly become a rising star in the pop community with his new project Chess Club, which has drawn collaborations with A list musicians and producers.

Having toured the country as a jazz pianist while writing and producing pop music has given Darress a unique voice in music. His approach to playing has the ability to be deep and complex while consistently providing rich and expressive melodies that allows the listener to enjoy a journey of story telling that can both perplex and inspire a sing along simultaneously.