[Review] Khris Royal Welcomes Special Guests At Maple Leaf Funk Throwdown

[Review] Khris Royal Welcomes Special Guests At Maple Leaf Funk Throwdown

The Maple Leaf Bar might need a new roof and floorboards after last night’s party. September 13th was a special n ight of music and homecoming, as folks of all ages, shapes, and sizes packed the Leaf to welcome home saxophonist Khris Royal, fresh off a two month long tour with Rebelution and Sublime with Rome. Royal showcased his incredible talent with his band Dark Matter, and introduced The Crescent City Brass to a New Orleans stage for the first time ever. Made up of Royal, Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights Analog Future Band, The Shady Horns), and a variety of special guests on trombone, the Crescent City Brass are sure to blast off among the New Orleans music elite. — Read more at...

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[Review] The Tallahassee Scene

[Review] The Tallahassee Scene

Doors opened at 8 p.m. to a line of hardcore fans. Many more arrived soon after. By the time the opener, Khris Royal and Dark Matter, came on, the dance floor was already crowded. Khris Royal and Dark Matter, a talented jazz-fusion band from New Orleans laid down some funk-electronica influenced grooves with Khris Royal absolutely ripping away on the lead Saxophone. He continued to play alongside the main band, shredding the entire time. The man is a musician’s musician. – The Tallahassee...

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Living New Orleans covers Khris Royal

Living New Orleans covers Khris Royal

Woodwind Beneath His Wings: This musician’s motto is “I came for sax.” Khris Royal’s resume is too long to list here. Suffice it to say that this musician, composer, producer and bandleader hasn’t needed to look for gigs since high school, when he left the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts for a full ride at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Royal’s original music for his band, Dark Matter, hints at genres ranging from blues and jazz to funk and ska — and his saxophone chops are easy evidence of a career split between practice and performance. In addition to leading Dark Matter, Royal tours with West Coast band Rebelution, and George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners. “When I’m not on the road with Rebelution and George, I play every Sunday with Pat Casey and the New Sound, which is a modern jazz group,” he says. “I also play a lot with Gravity A, which is a funky New Orleans electronic band.” He mixes it up, playing keys in the Big Easy Bounce Band. “My music is kind of hard to describe, because I have so many influences,” Royal says. “There are definitely a lot of jazz influences in it. I listen to a lot of Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison and Kenny Garrett.” Other influences include Prince, The Time, Parliament-Funkadelic and The Gap Band. “Mix it all up, and you get Dark Matter.” As a composer, Royal maintains a positive outlook. “I believe in writing music with a purpose,” he says. “When I turn on the TV and see something bad happening in the world, I want to fix it. Music can heal. That’s what Dark Matter is all about: connecting every living thing in the universe and realizing we are all one.” khrisroyalmusic.com – See more at:...

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[Review] Jambase.com: Brandon Niederauer, Khris Royal, George Porter Jr. and More Make the Rounds at Bear Creek Music Festival

[Review] Jambase.com: Brandon Niederauer, Khris Royal, George Porter Jr. and More Make the Rounds at Bear Creek Music Festival

Jambase.com headed out to the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, and ended up crossing paths with Khris Royal’s very busy “Artist At Large” schedule several times.  Read more below! _______________ Along with the notable sit-ins at Umphrey’s McGee’s headlining sets, Bear Creek Music Festival was highlighted by a copious amount of collaborations as like-minded artists from a variety of genres came together in Live Oak, FL. On Thursday, The Main Squeeze played late in the day and were joined by Khris Royal for a take on Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” as well as Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” Earlier in the day, Catfish Alliance were joined by a popular guest throughout the weekend, Brandon Niederauer for Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun” as well as The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” which also included Big Sam Funky Nation bassist Eric Vogel. … The New Mastersounds threw one of the most innovative sets of the day as they welcomed out several guests. Roosevelt Collier first joined on “This Ain’t Work” before Johnanthan Lloyd and the Heard Horns came out for “It Ain’t Fair But It’s Fun.” Khris Royal once again showed up along with Eric Vogel and Pee Wee Ellis for “All Wrapped Up” and Brandon Niederauer added guitar to “Thermal Bad.” … Meanwhile, New Orleans prog-funk rockers Earphunk played two sets on Saturday and welcomed out Niederauer for “She Don’t Wanna Hear From You” as well as Roosevelt Collier on “Recoil.” Khris Royal also joined in on “Sweet Nasty,” the title track to their latest effort. The band’s second set would once again see Royal emerge as well as Jonathan Lloyd. The duo added their talents to “No. 9-5.” Smiley from The Main Sqeeze then came out for “Trombone” and George Porter Jr. joined the band for a fun rendition of “Fly Like an Eagle.” Earphunk closed their Bear Creek appearance with a raucous version of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of.” Read the full article...

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