August 31st | The Birdie Bar @ Topgolf Las Vegas
Doors: 8:00PM | Show: 9:00PM
Before DJs evolved into global superstars, musicians carried the baton. The Brooklyn-based dance trio, Tortured Soul, isn't trying to intently rewrite the logic of today's EDM with the sweat of their own musicianship, but they are living proof that the very same music can be freed from the DJ booth. Influenced by the classic songcraft of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the members of Tortured Soul are three distinctive guys with three different backgrounds, united under a groove-centered rhythm. The band's frontman and principal songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery, while the rest of the collective, made up of keyboardist Ethan White and bassist Jordan Scannella, virtuosically generate the pulsating accompaniment. It's a striking visual that's feverously winning converts with each and every tour stop, with them being likened to The Roots of house music. Inside the group's mystique, the acid jazz is reminiscent of Jamiroquai funk, while deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Jamie Jones. Even the legendary tastemaker Gilles Peterson, dubbed them "the future of house music."
Today, their popularity continues to spread across intercontinental boundaries as their touring schedules broaden with every single measure. So far, the group has wowed audiences at some of the world's biggest music festivals, such as the Cape Town Jazz Festival, (South Africa), Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Detroit Electronic Music Festival (USA), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Big Chill Festival (UK) and Montreal International Jazz Festival (Canada). Touring abroad has not hindered them from making their bicoastal US rounds at Bonnaroo, Milwaukee's Summerfest and at popular live venues like Hollywood's Vanguard, Chicago's Double Door, Atlanta's Center Stage and Washington D.C.'s 930 Club.
About Unfiltered Soul:
Unfiltered Soul is the brainchild of Rob Alahn from Chicago, Ill, Doug Wilcox from Newark, N.J. and Nori Traxx from Nagasaki, Japan. The name Unfiltered Soul was derived from our love of Nigori Unfiltered Sake. One late afternoon, Doug brought a bottle of this goodness over to Rob's house. We were doing an impromptu recording with some deep house music. During this recording, we got tipsy and decided to dedicate the mix to the drink - Unfiltered Sake, Unfiltered Soul sessions. This became a ritual and we started naming all of our recordings using this brand. This was later changed to "Unfiltered Soul" because we thought this had a much better ring to it. Moreover "Unfiltered Soul", represents our overarching philosophy and approach to music and life. We live and DJ full bore. We don't filter, edit or rehearse the lives we live or the music we play. Inspired by those things that matter--we move. Metaphorically speaking, in life as well as on the turntables we simply hit play and record. Whatever happens happens... It's unplanned, unscripted, unrehearsed...this is UNFILTERED SOUL!!!!