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Robertson is probably the act that people would be most familiar with - his band is formerly known as Bullfrog - which played with Kid Koala for many years.


Robertson (Montreal, Soulbeat Records)


Robertson, the singer-songwriter and main instigator behind the internationally acclaimed Montreal pop band Bullfrog, is ready to hit it live with his new Lp †Favorite People “. After years of working the Montreal and Canadian club circuit, touring the world as Bullfrog’s front man and kid koala’s guitar player, headlining clubs and festivals all over north America and Europe, Robertson has been turning heads as a solo artist. Since his well received 2004 release †Deeper Shade of Green†Robertson could be seen playing shows in Canada and Europe, appearing on bass for Money Mark, opening for Kid Koala, MichaelFranti and SpearHead, BlueRodeo, Soulive,Wailers, Maceo Parker…and more.

His solo show has pleased audiences in small clubs and festivals across Canada, France, Germany and South Africa, recently appearing on Arte Tv w/ Marcus Miller and Manu Katche for ’One Shot Not’ in Paris, and the prestigious Place des Arts for the Festival Internationnal de Jazz de Montreal 2008.( His 8th performance at the Montreal Jazz fest.) Robertson’s new sound reflects his past; a singer-songwriter steeped in soul, heavily rooted in funk, bluesing on melancholic love songs with tongue in cheek and crooked pop-sensibilities, guitars laced with wahs and mutrons, fingered and pedaled basses, live beats and sampled drums. Sometimes up and funky, at times down tempo and intimate. People who have heard Robertson are saying †It’s baby making music …! “. Live Robertson sings, plays guitars, bass, sampled drums, loops and effects, backed by the multi-instrumentalist Peter Santiago on bass and drums and other Bullfrogs always keeping things interesting and fun. His new self produced release titled “Favorite People †is 11 tracks of modern and vintage sounds and songs ; close and personal as an indie yet smooth as old 70’s soul . This †baby making music †was recorded in different home studios with the help from his favorite band Bullfrog, Kid Koala and Slim Williams, and mixed by Vid Cousin at Koala’s studio The Record Room.

here's that show info:

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

NuJazz Festival Gala Event

Jazzanova (Sonar Kollectiv, Germany)

DJ John Kong (Do Right!), Rollin' Cash (Hot Pie Records)

with live guest Robertson (Montreal)

plus opening set by DJ gaDJet with Live Percussion by Chico Pacheco

hosted by Charles Lewis

@ El Mocambo - 464 Spadina Ave.

$15 Adv. $20 at the Door

VIP TICKETS $30 available online only

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Glad you pointed out ESCALATE!


Genres: Jazz Fusion, Instrumental

Website: http://www.escalatemusic.com

Late in the year 2000… Two sets of Brampton brothers (Grant and Tyler Drygas, Shandy and Jordan Kern) united to form ESCALATE! As an experiment gone frighteningly right, Kern melodies and Drygas rhythms combined to form a force irresistible to human ears, feet and hips alike. A four-piece instrumental outfit, ESCALATE! forsake vocals and lyrics to concentrate on blending and reconfiguring diverse genres spawning a fresh and innovative sound mosaic.

Five years later… The release of their debut full-length GROOVES.BEATS.SCIENCE.SOUL. A record as much in the spirit of Air, Out Hud, !!! and Stereolab, as past visionaries The Meters and On The Corner-era Miles Davis, GROOVES.BEATS.SCIENCE.SOUL is a disc with a scope wide enough to delight both party people shaking their moneymakers on the dance floor as well as chilled out beat heads sinking back into a bean bag chair strapped with headphones.

Perhaps most impressive, however, is their live show: A continuous flow of invention that seamlessly segues from one song to the next.

Now, in 2007, more focused than ever, the four are once again preparing to head into the studio. Always dynamic and energetic, ESCALATE! continue to swagger, not stagger, in hot pursuit of their unique sonic vision.

Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 9:00 PM EST / doors @ 09:00 PM

Nickodemus featuring DJ medicineman / DJ Goldfinger / ESCALATE!

at Revival - Toronto,ON

REGULAR $12.00

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