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Get out those dancin’ shoes for Breakestra at Glenwood Springs’ Summer of Jazz

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz welcomes Los Angeles-based Breakestra for the second in the summer concert series, tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in Two Rivers Park.

Breakestra began as the house band for the legendary LA club called the Breaks, according to the band’s website (www.breakestra.com).

Their name comes from the urban hip-hop style known as “breakbeat,” which is a good hint that there will be some dancing on tap for tonight’s concert.

Breakestra was formed by lead bassist and vocalist Miles Tackett, with Mixmaster Wolf fronting the eight-piece funk band, which is based in deep funk, soul and jazz.

“A Breakestra show is about dancing and swinging – eight men on stage getting loose, playing serious grooves,” reads the band’s biography. “Think James Brown. Watching the Breakestra live is a tour de force.”

Some of the original members of Breakestra have gone on to either play or write songs for/with the Black Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, The Rebirth and Dakah.

Tackett’s inspiration to form Breakestra began when he fell in love with hip-hop after hearing groups like the Jungle Brothers and historic records like the Ultramagnetic MC’s’ “Critical Beatdown” in the late 1980s.

Through the course of their nearly decade-long existence the only two members that have remained constant are Tackett and Wolf.

When asked about the rotating members of the band, Tackett responds, “The Breakestra has always been an amorphous project.”

The free Glenwood Summer of Jazz concerts take place rain or shine at the band shell in Two Rivers Park. No dogs and no glass containers allowed.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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