Student Committee for the Arts at UCLA is proud to present Thundercat live at Royce Hall on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 7p.m.
Opening acts include Teebs and student band Apollo Soul. Tickets are on sale to the public for $25-$35 with fees and can be purchased on Ticketmaster or at UCLA CTO. UCLA students with valid Bruincards get in for free, and those who RSVPed will receive their vouchers via email from UCLA CTO on Thursday, May 28th. The vouchers will be specific to your name and student ID number, and you will be able to pick up your ticket with the voucher and your Bruincard on Friday evening before the show. If you did not RSVP, there will be a standby line at the doors.
“Thundercat is Stephen Bruner, a bassist with perfect pitch who has released two brilliant albums on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Splitting the difference between Bowser’s Castle overtures and George Duke, they encompass jazz, funk, soul and the occasional love groove to ecstasy or a pet cat. And sometime in the last 18 months, Kendrick Lamar recruited the South Central native to supply the celestial ecclesiastical architecture undergirding the year’s most talked about album, To Pimp a Butterfly.” – Jeff Weiss, Rolling Stone
7:00pm – Apollo Soul
7:20pm – Teebs
8:05pm – Thundercat
The show is set to end by 9:30pm. Note the early schedule and please plan accordingly so as not to miss any of the performances! The box office opens at 4pm and tickets can be purchased without fees at the door.
Tickets on sale now, get $10 off with promo code “SCAUCLA”: http://bit.ly/sca_thundercat
Student Ticket Reservations now closed, however students can still get free tickets the night of the show in the standby line. Valid Bruincards required for entry.
Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.
As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities – ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotus’ 2010 LP ‘Cosmogramma’ on the track ‘MmmHmm.’ Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse,’ co-produced by Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of songwriting and artistic exploration.
In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, ‘Apocalypse.’ Forthcoming on Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy, ‘Apocalypse’ is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.
Hypnotic. Warm. Organic. Tumbling. Pastoral. Ramshackle. Blissful. Expansive.
These are just some of the words that have been used to describe the work of Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Teebs.
A producer, a painter, and a key member of Brainfeeder clan, recent years have seen Teebs surge toward the top of the so-called “beat scene,” and though his affiliation with Flying Lotus certainly has something to do with his ascent, it’s ultimately the music – a billowing brand of beautifully off-kilter, hip-hop-colored beat construction – that has set Mandowa apart from what has become an increasingly crowded field of like-mind producers.