CON BRIO

 “Con Brio is the best new live act in America!” (PopMatters)  After just three short years, Con Brio today has exploded onto the West Coast music scene on the strength of their vibrant funk and psychedelic-soul San Francisco sound.   Lead singer Ziek McCarter and his swiveling hips, splits and backflips have earned him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson or James Brown.  And Con Brio is conquering the rest of the world as well.  They’ve been a sensation at most of the major American music festivals (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Outside Lands, etc.) and around the world – Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest music event; Montreal Jazz Fest, the Netherlands, London, Paris and more. After a dazzling performance at the Austin City Limits Festival, PopMatters declared that “they were enthralling, especially McCarter. It’s a feeling I haven’t had since seeing a 16-year-old Derek Trucks render a bunch of unaware bar patrons slack-jawed more than 20 years ago. While watching Con Brio, I kept looking around the tent, searching the faces: “You’re seeing this right? You get what’s happening?” And they were. It was hard not to be swept up in it all.” SATURDAY

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