Bobby Gentilo + Carlos Elliot / Phase Materia
Run Time: 180 min.
~ Friday November 17, 2023 ~ Doors @ 7:30, Showtime @ 8:00 ~ $15 ~
Bobby Gentilo is an award-winning international record producer and musician who has worked and performed with some of Mississippi’s most acclaimed blues artists over the last 15 years. He is also a member of The Cornlickers, the backing band for the late Big Jack Johnson. More recently, The Cornlickers has been knighted official house band for the world famous juke joint, Red’s Lounge, located in the heart of Clarksdale. Its here where Gentilo performed with and learned from Delta icons like Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, T-Model Ford, “Cadillac” John Nolden, Robert Bilbo Walker, R.L. Boyce, and countless others.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Gentilo was infected by Go-Go – a blend of funk, soul, and blues music unique to the region. “There were few boundaries. The color of your skin didn’t dictate what music you could or couldn’t play,” he explains, “All that matters is – can you groove?” Go-Go and Mississippi Blues both inspire couples to dance close and sweaty. It’s party music. The unique combination of these two genres became the foundation to Gentilo’s style.
Over the past ten years, Gentilo has also collaborated and performed with Colombian (S.A.) rock and blues artist Carlos Elliot, a kindred spirit similarly drawn to Clarksdale, MS and its music. Since 2013, the two have released 5 albums with multiple songs reaching #1 in Colombia, including “Neighbor Neighbor”, created entirely remotely during the pandemic with musicians from around the world. Neighbor Neighbor is a reminder of the common ties that bind us, regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality.
Formed in 2019 by brothers Austin and Connor Smith, Phase Materia is an entirely self-produced dark, psychedelic project emphasizing a unique brand of Hermetic revivalism. Their debut record ‘Between the Folds’ captures a neo-sixties fever dream that takes listeners on a journey through sonic polarities and archaic imagery. The band carries on their fresh psych sound with two new singles, ‘Spectrums,’ and ‘Physical Energy,’ both featuring lavish mellotrons and guitars alongside dense vocal harmonies. They continue to write and record their own music, additionally creating intense visual content to accompany each resonant track. Now with bassist, Erik Hays, Phase Materia brings fully realized and intricately layered psych rock music to all who join in!