Back on your planet again, Starship Mantis prepares to take over your airwaves with help from their alien brothers Dr. Slothclaw (Harrisburg). Another night of heavy funk, alien outfits, drinks, and the greatest hip shaking this side of the milky way. Don't forget, tickets are only $5 if you show up in your space clothes!
Doors at 8pm // Music at 9pm
Tickets $10 at the door // $5 If you wear your alien gear
Founded by bassist Beni Rossman, Starship Mantis is designed to cross the barrier of feel-good music and intellectual music, so as to make your mind and body communicate as one cohesive unit.
Starship Mantis strives to bring together people of multiple creeds, mottos, flavors, spices, and walks of life to unify the human experience.
Our mission is to transcend single genre stereotypes. Coining the term "Unity Music”, this groove oriented style collects from multiple genres and cultures and is meant to combine the philosophies of each style used. It incorporates sounds of Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz-Fusion, Pop, Rock, EDM and more.
Starship Mantis began in late 2016 when Beni Rossman, one of Pittsburgh’s go-to bassists, called together standout individuals from a number of projects he had participated in over the years. Rossman’s ultimate goal was to combine the musical and cultural roots of Jazz, Funk, Hip-hop, and EDM into an intellectually and physically stimulating experience. With the help of his colleague Langston Kelly (lead vocals/horns), Rossman began piecing together the sounds and persona of Starship Mantis. “It’s a sound you don’t expect to come from Pittsburgh,” says Kelly. “It gets the people excited and gives them something to be proud of.”
Within a week of launching their social media campaign, Starship Mantis received a good deal of excitement on Facebook, and the videos they released early on have now received thousands of views. With that kind of buzz, it wasn’t hard for the band to begin booking regular gigs at venues around the city. Just a few months from its inception, Starship Mantis was performing to packed rooms and has shared the stage with the likes of Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles.
With the next couple of months already including appearances with Big Mean Sound Machine, Ghost Note, and Marbin, Starship Mantis is organizing a summer 2017 extravaganza. Summer dates currently include Farmjammalamma 10, Johnstown’s annual Ethnic Festival, Feastival, and more.
If P-Funk and Zappa had a lovechild, it would be Dr. Slothclaw. The PA-based freak funk phenom has been blowing up the live music scene with their funky mix of blues, psychedelic and jam since 2006. While the band points to such bands as Turkuaz, Lettuce, Pink Floyd, and Primus as inspiration for their cross-genre sound, they find their home in the traditions of funk and blues. Balancing surprising improvisations with memorable melodies, the band’s music features an eclectic range of sounds and influences, including world percussion, synth leads, exploratory soundscapes, bass breakdowns, and spot-on vocal harmonies. Known for their high energy shows and catchy, inventive lyrics, a Dr. Slothclaw show will not only inspire you to join-in on their legendary mass-audience sing-alongs, but will leave you pumping with adrenaline.
Awarded both “Indie Jam Band of the Year” (2012) and “Indie Funk Band of the Year” (2014) by the Tri-State Indie organization out of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Slothclaw was recently named one of Philly’s top 10 funk acts. On festival stages and in clubs alike, the band has shared the stage with a slew of big name acts, including: Umphreys Mcgee, Dumpstaphunk, Zach Deputy, Twiddle, Ozric Tentacles (UK), Turkuaz, Cornmeal, Papa Mali, Golden Gate Wingmen, Mark Karan, Cabinet, Keller Williams, Kung-Fu, The Heavy Pets, Mickey Hart Band, Particle, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Consider the Source, Dangermuffin, Rubblebucket, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Recipe, and many more amazing artists.
With two previously self-released albums under their belt, including “What’s That Buzzing Noise?” (2012), “Big Mother Nasty” (2015), Dr. Slothclaw recently released their third album, “Deep Space Boogie,” on August 25, 2016. Partially funded by fans through a Go-Fund Me campaign, “Deep Space Boogie” was recorded at Assorted Studios in York, PA in February of 2016. Capturing the energy of the band’s fun and entertaining live shows, “Deep Space Boogie”feels like a groovy, psychedelic dance party flying through deep space, with a couple weird pitstops along the way. While the title track is a play on classic P-Funk ideology, songs like “Gone Gold” highlight the bluesier side of the band’s sound. “Deep Space Boogie” also features songs like “Spaghetti Man” and “Half Pint,” whose lyrics play on the funny and somewhat absurd side of love and attraction. With sometimes off the wall lyrics and an eclectic mix of musical styles, “Deep Space Boogie” truly delivers something different that will get you moving. Characterized by a highly contagious love of playing together, Dr. Slothclaw shows keeps fans dancing all night long, engaging the audience in the funky party they’re having on stage. The members of the 5 piece funk powerhouse, including Adam Golihew (guitar/keys/vocals), Dylan Kreiger (guitar/vocals), Garry Slick (bass), Joshua Stoner (drums) and Brett Noel (percussion/vocals), always do their own thing, never failing to deliver a rousing good time. With the philosophy that “we are all freaks, we are all funky,” you can bet that a night with the Doctor will be unforgettable.
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