Music Calendar

Feb
12
Fri
Speaker Box Experiment + Casme’
Feb 12 @ 10:00 PM – Feb 13 @ 3:00 AM
Feb
13
Sat
Brown Improv
Feb 13 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE
Feb 13 @ 11:00 PM – Feb 14 @ 3:30 AM

The now-legendary weekly dance night. It started at Leo’s in Bywater, moved to the infamous upstairs at Mimi’s in the Marigny, and is now at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny in New Orleans, all the way live since April 2004. EVERY SATURDAY, 11pm-3am. No cover. Come as you are; all positivity and fun welcome. DJ Soul Sister on the turntables, you on the dancefloor. Underground disco, rare groove, old school, boogie, true school hip hop, fusion jazz movers and groovers, more bounce to the ounce, more fun for your bun.

Another right on party situation, and a soulful takeover, because a behind is a terrible thing to waste.

Presented by Soul Sister.

(The Hi-Ho Lounge is a non-smoking venue.)

Feb
14
Sun
NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic
Feb 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

New Orleans’ comedians Andrew Polk and Duncan Pace host the weekly stand-up comedy open mic that has featured special performances from Louis C.K., Craig Robinson, Hannibal Buress, and more. You’ll see everyone from crazy first-timers, to seasoned pros working out new material. Sign-up to perform at 6:30pm, or just show up and experience the fun at 8pm. Always free!

Writer’s Block
Feb 14 @ 9:00 PM – Feb 15 @ 2:00 AM
Feb
15
Mon
Bluegrass Pickin’ Party
Feb 15 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come out EVERY MONDAY and bring your instruments to jam with the group, or just come out and enjoy the music! NO COVER! $2 RED BEANS & RICE ALL NIGHT!

Instant Opus Improvised Series featuring Dan Oestricher, Tom Worrell, Dr. Jimbo Walsh + Doug Belote
Feb 15 @ 10:00 PM – Feb 16 @ 2:00 AM
Feb
16
Tue
The Spaghetti Western Show
Feb 16 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Spaghetti Western Show @ The Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

Jimi Palacios is the host of The Spaghetti Western Show which plays a Spaghetti Western every Tuesday at The Hi Ho Lounge at 7 PM. Vintage western attire is encouraged for all and delicious tex-mex is served all night by Tuco Taco Tuesday pop-up kitchen in the courtyard.

Free Spirit Brass Band
Feb 16 @ 10:00 PM – Feb 17 @ 3:00 AM
Feb
17
Wed
Teacher Appreciation Night
Feb 17 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WCP presents BEACON
Feb 17 @ 8:00 PM

TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 11AM CST HERE: http://bit.ly/BeaconTix

Winter Circle Productions Presents..

Beacon

+ Support TBD

February 17, 2016

Hi-Ho Lounge

18+ | Doors 8PM

**BEACON**

Brooklyn duo Beacon explore the dark side of sweet melody with a sound thats as seductive as it is subtly discomfiting. The duo Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett met at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where they were studying sculpture and painting respectively. They fuse the deceptively sweet melodies of R&B with an intoxicating undercurrent of darkness, drawing on influence as disparate as Warps back catalogue and Underworld.

The duos first release, the No Body EP, consisted of four songs that deftly walked the line between seductive and sinister. The production took as much from electronic music as it did from R&B and hip hop, setting Mullarneys vocals against backdrops that define as much of the songs atmosphere as do the words themselves. That sound was deepened and expanded on 2013s The Ways We Separate, a collection of songs about human relationships set to flickering electronics and driven by Mullarneys soft, aching vocals. Separate was the perfect illustration of Beacons dual nature: electronics pulsed and blinked, but Mullarneys silky, whispering vocals made every song sound like synthetic soul.

Where The Ways We Separate was about space—specifically, the space between people—Escapements is about time. The title is taken from clock mechanics; escapements are timekeeping regulators designed to transfer energy at a constant pace. “I was attracted to this concept because of the entropy it implies,” Mullarney explains. “Friction and changes in amplitude over time mean every escapement, no matter how well crafted, will lose its accuracy and effectively slow down time via its own decay.”

The songs on Escapements demonstrate a new depth and complexity: “Backbone” is a song that operates in discrete movements—soft dance one moment, haunting elegy the next. The title track lays harplike electronics over a stuttering rhythm track, and “Cure” pops and vibrates endlessly, its jittery and scrambling production the perfect counterpoint to Mullaneys sighing voice. I hope this record proves our restlessness and shows that we really arent content to have only one approach to creating music,” says Mullarney. Gossett agrees. “When you don’t give yourself a specific place to land you never really miss,” he says. “We just tried to trust ourselves and not put limitations on what this record was supposed to be. In that sense, it’s exactly the record we were meant to make.”

Feb
18
Thu
Stripped Into Submission
Feb 18 @ 9:00 PM – Feb 19 @ 12:00 AM
Feb
19
Fri
Mahayla + Baby Bats
Feb 19 @ 10:00 PM – Feb 20 @ 2:00 AM
Feb
20
Sat
Drunktoons
Feb 20 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE
Feb 20 @ 11:00 PM – Feb 21 @ 3:30 AM

The now-legendary weekly dance night. It started at Leo’s in Bywater, moved to the infamous upstairs at Mimi’s in the Marigny, and is now at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny in New Orleans, all the way live since April 2004. EVERY SATURDAY, 11pm-3am. No cover. Come as you are; all positivity and fun welcome. DJ Soul Sister on the turntables, you on the dancefloor. Underground disco, rare groove, old school, boogie, true school hip hop, fusion jazz movers and groovers, more bounce to the ounce, more fun for your bun.

Another right on party situation, and a soulful takeover, because a behind is a terrible thing to waste.

Presented by Soul Sister.

(The Hi-Ho Lounge is a non-smoking venue.)

Feb
21
Sun
NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic
Feb 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

New Orleans’ comedians Andrew Polk and Duncan Pace host the weekly stand-up comedy open mic that has featured special performances from Louis C.K., Craig Robinson, Hannibal Buress, and more. You’ll see everyone from crazy first-timers, to seasoned pros working out new material. Sign-up to perform at 6:30pm, or just show up and experience the fun at 8pm. Always free!

Ryan Floyd and Dreaming Dingo + more TBA
Feb 21 @ 9:00 PM – Feb 22 @ 12:00 AM
Feb
22
Mon
Bluegrass Pickin’ Party
Feb 22 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come out EVERY MONDAY and bring your instruments to jam with the group, or just come out and enjoy the music! NO COVER! $2 RED BEANS & RICE ALL NIGHT!

Instant Opus Improvised Series
Feb 22 @ 10:00 PM – Feb 23 @ 2:00 AM
Feb
23
Tue
The Spaghetti Western Show
Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Spaghetti Western Show @ The Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

Jimi Palacios is the host of The Spaghetti Western Show which plays a Spaghetti Western every Tuesday at The Hi Ho Lounge at 7 PM. Vintage western attire is encouraged for all and delicious tex-mex is served all night by Tuco Taco Tuesday pop-up kitchen in the courtyard.

Free Spirit Brass Band
Feb 23 @ 10:00 PM – Feb 24 @ 3:00 AM
Feb
24
Wed
Teacher Appreciation Night
Feb 24 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Shamarr Allen + DJ Chicken
Feb 24 @ 9:00 PM – Feb 25 @ 1:00 AM
Feb
25
Thu
Cirque D’Liscious
Feb 25 @ 9:00 PM – Feb 26 @ 12:00 AM
Feb
26
Fri
The Wooden Wings + South Jones + West Without
Feb 26 @ 9:00 PM – Feb 27 @ 12:00 AM
Feb
27
Sat
The Rip Off Show
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE
Feb 27 @ 11:00 PM – Feb 28 @ 3:30 AM

The now-legendary weekly dance night. It started at Leo’s in Bywater, moved to the infamous upstairs at Mimi’s in the Marigny, and is now at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny in New Orleans, all the way live since April 2004. EVERY SATURDAY, 11pm-3am. No cover. Come as you are; all positivity and fun welcome. DJ Soul Sister on the turntables, you on the dancefloor. Underground disco, rare groove, old school, boogie, true school hip hop, fusion jazz movers and groovers, more bounce to the ounce, more fun for your bun.

Another right on party situation, and a soulful takeover, because a behind is a terrible thing to waste.

Presented by Soul Sister.

(The Hi-Ho Lounge is a non-smoking venue.)

Feb
28
Sun
NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic
Feb 28 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

New Orleans’ comedians Andrew Polk and Duncan Pace host the weekly stand-up comedy open mic that has featured special performances from Louis C.K., Craig Robinson, Hannibal Buress, and more. You’ll see everyone from crazy first-timers, to seasoned pros working out new material. Sign-up to perform at 6:30pm, or just show up and experience the fun at 8pm. Always free!

Vice Is Right
Feb 28 @ 9:00 PM – Feb 29 @ 12:00 AM
Feb
29
Mon
Bluegrass Pickin’ Party
Feb 29 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come out EVERY MONDAY and bring your instruments to jam with the group, or just come out and enjoy the music! NO COVER! $2 RED BEANS & RICE ALL NIGHT!

Instant Opus Improvised Series
Feb 29 @ 10:00 PM – Mar 1 @ 2:00 AM
Mar
1
Tue
The Spaghetti Western Show
Mar 1 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Spaghetti Western Show @ The Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

Jimi Palacios is the host of The Spaghetti Western Show which plays a Spaghetti Western every Tuesday at The Hi Ho Lounge at 7 PM. Vintage western attire is encouraged for all and delicious tex-mex is served all night by Tuco Taco Tuesday pop-up kitchen in the courtyard.

Free Spirit Brass Band
Mar 1 @ 10:00 PM – Mar 2 @ 3:00 AM
Mar
2
Wed
Teacher Appreciation Night
Mar 2 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Shamarr Allen + DJ Chicken
Mar 2 @ 9:00 PM – Mar 3 @ 1:00 AM
Mar
5
Sat
DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE
Mar 5 @ 11:00 PM – Mar 6 @ 3:30 AM

The now-legendary weekly dance night. It started at Leo’s in Bywater, moved to the infamous upstairs at Mimi’s in the Marigny, and is now at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny in New Orleans, all the way live since April 2004. EVERY SATURDAY, 11pm-3am. No cover. Come as you are; all positivity and fun welcome. DJ Soul Sister on the turntables, you on the dancefloor. Underground disco, rare groove, old school, boogie, true school hip hop, fusion jazz movers and groovers, more bounce to the ounce, more fun for your bun.

Another right on party situation, and a soulful takeover, because a behind is a terrible thing to waste.

Presented by Soul Sister.

(The Hi-Ho Lounge is a non-smoking venue.)

Mar
6
Sun
NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic
Mar 6 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

New Orleans’ comedians Andrew Polk and Duncan Pace host the weekly stand-up comedy open mic that has featured special performances from Louis C.K., Craig Robinson, Hannibal Buress, and more. You’ll see everyone from crazy first-timers, to seasoned pros working out new material. Sign-up to perform at 6:30pm, or just show up and experience the fun at 8pm. Always free!

Mar
7
Mon
Bluegrass Pickin’ Party
Mar 7 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come out EVERY MONDAY and bring your instruments to jam with the group, or just come out and enjoy the music! NO COVER! $2 RED BEANS & RICE ALL NIGHT!

Mar
8
Tue
The Spaghetti Western Show
Mar 8 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Spaghetti Western Show @ The Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

Jimi Palacios is the host of The Spaghetti Western Show which plays a Spaghetti Western every Tuesday at The Hi Ho Lounge at 7 PM. Vintage western attire is encouraged for all and delicious tex-mex is served all night by Tuco Taco Tuesday pop-up kitchen in the courtyard.

Free Spirit Brass Band
Mar 8 @ 10:00 PM – Mar 9 @ 3:00 AM
Mar
9
Wed
Teacher Appreciation Night
Mar 9 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Shamarr Allen + DJ Chicken
Mar 9 @ 9:00 PM – Mar 10 @ 1:00 AM
Mar
12
Sat
DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE
Mar 12 @ 11:00 PM – Mar 13 @ 4:30 AM

The now-legendary weekly dance night. It started at Leo’s in Bywater, moved to the infamous upstairs at Mimi’s in the Marigny, and is now at the Hi-Ho Lounge in the Marigny in New Orleans, all the way live since April 2004. EVERY SATURDAY, 11pm-3am. No cover. Come as you are; all positivity and fun welcome. DJ Soul Sister on the turntables, you on the dancefloor. Underground disco, rare groove, old school, boogie, true school hip hop, fusion jazz movers and groovers, more bounce to the ounce, more fun for your bun.

Another right on party situation, and a soulful takeover, because a behind is a terrible thing to waste.

Presented by Soul Sister.

(The Hi-Ho Lounge is a non-smoking venue.)

Mar
13
Sun
NOLA Comedy Hour Open Mic
Mar 13 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

New Orleans’ comedians Andrew Polk and Duncan Pace host the weekly stand-up comedy open mic that has featured special performances from Louis C.K., Craig Robinson, Hannibal Buress, and more. You’ll see everyone from crazy first-timers, to seasoned pros working out new material. Sign-up to perform at 6:30pm, or just show up and experience the fun at 8pm. Always free!

Mar
14
Mon
Bluegrass Pickin’ Party
Mar 14 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come out EVERY MONDAY and bring your instruments to jam with the group, or just come out and enjoy the music! NO COVER! $2 RED BEANS & RICE ALL NIGHT!

WCP presents HINDS + GOODBYE HONOLULU
Mar 14 @ 8:00 PM

TICKETS ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY AT 10AM CST HERE:http://bit.ly/HindsTix

Winter Circle Productions Presents…
Hinds
+ Goodbye Honolulu

March 14, 2016
Hi-Ho Lounge

18 + | Doors 8PM

**HINDS**
Madrid-based garage rockers Hinds started as a duo of Carlotta
Cosials and Ana García Perrote. Shortly before releasing their first single “Demo” in 2014 the duo became a four piece, with close friend, ex guitar player and singer Ade Martín on bass and one of their first fans, Amber Grimbergen on drums. During the rest of the year and throughout 2015 they embarked on their first world tour, playing everywhere from Thailand, Vietnam and Australia to the United States to the worldwide festival circuit,
including SXSW (in which they played 16 concerts in just 4
days), Glastonbury and Burgerama. They have received very positive reviews in Pitchfork, Pigeons and Planes, Gorilla vs.
Bear, Paste, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly and NME.

Their debut album, Leave Me Alone, made its way into the world on Friday, January 8, 2016 via Mom + Pop Music.
Fresh off their release, Hinds is receiving praise for their work. “This great garage-rock crew from Madrid folds decades of naïf-rock history into its craftily shambling tunes,” said Rolling Stone. Pitchfork suggests its “[Carlotta] Cosials and [Ana] Perrote’s shared vocal responsibilities, which fit perfectly together” that “truly set Hinds apart.” Entertainment Weekly calls Hinds “…the year’s buzziest indie breakout,” while SPIN asks “Whether seeing Hinds live, or listening to their debut album, Leave Me Alone, one question always comes to mind: Can I join?”

Mar
15
Tue
The Spaghetti Western Show
Mar 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Spaghetti Western Show @ The Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

Jimi Palacios is the host of The Spaghetti Western Show which plays a Spaghetti Western every Tuesday at The Hi Ho Lounge at 7 PM. Vintage western attire is encouraged for all and delicious tex-mex is served all night by Tuco Taco Tuesday pop-up kitchen in the courtyard.

Free Spirit Brass Band
Mar 15 @ 10:00 PM – Mar 16 @ 3:00 AM
Mar
16
Wed
Teacher Appreciation Night
Mar 16 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WCP presents French Horn Rebellion + Mystery Skulls
Mar 16 @ 8:00 PM

TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 11AM CST HERE: http://bit.ly/FHRTixNOLA

Winter Circle Productions Presents..

French Horn Rebellion + Mystery Skulls

March 16, 2016

Hi-Ho Lounge, New Orleans

18+ | Doors 8PM

**FRENCH HORN REBELLION*

“French horn is hard to play. Making hot beats is fun. Let’s make a band.”

Love Is Dangerous in the big, bad city where late nights always bring out swingers on party patrol, hipster suits in dark alleys, beat-boxers at street corners and Poster Girls with Broken Hearts. It’s Friday Night, baby and French Horn Rebellion’s dance card is Void and Fancy Free.

FHR is Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two Brooklyn-based brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, while hanging on a heartstring and daydreaming of Beaches and Friends, Robert had been playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, got restless and decided to turn all attention to making dance music. After informing his conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore, Robert asked bassoon- toting older brother, David, to share this epiphany of self-emancipation. Our sordid tale of French Horn Rebellion’s mission to deliver NextJackSwing to The Body Electric begins here.

Explains Robert, “We were trying to think of a way to engage kids who play in orchestra or band, and say, ‘Hey. You guys can have fun too and this is how you do it.’ That’s when the wheels started turning – we could make music the way we want to, and it’s OK.”

David offers, “We realized that we had the power to create something of our own. The rebellion was about accepting wholeheartedly the uniqueness of who we are and using that as a driving force. We had to rebel against the status quo and focus on what drove us internally.”

These self-proclaimed band geeks gone wild (BGGW) are often Up All Night crafting witty, hook-laden grooves, making reverent noise or Dancing Out on tour with a program of disco-etched lights, hi-octane special guests and a keg full of party-starter anthems. It’s the French Horn Rebellion creed. “Could we really be having This Moment?” The answer is an explosive and resounding “Hell, Yeah!” FHR effortlessly weave between the seams of buzzy indie dance, electro, funk and psychedelia through to visceral new wave, rock and ambitious pop. David and Robert’s sly productions, smart songs and giddy live shows manage to infuse their devoted disciples with a compulsive and joyous energy.

As FHR’s resident pied piper, Robert concedes this bit of affable insight, “I play French horn really, really loud. That’s the number one thing – live and loud! We’re running around and ripping off Jimi Hendrix solos on French horn. It’s the equivalent of a pizza party in band class with Teddy Riley on the jukebox.”

David’s practical wisdom believes “Our rebellion is about getting the true, everyday meaning of being alive and forcing the bull-s**t out!”

French Horn Rebellion fan favorites like “Girls,” “Caaalifornia,” “Last Summer,” “Johnny Smash,” “Swing Into It” or the band’s inspired cover of The Human League’s perennial classic, “Don’t You Want Me” continue to cement their NextJackSwing global takeover aspirations in the studio and on the road.

“Next Jack Swing is a genre we’ve created from the ‘New Jack Swing’ or ‘Swing Beat’ tradition of the late 80’s and early 90s, but using today’s technology to make the beats heavier, with funkier bass lines, and of course, putting in our own flair…” begins Robert with a knowing, mischievous tone. David finishes the missive, “…It’s New Jack’s kid brother seasoned by sweaty, basement dance-rages of eternal groove. It exposes everything we love about dance music!”

FHR traveled 5 continents from Seoul to Caaalifornia in search of the best collaborators and fellow champions of the swing. The group have been fortunate enough to work, play, perform and collaborate with some of the best and most influential artists around, such as MGMT, Of Montreal, Ghost Beach, Cut Copy, Yelle, Savoir Adore, Hot Chip, St. Lucia, Jody Watley, The Drums, Two Door Cinema Club, HAERTS, The Knocks, SebastiAn, Autograf, Viceroy, OMD, The Knocks, MNDR, Ladyhawke and Database. Fueled by the group’s bounty of wily beats and superbass, The Perlick-Molinari brothers are also very involved with incorporating inspired art, film and visuals to aid and interpret their sonic assault. FHR sleeve, tour poster, cover art and video clips have featured the work of Flekz, Skip Dolphin Hursh, Ronnie Heart, Michael Komar, Jose-Maria Norton, Kristen Winter, Dress Code, Harry Fellowes, Ally Lindsay, Meredith Dittmar and the guys themselves.

Over the years, French Horn Rebellion’s emotive pop singles, illustrious dance e.p.’s, well-tailored remixes and an acclaimed album debut, “The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion” have received high praise, acclaim and obsession by such media hubs as: The Huffington Post, Billboard, BBC Radio 1, Entertainment Weekly, Jay Z’s Life & Times, Interview Magazine, Spotify, Rolling Stone, VIBE, The Guardian, Bust, Mashable, Thissongissick, NY Daily News, VEVO, Q Magazine and Time Out. Additionally, FHR have had 10 self-released singles and mixes storm the top of the influential Hype Machine chart.

With their new record label, Ensemble Records enjoying a glorious bow this Summer introducing Slaptop’s smash “Sunrise” (in conjunction with +1 Records) and a busy Williamsburg-based production compound and studio, YouTooCanWoo, churning out the hits, The Perlick-Molinari brothers of French Horn Rebellion are living their D.I.Y. manifesto to the fullest, noting the best is yet to come. It’s clear that the group’s engaging performer, A&R chief and French Horn-toting label honcho, Robert – partnered with David, the introspective studio geek, world domination enthusiast and production perfectionist, are gearing up for an international rebel party coup. FHR know You’re All Right and want to assist with a bit of exclusive party intel.

David knowingly states, “A way the world can feel worthwhile is for its individuals to lead the charge. We are all worth the time and energy. This dance party is where we celebrate!”

Robert breaks it down even further, “I equate orchestra players with middle-class workers. You play the music on the page, listen to the conductor and go home. And I think orchestra players aren’t appreciated, much like today’s working man. That’s why it’s a rebellion: working guys, rebel!”

**MYSTERY SKULLS**

A mastermind electronic artist, producer and singer – Mystery Skulls is an adopted stage name for Luis Dubuc, a self-taught musician from Dallas who through trial and error, perseverance, hard work, self-belief, great timing and the courage to move to Los Angeles has made a name for himself. The young talent is blazing up the electronic iTunes chart, already reaching #7 among some major players on the scene with his commanding, thumping new track “Paralyzed.”

On forthcoming debut album “Forever,” Mystery Skulls sheds light on the past by focusing on the future, on new experiences, accomplishments, failures but most of all growth. On the title track, Dubuc sings it himself: My life, my chase, my time, my face, my story, my soul, my future in control. My lovers, my team, and dreaming in between. I hear the future, it’s calling me. “When I moved to LA, I sort of became the real version of myself and who I was supposed to be,” says Dubuc. “Those are the lines, sort of a manifesto of something bigger than myself. And that is Mystery Skulls.”

To reiterate these thoughts, on his track “The Future,” Mystery Skulls sings I’m worried about the future, ain’t fuckin’ with the past, a true concerted effort to start over as a person and as an artist.

Dubuc’s humble beginnings started when his mother left Venezuela and moved to Toronto when he was 8. His earlier memories of a Michael Jackson bootleg and Venezuelan music exploded once he moved to North America, just a regular kid living in the 90s, soaking up tunes from Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G., cartoons and pop music including Boyz II Men cassette tapes and early American house favorites Black Box and Deee-Lite. Going from living in a village in South America with three television channels to multimedia phenomena everywhere made Dubuc a pop culture junkie. “I went from not having anything on the radio to Top 40, I had never seen a music video until I was 8 or 9. It blew my mind.” By high school, the family had moved to Dallas and Dubuc got into Nirvana and lots of metal and he worked in a record store near the Dallas Cowboys training facility which opened his eyes musically. “Huge linebacker dudes would buy records I’d never heard of, so I would check out anything I’d never heard before, like Maxwell Unplugged,” says Dubuc.

Luis Dubuc was just a music fanatic working at a record store, and by 18 he could barely play drums, an instrument which he gravitated toward because he thought it was the easiest and he joined a punk and metal band. He learned to play the keyboard and started figuring things out and also learned to play the guitar. “I don’t always think I was in a place skills-wise where I could make the music that I really heard in my head,” says Dubuc. “I think it was a matter of getting good and putting in the time.”

Fast-forward to spring 2012, Dubuc took a leap of faith with a move from Dallas to Los Angeles after getting a phone call from his now manager who found some early Mystery Skulls tracks online. “I was working at this place called School of Rock, teaching kids how to play rock music, and my rent was super cheap in Dallas, but I packed up everything and started driving and didn’t really tell anyone,” says Dubuc. Thus the story of the shimmering track “Ghost,” about Mystery Skulls’ move to LA. “There’s a real story to it, I thought it had to be some situation where I just left [Dallas],” says Dubuc. “I had a friend who had an extra room in his studio that I could work out of at my disposal, I got really lucky. I was there Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, every fuckin’ day.” Finally in February 2013, people started discovering Mystery Skulls online. LA’s Bootleg Theater in the artist-friendly Echo Park neighborhood booked Mystery Skulls for a residency, a concept that was unknown to Dubuc at the time with fifty people at the first show, the following Monday about a hundred and the third it was full. By the fourth show, all the labels were checking out the show. “It happened so quickly, I literally wanted to cancel the residency at the start because I didn’t think anyone would come,” says Dubuc.

If that wasn’t enough, Luis Dubuc’s dream of Mystery Skulls was coming true with not one but two superstar collaborators – dance music legend Nile Rodgers and R&B chanteuse Brandy. “I was sitting on my couch and Nile Rodgers was on the phone, I couldn’t believe it,” says Dubuc. “I’ve been humbled and I’ve made some mistakes but I’ve tried my hardest. The fact that all of this has happened, it’s so cool. I’m more mature now than I was so I’m in a good place to accept it and kick lots of ass.” “Magic” is a pure disco track with violins and a progressive thrust, with Rodgers on guitar and a vocal in which Dubuc sings alongside Brandy, who he envisioned singing with since the beginning. Brandy was so impressed by another track Rodgers and Dubuc were working on, “Number 1,” that she jumped aboard that track as well, a smoother, mid-tempo love duet with just the right burst of funk. “I always wanted Brandy on the song, but it was a question of whether she would do it, and she said she’d love to,” said Dubuc. “I said to myself, I have to kick ass or otherwise it’s going to be weird, and it’s my favorite song on the record.” The cherry on top came with “Magic” – a label insider’s uncle who worked on Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” heard Dubuc’s music and offered to work on the strings for the track as well as lead single “Paralyzed.”

Mystery Skulls’ music offers hints of 70s and 80s pop and dance music with futuristic elements, shifting from a dark, lurking place of uncertainty to lighter and more self-aware as the “Forever” record progresses. “I’m really into albums and the thing about records where people have a different singer on each track, a lot of times it’s more like a compilation record than something cohesive,” says Dubuc. “I love old soul records and musical production so I really tried to meld both.” “Forever” is a complete thought, a collection of memories and experiences, present and future and Mystery Skulls has proved from LA to Cannes that an electronic show only goes so far with the producer standing there. “It’s an interactive show, I’m singing live,” says Dubuc. “I played an opening night gala in Cannes, France and started DJing a set of stuff similar to Mystery Skulls – thirty minutes into the set I started doing my set, which was completely unexpected and people responded positively to it. The songs take on a life of their own when I perform live.”

“Mystery Skulls is special to me because it is in a sense a culmination of a lot of experiences I’ve gone through, but I also feel like I’m good enough to actually sing on them,” says Dubuc. “I became way better at singing and way better at producing. When all this started, I didn’t know what I was doing and I didn’t have a plan. I was just teaching kids at a school and writing some songs. I ended up signing my deal with Warner Bros. Records a year to the day I moved to LA. I still can’t believe it.”

Shamarr Allen + DJ Chicken
Mar 16 @ 9:00 PM – Mar 17 @ 1:00 AM