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Rubblebucket Celebrates Halloween Early At The Funky Biscuit

Rubblebucket Celebrates Halloween Early At The Funky Biscuit

Embracing an early start to the Halloween festivities, Rubblebucket’s performance at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton on Thursday, October 25 was yet another bumping party coordinated by South Florida-based scene purveyors Brotherly Love Productions. There has been a lot of local hype surrounding Rubblebucket since the band’s free concert in Miami over the summer, which had a hand in boosting the demand for more. Their return to the Sunshine State prompted much elation from numerous newfound fans, hungry to finally get good and Rubbley. With cameos by everything from robots to pirates, Thursday night became a dance-filled, costumed pre-Halloween soiree.

Embracing an early start to the Halloween festivities, Rubblebucket’s performance at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton on Thursday, October 25 was yet another bumping party coordinated by South Florida-based scene purveyors Brotherly Love Productions. There has been a lot of local hype surrounding Rubblebucket since the band’s free concert in Miami over the summer, which had a hand in boosting the demand for more. Their return to the Sunshine State prompted much elation from numerous newfound fans, hungry to finally get good and Rubbley. With cameos by everything from robots to pirates, Thursday night became a dance-filled, costumed pre-Halloween soiree. 

Funky Biscuit regulars, The Resolvers, provided an illustrious start to the night, as the big band blend of funk, reggae, ska and psychedelic rock got the crowd moving early, which amplified the excitement for Rubblebucket to take the stage. Closing their set with a mind-bending, reggae-infused cover of “Breathe” by Pink Floyd ended things on a high note.

As Rubblebucket took the stage, the attention in the venue shifted, with all eyes on lead singer/saxophonist, Kalmia Traver. Beginning the set with the every-popular “Raining,” the Brooklyn-based octet showered the Funky Biscuit with light-hearted melodies complemented by thunderous, rhythmic breakdowns. Traver brought energy to the stage so immense, that during her peaks, there was a palpable aura of passion saturating the air around her. The raw emotion she displayed fittingly complemented her heartfelt vocals. It was clear she was the ringleader of the band, as well as the conductor of the perpetual energy that seemed to flow throughout the night.

Blending a motley crew of horn-blasted stylings – which at times felt even a bit too much – Rubblebucket truly exhibited a clusterfunk of genres. The band’s obvious love for the music was easily seen, and indicated through their onstage demeanor. They had a great time playing, and maintained a self-sustaining flow of energy. Strong chemistry allowed each member to communicate with each other via the music, rather than vocally.

The musical high note came during a funktastic rendition of “Silly Fathers.” Guitarist, Ian Hersey, was also able to encapsulate some real oomph with his brain-shaking funk riffs, which were the foundation of the song. Guitar was richly accented by bellowing horns and melodic notes of the keyboard. The funk-filled fiesta rendered all fans helpless to the entrancing music. The dance floor was completely packed, without a single seated member in the audience.

With numerous fans dressed in costume, there was a special Halloween vibe that added to the overall experience of the night. It was a welcomed surprise when two giant dancing robots made an appearance in the crowd, bouncing back and forth between the two sides of the dance floor. The icing on the cake was the “Rubble Pumpkin” on display at the merchandise kiosk. It appeared as if Halloween had come a week early, and nobody seemed to have any objections to the fun-filled shenanigans. Even in the midst of this wacky costumed extravaganza, the members of Rubblebucket made it a point to remind everyone to vote, a trend that has been recurring in almost every event taking place in the timeframe of the upcoming presidential election.

Rubblebucket did an outstanding job setting an intriguing atmosphere to accompany the music and captivate the crowd. Ornamenting the stage with copious glow-in-the-dark scarves, as well as an enchanting lighting scheme complete with wearable LEDs, the show was an aesthetically satisfying visual experience. On numerous occasions, most notably during the encore, “ November,” members of the band ventured into the crowd to play, which yielded an intimate and unique experience. The closing segment of  “November” contained a collaboration of horn sections, as the Resolvers saxophone duo, Devon Heinrichs and John Provenzano, joined Rubblebucket, elevating the final jam even further, taking the brassy bash both literally and physically full circle.

Photos by Melodysiac © 2012

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victor

October 30th, 2012

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