HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Free Radicals, "Soundtrack For the Revolution"
In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.
What are you nominated for?
Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play.
Chris Howard, percussion; Theo Bijarro, bass; Jason Jackson, alto sax, Pete Sullivan, bari sax; Doug Falk, trumpet; Nick Cooper, drums; Harry Sheppard, vibes; Al Bear, guitar,
And frequent collaborators:
Marcos Melchor, sax; Subhendu Chakraborty, tablas; Nadja Burns, harp; Nelson Mills III, trumpet; Al Pagliuso, percussion; Nick Gonzales, tuba; Cory Wilson, sax; Dan Cooper, bass; Bob Chadwick, flute; Phindisela Mkhatshwa; percussion; Doyle Odom, guitar; Pelayo Parlade, piano; Jeremy Nuncio, keys; Henry Darragh, trombone.
Describe your band in four to seven words.
Soundtrack for the revolution, quinceañeras, office parties.
Who is your single biggest musical influence and why?
Our influences are many, so there isn't one we could name. Charles Mingus, Fela, Sun Ra, JB's, Skatalites, Hendrix, Coltrane, Miles, Ethiopiques, Steel Pulse, Harry Sheppard, Little Joe Washington, John Scofield, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
What recordings (if any) do you have readily available?
The Rising Tide Sinks All, Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delight, Aerial Bombardment, Klezmer Musicians Against the Wall (compilation), and The Freedom Fence.