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Osei Essed and Simon Kafka

December 15, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Osei Essed and Simon Kafka, leaders of Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band, fuse R&B punk and garage rock. Press photo courtesy of Race Brook Lodge
Osei Essed and Simon Kafka

Osei Essed and Simon Kafka, leaders of Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band, perform live at Race Brook Lodge, fusing R&B punk and garage rock.

In many ways, the Lodge says, this energetic duo is a litany of musical contradictions. From the moment they enter the space one can feel a presence that captures the authentic spirit of Chess Records’ legends like Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker, combined with the energy of bands like The Sonics and MC5.

“At once visceral and full of grace, their tonal conversation combines Essed’s gravelly Tom Waits-esque vocals with Kafka’s potent yet restrained guitar phrasing. Their diverse musical backgrounds are the platform for a deep well of idiosyncratic song craft steeped in both contemporary and antiquated American traditions. The result is a surging swell of sound that merges the gritty essence of traditional R&B with the raw energy of punk …”

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Date:
December 15, 2023
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Event Location

Race Brook Lodge
864 Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA
413-229-2916

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