Memorial Concert for Sean Mason

with Les Amis, Dirty Dead, Free Masons Madmen: Vertigo Jazz Project with members of Empire Strikes Brass performing the original music of Sean Mason, The Snozzberries, Dreads for Brains
Sun Oct, 25 Doors: 12:00 pm Starts: 2:00 pm
Salvage Station
Additional Info
Get ready for a great day of live music on the outdoor stage at Salvage Station for a great cause! Come join in this event to memorialize our music community member and friend, Sean Mason, in style through music. All proceeds will go towards raising money for percussion scholarships through the Asheville Music School in Sean's name. The lineup includes Dreads For Brains, Les Amis, Dirty Dead, Vertigo Jazz Project, and the Snozzberries followed by a big SuperJam Finale w/ more special guests to be announced soon! There will be no pre-sale tickets for this event. Capacity is limited during this time and please bring a mask and remember to social distance.
Memorial Concert for Sean Mason
Les Amis
Les Amis is an Asheville, NC-based band made up of some people who live in Asheville. Most of them weren't born here. When these people play music together they generally play their interpretation of West African music. They play music together and they are friends. Sometimes other people play music with them. They call these people "the friends" as well. One might remember that from a French class or some international film you saw that the words "les amis" are French for “the friends." All of these people get together to play live dance music for other people to dance to, or dance with. The Les Amis people also play music with other people. Two of them play music with a band called Toubab Krewe. Two of them play music with a band called Zansa. One of them plays with the a band called the AED (Asheville Ecstatic Dance) Ensemble. Together they are Les Amis. The end.
Dirty Dead
DIRTY DEAD BIO: Asheville NC's DIRTY DEAD are literally on fire. With high-energy, modern interpretations of the classic GD/JGB catalog, DIRTY DEAD are calling the music higher and further than in a long time! With an eclectic mix of players from various styles of music -- as the Grateful Dead were --something new, fresh and exciting is happening. Psychedelia, reggae, funk and hip-hop in a Grateful Dead song? OK, got to see this! THE SOUND grew out of guitarist / flautist PAUL DRUM DECIRCE's feeling the urge for the Dead sound to evolve further -- further than trying to imitate or even emulate the great bands accomplishments. GRATEFUL DEAD played at the foot of the pyramids and JERRY GARCIA rocked for thirty years ... no need to try and copy that. INSTEAD, the band simply lead their individual styles to a mash up...and the result quite simply is ... DIRTY! FUN, HI-ENERGY interpretations are the result and since their first gig in September of '16, DD fans have been supporting and pushing this unique sound. DIRTY DEAD was formed by PAUL DRUM DECIRCE, a well known flautist/guitarist in the WNC music scene. Paul has been called "the pied piper of Asheville" (Mountain Xpress), and was the founding member of PEACE JONES. He has worked extensively with THE SCREAMING J'S, YESS-I, JARVIS JENKINS and many others. On the guitar and mandolin beside him is JOHN HUMPHRIES, a great country-rock Ween influenced whiz kid. On keyboards is BRYAN SOLLEVELD, from Nashville TN's music scene. On bass is JLAD's ERIC SWANSON from New Jersey. Drummers include JUSTIN HETER, CHRIS WALDEN & BEN FALCON. COME GET DIRTY with us at our next show! Meet the band, hear samples, shop merch and more at www.dirtydeadband.com
Free Masons Madmen: Vertigo Jazz Project with members of Empire Strikes Brass performing the original music of Sean Mason
Vertigo Jazz Project is the brainchild of Sean Mason and Preston Cate. The band formed in March of 2007. Originally a trio with bassist Patrick Thorstenson it evolved to a Quartet with Justin Powell on Keyboards. As the band progressed Danny Iannucci joined on bass and Matt Williams on violin. The band went back to a trio with Ryan Reardon on Bass.

VJP recorded four albums and released three LPs. As the name suggests, there was a heavy jazz influence, but the members and the compositions stayed current and progressive musically. VJP constantly pushed themselves as individuals, pushed each other to do better and pushed the listener to engage. As a result, the music continually evolved.

The band was known for their special guests on the big stages (Grammy winners, national heroes). Playing with these guests taught VJP how to be in the moment, listen, be humble, submit and don’t be afraid to jump off a cliff (if you fall, your bandmates will catch you). The guests became friends and mentors.

Sean Mason understood the value of community. Many of his compositions were “Jammers”, or songs that are easily obtained by the musician and listener. Through Mason’s compositions, many people were brought together through music. This is Sean Mason's Legacy. Live by da drum, die by da drum!

Vertigo Jazz Project will be performing the original compositions of Sean Mason.

More info on ESB:
Asheville, NC-based BrassFunkRock band Empire Strikes Brass has a lot to say with a big sound. Their brand new 11/11/19 release is a 10-track album entitled “Brassterpiece Theatre” and it lives up to its name. Chock-full of serious groove from a thumping rhythm section highlighted by lush horn arrangements played by a thick horn section, this 2nd studio album is a funktacular dive into the band’s compositional roots as well as its’ creative and collaborative soul. There’s a lot of depth in these original tunes that speak volumes to ESB’s evolution.

Founded in 2012, ESB has grown from a party band of friends playing New Orleans-originated or inspired second-line and funk tunes with elements of rock and jam. Now, it consists of a collective of players, singers, songwriters, and producers who have found an original sound that fuses their individual musical influences with fresh ideas while still holding true to their foundation.

Featuring rich group and lead vocals from several members including Grammy Award-winning artist Debrissa McKinney (Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), keyboardist/producer Lenny Pettinelli, and guitarist Chris Porter, ESB has played over 300 shows all over the country. Since their conception, they have been a constant fixture at various festivals throughout the east coast. The band has had the pleasure of having Warren Haynes (Allman Bros. Band and Gov’t Mule) sit in with them at New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, NC and the honor of performing at the Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrating the life of Dizzy Gillespie in his hometown of Cheraw, SC for the past 6 years in a row. Empire has also co-billed with some of the biggest names in funk and soul including Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and Lettuce as well as a recent co-bill in November of 2019 at Woodlands Festival with jam band giants Umphrey’s McGee. ESB is also announced to play 2 huge shows at the US Cellular Center in Asheville with Umphrey’s and Billy Strings.

Paul Juhl, ESB’s founder and saxophonist, put together a crew of characters that have a rich and diverse musical background. The horn players including JP Furnas (bass/tuba/trombone), Alex Bradley (trumpet), Kyle Snuffer (trombone/sax), Debrissa McKinney (sax) and Juhl all have a deep love of many styles including funk, jazz, R&B, outlaw country, hip hop, and almost everything else! In May of 2019, Empire Strikes Brass horns played 3 performances at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado - 2 shows with psy-trance icon Shpongle and 1 show with friends and livetronica legends Papadosio. Over the years, the horns have also sat in with such artists as The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic, Rubblebucket, The Big Something, and many others. Other notable side projects and performances from members include Lenny Pettinelli recording and performing with Jazz is Phsh - and instrumental tribute to the music of Phish founded by the Chase Brothers featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonists Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews Band) and Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy as well as legendary jazz trumpeter Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Cosmic Krewe) and many other heavy hitters. Paul Juhl has performed with John Oates (Hall and Oates) at MerleFest. In addition to her work with Skidoo, Debrissa McKinney has performed with Karl Denson and George Clinton. Alex Bradley, Kyle Snuffer, Debrissa & Juhl have sat in with Andy Frasco. Furnas, Juhl, and Bradley were also featured playing horns on the live album compilation from world-renowned artists Beats Antique entitled “Creature Carnival” released in 2015.

When Empire Strikes Brass comes together, whether live or in the studio, the sound is undeniably strong and solid. The band’s debut album was recorded at Asheville’s own renowned Echo Mountain Recording Studio was released in 2017. Entitled “Theme For A Celebration”, it was tapped as one of the year’s top 100 releases by WNCW 88.7 radio. ESB’s newest release “Brassterpiece Theatre”, also recorded at Echo, is a fierce followup and both albums are available through all major music distribution streaming, sales and listening platforms. Look for the band on the road and at festivals in a town near you!!
The Snozzberries
The Snozzberries are a hi-energy psychedelic rock band based in Asheville, NC. Since their formation in fall of 2017, The Snozzberries have quickly gained notoriety for their electrifying live performances where melodic songcraft is interwoven with wild improvisation and technical wizardry.

Their infectious grooves have taken storm across the region, with 2019 highlights including Sweetwater 420 Festival, Resonance Music & Arts Festival, Warren Haynes Xmas Jam-By-Day, Dark Star's Pisgah Jubilee, and many more. The Snozzberries hosted official afterparties for The Disco Biscuits, Lotus and Papadosio. The band also tours extensively, mesmerizing audiences across the states with their esoteric fusion of old-school rock with modern psychedelia.

The Snozzberries debut album “This Is Now” was released in April 2020. It was recorded at Grammy award winning Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC. The record was produced by Josh Blake, mastered by John Keane, and features album artwork by Josh Levy.

Guitar, Vocals / Ethan Heller
Keyboard, Synth, Vocals / Ian Taylor
Bass, Vocals / Carey Walter
Drums, Vocals / Sean Mason
Dreads for Brains
Asheville based psychedelic reggae band. Rotating ensemble based around the original music of Tim Alimena former member of TurnUp Truk