Spend Thanksgiving weekend gettin’ with jamtronica all-stars The Werks when they return to Kenny’s for a special 2-NIGHT run! Night 1 features special guests Sun Stereo!
About The Werks:
On their latest LP Magic, melodic visionaries The Werks transcend their funk rock roots while never losing their identity. Poignant songwriting and engaging improvisation come together on a record that
showcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of uniquely creative musicians.
The virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks have released four highly acclaimed studio albums over the
past ten years – Synapse (2009), The Werks (2012), Mr. Smalls Sessions EP (2014), and Inside a Dream
(2015) – performed well over one thousand shows (including launching their own multi-day music festival
The Werk Out), and released countless live recordings including last year’s Live at The Werk Out live
album. In that time they’ve earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as one of the most
energetic, compelling, and downright entertaining live acts in the business. They’ve developed a hard
won confidence, and a willingness to fearlessly chart new sonic territory on Magic.
“This is our first truly multi-genre album” says Chris Houser. “Each track has its own unique vibe and
sound. We didn’t write these songs to please people, we wrote them because this is what we hear when
we turn off the outside and let the creativity flow.”
The songs on Magic started as sketches the band members crafted independently. Coming together in
their sonic dojo The Werkspace, those seeds of groove were nurtured by the group, growing into fully
wrought songs. “Our writing is collaborative,” explains Dan Shaw, “but starting with demos written
individually gives each band member a chance to leave their fingerprint on a tune.”
The songwriting finished, the band decamped to Sonic Lounge in Grove City, Ohio. There lead engineer
and producer Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty One Pilots) settled down to work with the studio’s
legendary Amek/Neve 9098i mixing console. One of only thirteen in the world, Sonic Lounge’s was
originally installed in Olympic Studios in London, England, where it served to document the unique
creative mojo of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and more.
Joining Viers were assistant engineers and producers Aaron Oakley and B.J. Davis, and the unstoppable
horns of Columbus’ own Hoodoo Soul Band – Chris Young (trumpet), Kevin O’Neil (tenor), and Phil Clark
(Baritone) – while Kenny Holmes, tour manager and right hand man, was the gaff tape that held it all
together. Finally Columbus native and current Los Angeles, CA resident Brian Lucey (Train, Dr. Dog)
mastered the record.
From those sessions emerged a rare jewel of a record; Magic is muse put to tape, a direct download of
the creative spark. “This is a recording of the music that’s in our souls” explains Rob Chafin. “In a way, the
past decade has been leading to this moment. We play and write together so seamlessly now, we’re able
to channel the inspiration in our hearts out into our instruments, and come at this from a pure place.”
Together, they have crafted a record where melodies take flight, dancing and twisting around the
sonorous main of the tune itself. By fusing their spirited inventiveness to a core of immediately engaging
songwriting, The Werks have truly performed a feat of modern musical Magic.
Watch The Werks perform “Long Train Runnin'”:
About Sun Stereo:
Sun Stereo hails from Urbana, Illinois, delivering a hybridization of organic and electronic elements with Beatlesque vocal harmonies, electronic soundscapes, nu-age story book lyrics, violins, circus-esque performance artist (fire, fan veils, hula hoops) and a funk your face off horn section. Kelly McMorris (music, lyrics, vocals, keys, production) canvassed the gutters and bowels of saloons, discotheques, and opera houses for the perfect concoction of thugs and miscreants to transpire his musical vision. Over the last 6 years, they have developed a fierce following and have established themselves as a must see live show, reminiscent of a wedding reception on acid sans the chicken dance.
They have performed at numerous festivals such as: Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Tour in Ohio and Illinois, Summer Camp Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival, Taste of Randolph Street, headlining at SOHO Music Festival, Illiac Music Festival, Pygmalion Festival, Merchant Street Festival, Petunia Festival, Sweet Corn Festival, Taste of Champaign, Navy Pier, They have shared the stage with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Eoto, The Wood Brothers, The Apache Relay, Keller Williams, Here Come the Mummies, The Werks, Cornmeal, Mr. Blotto, Digital Tape Machine, Mike Dillon Band, Those Darlins, The Main Squeeze, This Must Be the Band, UV Hippo, J.C. and the Uptown Swing, Way Down Wanderers and Henhouse Prowlers. They are currently finishing their 2nd full length album expected out in the Fall of 2018.