Thursday, May 14, is the second installment of the Hard Proof Thursday night residency at Empire Control Room & Garage. Joining them this Thursday will be Austin Afro-Latin funksters Cilantro Boombox and DJ Mahealani. What makes this particular night special and different from the other nights of the residency is Hard Proof will be playing the music of the legendary African musical genius Fela Kuti with special guest Kalu James.
Hardproof is Austin’s best known purveyor of Afrobeat. You might recognize some of the members from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Ocote Soul Sounds, Echocentrics, The Calm Blue Sea and Cougar, but these guys hold their own now versus being just a side project. The group takes heavy horns and blends them with funky polyrhythms, tropical and mystical undertones.
Empire Control Room & Garage is located at 606 E. 7th Street. Doors open at 8 p.m. 21+ welcome. $5 pre-sale tickets are available here. $8 cover at the door on the day of the show. Visit the Facebook event page here.