Thursday, May 21, local Afrobeat-fusion band Hardproof continues their killer May residency at Empire Control Room & Garage. Over the course of the residency, the group has played with several who’s who of Austin-based acts and this week is no different. Opening before the residency headliners Thursday will be Austin hip-hop band Magna Carda and melodic-indie up-and-comers, Migrant Kids.
If you have yet see Hardproof live, you’re missing out on seeing 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 and are far past the label “side project.” The group takes heavy horns and blends them with funky polyrhythms, tropical and mystical undertones. Not since Brooklyn’s Antibalas has a band taken Afrobeat rooted music to another level.
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.