Volto! Bring Their Jam Rock Fusion Jazz Sounds To Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club With Special Guests Gryphon Labs, Saturday, March 19, 2011


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Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
CENTRAL Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Westside's newest event facility, for music, nightlife, art, culture and causes welcomes Volto with special guests Gryphon Labs on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Tickets are $20.00. Doors open at 8:00 PM. CENTRAL is located at 1348 14th Street in Santa Monica, CA.

This is a 21+ event.

Volto! are an America progressive rock band from Burbank, CA consisting of notable band members. Drummer, Danny Carey is also the drummer for multiple Grammy award-winning hard rock band Tool as well as Pigmy Love Circus. Lance Morrison on bass has recorded on studio albums for Alanis Morissette, Don Henley, Rick Springfield and Jim Brickman.

Morrison has also been featured in movie soundtracks for Message in a Bottle, Never Been Kissed and Armageddon. Guitarist, John Ziegler is best known for his mad guitar skills in successful Hollywood underground rock band, Pigmy Love Circus. Kirk Covington, on keys and vocals, is most known for his work with progressive jazz fusion band Tribal Tech. Together, the sound this quartet creates is indistinctively creative. Volto describes themselves as “some dudes getting together to stir up a bunch of noise."

Volto!'s sound ranges greatly, making the band hard to classify and its followers vary. Ziegler cites influences such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. The band draws heavily from the art rock crowd and has even been embraced by the jazz community. In 2007 they performed at prestigious Los Angeles jazz club La Ve Lee. Volto!'s set-list typically includes both original band compositions as well as cover of classic rock and jazz fusion songs by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppeli, Billy Cobham, and Tony Williams Lifetime. For more information about Volto! go to http://www.voltoband.com.


Gryphon Labs began as the creation of bassist/composer Pete Griffin, . He found himself needing a band to perform and record songs he had been writing when he wasn't onstage somewhere on the planet with different acts ranging from pop-rock brother band Hanson, to legendary classic rock icon Edgar Winter, to genre-defying Zappa Plays Zappa, Dweezil Zappa's presentation of his father's music. He recruited fellow Zappa Plays Zappa members Joe Travers (drums) and Jamie Kime (guitar), and began recording with producer Roger Cole. In 2007 Gryphon Labs began performing regularly in the Los Angeles area with the core band of Griffin, Travers, and Kime, with guest appearances from Barrere as well as fellow Zappa Plays Zappa members Scheila Gonzalez and Aaron Arntz and many others.

Gryphon Labs musical influences vary from Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Funkadelic and Massive Attack, Mars Volta, Tool and a myriad of others. Gryphon Labs then puts these sounds through an instrumental filter, resulting in an exciting new fusion of rock, electronica, world music, and the improvisatory elements of jazz. But rather than relying on long solos to maintain the listener's interest, the song arrangements themselves become a soundtrack, a journey through many dynamics and emotions all in the time span of a radio-length pop song.


CENTRAL S.A.P.C. is an organic meeting center for progressive culture, social activism and globally conscious organizations to hold community meetings, benefits, and rallies, in addition to programming quality indie music & cultivating the electronic scene on the Westside of LA. CENTRAL S.A.P.C. aims to foster community in an aesthetically rich, but casual neighborhood bar environment, while creating a hub for special events and the most credible live music acts and world-renowned DJs. The venue has two primary spaces with full bars in each: an urban Music Hall with a stage large enough to accommodate full bands, and a DJ Lounge. The DJ Lounge requires no cover. Convenient off-street parking lot is available, as well as a plethora of free street parking near the venue.


The main purpose of a Social Aid & Pleasure Club is to unify communities and neighbors. Social Aid & Pleasure clubs originated in New Orleans and were a source of pride among African Americans, always involving music. Members stemmed from 1800's organizations called “benevolent societies." These societies helped dues-paying members of the Pleasure Clubs with financial hardships, anything from health-care to funerals. Benevolent societies fostered a sense of unity in the community, hosting events and charity. Today, Pleasure Clubs still bring people together to enjoy and rejoice in good music and are custom-made venues for non-profit organization events.

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