Magic Beans

Friday, May 19
Doors: 7pm
Magic Beans
Brahctopus, The Other Bugs

Friday, May 19th, 2023

Thunderbird Music Hall
4053 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Doors @ 7PM
Show @ 8PM

When the pandemic hit, Magic Beans had dozens of shows cancelled, so they hopped into their studio in Denver, CO and started recording songs. Produced by Magic Beans – and Mastered by David Glasser (The Grateful Dead’s long time Mastering engineer) – Funk, soul, live electronica, and even bluegrass music find their way into this songbook from 4 band members that each bring their own flavor to the project. The different feels in the double record coexist harmoniously as the listener is slowly ramped up throughout the record. By the time you hit the second vinyl, the organic sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you’re descending into night.

The inspiration for the title “Slice of Life” is just that. A random and unplanned snapshot of the band in this time and place, a self portrait done unknowingly. “Throughout our days as a traveling band, we’ve encountered many a situation that is unexplainably surreal in its abnormality, but at the same time indicative of the location, culture, and context we find ourselves. “A person partaking in an activity you didn’t know existed wearing an outfit you’ve only seen in a dream, or a collision of occurrences just rare and unusual enough that you think you’re living in a simulation just to be in that place, sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you’re descending into night.
Brahctopus has become a staple in the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania jam rock scene in the recent years. From local radio spots, local media coverage, and sold out local shows, it’s easy to tell why! Hailing from Pittsburgh, Brahctopus is a space rock collective featuring covers and originals ranging in genre from reggae, psychedelic, jam, rock, and more. From a ukulele toting vocalist, to deep spacey synth jams, and beyond, you’ll never be able to guess what’s coming next.

The Other Bugs – Facebook
The Other Bugs began with jam sessions as a way to play music together again in the fall of 2020. Ben Sukenik on drums, Eric Koester on 5-string bass, and Eric DiFiore on guitar, already had years of experience jamming together. Enter Nick Bellini on guitar, who immediately fit right into the deep pocket of rhythm and unlocked unlimited possibilities to a rich sonic pallet, thus developing a layered, and totally unique sound.

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General Admission Tickets – Standing Room Only

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