Hartley's Encore (Photo by Bryan Laskey)
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ALBANY — As it prepares to drop its debut album, local funk band Hartley’s Encore is throwing a party at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen on Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m.
Self-described as the “house band at your dance party for the apocalypse,” Hartley’s Encore is an energetic funk ensemble with a soulful horn section. The band has performed at local venues since forming nearly two years ago. It’s eponymous debut album is a six-track EP, from which a tease of its first single can be heard on NYSMusic.com.
The Hartley’s Encore sound is anchored by a rock-solid song writing foundation, typically flowing from co-founding members Luke Malamood (lead vocals/keyboards) and Chris Oliver (lead guitar/backing vocals). The band also includes Jeff Nania on saxophones with regular contributions from Phil Chow on trumpet and Suren Kyaruns on saxophones. Josh Gordon (bass), Mike Gilet (drums), Erik Pravel (drums), Brad Monkell (bass) and Alex Gonzales (percussion) are also a part of the band’s lineup.
The band’s live shows reveal an ever-expanding catalogue of funky, high energy and infectiously danceable material, peppered with a variety of funk, soul, R&B, and ’90s-era hip-hop covers.
Joining Hartley’s Encore on the playbill is the eight-piece Afro-jazz funk band, Victory Soul Orchestra.
The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen is located at 79 No. Pearl Street.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.