David Crosby & friends – Tickets – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX – August 25th, 2015

David Crosby & friends

Eric Hartman Benefit Show

David Crosby & friends

David Crosby, Snarky Puppy, Myron Butler, RC & The Gritz, Shaun Martin, Becca Stevens, Geno Young, The Funky Knuckles

Tue Aug 25 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Granada Theater

$32.00 - $56.00

This event is 14 and over

Songwriting legends, gospel icons, & local trailblazers gather together to celebrate the life of longtime engineer & friend, Eric Hartman.

David Crosby & friends
David Crosby & friends
Following the untimely death of one of Dallas' most beloved members of the music community, recording and mixing engineer Eric Hartman, a series of internationally-renowned artists from both the area and abroad are joining together for one night to raise money for the Hartman family.

Eric Hartman was a hugely respected engineer, having worked on Grammy Award-winning albums by Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, and Snarky Puppy, and records by producer Timbaland, David Crosby, Tamela Mann, Myron Butler & Levi, Martha Munizzi, Geno Young, Anthony Evans, The Funky Knuckles, Shaun Martin, and many more. He mixed almost every record on Snarky Puppy's GroundUP Music label in addition to dozens more within the gospel/R&B scene in Dallas, which he was an integral part of. Eric was known for his patience, meticulousness, and likability. He passed away in late June and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

On August 25, songwriting legends, gospel icons, local figureheads, and instrumental trailblazers alike will meet on the same stage for a diverse, rich, and truly one-of-a-kind evening of music. Please join us as we celebrate the life of a man who not only contributed greatly to the music of our city, but to the entire world.

David Crosby (GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter)
Snarky Puppy (GRAMMY Award-winning instrumental ensemble)
Myron Butler (GRAMMY Award-nominated gospel artist)
RC & The Gritz (GRAMMY Award-nominated producer/songwriter)
Shaun Martin (GRAMMY Award-winning producer/instrumentalist)
Becca Stevens (Universal Music Classics singer/songwriter)
Geno Young (soul/R&B vocalist/songwriter)
Robert Searight's RSVP (GRAMMY Award-winning producer/instrumentalist)
The Funky Knuckles (iTunes #1-ranking instrumental ensemble)
and more...
David Crosby
David Crosby
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour in April and May. Joining him will be five musical friends, James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on druns, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is and on this tour, he will be performing music from his recent solo album "Croz," and the soon-to-be released new album "Sky Trails" alongside some of Crosby's greatest hits.
Snarky Puppy
Snarky Puppy
The once Texan, now New York-based quasi-collective Snarky Puppy has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still "underground" in many respects, the band earned its first Grammy Award in early 2014 (for Best R&B Performance) and has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village Voice, The Guardian, New York Times, and Washington Post, as well as the world’s most respected musicians, from Pat Metheny to Prince. Their most recent album, a collaboration with the Dutch large ensemble Metropole Orkest called Sylva, topped Billboard Jazz, Billboard Contemporary Jazz, Billboard Heatseeker, and iTunes Jazz charts. The band has always used live performance as its chief form of evangelism, and over the last 8 years has maintained a more intense tour schedule than almost any band in the idiom with over 1,200 performances.

Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience. The convergence of musicians from white and black America (who also perform regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Roy Hargrove, and Marcus Miller among others), which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.

Though an instrumental band in nature, Snarky Puppy thrives on collaborating with artists from all styles. Their Family Dinner album series is a vehicle for this, having seen the likes of Salif Keita, Susana Baca, David Crosby, Lalah Hathaway, Becca Stevens, Laura Mvula, Brazilian legends Carlos Malta and Bernardo Aguiar, Swedish neo-trad group Väsen, Jeff Coffin, Charlie Hunter, and many more over the course of the first two installments.

The group is led by bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, whose creative grass-roots approach to a tougher-than-ever industry has created a new model for independent artists. Snarky Puppy is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously- an original music ensemble. Second, a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly, Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach. Working with non-profit and arts advocacy groups around the world, as well as giving clinics at hundreds of colleges, high schools, and middle schools on six continents, the band has made a strong commitment to spreading their love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to be inspired by.
RC & The Gritz
With a well-deserved nomination for "Best Funk/R&B Band" for this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards, The Gritz Band is more of an eclectic super-group than your average hip-hop band. Known by some as Erykah Badu's band, the group is made up of a diverse mix of musicians from across Texas: RC "Rceeezy" Williams, keyboards; Cleon Edwards, percussion; Braylon "Brother B" Lacy, bass; Claudia Melton, vocals; and Jah Born, MPC (drum machine).

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, RC Williams is the musical director of The Gritz Band. Brought up in a family of strong musicians, RC was introduced to every music genre at a young age. While attending Arts Magnet School in Dallas, he committed himself to learning jazz and synthesizer combinations, while advancing to playing keyboards and the organ for Grammy Award-winning gospel group, God's Property. RC has performed alongside great musical talents like Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Pharell, Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, Kirk Franklin, Musiq, Bilah, N'Dambi, Floetry, The Game, Soulive, and many more. RC was nominated for three Grammy Awards for his production and writing on Erykah Badu's 2003 album, World Wide Underground.

Claudia Melton is the vocalist for nationally praised Dallas-based hip-hop/soul group, The Gritz. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas to a family of vital influencers of South Texas music, Claudia began playing violin at the age of four, piano at eight, and saxophone at 11. Heavily influenced by jazz, her father, Claude Melton, was a former President of the Texas Jazz Festival. Claudia perfected her interests and musical talents with advanced jazz studies at the University of North Texas, where she earned a B.A. degree in vocal performance. Claudia has sung alongside a plethora of talented artists, including Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones, Boys II Men, Erykah Badu, Emily King, Dave Hollister, RL of Next, Anthony David, N'Dambi, Case, Choklate, Wayna, Jaguar Wright, Carl Thomas, Rahsaan Patterson, Liv Warfield, and more. In 2008, Claudia was selected by the International House of Blues Foundation as a master teacher and narrator to implement the Blues School House curriculum for 5th-12th grade students in Dallas public schools. Claudia is riding on the crest of new international acclaim for her latest work, One Hour, a track that pairs her unique vocal melodies with the style of Dallas hip-hop sensation Big J of Clever Monkeys and the production of Irish jazz hip-hop performer G Frequency. Claudia's current project is her first solo album, which will highlight her skillful vocal talent, influenced by jazz, soul, and some of the hippest music today. You can catch her next performance at the Texas Jazz Festival on October 17th in Corpus Christi.

Drummer of The Gritz Band is Cleon Edwards. A small-town guy, Cleon was born in Ferris, Texas. At the young age of two, he began playing drums alongside his father at their church. With the heavy positive influence of his church, Cleon grew and thrived with his drumming abilities and was soon given opportunities to play with influential musicians such as Bobby Sparks, Elbert Taylor, Jr., Robert Sput Searight, Shaun Martin, Daniel Jones, and many others. Over the years, Cleon has performed with numerous artists, including Talib Kweli, Snarky Puppy, Candy West, Geno Young, Myron Butler and Levi, Tim Clifton, Purpose, Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, N'Dambi, Freddie Jones, Terrence Mackey and Nu Restoration, Jaguar Wright, and Rahsaan Patterson. He is currently "keeping the pocket strong" for RC and The Gritz Band along with the legendary Erykah Badu, and is currently working on his new album, entitled Musik's Mind.

Another native Dallasite, Braylon Lacy is the band's bassist. He has collaborated with such musical talents as Marcus Miller, Waymond Tisdale, and Layla Hathaway.

Jah Born, the band's MPC player, was born in Brooklyn and raised in Dallas. Violin, cello, and bass were all instruments Jah picked up at the early age of nine. Raised by a father who was a pioneer of the art of DJing, at the age of 12 Jah was given his first set of turntables and a mixer, a gift from his father, who encouraged his son to become a disc jockey. By the time Jah let his music career flourish, he was collaborating with Erykah Badu and began making music with The Gritz Band. Jah currently plays shows with his other band, Cannabanoids.

With a group like this, Dallas should count its blessings. When it comes to The Gritz, hip-hop never sounded so good.
Becca Stevens
"I wanted to use the word 'animal' in the album title, because writing and recording this set of songs was like taming something that had a life of its own," Becca Stevens says of her revelatory new album Perfect Animal (April 7, 2015, Universal Music Classics). "The title came from the track 'Imperfect Animals' which I wrote about the instinct to strive for perfection pulling against the understanding that such a condition is not humanly possible. That's a big theme for me, and it's something that I go through in my daily life, in my relationships, and every time I write a song."
Perfect Animal marks a quantum musical leap for the North Carolina-bred, New York-based artist. It boasts her most personally-charged songwriting and her most urgent, impassioned singing to date, along with vivid, adventurous arrangements that show off her fiercely expressive guitar work as well as the talents of her longstanding band: keyboardist/accordionist Liam Robinson and bassist Chris Tordini, both of whom Stevens has worked with since 2005, and drummer/percussionist Jordan Perlson, who joined three years later.
Although Perfect Animal was recorded in five different studios in three states, with Stevens and band recording with producer Scott Solter (renowned for his work with the likes of St. Vincent, Spoon, and the Mountain Goats), the album's seamless intensity remains consistent throughout. "That same push and pull that defines 'Imperfect Animals' helped me make this album what it is," she explains. "It wasn't a quick, easy birth; it was a long labor of love. We worked on it for over a year, recording in different places and putting all the pieces together as they came. This was the first time that I was really hands-on with the technical side of making a record. I handled a lot of the editing myself which was grueling at times, but it was also extremely rewarding, as I learned a ton, and I can truthfully say that at the end, even after knowing every track inside out I'm not tired of it, I still love it, and I'm very proud of every single piece."
"The recording process was an intense experience," Stevens adds. "I recorded my vocal tracks, backgrounds included, in a one-week marathon at the very end, which I think gave my singing an edge. It was physically and emotionally extreme to focus on one thing for ten or twelve hours a day for a week, and there were times in the studio where I was on the verge of tears, mentally and physically exhausted, but I was able to sing through it. And because I felt so inspired and so invested in this project, by the next morning I'd feel refreshed and ready to do it all over again."
The multifaceted singer-songwriter-guitarist has already won widespread acclaim and built a loyal fan base, both for her own visionary releases and for her work as a versatile collaborator who has lent her talents to a diverse array of projects with a wide assortment of rock, pop, jazz and contemporary classical musicians. Weightless, her 2011 breakthrough album with the Becca Stevens Band, was widely celebrated by critics and fans alike, establishing Stevens as a startlingly original creative force with a seemingly limitless future.
"The concept behind recording Weightless was to document the songs exactly as we played them live," Stevens says. "But for Perfect Animal, I chose to take advantage of the opportunities of being in the studio, and spend time crafting the sonic landscape of each individual song. It was an inspiring challenge to craft this larger sound, while still maintaining the complexity and dynamics of the arrangements."
Perfect Animal also showcases Stevens' instinctive, organic rapport with her band mates. "It's a real band," Stevens asserts. "They make my songs sound like an extension of my voice and the music in my head. I wrote these songs with their voices and abilities in mind, and when I brought these new songs to them, they understood right away what I was looking for." The musicians' vibrant chemistry is apparent throughout the ten-song Perfect Animal. Such bracingly memorable tunes as "I Asked," "Be Still," "Reminder" and "Imperfect Animals" are emotionally raw and musically inventive, exploring an expansive sonic palette that lends depth and immediacy to Stevens' sharp lyrical insights.
In addition to Stevens' own compositions, Perfect Animal features a trio of judiciously chosen cover tunes—Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You," Usher's "You Make Me Wanna…" and Steve Winwood's "Higher Love"—which are uncannily well-matched with the thematic concept of Stevens' own tunes, while demonstrating her ability to connect with a wide range of material.
"I like arranging other people's songs because it's a nice way to take a break from my own process." says Stevens, who has earned a reputation for bold choices in outside compositions. "It's like a short vacation from my own story, where I can use my colors to paint a portrait of someone else. And then if I do that well, and maintain my voice in the process, maybe listeners will be drawn into my own songs through that framework."
The level of commitment that makes Perfect Animal such a rewarding listen has been a constant in Becca Stevens' lifelong musical journey. The daughter of a composer/multi-instrumentalist father and an operatically trained singer mother, she was born to the sound of her dad playing an Irish fiddle tune in the delivery room. She was just two years old when she began singing in her family's band, the Tune Mammals. Growing up in Winston-Salem, NC, she spent much of her childhood on stage, singing, acting and dancing, including a yearlong tour in the lead role of The Secret Garden when she was ten.
In her teens, Becca studied classical guitar, and maintained an affinity for her home state's Appalachian folk music traditions, while also developing her voice singing jazz standards with her peers and mentors in local clubs. After graduating from the high school program at the North Carolina School of the Arts with a major in classical guitar, she moved to New York to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It was there that she received a BFA with high honors in vocal jazz and composition, and where she met the musicians with whom she formed the Becca Stevens Band.
Stevens quickly began building a diverse body of work, and earning the respect and admiration of her peers. She launched her recording career with her well-received 2008 debut album Tea Bye Sea, which the New York Times called an "impressively absorbing album," and its even more popular 2011 follow-up Weightless.
Stevens has also emerged as an in-demand collaborator, lending her vocal, compositional and instrumental skills to a stunningly diverse array of projects. Since 2004, she has served as a lead singer of Travis Sullivan's Björkestra, fronting a genre-bending 18-piece jazz orchestra interpreting the songs of Björk on three albums and countless live performances. She has also toured, recorded and written lyrics for jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, singing on five songs on his landmark 2010 album Daylight At Midnight. She performed at Carnegie Hall as featured singer with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and premiered new works and performed at Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival in collaboration with Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke.
Stevens has also toured as part of drummer/composer Eric Harland's all-star band, written for and duetted with up-and-coming vocalist José James, and has written, recorded and/or performed live with such notable artists and players as Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire (for who Stevens composed the song "Our Basement (Ed)" which was listed as one of NPRs Top Songs of 2014), Dave Douglas, Gabriel Kahane, Tal Wilkenfeld and Aya Nishina – among many others. In 2014 Stevens was a featured vocalist on the Grammy-Award Winning Billy Childs record Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro – produced by Larry Klein
2010 saw the debut of Stevens' first choral composition, Soli Deo Gloria, commissioned and performed by the Melodia Women's Choir in New York. That piece was also commissioned to be reworked for jazz choir and performed at the New England Conservatory. More recently, she was a featured composer in the Mainly Mozart concert series in San Diego, for which her compositions were arranged for string quartet by her father William Stevens and Stephen Prutsman (Sigur Rós, Tom Waits,Kronos Quartet), and performed by Becca with the DeCoda String Quartet. She is also a featured singer and composer in Work Songs, a new work by Timo Andres, which premiered as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York along with a world premiere of Stevens' "A Contribution To Statistics", a setting of a poem by Wisława Szymborska which Becca wrote for Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Nathan Koci, and Timo Andres.
Stevens has worked extensively as an educator, teaching private lessons and master classes on the voice and songwriting all over the world. She's been on the faculty teaching classes in vocal performance, ensemble instruction, musicianship, and private lessons at the Manhattan School of Music and The New School, as well as various prestigious institutions in Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. She also participates in musical education efforts in American high schools, prisons and homeless shelters.
"The last couple of years for me have been a time of strengthening my voice as an artist and as a human," Stevens concludes. "And I can absolutely hear that in these songs."
"The in-your-faceness of Perfect Animal is so different from Weightless that it's hard to predict how it will be received," she notes. "All I know is that I love the way it sounds, and that there's not a single part that I'm not proud to call my own."
Geno Young
After discovering his love of music at an early age and later graduating from Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, ground zero for other internationally known artists such as: Erykah Badu, Edie Brickell, Nora Jones and Roy Hargrove, Geno moved on to the next phase of his musical evolution and enrolled in Howard University, where he studied music and further developed the necessary skills and contacts that would enable him to follow in the footsteps of one of the most prolific singer/songwriter/producers of our time, fellow Howard University alum- Donny Hathaway.

His formal education concluded, Geno toured the world as musical director, arranger, and producer for Erykah Badu. He wrote and produced the hit songs "Times a Wastin'" and "Orange Moon" on her 2001 release- "Mama's Gun". "Touring with Badu was kinda like a school for the best and brightest in the soul music scene…It was an amazing experience. She showed me how to be a consummate professional."

His 2004 solo debut, "The Ghetto Symphony" allowed Geno to further his personal development as an artist and a performer. "The Ghetto Symphony album was really my introduction as a solo artist. I had done a lot of writing and producing for other artists and just wanted to let a portion of my voice be heard. It definitely was a success because it reached a worldwide audience and the music seemed to affect those who heard it in a positive way. I would have never guessed that an album that was totally "indy" would have garnered that kind of attention."
With the June, 2010 release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, "Ear Hustler", Geno hopes to showcase his musical and lyrical growth. The difference between the two albums is basically, a matter of time passing and the world evolving.
The Funky Knuckles
The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.

The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each member's musical experiences to create their unique genre-bending sound. After the release of their debut album on GroundUP Music, As of Lately, The Knuckles added a full-time horn section and began touring nationally.

Meta-Musica (also on GroundUP), climbed the iTunes Jazz Charts to become the #1 selling record in the United States the day it was released.