Killiam Shakespeare

WXPN Welcomes

Killiam Shakespeare

Ghost-Note, DJ Lil' Dave

Mon, June 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Killiam Shakespeare - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Killiam Shakespeare
Some say you can judge a man by the company he keeps, but when it
comes to Corey Bernhard you can judge the man by the company that
keeps HIM. Corey has recorded with Bilal, Vivian Green, and Donald
Harrison Jr. - and toured with Talib Kweli, Snarky Puppy, Bilal, Pusha
T, and Marsha Ambrosius. He has performed on every continent, always
on tap when an artist needs a man on the keys with a full
understanding of the soul of music.

Corey Bernhard started as an economics major at Harvard; In his own
words he attended because he ‘had the opportunity to do so’. While
earning his degree he spent much of his time at Wally’s Jazz Cafe,
soaking up the sounds of the major players, and started under the
tutelage of Sue Liu-Wen in Worcester MA. Yet the fact that Corey is a
Harvard grad comes into play, as he cites intellectuals like Cornel
West, Howard Zinn, Malcolm X, and Dave Chappelle as influences. This
unique background informs his approach to music: ‘I believe that music
is a gift to be used to liberate the oppressed peoples of the world.
It is a gift to be used to create social change, and a lot of people
are abusing that gift right now. We definitely need to change that.’

Fast forward to 2015 and we find Corey in the heart of West
Philadelphia. Between the 18th century row homes we duck into a
parking garage to a dark side room. The heavy door is padlocked, and
inside is the makeshift studio where Corey and Steve McKie are poring
over tracks - some as producers, but most the core project:Killiam
Shakespeare. Corey Bernhard and Steve McKie come across as quite
similar and yet unique; quiet, gentle, and unassuming, deep in their
worlds of vibration and creation. In strong contrast to the
personalities of today’s stars, these two are IN IT, using music as
their main form of communication. Occasionally broad smiles reveal
their gentle nature, and you get the sense that enlightenment is
there, like two modern day musical monks.

Steve Mckie honed his skills in the house band at the infamous Black
Lily in Philadelphia. An extraordinary drummer that has worked with
Jill Scott, Bilal, James Poyser, Common, Robert Glasper and many more.
His transition to producer is in full effect, as evidenced on recent
releases from Bilal and Jill Scott, and now the self titled Killiam
Shakespeare record signals a new era. You can feel his hand, visible
and invisible, throughout the record.

The debut record from Killiam Shakespeare brings Corey Bernhard’s
influences to the forefront; a path from Bach and Debussy to Charlie
Parker and Bill Evans, to Herbie and Jimi, to J Dilla and A Tribe
Called Quest. It’s ALL there in the mix as Corey and Steve are joined
by band members Anthony DeCarlo (guitar), Andre Pinckney (bass), and
Aaron Draper (percussion), with guests Chris Turner, Jennah Bell,
Ebony Joi, Louis Fouche, Wayne Moore, Dwayne Wright, Noel Scales,
Dayne Jordan, Dai Miyazaki, Pablo Batista, and Adam Blackstone.
Ghost-Note - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves.

Ghost-Note’s impressive rotating roster of heavy hitters combine their decades of experience to create a night of unforgettable musical madness. Band members include Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Quantic) on flute, tenor, and baritone sax, Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles, RC and the Gritz) on flute, alto, and tenor saxophone, A.J. Brown (Fred Hammond) on bass, internet star Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas (Prince) on bass and guitar, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy) on keyboards, Daniel Jones (Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake) on keyboards, Nick Werth (Galaxe, Yak Attack) on xylosynth, Mike Jelani Brooks (Kirk Franklin, RC & the Gritz) on tenor saxophone, and Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights, Dumpstaphunk) on drums.

Ghost-Note’s first record, Fortified, which debuted at #1 on the ITunes Jazz charts in 2015, not only showcases Searight and Werth’s unique duo approach to rhythm, but it also highlights a phenomenal community of Dallas musicians. Fortified includes features by Shaun Martin, N'Dambi, Mark Lettieri, Caleb McCampbell, Jason “JT” Thomas, RSVP, and Nick Werth, and guest appearances by Cleon Edwards, Taron Lockett, Marcelo Woloski, Wes Stephenson, Bob Lanzetti, A.J. Brown, and Sylvester Onyejiaka. In addition to touring across the United States, the band is also working on their second album to be released in fall 2017.

Ghost-Note is an instrumental explosion like you’ve never heard before — prepare yourselves for a neck breaking and booty shaking night that will keep you on your feet all night long.
DJ Lil' Dave
DJ Lil' Dave
Say the name 'lil'dave' and an ingenue of class and aural distinction comes to mind. lil'dave channels the far reaches of the soul, all the while effortlessly combining taste, groove, and appeal with today's technology. Although his roots are in hip-hop, lil'dave is most widely known for his electronic escapades through house, broken beat, brazilia, acid jazz, funk and UK-inspired soul and rare groove. Through these genres, lil'dave defines his signature sound.

On any given day, lil'dave can be found behind the boards producing, in the crates digging, at the beats grinding, at the turntables creating. With demeanor calm and levels tuned, lil'dave brings crowds to a fever pitch, leaving them parched for more. He takes great delight in pleasing his treasured following and making them happy through the power of DJing.

Whether it be through showcasing rarefied gems on his legendary radio program (Eavesdrop Radio) or providing sonic leaflets as 1/6 of the multifaceted Illvibe Collective, lil'dave has the talent, drive, and the penchant for the art of moving butts.

Simply stated, lil'dave is the future of the funk!
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125