Andy Frasco, the 27-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer / songwriter / band maestro / entrepreneur / party starter / everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been cited frequently as “Party Blues,” but the band’s musical inspirations and influences run much deeper incorporating elements of Soul, Funk, and Rock as well as tones of Roots, and Americana, creating a much more diverse sound and style that is distinctly Andy Frasco & the U.N.
Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.
Touring independently across the U.S. and Europe since he was 18 years old, Frasco first got his taste of the music industry managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old -booking bands like Hello Goodbye, and working with labels such as Drive Thru and Atlantic Records, as well as venues like The Key Club in Hollywood, CA.
Since his start, Frasco has embodied a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home; averaging 200+ dates a year, trekking over 200,000 thousand miles spanning the country dozens of times over, blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes.
2014 marked a breakout year for Frasco, highlighted by the release of the band’s 3rd full-length studio album Half A Man, a host of high profile festival performances both domestically and overseas, and recognition from national press outlets such as Pollstar, Live For Live Music, and Relix.
Produced by Grammy Award Winning, Charles Goodan, Half A Man received warm praise from press and fans alike, charting in the top 10 of Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart for nearly 6 months, while the road highlighted featured performances on festivals like Wakarusa, Electric Forrest, and YSMB’s Harvest Festival in the US, and festivals like Zwarte Cross (NL), King’s Day Festival (DE), Bamberg Jazz Festival (DE), Guezenpop Festival (NL), and the COTAI Jazz & Blues Festival in Macau, China.
To date, Andy has shared the stage and performed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, Deer Tick, John Mayer, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Lukas Nelson, JJ Grey & Mofro, Lettuce and more.
Continuing to build off the success of 2014, Frasco & the U.N. continued to pick up momentum both at home and abroad in 2015 with featured performances at SXSW, Wakarusa, Phases of the Moon, and Backwoods Music Festival in the U.S., as well as Totaal Festival (NL), a return to Zwarte Cross (NL), Open Flair Festival (DE), and Open Air Gross Lindow (DE) overseas.
Amidst another heavy year of touring the band also recorded their 4th full-length studio album, “Happy Bastards”, set for release by Ruf Records on February 26, 2016 with producer Rick Parker (Lord Huron, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sugarcult).
Philosophy of Soul
Philosophy of Soul is not your conventional or stereotypical band. They are more commonly referred to as Young Musical Hybrids. Their unique and influential upbringing surrounded them with talent and celebrated musicians that helped them create and define their own signature sound.
Brothers Danny and Andee Avila are the sons of Hammond Sam Avila who is a renowned B3 Organ blues musician (Walter T
rout) and the nephews of Grammy nominated Producer and Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila. The Avila house has always been filled with performers, recording artists, instruments and tons of live music impromptu sessions that exposed the boys to multiple styles and techniques of musicianship. Artists like Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos) Walter Trout (Canned Heat) Tracy G (Dio), Mike Albert (MegaDeath) Jerry Salas (El Chicano) Mike Leisure (Edgar Winter) Rapper Coolio, Sammy Sanchez (Keb Mo, Jackson Browne) John Villalobos (Celia Cruz, Tito Puente). Joining the two brothers is Steven Castillo on bass guitar. Known for his crazy antics while performing has earned him the name of "Supa Steve." Very talented and energetic to say the least Supa was the missing link for Philosophy of Soul.
With only 3 members, they’re sound is powerful, melodic, and memorable to the ears. Stylistically, they sound like six musicians combined. Imagine a collision of Stevie Wonders’ soulful vocals, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar chops, Incubus’ funk and grooves with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ high energy and delivery. Now combine that musical scenario with strong hooks, universal lyrics and youth, and you will get their definition of the Philosophy of Soul. Philosophy of Soul is Andee Avila, 23, Danny Avila, 22, and Steven “Supa Steve” Castillo, 23.
Jerome Holloway is an American musician. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Sociology he moved to Chicago, Illinois and in 2006, he began playing various acoustic venues throughout the city. While playing around Chicago and the midwestern United States, he garnered praise and comparisons to Ray Lamontagne, Ben Harper as well as classic soul singers. It has been said that, Jerome Holloway is where "Damien Rice meets Marvin Gaye. His debut album "Matters of the Heart" was released in 2008. "'Matters' is record that combines soulful vocal melodies with thoughtful folk arrangements and rock influences." David Johnson- Engineer, Tricycle Sound Studios. As Holloway explains, "My music, at its core, is soul music because it aims to capture and convey a feeling which, I hope, touches the heart and ecourages positive action."