Big Mean Sound Machine

Big Mean Sound Machine

Friday, November 13

Dan Smalls Presents Big Mean Sound Machine live in 9th Ward

Tickets: $12 advance / $15 day of show,  at Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge by phone 866-777-8932

7pm Doors 8pm Show

Anyone who has witnessed Big Mean Sound Machine in action knows that their performances are the heaviest and the sweatiest. This ensemble creates artfully conceived dance music to prove that a purely instrumental band can stimulate both the mind and body. BMSM is a polyrhythmic monster with a crisp and constant groove that brings together the musical languages of West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America in an effort to reanimate and reinterpret live dance music.

In 2009 Big Mean Sound Machine began with an experimental recording session at an Ithaca, NY lake house. This session began the new dance music aesthetic that is captured on their first release, the Big Mean EP. The next year they further refined their complex sonic force with style and clarity on Ouroboros and later in 2012 with Marauders. Outside of the studio the band quickly grew a following by taking their unique sound to the stage. The band’s infectious energy captivates audiences right away and their synchronicity and driving rhythms keep people dancing to the last beat. All this they owe to a rigorous touring schedule, playing between 100 to 150 shows a year. Currently the band is touring in support of their latest album Contraband, an album recorded entirely live in the studio, which has been described as “a beautiful blend of their regular horny sass, but in addition to their ever-maturing instrumental conversations, there’s a New Orleans pelvic thrust around every meter.” (

Other Big Mean collaborations include Warrior (2012) a joint effort with vocalist Jay Spaker a.k.a. J-SAN of John Brown’s Body, Food for Thought (2013) with Yao Foli “Cha Cha” Augustine of Mosaic Foundation, an album supporting the Ndor Eco Village project in Foli’s home village in Ghana. Their performative efforts have also extended to the big screen with the release of Dr. Iguana: Live In The Studio, an original, performance-based film shot at Grammy Award-winning studio Electric Wilburland.

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Date(s) - 11/13/2015
8:00 pm

341 Delaware Avenue
New York
United States