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CD release party for Major Magick held Oct. 29 at Legends

BOONE—Split Rail Records, the student-run record label at Appalachian State University, will host a CD release show for the band Major Magick Oct. 29 at Legends. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance at the information desk in Plemmons Student Union and are at $8 at the door.

Major Magick opens the show featuring Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The band’s self-titled CD “Major Magick” will be on sale for $10.

Major Magick is known for its passionate blend of rock, funk and soul. Since forming in January 2008, the group has poured every ounce of energy into mastering their unique sound, and the hard work is paying off.  The High Country Press listed Major Magick as one of the Best Live Acts of 2008.

The band has shared the stage with many other local favorites including Bafoodus, Hope Massive, look what i did, Naked Gods, Andy Page, and Melissa Reaves.  They also have headlined at Legends on the Appalachian campus; Dragonfly Theatre & Pub, Boone Saloon and Murphy’s Pub in Boone; and Mansion 462 in Chapel Hill.

David Brewer of High Country Press referred to Major Magick as “funk-tastic, fusion, soul, pop, rock.”

Stephon LaMar is the band’s lead vocalist. An accomplished singer/songwriter, he brings a silky soulful voice that has been compared to John Legend and referred to as “the best set of pipes in town.”

Kyle Rozich on guitar and vocals brings a strong combination of mammoth riffs and soaring melodies that have been sharpened in stints performing with Laura Reed & Deep Pocket and the Melissa Reaves Group.

Mike Runyon on keyboard extends the musical horizon of Major Magick with his 20 years of classic piano training.  Runyon played with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and has won numerous state awards for piano.

At the core of Major Magick’s driving grooves are Nate Osborne on drums and Cody Adams on bass. Osborne has been trained in jazz, funk, and hip-hop.  Adams’ bass approach stems from his fervent studies of bass virtuosos Les Claypool, Jaco Pastorious and Stuart Zender.

Asheville-based Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has been performing since 2002. Their mix of horns, laid-back grooves and heavy backbeats has made them a favorite of audiences across the nation. Adding colorful costumes and interactive stage personalities is just part of their show.

Their sets are characterized by exotic horn arrangements, guitar licks that lead in almost any direction, a heavy bass presence and thunderous rhythms with thick synthesizer and organ

The band’s musical style ranges from energetic New Orleans-style brass to laid-back reggae, hip-hop, Afro beat, Latin and jazz stylings.

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