Shows We’re Stoked For: MH and His Orchestra, The Walking Sticks, and Black Masala @ The 9:30 Club – 8/30

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MH and His Orchestra

This Saturday, August 30th, The 9:30 Club will host a holy trinity of DC art bands; MH and His Orchestra, The Walking Sticks, and Black Masala. In consideration of each band’s respective approach to their craft, it seems that the 30th promises a night of dizzying musicianship rarely seen on a weekend in The District.

MH and His Orchestra occupy an unexampled niche within the D.C music scene, masquerading as a crew of Jazz-age troubadours who mix great technical proficiency with striking artistry. Originally a band of forty-four, the now ten-strong ‘Orchestra’ puts on elaborate art-pop performances that steep in the baritone register of front man Max Holiday. Their sound is nomadic; with nearly every song moving toward a different influence from across the musical sphere- at times the inclusion of any genre seems too binding. While the phrase ‘one of a kind’ might seem like an uninspired attempt to describe MH & Co, its accuracy could not be sharper.

The Walking Sticks became WRGW favorites with the release of their EP Send The Night; which follows the hauntingly articulate and jeweled voice of singer Chelsea Lee across a melodic, synth-pop landscape provided by twins Spencer and Max Ernst. Their live performances are some of the most charged in D.C, and in recent months religiously feature currently unreleased tracks.

Black Masala is comprised of eight musicians, some of whom already come from D.C music royalty (Thievery Corporation, Yellow Dubmarine, and See-I). The band blends together aspects of funk, jazz, reggae, ska and brass into lively grooves backed by an impressive stock of instruments and musicianship.


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-Elliot Greiner