New Artist Feature: Rubblebucket

Words by Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

When Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth met at an art show in Vermont back in 2007, neither was satisfied with the typical roles horn musicians often play in performing acts. The duo felt the necessity to create a group focused around horns and driving rhythms, and thus, Rubblebucket was born. The eight-piece horn-centric group that now calls Brooklyn its home has recently enjoyed national touring success coast to coast, and considering how hard the band works both on and offstage, any fruits of labor that Rubblebucket receives are well deserved.

Rubblebucket’s Big City Afrobeat radiates a glowing energy that consistently brings the heat no matter where it performs. Created freshly for the audience during each outing, the band’s polyrhythmic, horn-driven music breathes excitement into tired souls and offers those who attend its shows a chance to forget the worries of the common day, get off their behinds, and dance it through like they ought to. To get a feel for what Rubblebucket is all about, check out the video as well as the archive link I’ve provided. The band’s future popularity is inevitable, so while you can, check out Rubblebucket in an intimate setting while the opportunity lasts.

Rubblebucket Live at Some Kind of Jam 5 on April 23, 2010.


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