Jungle Fire

Casbah presents

Jungle Fire

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

Saturday, June 23, 2018

8:30 pm

Soda Bar


This event is 21 and over

Jungle Fire
Jungle Fire
The JUNGLE FIRE sound digs deep into Afro/Latin Funk with an approach that is authentic and highly explosive! The Los Angeles- based 10-piece TropiFunk juggernaut pulls its influences from the music of legends such as Irakere, Ray Barretto, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango (just to name a few) while creating a melting pot of Afro-Caribbean and West African rhythms with a heavy break beat funk.

Originally conceived as a one-off project in 2011, JUNGLE FIRE quickly gained attention by lighting up local clubs and underground warehouse parties in Los Angeles’ thriving funk/soul scene. A healthy buzz about the band spread by word of mouth, eventually connected them to Colemine Records, the Ohio-based indie soul label which cut their first 7” single, “Comencemos” (a cover of Fela Kuti’s “Let’s Start”). Lauded by DJs, radio stations, tastemakers and rabid funk fans across the globe, “Comencemos” (with its B side, the original tune “Tokuta”) sold out internationally and paved the way for the band’s second 7” Colemine release titled “Firewalker”. In September 2014, their debut LP titled “Tropicoso” was released to great critical acclaim via Los Angeles’ own Nacional Records. The band’s follow-up album “Jambú” (also on Nacional Records) debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Latin charts in February 2017 leading to many features in a wide variety of films, commercials and TV shows including spots for VICE, Starbucks and the sound track to Lionsgate’s “How to Be a Latin Lover” with Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek among many others.
JUNGLE FIRE’s members’ diverse musical and cultural backgrounds are a direct reflection of the musical and cultural landscape of Los Angeles, with the city’s unique international and multicultural mix of sounds and flavors being critical components of the group’s sound.

Individually and collectively, JUNGLE FIRE’s musicians have recorded, toured and/or played with Stevie
Wonder, Breakestra, Ozomatli, Quantic, Alice Russell, De La Soul, La Santa Cecilia, Celia Cruz, LCD Soundsystem, U2, The Greyboy Allstars and Kelis among many others.
JUNGLE FIRE’s live performances serve up a healthy dose of originals and deep Afro/Latin Funk covers all cooked up together in a live mix-tape style, ensuring an energy that is nothing short of burning. Juno Records (UK) accurately sum up the JUNGLE FIRE live show experience: “Few bands live up to their name in the way JUNGLE FIRE do... each JUNGLE FIRE jam blazes the floor with real power”.

Since their inception, JUNGLE FIRE has played an impressive amount of club dates and festivals both domestic and abroad having shared the stage with the likes of Shuggie Otis, The Blackbyrds, Lee Fields, Charles Wright, Brownout, The Budos Band and even performing for Los Angeles’ most recent mayoral inauguration.
During the winter of 2013 JUNGLE FIRE embarked on a massively successful 8-city tour of the UK, playing to packed venues at every stop, including headlining Craig Charles’ Funk Club (Band On The Wall) and BBC 6 Radio. The band’s performance in the 2014 Mompox Jazz Festival (Colombia) was hailed as one of the high points of the event by the local press. Most recently, they played to a full dancing house at New York City’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, gave two sold out back-to-back performances in São Paulo’s famed SESC Pompéia and headlined Los Angeles’ 2016 NYELA celebration for a crowd of over 50,000 attendees. In October 2017, JUNGLE FIRE will return to Europe to play Barcelona’s Say It Loud Festival.

The JUNGLE FIRE Family consists of:

Michael Duffy (Percussion)
Steve Haney (Percussion)
Alberto Lopez (Percussion)
Sam Halterman (Drums)
Joey Reina (Bass)
Sam Robles (Baritone Sax, Flute)
Otto Granillo (Trombone)
Judson McDaniel (Guitar)
Patrick Bailey (Guitar)
Sean Billings (Trumpet)
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
For me, it all started in 1987 with 5 years of classical piano lessons. My love for music was reinvigorated in 1994 with The Beastie Boys’ “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication,” Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter The Wu,” and various DIY hardcore punk. I played drums in a few different punk bands in high school and early college.

My next musical obsessions come in 1998 with DJ Shadow’s “Entroducing” album, Dan the Automator and Kool Keith’s “Dr. Octagon” as well as Money Mark’s “Mark’s Keyboard Repair.” These bands and albums introduced me to some of the best-unknown records and lofi produced sounds, and I began my recording career with 2 different Tascam cassette 4 tracks. I bought a Technics 1200 record player, a Stanton battle mixer, a Roland keyboard, a Korg Sampler, and began collecting records to sample. I spent countless hours chopping samples and looping drum breaks; creating down tempo hip-hop beats.

Soon after, I fell in love with Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters,” The Greyboy Allstars album “A Town Called Earth,” Miles Davis “In A Silent Way,” and The Poets of Rhythm “Discern/Define.” I began messing around with writing funky grooves, collecting vintage keyboards, and improvising. I played keys in a few Downtempo/Funk/Soul/Hiphop bands in San Diego.

A few years later after hearing a bunch of the amazing albums from Daptone and the Truth and Soul Records artists such as El Michels Affair, Menahan Street Band, Budos Band, Lee Fields, etc… I was highly inspired and realized I needed to put together an ensemble to make gritty recordings and perform this music fused together by all of my diverse and eclectic influences such as Afrobeat, Soul-Jazz, Trip Hop, Soul/Funk, Ethio Jazz, Jazz-Funk, and psychedelic music from around the world. I started in a few smaller soul-jazz and instrumental funk quartets, but I was craving a bigger sound…

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble was born in 2012 with myself and several other core members from the San Diego area including: Chris Lea on sax/flute (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Orchestra,) Kiko Cornejo Jr. on congas (Quetzal, Makina Loca,) local SD Latin Jazz legend, Bill Caballero, on trumpet, Nick Costa on guitar, Matt LaBarber on bass (K23 Orchestra,) Peter Williams on drums, and my wife Sheryll Felten on shekere. Under my direction, we started with some material I had been working on for a few years, and before too long began writing new tunes collaboratively. We added young sax/flute talent, Jesse Audelo (In Motion Collective, San Diego Symphony) shortly after.

Now 5 years, four 45rpm singles, and 2 full length albums later… we have had the opportunity to perform all over California and Oregon; both headlining and opening for many of the best bands in any genre. We have held down several monthly residencies in San Diego and have had very regular appearances at The Boom Room Room in San Francisco. We have also partnered with one of the top independent Funk/Soul labels in the world: Colemine Records. Other notable bands that have released music with Colemine include: Orgone, Jungle Fire, Durand Jones and The Indications, and The Monophonics.

Because of Colemine, and their partnership with Fat Beats, our recordings have been bought and sold all over the planet. This exposure has lead to numerous spins on radio worldwide. In December of 2016 we were prominently featured on legendary alternative rock station, 91X, in San Diego, as the Artist of the month. We have also been honored locally, on Reddit, and numerous blogs worldwide with accolades for both of our albums.

A few of the original members have left and we’ve added some very solid new ones including: Jake Najor (Big Daddy Kane, Breakestra, The Styletones,) Omar Lopez (The Original Wailers, B-Side Players,) Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired,) and Willy Fleming (Todo Mundo, Elektric Voodoo.) We are extremely excited for what is yet to come! We are constantly writing new music and working that material into our live shows, and we can’t wait to perform it at a club or festival near you!
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104