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      April 24, 2019

      Wednesday   8:00 PM

      702 Willow Avenue
      Ithaca, New York 14850

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      The Werks

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      On their latest LP Magic, melodic visionaries The Werks transcend their funk rock roots while never losingtheir identity.Poignant songwriting and engaging improvisation come together on a record thatshowcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of uniquely creative musicians.The virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks have released four highly acclaimed studio albums over thepast ten years - Synapse (2009), The Werks (2012), Mr. Smalls Sessions EP (2014), and Inside a Dream(2015) - performed well over one thousand shows (including launching their own multi-day music festivalThe Werk Out), and released countless live recordings including last years Live at The Werk Out livealbum. In that time theyve earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as one of the mostenergetic, compelling, and downright entertaining live acts in the business. Theyve developed a hardwon confidence, and a willingness to fearlessly chart new sonic territory on Magic.This is our first truly multi-genre album says Chris Houser. Each track has its own unique vibe andsound. We didnt write these songs to please people, we wrote them because this is what we hear whenwe turn off the outside and let the creativity flow.The songs on Magic started as sketches the band members crafted independently. Coming together intheir sonic dojo The Werkspace, those seeds of groove were nurtured by the group, growing into fullywrought songs. Our writing is collaborative, explains Dan Shaw, but starting with demos writtenindividually gives each band member a chance to leave their fingerprint on a tune.The songwriting finished, the band decamped to Sonic Lounge in Grove City, Ohio. There lead engineerand producer Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty One Pilots) settled down to work with the studioslegendary Amek/Neve 9098i mixing console. One of only thirteen in the world, Sonic Lounges wasoriginally installed in Olympic Studios in London, England, where it served to document the uniquecreative mojo of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and more.Joining Viers were assistant engineers and producers Aaron Oakley and B.J. Davis, and the unstoppablehorns of Columbus own Hoodoo Soul Band - Chris Young (trumpet), Kevin ONeil (tenor), and Phil Clark(Baritone) while Kenny Holmes, tour manager and right hand man, was the gaff tape that held it alltogether. Finally Columbus native and current Los Angeles, CA resident Brian Lucey (Train, Dr. Dog)mastered the record.From those sessions emerged a rare jewel of a record; Magic is muse put to tape, a direct download ofthe creative spark. This is a recording of the music thats in our souls explains Rob Chafin. In a way, thepast decade has been leading to this moment. We play and write together so seamlessly now, were ableto channel the inspiration in our hearts out into our instruments, and come at this from a pure place.Together, they have crafted a record where melodies take flight, dancing and twisting around thesonorous main of the tune itself. By fusing their spirited inventiveness to a core of immediately engagingsongwriting, The Werks have truly performed a feat of modern musical Magic.

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