Heavy rhythms and big noises result in a funky psychedelic five-piece-rhythm-section steam-train.
Ashlei Mayadia, a self-appointed disciple of the Purple One, fronts the group. A clear lifetime veteran of vocal performance and commander of stages, Mayadia has the moves and flies the freaky spirit flag for all to follow. Bassist Urica Fernandez is an accomplished bassist of over 20 years who has been featured in several bands in the southern United States. An HSPVA alum and student of Professor Conrad Johnson, Urica will say she’s a “just a funk gal” while possessing the chops and thundersoul to slaughter anyone, anywhere. Master percussionist Louis Bolderghini is a lifelong student and professor of the craft with a legendary resume spanning a history of Houston jazz, including vibraphonist Joe Jackson. (Even though he’s from Baaah-ston!) Lou is proud to be an innovative percussion artist, and Drum and Bugle Core World Champion. Drummer Michael Hatter, of Houma, Louisiana, has been ripping it as a consummate pro for decades on tour, as well as with Houston’s finest. In addition to those thunderous chops, Doctor Hatter is an accomplished entertainer, with a nomination for Best Drummer from the Houston Press Music Awards. This rhythmic combo of Lou and Hatter possesses an untold magic that comes alive and grows legs bigger than itself, every performance. Veteran thoroughbred funkateer, Brandon Miles, holds down the guitars and the occasional organ, monotron, and lasers. Miles has been known at the drop of a funky hat to play a great many of these musical notorieties in the same night.