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Life & Work with Shrub(b)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shrub(b).

Hi Shrub(b), we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
Shrub(b) began in the Spring of 2017. Back before the pandemic, there was a new concert venue/bar/art space called Imurj in Downtown Raleigh. It had tons of programming for artists of all media, but one of its shining gifts to the community was the Tuesday night “Open Jam”. Every week, dozens of musicians and non-musicians alike would come to Imurj on a Tuesday night. There’d be a sign-in sheet where you could pick a slot with random people you’d never met — all you got to write was the instrument you’d be playing.

Once your slot came, you’d walk up on stage, briefly chat with your new team of musicians, and start playing for 5-10 minutes. Some of the jams were exploratory, some were raging, some were contemplative, and others were dance-able and groovy as anything. Over the course of a few months, the members of Shrub(b) had played with each other a handful of times at Imurj, and decided, “Hey, could we do this… somewhere else? Like for real?” And fast forward to now, we’ve played together as a 4-piece band for almost 4 years. Our story as a gigging band has relied so much on organic word-of-mouth and communal support in the local music scene of the Triangle.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Not always. Starting a band with 4 people who you consider friends is delightful, but you have to set expectations of what kind of music you actually want to write and what your goals are as a band. We still continue that conversation today, but setting expectations and norms around band operations can definitely be a challenge.

One of our biggest challenges has been the post-post-pandemic decrease in the availability of gigs in the area.

Additionally, the recording has been a challenge. We’ve got recorded music in the works, but it’s hard to focus time on that when you also want to spend time rehearsing for new shows coming up!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We write and perform jazz funk music in the Triangle area of North Carolina. We’re an instrumental band, and our songwriting features keyboard and guitar lead melodies. We are distinct from our peers in the area because we operate as an instrumental band without a clear “front-person” leading the way — instead, we focus on building grooves, interesting harmonic changes, and tasty solos to captivate an audience over the course of a show.

We write our own music and take great pride in creating collaborative pieces that reflect all of our group interests, whether it’s neo-soul, EDM, funk, or hip-hop. We take our craft seriously, and we always perform with a smile and a sense of humor.

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Robert Davezac and Jakob Bowery

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