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Laudable Productions Presents: Underground System

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Laudable Productions Presents: Underground System

Sat, Nov 20 - 8pm

Presented by DSP Shows

$20 Adv. / $25 DOS

Music Hall Doors Open at 7pm

16+ unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

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For the safety of our artists, venue staff and our community as a whole we will be requiring proof of vaccination for admittance to all shows at Gateway City Arts until further notice. Results from a negative COVID test will NOT be accepted for entry. In addition, masks are required to be worn at all times while at the venue. You may pull your mask down when eating or drinking only.

Please bring your vaccination card, or a photo of it, along with a corresponding state or federal ID for entry.

We encourage anyone who has yet to be vaccinated to get their shots as soon as possible.

General admission standing room only.

Dine at GCA! Judd’s Bar & Restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Small bites are available during all concerts at The Famous Cafe starting at 7pm.

Laudable Productions presents Underground System. Hot off a talked-about set at Green River Festival this summer, the female-fronted post-afrobeat electro-disco ensemble is back in the Pioneer Valley for an intimate club-style performance. Led by the frequently outrageous Domenica Fossati, an Italian-American hailing from Miami via Venezuela, this seven-piece Brooklyn band is equally eclectic and hard to define: no wave, Italo disco, baile funk, house, and multiculti retro-futurism all influence their sound, converging in a kind of global dance band that gets everybody on their feet. The band’s current configuration features former members of Antibalas, LCD Soundsystem, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Hot Chip, Holy Ghost!, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Brazilian Girls, and !!! !!! !!! (Chk Chk Chk).

Fossati’s stage presence is singular: reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s intensity, David Byrne’s weirdness, it’s brimming with charisma and spontaneity. Following Valley performances at Barbès in the Woods, Millpond.Live, and the Collider! Music Series Underground System has established a devout local following. The band is roaring into 2022 with fistfuls of new material and inspirations.

About Underground System

If you’ve seen UNDERGROUND SYSTEM live, then you’ve witnessed the ensemble’s larger than life presence. One of the most dynamic groups to emerge from New York City this decade, Underground System continues to reinvent their brand of global dance music, remaining a force determined to recreate, redefine, and reconstruct. The journey from humble beginnings taking the purist approach to interpreting Fela Kuti’s musical style, to an authentically original, internationally touring indie dance band is a story just beginning to be told. After time spent developing their sound close to home, the production and release of 2018’s debut LP ‘What Are You’ (Soul Clap Records) proved to be the springboard that set the group in motion. Re-contextualizing and breathing fresh life into elements of afrobeat, dance punk, disco and electronic music, the album was received with international acclaim, setting the band up for their busiest year to date. Following a US Tour in support of the record, Underground System landed a primetime slot at French taste-maker festival Transmusicales in 2018. Their performance garnered international press and promoter attention, paving the road for an 18 show European tour in the Summer of 2019. With so much artistic inspiration to draw from the fast-paced climate of contemporary culture, Underground System has been back in the studio recording new music in anticipation of a busy 2020.