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Bad News Botanists


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Seattle jam band, Bad News Botanists, dives through a mixture of classic funk and soul music with a modern, synth twist, planting a new cool on instrumental music.
Brain child of the Botanists, Frank Vitolo, organically formed the group through a series of local jam sessions scattered around the city. Their repertoire is thoughtfully composed to features each individual Botanists as well maintain an original sound. This band turns a new leaf on the set standard of the jam band genre.
The origins of this band was started through the strong and popular jam session scene in Seattle. Each member was found through various jam sessions which included: Mo Jam Mondays at the Nectar Lounge, Capital Cider Brazilian Sessions, Own N Thistle Jazz Jam, Love City Love and was asked to join this project based on the musical chemistry and ability to communicate through their instruments. This six piece super group is made up of some Seattle's finest musicians. Frank Vitolo (sax), Colin Pulkrabeck (trombone), Andy Short (guitar), Rob Homan (keyboards/synth), Marina Christopher (bass), and Heather Thomas (drums). Their diversified styles show extended knowledge of both modern popular music, 90's hip-hop, R&B, Seattle grunge, to multiple eras of jazz, bebop and soul. Bypassing the borders of genres and pushing the boundaries of harmonic progression, Bad News Botanists could only come from the rich soil of the Seattle music scene.


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