Con Brio is a living manifestation of the power of soul. The name (meaning “with vigor” or “spirit”), belies a blend of old-school grit with new-school sophistication that comes together in a sound that’s wholly their own. Front and center are the stunning vocals and contagious energy of Ziek McCarter, while the organ-driven rhythm section, searing horns, and guitar fireworks will keep heads nodding and the dance floor moving until the very last note fades away.
Not surprisingly, there’s a loyal (and constantly growing) legion of fans who turn up to get down at every Con Brio show, and the band doesn’t disappoint; each performance is hot, heavy and different from the last. Combining raw talent, a dynamic stage presence and spontaneous style with a professional polish usually seen in much more veteran ensembles, the band is tight and energetic — and when it comes to spirit, they’ve got it in spades.
After forming in San Francisco in 2009, Con Brio immediately took to the stage and the studio, with a heavy schedule of local shows and the recording of their debut album. 2010 saw the release of From The Hip in front of a sold-out crowd at Cafe Du Nord in SF, and a relentless gigging schedule alongside many of the Bay Area’s finest acts. In 2011, the band ramped up their regional touring, with shows from Seattle to San Diego, and higher-profile concerts in San Francisco including performances at Great American Music Hall, The Independent, The Fillmore and Regency Ballroom (as part of SFWeekly’s All Shook Down Festival). 2012 began with the sold-out release of their live record, The Bay is Burning, at The Independent in San Francisco and continued with their first national tour in the Summer. 2013 was a watershed year for Con Brio; the newly energized band is ready to stomp and sweat through 2014 and beyond.
Con Brio has shared the stage with many talented acts including Trombone Shorty, Meshell Ndegeocello, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, David Grisman, Mike Dillon, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Particle, Billy Martin Eric Krasno & Wil Blades, and Zach Deputy.