Driven by powerful vocals and soulful grooves, San Francisco’s Con Brio (“with vigor” or “spirit”) blends old-school grit with new-school sophistication for a sound that’s wholly their own. The addition of Benajmin Andrews’ barn-burning guitar playing and Zeik McCarter’s hair-raising vocals to the gritty, organ-driven soul of the long-standing original rhythm section (Jonathan Kirchner, Andrew Laubacher, Micah Dubreuil) will keep heads nodding and the dance floor moving until the very last note fades away. Their unique take on high-octane funk and deep-pocket grooves has left the band poised to launch into the stratosphere in 2013.
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 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 San Francisco, 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 was an even busier year for Con Brio, beginning with the sold-out release of their live record, The Bay is Burning, at The Independent in February, and continuing with the recording of their second full-length studio album and their first national tour. 2013 has been a watershed year for the band: with the indisputable Ziek McCarter taking over lead vocals and center stage, the newly energized band is ready to stomp and sweat like never before.