Bassel & The Supernaturals
Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others.
The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble donate over 20% of their merchandise proceeds to humanitarian relief through the Karam Foundation, including $3,000 from the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017). Their latest album - drawing inspiration from artists such as Snarky Puppy, Jamiroquai, and Steely Dan's "Aja" - was premiered by Noisey (Vice), and led to their involvement in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW 2017 showcase 'ContraBanned: #MusicUnites' featuring artists from the diaspora of countries targeted by the travel ban. They've since been featured on PRI, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, NowThis, and many others.
Bassel co-produced the multi-genre humanitarian tour 'Amplify Peace' in collaboration with several other Arab-American artists from predominantly Muslim countries impacted by war (Omar Offendum, Kayem, Ronnie Malley, and Asad Jafri). Highlights from their debut tour in October 2017 included performances at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Arab American National Museum, and a feature by the Associated Press. The program features a dynamic, multi-genre performance by socially conscious artists along with a variety of educational packages featuring lectures, interactive workshops, and a Q&A.
Performing over 55 tour dates on average per year across the US and Canada with internationally touring artists such as Youssou N'Dour, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Emancipator, The Dandy Warhols, Sinkane, and many others - Bassel & The Supernaturals is preparing to release another full-length album, Smoke & Mirrors (2019).
In 1975 Dylan Connor was born. He will someday die.
In 1982, Dylan watched a film called "This Is Elvis," and the next day he was writing songs on a plastic “Dukes of Hazard” guitar that his mom bought for him at the local toy store.
In 1991, Dylan's band won his high school's Battle of the Bands by playing all Spinal Tap covers and 1 original song. Students who saw the performance said it was the greatest single tribute to a fake band they had seen that morning before lunch. But they all remembered the original song.
In 2004, Phish and Ramones (and several billion other bands) producer Bryce Goggin invited Connor to Trout Recording in Brooklyn after one listen to his demos. They emerged with “Plug In,” Connor’s debut solo effort (think Ben Folds with a guitar after binge listening to Guided by Voices). A big fat positive response to the album sent Connor on a whirlwind tour across the U.S and as far away as the Middle East, where he decided that he actually did like air conditioning after all.
Since then, Connor has written, recorded, and released four more solo albums; the most recent of which is called "Blood like Fire (Songs for Syria)" - a charity album that chronicles the current crisis in Syria. All proceeds from album sales go to educating Syrian refugee children through the Karam Foundation's Zeitouna Mentorship program. The singles from the "Blood Like Fire" album have been on heavy rotation on arabic TV and radio stations thoughought the entire Middle East since 2012, prompting Dylan's brother Jimmy to compare his recent fame in the arab world to that of the songwriting team of Rogers and Clark in the film Ishtar.
Dylan will release his 5th solo record "Spirit Glue", which was funded by his fans through PledgeMusic, this fall.