It's a (funk) family affair! For one night only, Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science/Pretty Lights Live) and his father, Bobby Deitch, will team up with Richie Hart (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Don Patterson) and his son, James, for a funky family throwdown as 33 1/3. Rounding out this powerful lineup are Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff (Lettuce), Deke Strauss, Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), Eddy Bishai and Jonathan Strange. 33 1/3's album release party is going down at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on May 19th.
Richie Hart and Bobby Deitch go way back to the Berklee College of Music days, where they were classmates in the mid 70s, when funk music was at an all-time high. The friends often recorded together, and even performed together with Bobby's son Adam and Richie's son James when Adam was 17 and James was just 9 years old! It wasn't until last year that Richie contacted Bobby to join forces and the two reunited in order to recreate the fire and bring their special brand of funk to today's younger audiences.
As all things come full circle, Richie is now a professor of Guitar at Berklee, with former students including Lettuce's Eric Krasno and Shmeeans! He has performed extensively with jazz greats such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, George Benson, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws and Freddie Hubbard.
Aside from being Adam's proud dad, Bobby has been performing and recording as a drummer for over 40 years. Bobby is also a songwriter, producer, author and music educator. He has performed with notable musicians in funk, jazz and pop bands throughout the US. He is currently a drummer and musical director for the renowned tribute to Ray Charles, "Forever Ray"; drummer for the rock band, The "New York Hitmen"; and drummer on the newly released CD "The Richard Sorce Project". There's no slowing a Deitch man down!
James has practically been born in to the music business. He has witnessed and spent his childhood and teenage years surrounded by countless jazz greats such as George Benson and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He left successful bands such as Platinum and Hudson so that he could perform in 33 1/3. He is also producer of the new 33 1/3 CD.
Adam Deitch, Shmeeans and Peter Levin will open up the evening, followed by 33 1/3 (Bobby Deitch, Richie Hart, James Hart, Shmeeans, Peter Levin, Eddy Bishai and Deke Strauss) as the main act! Doors at 7 PM // Show is 18+.