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May 16, 2020

Critically-acclaimed garage/soul rockers The Sh-Booms live set, Q&A for Illigal Mezcal's Musician's Breakfast series watch May 16 at 2 p.m.

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Orlando, Florida’s garage-soul outfit The Sh-booms will be performing a live-streamed set on May 16, followed by a Q&A, as part of Illegal Mezcal's Musician's Breakfast, a raw kitchen counter acoustic series digitally bringing artists and their music from their home to yours.

The session will begin at 2 p.m. EST on May 16, on Illegal Mezcal's Instagram page: instagram.com/ilegalmezcal.

In anticipation of May 16’s live stream, the band has curated an eclectic Musician's Breakfast Playlist of some of their favorite songs, which is now streaming on Spotify: open.spotify.com/playlist/6xTu68wlCaWBd3Pm7TyKaN?si=wpEu0E4TSLiERPYSAkhLLw.
"Ilegal Mezcal's Musician's Breakfast series was started as a way to close the distance between artists with intimate kitchen performances and live question and answer sessions after. The Sh-Booms are excited to be featured in Episode 11 of series, performing ‘Outlaw,’ ‘Sin and the City,’ and a cover of Echo & The Bunnymen's ‘The Killing Moon,’" Bassist Al Ruiz said. "Getting out and playing is just our favorite part of being a band, and while we can't do that for now, we are really excited that Ilegal had us over to play a few."
The Sh-booms critically-hailed release The Blurred Odyssey Tour is out now.

Since their 2011 inception, The Sh-Boomshave become kind of a thing in their native scene and beyond.

They've been tapped to share the stage with names like The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52's (whom the band toured with in 2017 and 2018).

They've also been featured on NPR, while their music has made its way onto shows like CW's Supergirl.

"Leon The Hustler," the first single off The Blurred Odyssey was dubbed none other than the "Coolest Song In The World" by Little Steven's Underground Garage,while outlets such Flood Magazine, PopMatters, Spill Magazine and others raved about the album.

Since powerhouse singer Brenda Radney joined in 2015, the band's course has been locked, their date with destiny set. 

Radney was signed to Justin Timberlake's Tennman label, even appearing on his album, “The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 2.”

But after clicking with band leader Al Ruiz while recording separately in the same studio, she jumped aboard The Sh-Booms to turn this train into a true locomotive.

After the release of their 2016 “Usage Fee” EP and a countless number of shows in the Southeast, the 10 songs along “The Blurred Odyssey” were produced by Grammy-nominated Alan Armitage (AA Villain) over an 18-month span that cemented the band as a tight-knit unit.

That chemistry achieved is where The Sh-Booms are now, and “The Blurred Odyssey” is their testament.

Although a soul band through and through, the grease and bite they've been picking up in the years leading up to this big step out have been forged in the bad company of punk and garage bands.

From that underground now rises a new hurricane of big orchestration, maximum stomp and fresh intent.

It's a little ache and a lot of party all wrapped up in a wrecking ball.


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