2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Free Radicals

Saturday, March 19
1:00AM - 1:50AM

Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave


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Drummer Nick Cooper founded the group in 1996, with a goal of specializing in improvised music and collaborating with rappers. Cooper and bari sax player Pete Sullivan are the longest-remaining members, but Jason Jackson (alto sax) and Al Bear (guitar) have been in the band over a decade. In 2015, long time collaborator and Free Rads Street Band sousaphonist Nick Gonzalez bought a bass amp and took over low-end duties. New additions include Matt Serice (trumpet), and Tom VandenBoom (trombone). Frequent collaborators and guest musicians include Al Pagliuso (percussion), Harry Sheppard (vibes), Nelson Mills III (trumpet), and Subhendu Chakraborty (tablas).

In 2000, The New Yorker wrote "The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions." ...

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