Washington, D.C.’s of Tomorrow has absolutely torn up the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern music scene this summer, and they’re just getting started.
This October, Live Music Daily is proud to present of Tomorrow’s U Street residency – three raging shows in one month – each with amazing out of town bands who don’t play in DC often, drink deals, special guests, and more. You do not want to miss this. (Event Info)
This band of D.C. music veterans combines melodic, soulful songwriting with unmatched skill and precision. Their live shows that are nothing short of explosive. Their 10-song LP, The Squids, is coming next month and is very, very highly anticipated. You should make space on your playlist now, because we have a feeling of Tomorrow’s record is going to be the soundtrack to your Fall 2016.
If you like Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, Radiohead, Snarky Puppy, or high-caliber genre bending artists in general, you will love of Tomorrow and should seriously put these DC residency dates on your show calendar. For starters, the band’s band’s bass player, Nick Söderström, is insanely good. He’s pretty much a bass prodigy. You need to see it to believe it. One of the tracks on the album, Basslove, features dueling solos between Nick and special guest John Ferrara of Consider the Source – LMD was able to preview the track, and the amount of bass facemeltage is mind-boggling.
of Tomorrow’s drummer Jon Modell is a fixture on the DC scene, having toured extensively with Fort Knox Five, played with and helped to launch roots-reggae rockers Nappy Riddem, and collaborated for years with members of Thievery Corporation on projects galore.
Lead singer and frontman of Tomorrow, Geoff Browning, was the original founder and frontman of DC’s B Side Shuffle, who sold out the 9:30 Club twice before calling it quits in 2015. B Side was known for its special energy and precise compositions. of Tomorrow incorporates these qualities, but on a whole new level beyond B Side’s – and with a degree of musical precision that casual listeners and music critics alike can really sink their teeth (and/or ears) into.
In its first year alone, this band has collaborated and shared stages with members of Thievery Corporation, moe., the Disco Biscuits, Turkuaz, the Trey Anastasio Band, and Blues Traveler.
Anything can happen at a show of Tomorrow. If you live in DC, do NOT miss of Tomorrow’s U Street residency this October. Check it out:
On Saturday 10/8, they’ll be playing at Velvet Lounge (915 U Street, NW) with Philadelphia legends Johnny Popcorn, as well as special guest Ralph Real (of Oddisee and Good Company). The upstairs bar will be open with $3 beers all night. If you’ve never seen Ralph Real play, it’s a special treat. He is one of the mid-Atlantic’s top synth and production luminaries and his stage presence is a world apart.
On Saturday 10/15, they’ll be back at Velvet Lounge with Baltimore’s Rachel Ann Morgan Band and DC’s Mary-eL Band. Rachel has sang with the likes of Ron Holloway and Warren Haynes, and also tours with the Ron Holloway Band. The upstairs bar will again be open with $3 beers all night. of Tomorrow will also be joined this night by Mario D’Ambrosio, tenor sax wizard of Yellow Dubmarine.
Finally, on Friday 10/28, they’ll be throwing an epic Halloween rager at Solly’s (1942 11th Street, NW – upstairs) with Nashville’s Dynamo, who is like Snarky Puppy but funkier and more accessible without sacrificing an iota of musicianship or quality – seriously, Dynamo is sick – and the Cranston Dean Band of Asbury Park, NJ, led by Jersey Shore’s own Cranston Dean, who brings the area’s rich Americana roots into the 21st century. Costumes encouraged!
LMD caught up with of Tomorrow’s Geoff Browning, who had this to say:
Lots of bands do residencies in Baltimore and other cities, but we don’t see multi-show runs in DC as often (except of course at the 9:30 Club). We’re excited to rage the month of October on U Street, one of our favorite places to play, and really build on our relationship with the neighborhood. These shows are gonna be a blast. We have some very special guests lined up and I can’t wait. – Geoff Browning, Of Tomorrow
Don’t live in DC? No problem – of Tomorrow’s Halloween run also includes shows with LITZ at The 8×10 in Baltimore on Wednesday 10/26, for the finale of LITZ’s October residency – and at the Golden Pony in Harrisonburg, VA with the Southern Belles on Thursday 10/27.