Since forming in the Rustbelt of Cleveland, OH in 2010, Broccoli Samurai has been taking the club and festival scene by storm. The band’s synth-laden, drum and bass influenced, progressive electronica has been thrilling audiences throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast markets, winning them a massive and fiercely loyal fanbase. Eager fans pack dance floors and late-night festival sets with smiles across their faces, waiting to get lost in the band’s ambient soundscapes, anticipating every bass drop that will force them to move with reckless abandon. Broccoli Samurai’s line-up includes founding member Ryan “Bruce” Hodson on keys and synth, and Cameron Bickley on drums and percussion. Accomplished bassist Randy Niklas anchors the rhythm section, while guitarist Michael Vincent weaves in and out, exploring new sonic territory.
The band has played countless festivals such as Peach Music Festival, Electric Forest, Catskill Chill Music Festival, Aura Music and Art Festival, The Werk Out, BIG What?!, Domefest, Paradise Music and Art Festival, Rootwire, The Mad Tea Party Jam, The Ville, SummerDance, Disc Jam, Night Lights Fall Music Festival, The Gathering At Chaffee’s, Utica Music and Art Festival, and Hyperion Fest. Broccoli Samurai has directly supported and toured with many known bands including Dopapod, Papadosio, Lotus, Conspirator, The Werks, Ozric Tentacles, BoomBOX, Big Gigantic, Rusted Root, O.A.R., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, and BIG Something. Broccoli Samurai’s extensive tour schedule has them playing high profile venues and major cities regularly, and the band will be increasing the number of performances and expanding their reach into the West Coast and Southern markets in 2015. This band is making big moves and the time to take notice is now.
Broccoli Samurai also includes members from local Akron, Ohio band The Acid Cats:
Acid Cats has been continuing to play and generate buzz since they stepped onto the NE Ohio music scene. New material is being written and recorded through the summer, but you can look for “Crosby Street ” and “All In a Day’s Work” on bandcamp.com. Band members include Michael Vincent on guitar/keys, Randy Niklas on bass, Tommy Lehman on trumpet/vocals, Justin Tibbs on tenor sax, Cameron Bickley on drums, and Blaine Klein on percussion.
The Acid Cats have shared the stage with notable acts such as Snarky Puppy, The Main Squeeze, Red Sun Rising, The Funky Knuckles, Jazz is Phish, Jones for Revival, and Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles. The band is continuing to look for opportunities to grow and play to new audiences as their musical adventure continues.