While there is no substitute for a real bass guitarist, the absence of a one allows us to take the music anywhere we want to. Our goal is to take our audience on a journey with us.
San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 11, 2011
One of the most unique and versatile bands to come out of the Bay Area in recent years, BASSment combines jazz, blues, funk, soul, and everything in between to create a tasteful mélange of musical chemistry. Known for their amazing talent and energy, BASSment performs original and cover tunes usually as a trio but have also performed as large as an octet.
While the group's core members consist of Nate Mercereau on guitar, Kevin Wong on bass keys and organ, and Clarence Lewis IV on drums, their extended family includes singer Lonnye Dotson, afrobeat trumpeter Will Magid, co-founder saxophonist Daniel Casares, bassist Scott Thompson, and drummer Dante McClinton.
BASSment is a popular Bay Area festival band, having performed at the Palo Alto Black and White Ball, Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Nihonmachi Street Fair, and the Gilroy Garlic Festival. They have played renowned venues including the Boom Boom Room, Red Devil Lounge, Shattuck Down Low, The Rockit Room, and Club 6.
Co-founder Kevin Wong created this Bay Area band largely due to his appreciation for funk band Soulive. Like Soulive, Kevin plays bass lines with his left hand while simultaneously playing chords, melodies, and solos with his right hand.
"While there is no substitute for a real bass guitarist, the absence of a one allows us to take the music anywhere we want to. Our goal is to take our audience on a journey with us," said Wong.
Kevin Wong was born with perfect pitch and graduated from SF State University with a B.A. in Jazz Performance. He has played with numerous industry greats, such as Vernon Black, Thomas Pridgen, Booker T Jones, James Carter, T.S. Monk and Jimmy Cobb.
Guitarist Nate Mercereau continues to be one of the most sought-after musicians from the Bay Area. He has made a name for himself locally and also through recordings with Grammy-nominated artists Ledisi, Anthony David, and Kim Burrell. Nate is currently working on albums with Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band as well as 70's soul singer Darondo and R&B singers Goapele and Ledisi.
Clarence Lewis IV began playing drums at the age of 2. A versatile and skillful drummer with musicianship beyond his years, he has played with Kenny Lattimore, Daisy, Tommy Daan, and Silvester Henderson.
BASSment is an exceptionally talented and interactive organ trio based in San Francisco with a unique combination of virtuosity, chemistry, emotion, and feel. The musical group plays weddings, corporate and private parties, wineries, casinos, clubs, lounges and restaurants.
Available in larger configurations as well, the group can play any genre—and their ability to cover songs requested by the wedding party makes them a popular San Francisco Bay Area wedding band. As of this time, the band has written 10 original songs, and will be releasing its first studio album sometime this year.
For more information BASSment’s upcoming show or to inquire about bookings or other questions, call (650) 353-7972 or visit their website at http://www.bassmentmusic.com.