The legendary bassist/songwriter Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, brings his Drunk World Tour to Philadelphia. A sold out crowd at Union Transfer will welcome Bruner this Saturday night. Located right in the heart of Philly’s live music district, Union Transfer has become a hot spot for concert goers due to its diversity. Hosting a wide variety of genres such as indie, folk, jazz, hip-hop, electronic and many more; Union Transfer has a little bit of something for all music fans. This Saturday night is no different when Thundercat comes to town.
Thundercat is no stranger to the industry. The 32 year old from Los Angeles has now been working diligently since he was 15. Appearing in multiple bands and trying to find his own niche, it wasn’t until 2011 that he released his debut project, The Golden Age of Apocalypse. The project was heavily assisted by producer, Flying Lotus. The two would find a connection between jazz and electronic. This later became the foundation for many more collaborations. Assisting on each other’s albums, the two formed a dynamic duo between 2012-2014. However, 2015 was the year that everyone finally began to take note of Thundercat. Labeled as the “creative epicenter” of Kendrick Lamar‘s highly acclaimed, To Pimp A Butterfly. Bruner’s funky, jazz influence helped to create a timeless masterpiece. He would also receive his first Grammy for his contributions on the hit song, “These Walls“, after winning Best Rap/Sung collaboration.
Flash forward to last week. Thundercat has now released his third studio album and biggest project to date, Drunk. Through 23 tracks infusing funk with R&B, he takes us on an epic journey inside the mind of his own. Starting the album off a bright note with some humor, he gives listeners a little bit of a pep talk. “Comb your beard, brush your teeth … beat your meat, go to sleep.” It is very clear though that the beginning of this album would be the only joyous thing about it. As the album progresses he dives deeper and deeper into the darkness he faces. Dealing with issues of death, police brutality, expiring friendships and more; Thundercat tries to answer the many unsolved questions African-Americans’ face in today’s society. With massive features from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa, Kenny Loggins and more; Drunk is already shaping up to be a work of art that music fans will be talking about for a while. Saturday night at Union Transfer will certainly be a night to remember.