As soon as Butter Side Up's 3rd Birthday jumped onto our radar we stood up and took note. Theo Parrish; a man who needs little introduction, however deserves a big one.
Hailing from Washington, and growing up in Chicago it was the sounds of jazz, soul, rock, reggae and all things good that Theo Parrish grew up on, taking inspiration from the likes of Miles David, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, as well as uncle, the prolific jazz musician Dexter Sims. Growing up with the likes of Gene Hunt, Mike Dunn, Frankie Knuckles, Lil Louis and more on the radio began the fusion of styles which would later become one his many signatures.
Eclectic in it's purist form, Theo Parrish comes from the school of thought of the legendary jazz composer, orchestra leader and pianist Duke Ellington, in that “there's only two types of music, good music and the other kind”. Expect to hear anything and everything and you will still come away surprised (especially during one of his famed extended sets, as Butter Side Up will be treating the Leeds faithful too next month).
Although growing up in Chicago, it was Detroit were Theo made his mark with a back catalogue that reads like a must have hit list for selectors the world over with releases on labels including KDJ, Running Back, Moods & Grooves and of course his very own Sound Signature. Beyond his solo work his contributions as a member of The 3 Chairs (aka Moodymann, Rich Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman and Theo Parrish) are some of Detroit's most dearly held recordings – further cementing his place in the city's rich history.
Friday 11th October sees Leeds based Butter Side Up continue their list of impeccable bookings (that have previously included extended sets from Floating Points and Hunee earlier this year) bringing Theo Parrish to leeds for a full 5 hour session on their 3rd birthday. Early bird and first release tickets sold out in now time with final release heading for a sell out also. Unsurprisingly, if you intent of attending this particular event, an advance ticket will almost certainly be needed.
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