Sirius.B (band)

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Sirius.B
OriginAsheville, North Carolina, United States
GenresGypsy punk
World music
Indie rock
Years active2006–present
Websitewww.siriusbmusic.com
MembersPancho Romero Bond
Xavier Ferdón
Franklin Keel
Ryan Kijanka
Lauren Baker
Mike Oliver
Drayton Aldridge
Mattick Frick
Past membersImhotep
Lee Stanford
Bryshen Brothwell
Rachael Kistler
Amy Lovinger
Mike Morel
Rob Whitesides
(A.K.A. Branco Cotes)
Jamie Davis
Laura Baskervill
Hannah Furgiuele
Bruce Comings

Sirius.B is an eight-piece musical group from Asheville, NC. It was formed in late 2006 by Xavier Ferdón, Pancho Romero Bond, and Imhotep and takes its name from the white dwarf star, Sirius B. The band describes itself as "Absurdist Gypsy Folk Funk Punk". Sirius.B combines accordion, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, flamenco and electric guitar, charango, banjo, percussion, drums, upright bass, melodica, clarinet, and multi-lingual vocals to create a sound that has a gypsy feel, but with elements from other modern genres.[1][2]

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2017, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Favorite All-Around Band

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2015, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Favorite All-Around Band
  • No. 3 Rock Band

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2014, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Favorite All-Around Band
  • No. 1 Acoustic/Folk Band (tie)
  • No. 1 Rock Band

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2013, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Favorite All-Around Band
  • No. 1 Acoustic/Folk Band
  • No. 1 Rock Band
  • No. 3 World Music Band

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2012, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Favorite Local Band
  • No. 1 Local Gypsy Absurdist Punk Rock Band
  • No. 3 Local Band: Acoustic / Folk

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2011, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Next Big Thing
  • No. 1 Local Band: Rock
  • No. 2 Favorite Local Band
  • No. 2 Local Band: Acoustic/Folk

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2010, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Next Big Thing
  • No. 2 Experimental Band
  • No. 2 Rock Band

In the Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina for 2009, Sirius.B was voted:

  • No. 1 Rock Band
  • No. 1 Experimental Band (tie)
  • No. 2 Indie Band
  • No. 3 Live Show of 2009 - (Beating Sirius.B for Best Live Show were the Beastie Boys and Phish.)[3]

In addition, Sirius.B also won awards in the Best of WNC 2007[4] and Best of WNC 2008. Mountain Xpress writes, "folk-punk artists Sirius B are, according to Xpress readers, the ones to watch."

Sirius.B's songs can be heard on regional radio stations such as 88.7FM WNCW, 105.9FM The Mountain, 98.1FM The River, 880AM The Revolution,[5] and Power 90.5FM.[6] They have also made a live appearance on the WDVX Knoxville Blue Plate Special, which has hosted other artists such as Bela Fleck and The Avett Brothers.

In addition to the Asheville area, they tour regionally to venues in Atlanta and Athens, GA; Columbia and Charleston, SC; and Knoxville and Johnson City, TN. They often host ticket sales on their main website. The Mountain Xpress states that "The excitement of a Sirius.B show has been compared by the press to what 'one would imagine Athens’s 40 Watt Club to have been like in the early days of R.E.M."[7][8]

Their original album, "Dazzling Urbanites" was released on May 3, 2008.[9]

Their second album, "Monkey Robot Soldier" was released on March 27, 2010.[10]

Their third album, "The Triumphant Return of Black-Eyed Norman" was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studio[11] and released on September 28, 2012, after raising $9,150 through their Kickstarter campaign.

Line-up[edit]

Current members[edit]

[12]

In the Asheville Symphony Orchestra Franklin Keel is the Assistant Principal Cellist.[13]

Franklin Keel is also a member of Upland Drive and the Opal String Quartet.[14]

Ryan Kijanka is a member of Upland Drive.

Former members[edit]

Special guests[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Monkey Robot Soldier (2010)[10]
  • Dazzling Urbanites (2008)[16]
  • The Triumphant Return of Black-Eyed Norman (2012)[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott, Joe. "Arts | Mountain Xpress". Mountainx.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ "Sirius.B". Siriusbmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ 6 years ago (2010-03-02). "Sirius B on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  6. ^ "BlogAsheville: Sirius.B". Blogasheville.blogspot.com. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  7. ^ Elliott, Joe. "Arts | Mountain Xpress". Mountainx.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  8. ^ "Sirius.B". Siriusbmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 9, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Clients - Echo Mountain Recording Studio - Asheville, NC". Echomountain.net. 1990-05-17. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  12. ^ "Sirius.B". Siriusbmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  13. ^ "Musicians — Asheville Symphony Orchestra". Ashevillesymphony.org. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  14. ^ "Opal String Quartet | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  15. ^ "Sirius.B". Siriusbmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  16. ^ a b "Sirius.B". Siriusbmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  17. ^ "Sirius.B | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.

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