Badbadnotgood at the UCR barn

It is Possible to Mosh at a Jazz Show

When going to see Canadian jazz trio, BADBADNOTGOOD, one isn’t quite sure what to expect from the experience. Relaxed, swank, and laid back are all words usually associated with a jazz concert, but nothing could have prepared us for this encounter.

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Badbadnotgood

Thursday, October 9, 2014 BBNG came to Riverside, CA to perform at The Barn at UCR. The jazz trio features Matthew A. Tavares on the keys, Alexander Sowinski on drums and Chester Hansen on the bass. The group formed 4 years ago after meeting each other through a jazz program at Humber College in Toronto, Canada.

Chester on the bass.
Chester on the bass.

We were able to catch up with the band before the show, who hung out unnoticed amongst the crowd during the opening act. They told us they had just got to California less than 5 hours before the show, coming from Portland, Oregon where they performed the night before.

BBNG beginning their first show in Riverside
BBNG beginning their first show in Riverside

As the opening act exited the stage, we parted ways with the band so they could set up and we could work our way to the front of the crowd, which was a sea of hipsters and clueless students who were there because “I go to school here and it was free.” Applauds and cheers roared out as BADBADNOTGOOD entered the stage.

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Drummer Alex

The show was their first to start off their west coast tour, and a start it was. Opening with one of their more smooth and laid back tunes, the band got the crowd into the groove of things. When they announced they’d be performing a cover of Flying Lotus’ “putty boy strut” the crowd went wild. On drums and hype man, Alex got the crowd going, telling everybody to “clap along and keep the tempo up!” and “when the drop comes, I want everybody to jump as high as you can!” and jump they did.

At this point the comforting sounds of smooth jazz turned into a beautiful and impactful cacophony of drums, keys, bass slapping, and young adults yelling and shoving each other. If you got pushed, you pushed back, people began crowd surfing and jumping on the stage, which security wasn’t too happy about.

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Pianist Alex on the keys

Ending the night with their famous cover of, self proclaimed “Trap God” and currently imprisoned rapper, Gucci Mane’s “lemonade” sent the crowd into frenzy. The pushing became more intense and violent as everyone started shoving and jumping to the amazing cover of a classic trap song.

Varsity Standouts writter Marcus with an autographed poster
Varsity Standouts writter Marcus with an autographed poster

The night left The Barn at UCR filled with one hundred-something exhausted and sweaty young adults anxious to run up and take pictures and have their posters signed by BBNG, who were just as eager to meet and greet with their fans. To leave this show without feeling satisfied means you are truly a querulous person. Who would’ve thought that moshing would EVER be a thing at a jazz show, but that night it was, and BADBADNOTGOOD is sure to continue to draw a strange yet beautiful crowd and perform an incredible show.

Article written by Marcus Daniels

Video and Photography by Marshall Hawthorne