the suffers - friday june 19, 2015

with shrimpboat

friday june 19th, 2015
Doors 7:00 PM / Showtime 8:00 PM
All Ages


Pre-sales end at noon on the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Will Call only. No physical tickets are printed.
  • Tickets are non refundable. 
  • Tickets may not be exchanged for a different show. 
  • Tickets may be transferred to another person for that show.

The Suffers are a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. The band’s sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene.

The Suffers’ ten-piece line up was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and keyboardist/songwriter/vocalist Pat Kelly in 2011. The pair brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, and percussionist Jose “Chapy” Luna, all band mates from earlier projects. Filling out the rhythm section are accomplished jazz saxophonist Cory Wilson and songwriting/producing duo Alex Zamora on guitar/vocals and Nick Zamora on drums/vocals. Vocalist/songwriter Kam Franklin, having recently completed a tour with London-based group The Very Best, was recruited to front the band.

In a short time, the band has progressed from packing local Houston venues to accepting invitations for main stage performances at the 20th annual Austin Reggae Festival, Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival, and Paste Magazine’s Untapped Festival where they’ve shared the stage with the likes of The Wailers, Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes, The Walkmen, and Cat Power. The Suffers have accepted four Houston Press Music Awards in two years and have been listed among the top musical acts to watch in 2014 by the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle. The band’s debut video, a live performance of “Giver,” was recently premiered by Side One Track One following a hugely successful performance during Austin’s Free Week. Work has already begun on a follow-up to their debut 45, which will be a full-length album planned for release in 2015.


Shrimpboat is the brainchild of Bobby Gentilo and Jason Hoffheins come to fruition; a group of artists with enough in common to work well with one another, but different enough apart to bring a wealth of perspectives to the table. As an engineer and producer at Right Coast Recording Studio in Columbia, PA, Bobby had the unique opportunity to sample from a wide range of local talent, and hand pick each member.

Striking their first notes in 2012, Shrimpboat was quick to start performing, playing monthly shows at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center Stage on Herr, and various bookings in the Lancaster area. But they set themselves apart from other bands when they released their studio session video of their original song "Busted Soul." Both the song and the video captured the attention of renowned engineer Dave Natale, who is known for his work with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, and countless others. Natale expressed an interest in recording and filming with the band, but this time, all analog, no computers, and in September of 2013, Shrimpboat began work on "Slickie Ricky." Natale captured the essence of band in that session - a fresh yet familiar approach to soul, funk and rhythm & blues with powerful vocals, tight harmonies, and energizing grooves. 

Since releasing several studio videos, Shrimpboat has gained more and more attention, landing spots at large festivals and concert series. Shrimpboat headlined Downtown Lancaster's 2014 New Years Eve Countdown and in June 2014, headlined a night in Lancaster's Long's Park Summer Concert Series. In February 2015, Shrimpboat arranged and performed a concert with DaNica Shirey from season 7 of NBC's "The Voice" at the Pullo Center. Since then,Shrimpboat has continued writing, filming, and booking, and they don't plan on slowing down.