Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Grammy Winning Drummer Thomas Pridgen and Brad Miller take the stage at South Florida’s Premier Music Venue Crazy Uncle Mike’s. This is a not to be missed show Friday, October 20th!
As a collective they have worked artists such as Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Oteil Burbridge, Jon Batiste, Snoop Dog, Bootsy Collins, The Mars Volta, Thundercat, Suicidal Tendencies, Blaque Dynamite, Roosevelt Collier, BIGYUKI and much more!
-Brandon “Taz” Niederauer –
Eighteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having performed in some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has already earned himself quite the reputation.
It all started at eight years old, when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock. Already inspired by his father’s record collection, Brandon instantly realized he was destined to play guitar. From that moment on, his guitar rarely left his hands. Just four years later, Brandon was cast in the principal role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical.
Based in New York City, Brandon has had the opportunity to play with many of his musical idols. In recent years, he’s shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as a variety of other notable musicians, including Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, and John Popper. He has also performed with Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Blackberry Smoke, Galactic, and countless other bands.
Since making his national television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at just ten years old, Brandon has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and The View.
In 2018, Brandon reunited with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing in January with Sarah Brightman at The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, and in April alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Brandon is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world.
-Thomas Pridgen –
Thomas Armon Pridgen (born November 23, 1983) is an American drummer, best known for his role as the drummer of The Mars Volta from October 2006 until October 2009. He is touring with rapper Residente and is the drummer for hardcore punk band Trash Talk, as well as his own project The Memorials.
Pridgen won the Guitar Center Drum-Off at age nine, and at age ten was the youngest recipient for a Zildjian endorsement in the nearly 400-year history of the company. Pridgen is also naturally left-handed, but plays the drum kit as if he is a right-hander with his kit set-up right-handed. Pridgen has studied with David Garibaldi, Walfredo Reyes Sr., Troy Lucketta, and Curtis Nutall. He endorses DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Audix Microphones, and Zildjian Drumsticks (as of 2017). Pridgen was also the recipient of a four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 1999 at the age of 15; he was the youngest musician to ever receive this scholarship. He has played in clinics with Walfredo Reyes Jr. and Dennis Chambers. By his teenage years he had already done studio sessions with many Bay Area Gospel artists.
Pridgen’s first non-gospel touring experience was as the drummer for The Coup, who he worked with in 2001 and 2002.
In 2006, Pridgen received a call from Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta:
“Omar asked if I wanted to come check out the band,” Pridgen recalls from his home in El Cerrito, California. “We talked on the phone for a couple of hours, and then I went to Ohio to meet them. Omar invited me to a back room, where the whole band was set up. We jammed for a good thirty minutes. He then said, ‘We’re going to play that groove tonight in front of everybody.’ This was for a huge show in Cleveland, when the band was touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 2007, Pridgen became the new permanent drummer for The Mars Volta. Pridgen’s first appearance was at the March 12 show in New Zealand, where the band debuted the song “Idle Tooth” which was later renamed “Wax Simulacra” for the forthcoming album. After shows in New Zealand and Australia, The Mars Volta toured a few West Coast venues as the headliner, then entered the studio to record their fourth LP, The Bedlam in Goliath. Pridgen’s style on Bedlam in Goliath used “blistering 32nd-note full-set combinations, stunning single-stroke rolls, and blazing single bass drum patterns” along with creative and precise paradiddle technique.
Pridgen has been voted as ‘Best Up and Coming Drummer’ by Modern Drummer magazine.
Besides his work with The Mars Volta, he has also been involved with Christian Scott and Wicked Wisdom. Pridgen, for some time, was working with singer Keyshia Cole as her live and session drummer and being her music director. He also was featured alongside Tony Royster Jr., Eric Moore, and others in drumming DVD entitled “Shed Sessions”, a Gospel Chops DVD.
Pridgen was also featured on the Modern Drummer 2008 DVD with footage from his performance at the festival.
The Memorials (December 2009) In December 2009, Pridgen formed another band called The Memorials with friends and former students from Berklee College of Music – Viveca Hawkins (vocals) and Nick Brewer (guitars).
The band’s self-titled debut was released on January 18, 2011.
Elixir on Mute (2010) By invitation of Elixir on Mute’s headman Jordan Ferreira, Pridgen took part in the recording of the band’s debut End of Sky (released September 1[clarification needed] 2010).
November 10, 2011, the band had decided upon a name, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. By then the supergroup was working on writing songs.
In January 2012, it was announced that fellow former The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore replaced Pridgen in Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, though by March 2015, Pridgen once again became the drummer of GTO.
The Memorials (Delirium), TEN (Eric McFadden), Vigilant (Jon Reshard), Thundercat (Stephen Bruner), Elixir On Mute (Jordan Ferreira), Wicked Evolution (Jada Pinkett Smith) (2012)
The Memorials Still working on his personal project The Memorials. His second album, Delirium, released on June 5, 2012. The track “Fluorescent’s Unforgiving” was released via Soundcloud in November 2011.
TEN Spring of 2012, teamed up with guitarist, Eric McFadden (P-Funk, The Animals, Stockholm Syndrome), and Fishbone bassist, Norwood Fisher. phYne Entertainment produced five tracks for the new trio in a San Francisco studio. The project is called, TEN, as there is talk of a tour in the fall.
Vigilant Recording album with Jon Reshard, Chloe Pappas, Jordan Ferreira. Work to be released in 2012.
Thundercat Guest live drummer in support of Stephen Bruner’s project Thundercat. Toured all over Europe in spring 2012.
Wicked Evolution Took part in Wicked Evolution Jada Pinkett Smith’s Live Recorded Sessions.
European tour with The Memorials After completing 3 tours (Freedom Tour, Equinox Tour, Waterguns, B B Q, & Hot Chocolate Tour) over the United States with The Memorials, the band are preparing for a European tour to launch in October 2012.
Pinnick Gales Pridgen On February 12, 2013, Magna Carta released the Mike Varney-produced “Pinnick Gales Pridgen”, featuring Eric Gales on guitar and vocals, dUg Pinnick (of King’s X) on bass and vocals, and Pridgen on drums. The 13-track album features one cover song, “Sunshine of Your Love”, originally by Cream, one short instrumental based on Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Für Elise”, and the remaining songs written by some combination of Pinnick, Gales, Pridgen and Varney.
Suicidal Tendencies, Chiodos, Trash Talk (2014) On March 11, 2014, Pridgen confirmed on his Instagram and Facebook page that he has joined Suicidal Tendencies. On September 3, Pridgen along with Joseph Troy have joined Chiodos after members Derrick Frost and Matt Goddard left the band. During this time period, Pridgen also recorded the drums for the album “No Peace”, by Trash Talk, which was released April 22, 2014.
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (2011, 2015–2017) In mid-2011, it was announced that Pridgen was working on a new group with Mastodon vocalist and guitarist Brent Hinds, the Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, and former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery. Giraffe Tongue Orchestra was founded in 2012.
The band’s debut album Broken Lines was released September 23, 2016 with the main line-up featuring Hinds, Pridgen and Weinman, who were joined by William DuVall from Alice in Chains and Pete Griffin from Dethklok.
Residente and rejoining Trash Talk (2017–present) On March 31, 2017, rapper Residente released his debut solo album self-titled Residente. Pridgen was announced later as part of the touring members of the Residente band.
In May 2020, Pridgen announced he has rejoined Trash Talk to record their new EP, Squalor, which is due to be released June 6.
Brad Miller is an Acoustic/Electric bassist, composer and producer (Brooklyn/NYC Based) making huge strides in today’s music scene. Brad was born March 11,1994 in Manhattan NY. He has been featured on Scott’s Bass Lesson’s, Downbeat Magazine and other major outlets. His projects have performed in different continents around the world and has held residencies at esteemed clubs such as 55 Bar, Blue Note, Black Cat SF, Nublu and more.
Brad’s early upbringing on bass started at the young age of 7 in South Florida. By his teens, he was touring and recording with musicians such as Grammy Winner Jon Secada, Jaco Pastorius alumni Othello Molineaux, Randy Bernsen, Ira Sullivan, Julius Pastorius, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Jonathan Joseph (Jeff Beck), Martin Bejerano, Brian Lynch, The Platters, The Tokens, The Mystics, The Chiffons, Jacob Jeffries Band, Melton Mustafa Sr., Brian Lynch, Negroni’s Trio, Terrell Stafford, Mike Gerber, Lenny Pickett, Mark Hudson, Turk Mauro, Duffy Jackson, Pauly Cohen and more.
Currently, Brad has been performing/recording actively around NYC and abroad with Oz Noy, Adam Rogers, BIGYUKI, Thomas Pridgen, Blaque Dynamite AKA Mike Mitchell, Charles Altura, Doobie Powell, Ari Hoenig, James Francies, JD Beck, Evan Marien(EMAR), Sean Wayland, David Binney, Sean Rickman, Patrick Bartley Jr., Jahari Stampley, Chris Fishman, Jonathan Blake, Obed Calvaire, Fabian Almazan, Roosevelt Collier, Shariq Tucker, Dan Weiss, Jason Lindner, Ben Eunson, J-Music Ensemble, Maya Kronfeld, Ignacio Berroa, Frank Moka, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Jonathan Mones and more.
Brad’s projects regularly perform at the legendary 55 bar in West Village NY and Black Cat in San Francisco. He has played at venues such as Nublu, Brooklyn Bowl, Blue Note Jazz Club, Rockwood Music Hall, B.B. Kings Blues Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, Bar Next Door, The Bitter-End, Club Bonafide, Smalls Jazz Club, SOB’s, Shapeshifter Lab, Smoke Jazz, Ginny’s Supper Club, The Groove, Black Cat SF, Dunedin Brewery, and more.
Brad is currently endorsed by Moollon Instruments, La Bella Strings, Serek Basses and Epifani amps
This show starts around 8:30pm and ends around 11:59pm.
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