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Robert Walter is an accomplished keyboardist and composer. Walter plays Piano, Hammond B3, and Fender Rhodes.  While touring extensively in the US and Europe, Walter has worked as a leader and sideman with many of the giants of American jazz and funk music. As a member of the classic band the Greyboy Allstars, Walter has built a large and devoted following. Walter also works as a session musician, recording and collaborating with a diverse group of artists.

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Robert Walter’s 20th Congress at Martyrs’

http://soundfusemag.com/2014/08/26/robert-walters-20th-congress-at-martyrs/

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Robert Walter is a musical genius. Over the years I’ve watched him perform alongside a countless variety of talented musicians, with every show turning out to be a FUNK-in good time. Walter was a founding member of the Greyboy All-Stars before branching out and doing his own thing as a solo artist with his own band, 20th Congress. As an established keyboardist and composer, he creates funky jazz-rock that is dynamically powerful and grows from one performance to the next.

Robert Walter’s 20th Congress played at Martyrs’ and I had been excited for the show for months leading up to it. I must say that out of every musical genre, FUNK is by far my personal favorite because there is something about it that just makes you feel good! Luckily, I arrived at the venue that night just before they began their first set. My schedule was tight, especially since I was coming from another show across town featuring a little band called Umphrey’s McGee. I was thrilled to get there without missing anything except for the local opening band, I could not have planned a better after party for myself.

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When Robert Walter’s 20th Congress initially took the stage, I was a bit surprised (and a bit disappointed) that there were no horns or brass instruments of any kind up there with them. The quartet playing in the Congress started the show with “Hunk,” a fast paced, funky dance tune that is also soulful and relaxed. I have heard Karl Denson play on this tune with Walter before, both live and on studio recording of this tune, so it definitely sounded different this time around. Regardless, I really enjoyed the progression of the song. The thought of the missing horns quickly vanished from my mind for the rest of the show as the band continuously blew me away. It was an all out jam session throughout most of the first set, with each member ferociously pushing one another to play harder and faster.

The chemistry between Walter and bassist Victor Little is intense, in the best way possible. Throughout the entire show the two playfully went back and forth, complimenting and contrasting each other and the music. By consistently laying down slick bass lines, Little gave Walter free reign to get weird and funky. I was hypnotized by their phenomenal drummer, Simon Lott, who has a uniquely fluid style and technique. He kept the grooves moving with punchy rhythms and animated stage antics. The group was joined by Chris Alford on guitar, who stepped in to join the guys for this special Chicago show. Even though he had not been touring or playing with Walter regularly, he fit into the 20th Congress so perfectly that it was hard to believe he wasn’t a regular member of the group. Like the rest of the musicians on stage that night, Alford is a badass musician who never missed a beat. The guitar balanced the full sound of the band while keeping every song moving.

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I came to this concert well prepared to boogie. “Snakes and Spiders” was the highlight of the first set and the song took the whole show to another level. Walter took a quirky approach to the tune on his overdriven keyboard, mixing in multiple glitches, tweaks and sounds together at the same time. All while the Congress continued to jam and improvise and the crowd eventually went wild. Even the band was highly amused with one another onstage, especially when they took turns furiously jamming. At certain times, Walter would stop playing, stand up to joyously watch what the others were doing. Robert Walter is intoxicating to listen to and entertaining to watch, and his soulful raw energy is impossible to ignore. It was apparent to everyone in the room that the whole band was enjoying each moment playing together, especially with Walter bouncing around the stage with a massive, magnetic smile on his face.

The second set was on fire, turning a sweaty dance party into a sauna. Overall, they sounded outstanding the whole night and the show was on point. Even thought the show’s vibe was super chill, the music was still hot and funky. As the venue was hoppin to all of the underlying ‘Nawlins’ boogaloo energy, RW2C threw in “Kool is Back” and “Don’t Hate Congratulate” before closing out the well-rounded night of music with the jazzy standard “Who Took the Happiness Out?” I loved seeing this insanely talented cast of characters play together and this show was top notch.

Robert Walter to play the Hangtown Halloween Ball! Special performance with the Meter Men 

Railroad Earth's 4th Annual
Hangtown Halloween Ball Unleashes 2014 Lineup
Hangtown Halloween Ball just unleashed the first wave lineup announcements for their 4th annual harvest celebration including 3-nights ofRailroad Earth along with the Meter Men featuring Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter Jr. with special guest Robert WalterLeftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat, ALOJeff Austin Band featuringDanny BarnesRoss Martin and Eric Thorin, The Motet (original and Jamariquai set), Poor Man’s Whiskey,Robert Walter’s 20th Congress and many more. The 3-day event takes place at the El Dorado Fairgrounds in beautiful Placerville, California -- at the gateway of the High Sierras from October 24-26, 2014.
With featured entertainment spanning multiple genres of music, The 4th annual Halloween event features far more than just three chances to get costumed, groove to great music, and get a little wild under the harvest moon. The campout also takes place in a picturesque setting (at the gateway of the High Sierras), replete with running water, hot showers and colorful festival ambiance that a holiday like Halloween demands.

Hosted by Railroad Earth and the great team at Pet Projekt, Hangtown Halloween Ball is known for creating a fantastic Holiday themed getaway for festival goers of all ages including colorful ambiance and Halloween themed art installations into the overall production. The three-day event will also feature a number of family oriented activities for children of all ages including workshops, costume and pumpkin carving contests held throughout the weekend.
 
Early-bird tickets are now on sale on the official event website as well as multi-day passes which include camping, VIP packages (appropriately named the SupernaturALL Experience), parking and RV passes directly through the event website at http://www.hangtownhalloween.com. Deepest discounts are available now for $145 through July 23rd (while supplies last).  For more information about the event check out http://www.hangtownhalloween.com or http://www.railroadearth.comfor more information.

'Get Thy Bearings' wins best Funk/Fusion album of 2013! 

THE 13TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
 
Robert Walter’s 20th Congress Joins
Willie Sugarcapps, Vienna Teng, Valerie June, The Bankesters, Pete Seeger, The Soul of John Black, I See Stars, Rabbit Rabbit, Sultans of String, Elizabeth Mitchell, Marcio Novelli and Fanfara Tirana Meets Transglobal Underground Are Among The 13th Independent Music Awards Winners

 
Vienna Teng Wins Four Categories and Pete Seeger Is Honored For Previously Unreleased Track
 
Fan Online Voting Will Determine The 13th IMA Vox Pop Winners
 
June 3, 2014 –  Robert Walter’s20th Congress is among the established and rising artists named as the judge-determined Winners of The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential, international awards program for independent bands and fans.
 
The veteran artists and rising stars named as 13th IMA Winners in more than 80 Album, EP, Song, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories were winnowed from thousands of submissions from around the globe, and were determined by a panel of influential artists and music industry executives.
 
The 13th IMA Judging panel featured exceptional recording artists including: Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chiddy Bang, Suzanne Vega, G. Love, Sharon Jones, Laurie Anderson, Jim Lauderdale, Krewella, Shelby Lynne, Joshua Redman, Lunice, Chris Wood & Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, Hudson Mohawke, Raul Midon, Melissa Auf der Maur, Aoife O’Donovan, Judy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Arturo Sandoval, Band Of Skulls, Adam Agee, Dennis Diken, Nathan Currin, Lindz West of LZ7, Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria and Jonathan Steingard of Hawk Nelson.
 
The IMA Judging panel was also comprised of record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors including: Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Hillary McAndrew Plate (Lincoln Center), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Jason Olaine (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), Delphine Robertson (Playtone Productions), Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Dalis Allen (Kerrville Folk Festival), Megan West (SoundCloud), Lydia Hutchinson (Performing Songwriter),  Anne Saunders (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival), Billy The Kidd (Clear Channel), Sara Beesley (Joe’s Pub), Maria Mar (95.9 The Rat), Kath Borer (The Music House For Children), Patrick MacIntyre (Ironwood Stage & Grill), Paul Oveisi (The McKittrick Hotel), Art Szabo (The Starlite Room), Todd Pinnell (Tattoo Rock Parlour), Steve Silman (The Railway Club), Eugene Haslam (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Mads Black Just-Olesen (Littlefield & Spike Hill), Edan Wilber (Death by Audio), Erika Nichols (The Bluebird Café), David Jemilo (Green Mill Jazz Club), Hunter Rodgers (Cain’s Ballroom), James White (Broken Spoke), Annie Lawlor (Buddy Guy’s Legends), Daniel Gallant (Nuyorican Poets Café), David Kelleran (Coco66), Jo Bennett (Bush Hall), Luke Rinaldi (Rosemount Hotel & Railway Hotel), John McCooke (The Good Ship), Matthew McLean (Doug Fir Lounge), Kimberley Galceran (FBi Social), Sarah Whitby (Fly By Night), Sean Hitchings (93 Feet East), Colin Wesh (Ginglik), Vis the Spoon (Rhythm Factory), Luke Della Santa (The Standard), Daniel Michael (HQ Complex), Tim Carroll (Black Bear Lodge), Kylie McDowell (Beach Road Hotel), Patrice Lovelace (The Underworld), Tim Frank (Hard Rock Café), Kevin Hoskins (Rock Shop), Mitch Exton (Alhambra Lounge), Jessica Darlow (ARTRAGE), Jack Clover (Slaughtered Lamb), Kwenya Carreira (Marula Café), Alvaro Villacis (Wurlitzer Ballroom), Immy Doman (Green Note), Risa Tabatznik (Green Note) and Mark Ellicott (Heaven).
 
Artist bios, as well as music and images for all winning and nominated Albums, EPs, Songs, Design and Music Videos available at:  http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/13th

Robert Walter's Jazz Fest schedule announced!  

Robert Walter's Jazz Fest schedule is complete! Lot's of incredible shows and collaborations happening this year including The Fantastic Four with Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch and the Shady Horns, Stanton Moore's Moore's Mardi Gras Indian Jubilee featuring Donald Harrison Jr., Juan Pardo, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph, and Stanton Moore and The Grand Slam featuring Hip Hop Artists Kool Keith, Chali 2NA, and Camp LO. It's going down! For more info and tickets go to www.robertwalter.com/shows

Apr 24, 9:30PM Stanton Moore Trio
Blue Nile

Apr 25, 8:00PM Greyboy Allstars
Tipitina's

Apr 26, 10:00PM Greyboy Allstars
Masion

Apr 27, 9:30PM Worship My Organ
Blue Nile

Apr 28, 7:00pm WWOZ Piano Night featuring Robert Walter's Trio with Simon Lott and Chris Stillwell
@ House of Blues

Apr 28, 9:30PM Frequinox
Blue Nile

Apr 29, 9:00PM The Fantastic Four featuring Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Robert Walter, Chris Stillwell and the Shady Horns 
@ The Little Gem Saloon

Apr 29, 11:55PM The Whip!
@ Blue Nile

May 1, 9:00PM The Grand Slam w/ Robert Walter's Brand New Slang featuring DJ Logic, Brian J, Simon Lott, Victor Little, Joe Cohen, Mike Olmos, DJ Kevvy Kev. 
@ Howlin Wolf

May 2, 12:00PM Frequinox to perform at Fiya Fest II! 
@ Mardi Gras World East Bank

May 2, 9:00PM Robert Walter's 20th Congress featuring special guests Karl Denson and Carly Meyers!
Freret Street Publiq House

May 3, 2am (latenite) Stanton Moore's Mardi Gras Indian featuring Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr, War Chief Juan Pardo and his Tribesmen, with Robert Walter, Kirk Joseph and Papa Mali 
@ The Little Gem Saloon 

May 4, 9:00PM Stanton Moore Trio @ DBA

May 4, 11:00PM Frequinox 
 @ DBA
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Robert Walter's 20th Congress performs Railroad Earth's Hangtown Halloween Ball!

Placerville, CA

 

Robert Walter's 20th Congress will be performing at the 4th Annual Railroad Earth's Hangtown Halloween Ball. There will also be a special performance with the Meter Men!

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Robert Walter plays Jam Cruise 13!

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Miami FL

 

Robert Walter will be an artist at large for Jam Cruise 2013!

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