Getting down downtown with GRiZ


GRiZ will perform Saturday at both the Preservation Hall Ball and as a separate concert at the Joy Theater. 

Molly Maugeri, Staff Reporter

This Saturday the electronic artist GRiZ is performing at the Joy Theater in at 10 p.m. GRiZ will also play at the Preservation Hall Ball directly beforehand, alongside other artists like Corey Glover, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ivan Neville and many others.

For those who don’t know GRiZ, better known as Grant Kwiecinski by his inner circle, he is a DJ that dabbles both in the world of EDM and funk music to create a style that he calls “future funk.” The Detroit-born artist first began playing the saxophone and piano in elementary school, going on to later study at Michigan State University where he would frequently DJ for fraternity parties and school functions.

His first album dropped in 2011 titled “End of the World Party,” followed by the release of “Mad Liberation” in 2012, “Rebel Era” in 2013 and “Say It Loud” this past summer. He began his career touring with other big names like Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights and Gramatik before he branched out on his own, even creating the All Good Records label.

GRiZ has performed countless times in New Orleans, a city where the music and culture is often reflected in many songs that he produces. His latest album, “Say It Loud” was inspired by James Brown, who is often known as the founder of funk music and the “Godfather of Soul.” This album includes more saxophone and jazz than he has previously used on any other album, and it’s bonus track, “Take It High,” is a better version of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

Saturday night’s show will be a collision of electric-soul, funk and some pure jazz. GRiZ’s performance will be for both the die-hard rave-goers and for those who appreciate old-school Motown in it’s truest form. If past shows are any indicator of the performance to come, GRiZ will be a concert that shouldn’t be missed.

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