We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. Read more…

October Babies & UP-Presented by Willis Sound

The Rumpus Room - Chelsea
Event organized by The Rumpus Room - Chelsea

Get Directions

#var:page_name# cover

Willis Sound Presents:
Saturday, April 14th
The October Babies and UP
"Upbeat Global Soul" & "Psychedelic Rock"
Doors 7 pm | Show 8pm
$5 Cover at the door


October Babies was born when Japanese singer Toko Shiiki and bassist/arranger Erik Santos met in Tokyo in 2002, while Erik was resident composer for the notorious butoh dance/theater group Dairakudakan. Soon after Toko moved to the US to study photography in 2005, the couple produced their debut CD "Ao-zora Radio" (Blue-sky Radio), named after Toko's monthly podcast.

Joined then by electric strumming of Dale King and Mike Ouellette, and dynamic drumming of Ben Lorenz - the October Babies have singular sound and a super-high-powered upbeat energy.

Their songs are in Japanese and English - a catchy multilcultural potluck of funk, jazz, R&B, reggae/ska/dub, techno, latin, drum&bass, rock, surfpunk, hip hop, downtempo, orch pop, blues, Okinawa folk, aaaand ... everything.

They've won major Japanese music competitions, like J-WAVE MUSIC HYPER MARKET and Yahoo Japan Indies Jump, and Toko was voted the Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Vocalist at the 2011 Detroit Music Awards.

Go Go Go!