The Rad Trads
Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation as one of New York's most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago and delta blues, and rock & roll. Featuring three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their relentless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm. The band performs regularly in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall, The Blue Note, BB King’s and Radegast Hall when not touring across the USA and Europe. 2015 Tour Highlights included main stage performances at the Atlanta Jazz, Rochester Jazz, Columbus Jazz & Ribs Festival, and the Russian River Jazz & Blues festival opening for Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy as well as a monthlong European festival tour featuring notable collaborations in Italy with Paolo Fresu.
Members of The Rad Trads continue to perform with top groups such as Truth & Soul Record's Lee Fields & The Expressions, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, EMEFE, Broadway giant Jason Robert Brown, and have performed or recorded with artists such as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Deer Tick, Ikebe Shakedown and Lenny Pickett among many others. On May 13th 2016, the Rad Trads released their debut album on Dala Records, produced and engineered by label founder, Billy Aukstik. Recorded in Harlem on an 8-track 1/4" tape recorder, "Must We Call Them Rad Trads" blends the band's well-known juxtaposition of old school and new.