First Fridays at the Natural History Museum have always been a hit. Attendees have been treated to a heavy hitting lineup so far this year, with nights featuring Phoebe Bridgers, John Doe and Exene from X, Mondo Cosmo, and Homeshake. June should be no different, as NHM is bringing the funk this Friday 6/1 with Tuxedo, Duckwrth, and Madame Gandhi.
Tuxedo, the headlining act, will have a lot to live up to heading into Friday night. They currently sit at the forefront of new wave gangster boogie, and have the support of hip hop legends such as Snoop Dogg. With a feature on Fux with the Tux, Snoop sets the bar high for the young duo: “The only time you wear a tuxedo is when its time to party,” and you won’t be checking the clock when these guys hit the stage. Tuxedo II makes the bold claim that Tuxedo isn’t just a band, but a lifestyle. Check out the album here, and for a look into the life of ‘elegant funk,’ check out Billboard’s interview with the boys here.
Also on the bill, Duckwrth has become a shining example of west coast rap which has come to define the current LA R&B landscape. With two solo albums, as well as a collaborative effort with The Kickdrums, Duckwrth has established himself with a distinguished charm and flow that has made him recognizable without limiting his potential for creative expansion. Check out this pitchfork review of his latest single, MICHUUL, here.
Opening the night is Madame Gandhi. Formerly the drummer of M.I.A, and known as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi has shifted her focus, writing music that focuses on and celebrates the intricacies of the female voice. Her vision is most clearly executed in her most popular single, The Future is Female. Read her blog, which goes in depth with her song and her message, here.
Needless to say, with a lineup like this, June 1st will live up to the standard set by First Fridays at the Natural History Museum in 2018. You can get tickets your here, and throw your dancing shoes on. With the level of intensity these acts are sure to bring, there’s no excuse to let this one slip through your fingers.