The beloved trio known as Moon Hooch began innocently enough, with three music students busking in the subways of New York City. Those days are long in the past now, however, as their approach to dance music has cemented their place as musical innovators. With two horn players, Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, alongside drummer James Muschler, the band creates an intoxicating sonic display with each and every performance.With two albums in the books, Moon Hooch is gearing up for their third-ever release, Red Sky. Due out on June 10th, Moon Hooch’s new release pushes the boundaries even farther, using electronic technology to add mystifying effects to their organic instrumentation. The new elements of Moon Hooch’s music are almost too innumerable to count: Electronic Wind Instruments, a “Reverse DJ” setup with saxophone sounds running through Ableton, vocal contributions from Wilbur, and more.Not only that, but Muschler travelled to India to immerse himself in percussion-oriented music. The band also champions meditation and environmental causes, and themes of consciousness – both self and environmental – run rampant throughout the release. At the heart of Moon Hooch is dance music, which is the cornerstone of Red Sky.With the new album due out in just a few short weeks, the band has offered us a first listen single premiere. Tune in to “Booty House” from Moon Hooch’s upcoming Red Sky release, below.Wilbur spoke to us about the creation of “Booty House,” saying, “This track was made in our old basement in Brooklyn after smoking a large spliff. It was a time where as a joke I would blast happy hardcore music and dance around the house. I guess that influenced this track.”You can pre-order Red Sky by following this link. Be sure to check out the band on the road throughout Europe and North America; full schedule below.Moon Hooch Tour DatesMay 27 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts FestivalMay 30 – Bristol, UK – The LanternMay 31 – Liverpool, UK – Arts ClubJune 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABCJune 2 – Bergen, Norway – Nattjazz FestivalJune 12 – Newport, UK – Isle of Wight FestivalJune 16 – Hammonton, NJ – BearfestJune 18 – Wurtsboro, NY – Destination MoonJune 24 – Londonderry, VT – Frendly GatheringJune 25 – Stratford, CT – Two Roads Brewing CompanyJune 27 – Edmonton, Canada – TD Edmonton International Jazz FestivalJune 28 – Vancouver, Canada – TD Vancouver International Jazz FestivalJune 29 – Victoria, Canada – TD Victoria International Jazz FestivalJune 30 – Montreal, Canada – Montreal Jazz FestivalJuly 2 – Lewes, UK – Love Supreme FestivalJuly 12 – Manchester, UK – Band on the WallAugust 11 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown FestivalAugust 13 – Tamarack, ID – Huckleberry JamSeptember 17 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club Loft
If you watch a Butler game today, you may not know what Sean McDermott went through just to be able to walk again, much less play basketball. In 2013 when he was a junior at Pendleton Heights High School he went through a terrible night of practice. On the way home from school he was too tired to even go into Wendy’s to eat with his brother. He stayed in the car and slept. The next morning his mom took him to the ER in Anderson which started a series of hospital visits and the eventual trip to Riley Hospital. It was here that the doctors discovered a staph infection in his blood stream. Had this gotten to his heart, it could have been fatal. The skin-born virus that he had usually causes minor irritations, but to Sean it became a life and death experience.Sean is now at Butler University where his basketball skills are again delighting basketball fans. It wasn’t until Sean was healthy and able to play basketball again that they revealed to him how sick he really was. If you think you have had a tough time, just check with the McDermott family. Not only did Sean have all of his problems, but his mom dealt with cancer during this time as well.Next time you see Butler on TV, remember the journey of Sean McDermott!!I want to thank the Indianapolis Star for some of this information.