Bencoolen, Surprise Attack

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents


Surprise Attack

Chris Cassaday & The Cassaday Concoction

Fri · September 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

This show is G.A.

Seating is limited and first come first serve.

Tables are meant to be shared.

Rock. Blues. Funk. Shred. Sax. A few words that may come to mind when Bencoolen fills the airwaves.

The maximalist rock band achieves their bold, signature sound by weaving blues, funk and soul through songs, teetering on the edge of mainstream pop and rock. Featuring soaring vocals, swift saxophone lines, and massive guitar tones, the band was started in 2014 by college friends Paul Gregg and Teddy Scott. As time has progressed, the focus of the band shifted from a hobby to a lifestyle, catalyzed by lineup changes, rediscovery, and unrelenting inspiration. The lineup rounded out by mid-2016 with Ben Suarez joining on bass, Jack Bentsen on saxophone, and Will “Willy Pipes” Lockery on drums and backup vocals.

The early days of a band are often painted poetically. Artists face lengthy struggles to be heard, turbulent lives on the road, and uncertainty. They also experience grand adventures, beautiful stages, and meet wonderful people few others find. This journey is embraced by the five-piece of Bencoolen and they play on, writing their first chapters, riding in a caravan up and down the coast from sunny Savannah and to New York’s metropolis. They rapidly dance between highs and lows. A van stuck in the mud, an encore in a college town, a festival stage among a lineup of legends, and a lonely night at the dive. Song ideas sprout up from it all, sax solos fill the night, and ripping guitars stun a passerby with an adrenaline rush.

Bencoolen’s sound has dazzled crowds, and their determination continues to bring them to new venues. In fact, Bencoolen grabbed a hometown sell out show in Washington DC in September 2018. They have supported tours for Mihali of Twiddle, Marcus King, Spafford, Mungion, Atlas Road Crew, Mondo Cozmo, and Big Something, to name a few. They also have landed major festival slots at Firefly Music Festival in 2017 and at Musikfest in 2018.

The group welcomes their formal debut album, Daydream, this March. The record cycles through genres seamlessly, from pop to funk to rock, capturing the genre-bending spectacle now expected out of their live performance. The record is headlined by "Tonight," "Roll On," and "Daydream” where listeners are enveloped in steady pulses, swaggering leads, and confident vocal performances. The release was made possible by the generosity of Dragon’s Lair Studios and producer Addison Smith's touch behind the controls. It was captured in a cabin tucked away in the lush hills of West Virginia.

Self-managed and self-booked, Bencoolen is proud of their first full-length project and plans to tackle their biggest tour to date this Spring.
Surprise Attack
Surprise Attack
Drawing inspiration from across the musical spectrum to create their unique "Mountain Funk" sound, Surprise Attack thrives on collaboration and improvisation. The group’s five members share a deep connection and a passion for uncompromising, progressive music that keeps listeners guessing and always lands somewhere unexpectedly familiar.

There’s no wonder why they call themselves “Surprise Attack,” their music is anything but boring.​ – The Jamwich

It is clear to me from the recordings that Surprise Attack is having as much fun making this music as I am having listening to it. – Ragin' Randy Entertainment

I love the sound these guys are putting out. It’s really cool to hear what these guys are doing. – DC Music Rocks

The music is fun! It’s got this real loose, fun feel. – Another Wasted Hour

Smithsonian Year of Music

In April 2018, Secretary Skorton announced 2019 will be the Smithsonian Year of Music, an Institution-wide initiative to increase public engagement, advance understanding, and connect communities in Washington, D.C., across the nation, and around the globe. The Smithsonian Year of Music will highlight and share our vast musical holdings, bringing together our resources in history, art, culture, science, and education.

The Smithsonian Year of Music will feature “365 Days of Music at the Smithsonian” with a variety of music-related activities: performances, music releases, exhibitions, workshops, educational programs, lectures, films, and conferences. The 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 26 to 30 and July 3 to 7, 2019 on the National Mall) will focus on the “Social Power of Music.”

Launch your exploration of music at the Smithsonian at and stay tuned for special performances and events, highlighted programming and collections, partners and collaborations. Much more to come!
Chris Cassaday & The Cassaday Concoction
Chris Cassaday & The Cassaday Concoction
Formed during the summer of 2017 by three friends who were in between bands, The Cassaday Concoction has been taking Washington, DC and the east coast by storm with their exciting three-piece blend of rock, funk, and blues. The band consists of Washington, DC music scene veterans Chris Cassaday (singer-songwriter, & guitarist & vocalist of Micro Massive), Sean Dunnevant (bassist, Dale & The Zdubs) and Miles Lieder (drummer, Dale and The Zdubs). Each member's eclectic mix of musical backgrounds gives the band's sound a unique and powerful edge, luring the audience in with catchy harmonies, hard-punching rock and roll, and the occasional crowd-favorite cover song. The band has performed at some of the best venues the Washington, DC area has to offer in the short time since forming, including two sold-out stints at Pearl Street Warehouse. Chris and his band have proven quickly that they are a must see act in the Washington DC music scene and this is one show that you will not want to miss! They released a live EP "The Cassaday Concoction (Live At Groove Studios)" on January 12th, 2018, and on March 15th, 2019 Chris and the band released a new 3-song-EP "Hear, Listen".
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024