Too Many Zooz, with Honeycomb, 2106 E. Platte Ave., Saturday, Sept. 29, blacksheeprocks.com.
t was a decade ago that an incognito Joshua Bell took his Stradivarius violin — which is reportedly 300 years old and valued at $3.5 million — into the D.C. Metro to busk for 45 minutes as a test of the “perception, taste and priorities” of rush-hour commuters. Given the circumstances, it should come as no surprise that Bell’s earnings were a paltry $32, although he did score a viral video that’s since been viewed 6 million times on The Washington Post’s YouTube channel
. By comparison, Too Many Zooz have earned many, many times more than that playing New York City’s 14th Street subway station these past few years, and with instruments that cost many, many times less. Today, the high-stepping, pompadoured saxophonist Leo P. and his bandmates — trumpeter Matt Doe and percussionist King of Sludge — have also traveled well beyond the furthest reaches of the A Train with a hybridized music they’ve dubbed brasshouse. Catch the Colorado Springs stop of their “Pug in a Tub Tour” and you may hear strains of Afro-Cuban music, glitch and Klezmer music mixed with the even more unlikely sounds of fellow New Yorkers The Lounge Lizards and James White. Along the way, Too Many Zooz have also racked up millions of their own YouTube views, performed with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 CMA awards, and backed Beyonce on her Grammy-nominated Lemonade
album. They even starred in a recent KFC commercial in which an audience member throws a chicken nugget that hits King of Sludge’s cymbal with impressive accuracy. No way Joshua Bell can compete with that.