Great Caesar aims for the heart with a blend of brass, voice, and indie-rock, drawing from acts like Arcade Fire and Beirut to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships.
The NYC band’s 2014 debut single phenomenon, "Don’t Ask Me Why", combines art and activism in a video that juxtaposes the civil rights movement of the 1960s with today’s fight for sexual equality. Supported by figures as varied as Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Arsenio Hall, and Superbowl champion and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the $50,000+ Kickstarter-funded video has already challenged hundreds of thousands to take a stand for love and equality. The video has reached over 240,000 views on YouTube with over 2,000 likes from YouTube users, and is gaining hundreds of positive comments.
In 2014, Great Caesar performed at TEDxHollywood, sold out shows in LA, San Francisco, and NYC on a self-booked month-long tour, and released an EP (produced by Griffin Rodriguez, who has worked with Beirut and Modest Mouse, among others), all of which earned them a feature in Relix Magazine's On The Verge. The band is currently working on their first full-length, to be released this year. Keep an eye out for upcoming tour dates, including shows at South by Southwest.
Great Caesar is comprised of John-Michael Parker (vocals, guitar), Adam Glaser (bass), Tom Sikes (trumpet), Mike Farrell (guitar), Tom Stephens, and Stephen Chen (saxophone, also of San Fermin).