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Free Moral Agents come to Avon

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Special to the DailyFree Moral Agents is the brainchild of Isaiah Ikey Owens, Grammy Award-winning keyboardist for The Mars Volta and De Facto.
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Free Moral Agents will perform at Agave in Avon Thursday. Free Moral Agents is the brainchild of Isaiah Ikey Owens, Grammy Award-winning keyboardist for The Mars Volta and De Facto. Based in Long Beach, Cali., Owens initially started Free Moral Agents as a solo project. It has since expanded into a group effort, a result of his decade-long career of collaborations with artists as diverse as El-P, Mastodon, Sublime, Saul Williams and Z-Trip.

Free Moral Agents released its debut album “Everybody’s Favorite Weapon” on GSL Records in late 2004. With freestyle moments layered over vibrant melodies, heavy beats and jazzy interludes, “Everybody’s Favorite Weapon” was the beginning of something that very quickly moved past side-project status.

While out on the road with the Mars Volta, Owens kept thinking of ways to expand Free Moral Agents. In 2006, FMA went from a solo effort to full six-member group and started improvising new material. With the lineup of Mendee Ichikawa (vocals), Reid Kinnet (Rhodes), Jesse Carzello (guitar), Dennis Owens (bass), Ryan Reiff (drums) and Owens jumping from keyboard to keyboard, FMA quickly came up with much new music and was in and out of the studio several times in 2007 and 2008,



Free Moral Agents is now gearing up to release their new album “Honey In The Carcass Of The Lion,” an EP titled “Control This” and a 10-inch vinyl collaboration with legendary Fela Kuti’s drummer and Afro Beat co-founder Tony Allen titled “North Is Red.”

Day-of-show tickets are $6. Showtime is 10 p.m. and its a 21-and-over show. Free shuttles will be provided to Eagle-Vail and Avon. Shuttle leaves 15 minutes after the show. TurtleBus is available to and from Vail/Edwards, contact them at 970-471-0547 for details.


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