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WHO’S HANZOLO? …and how is band breaking Into Albany’s music scene?
Reprinted from Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta

WHO’S HANZOLO?

…and how is band breaking

Into Albany’s music scene?

Hanzolo brought the crowd to the stage and got them dancing at Albany’s annual Pearlpalooza festival. From left are band members James Matson, Nick Summers, Joey Katz, and Carl and Jack Loewenguth. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note:  This article was first published in last week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. Click here to subscribe online.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Brothers Carl, right, and Jack Loewenguth get their groove on

ALBANY – Driving to the PearlPalooza festival Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown Albany, members of alt-funk band Hanzolo heard a familiar song come over the radio.

“WEQX was playing ‘Not Easy’,” said guitarist Carl Loewenguth. “I got chills. I turned and high-fived Nick” – Nick Summers, keyboardist and trumpet player. “It was a big moment for us.”

In August, the Cooperstown-based alt-funk band won two Battle of the Bands contests at the Skyloft nightclub at the Crossgates Mall – that won them the prestigious opening spot at PearlPalooza, last weekend’s annual Albany music festival.

“I was intimidated because the other bands were crazy-good,” said Loewenguth.

WHO’S HANZOLO? …and how is band breaking Into Albany’s music scene?

WHO’S HANZOLO?

…and how is band breaking

Into Albany’s music scene?

Hanzolo brought the crowd to the stage and got them dancing at Albany’s annual Pearlpalooza festival. From left are band members James Matson, Nick Summers, Joey Katz, and Carl and Jack Loewenguth. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note:  The next chance to see Hanzolo locally is Friday, Sept. 20, at Brewery Ommegang’s Fire Pit.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Brothers Carl, right, and Jack Loewenguth get their groove on

ALBANY – Driving to the PearlPalooza festival Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown Albany, members of alt-funk band Hanzolo heard a familiar song come over the radio.

“WEQX was playing ‘Not Easy’,” said guitarist Carl Loewenguth. “I got chills. I turned and high-fived Nick” – Nick Summers, keyboardist and trumpet player. “It was a big moment for us.”

In August, the Cooperstown-based alt-funk band won two Battle of the Bands contests at the Skyloft nightclub at the Crossgates Mall – that won them the prestigious opening spot at PearlPalooza, last weekend’s annual Albany music festival.

“I was intimidated because the other bands were crazy-good,” said Loewenguth.

Crazy-good, sure, but not as good as Hanzolo.

“We won because we were a different kind of band than the others,” he said. “We’re funkier, dancier, and our fans really came out to support us. That really shows the judges.”

Fans Ben Breiten and Dash Keiler show off a light-up stage sign.

Hanzolo’s earliest incarnations came out of Cooperstown High School, where Loewenguth, Summers and James Matson (trombone) formed their first band, Cheese of the Misty Ceremony.

“We put the word ‘cheese’ into a random band name generator,” said Carl. “That was the first time we played a live show.”

Meanwhile, Joey Katz (saxophone) Nate Olmstead (Drums) and Carl’s brother Jack (bass), formed a jazz outfit called Goats with Narcolepsy.

They all graduated and went to college, but after graduation, back in Cooperstown, they formed Hanzolo in 2015. “We got back together and decided to take it seriously,” he said.

“Hanzolo is really just a melding of Goats and Cheese folks,” said Katz.

Their first major live show was the 2016 Cooptoberfest, and along the way, they added a second drummer, Sebastian Green, a Milford native. Though they initially started with covers, they soon began writing their own music.

“We all have similar tastes in music,” said Carl. “Jack and I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, so that’s ingrained in us. It’s jazz and soul with a little weirdness.”

from back left, Joey Katz, Sebastian Green, Nathanial Olmstead, Nick Summers. front left, Carl Loewenguth,
Jack Loewenguth and James Matson.

Similar tastes, even, in childhood pastimes. “We do a cover of the music for the character Pablo from the video game ‘Backyard Baseball’,” said Katz. “He’s the best player!”

The name comes from a combination of the ‘Star Wars’ character Han Solo and ‘Kill Bill’ character Hattori Hanzo. “For legal reason, we say it’s from ‘Kill Bill’,” joked Katz.

They bill themselves as “Upstate funk” or “Alt-funk.” “Even our covers fall into that mold,” said Jack. “Sebastian wanted us to play Justin Timberlake’s ‘My Love’ and he laid down this entirely different beat.”

According to Katz, Loewenguth writes “99.9 percent” of the songs, but he and Olmstead both contribute. “They’re all a little different, but they work in the same mold,” he said.

They released their debut album, “Table Butter” earlier this year. “A friend of ours came up with the title,” said Matson. “He described our sound as smooth enough to spread, but hard enough to hold together.”

Dwynn Golden, Carl and Jack’s mom, and Hanzolo manager Sierra Sangetti Daniels, dance to the music.

The album is available on streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes, and in June, they shot a video for “Not Easy.”

“That song has a really romantic premises, to just keep dancing,” said Loewenguth. “We shot it at Innerskate 88, and the Hill City Rollers were our extras! The whole shoot was so fun.”

Katz lives in Boston and Green lives in Brooklyn, so they join the band when they can. “It’s just amazing playing with these guys, so I try to make it up as much as possible,” he said.

They’ll perform at Brewery Ommegang’s Firepit Friday on Sept. 20, and at the Schenectady County Funk N’ Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Gateway Park.

And as winter settles in, they’re take a break from touring to work on their sophomore album. “We’ve got 15 new songs,” said Loewenguth.

Hanzolo Wows Albany Audience

Hanzolo Wows

Albany Audience

To cheering crowds, Hanzolo, the Cooperstown band on the make, ends its set a few minutes ago at PearlPalooza, the downtown Albany music festival underway today. The band qualified for today’s main stage by winning radio station WEQX’s Albany-area Battle of the Bands last month at the Crossgates Mall. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Fine Art On The Lawn

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ARTS FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fine Arts On The Lawn presents artists showing, selling works, hosting demonstrations, more. Concurrent with exhibits “Made in New York: The Art of Wood” & “Keeping It Real” solo exhibit of stone lithography by Amy Silberkleit. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

Hanzolo Wins Battle Of Bands, Spot At Albany’s PearlPalooza

Hanzolo Wins Battle Of Bands,

Spot At Albany’s PearlPalooza

Hanzolo, the popular Cooperstown band, won WEQX’s Battle of the Bands last night at the Skyloft in Albany. The win gets them a spot at PearlPalooza, downtown Albany’s free music festival Sept. 14; they’ll perform at 1 p.m. The local band consists of Carl Loewenguth, vocals, guitar; Nick Summers, trumpet, keys; Jack Loewenguth, bass; Sebastian Green, drums; Nate Olmstead, aux percussion, drums; Joey Katz, sax, keys, and James Matson, trombone.
Original Painting Up For Auction At Fairy Springs Birthday Party

Original Painting Up For Auction

At Fairy Springs Birthday Party

Artist May-Britt Joyce holds up an original painting of swimmers at the village’s Fairy Spring Park that will be sold at silent auction during 80th anniversary of the park’s opening 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at the East Lake Road facility.  The artist began the painting from a kayak offshore from the park.  The local fun band Hanzolo will perform, and Stewart’s will provide free ice-cream floats.  Public welcome.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 31

Walking Tour At Historic Farm

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Explore historic Emmons Farm with descendants, followed by refreshments outside Woodchuck Knoll. Cost, $7/person. Reservation required. Meet at The Farmhouse at Emmons, 5649 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Hanzolo performs groovy originals, funky covers. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

Cooperstown Rocks Into The New Year

Cooperstown Rocks

Into The New Year

Performing at Mel’s At 22 on Main Street in Cooperstown, Carl Loewenguth and his band Hanzolo are currently ringing in the new year with covers and original songs written by the band. Mel’s was filled with locals ready to celebrate the beginning of 2018 with good music and even better company. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16

Barbershop A Capella

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CONCERT – 7-8:30 p.m. “New Horizons Barbershop Chorus & Quartets” sing A Capella in the Barbershop style. Spring Park,27-35 E. Main St., Richfield Springs. Call 315-858-0964 or visit www.richfieldspringschamber.org/?tribe_events=concert-in-the-park-7

ART & PHOTOS – 6-8 p.m. Exhibit opening features the art of local artists and old photos of Roseboom. On display thru Aug. 30. Roseboom Historical Association, 123 St. Hw. 165, Roseboom. Visit www.facebook.com/RoseboomHistorical/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 24

Wilber Pool Opens, Oneonta

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WILBER POOL OPENING – 1-5 p.m. The Wilber outdoor pool opens for the season. Featuring open swim, family swim from 5-7:30, and lap swimming. A great way to spend a hot day. Cost, free for Oneonta residents, $1 per child, $3 adult, $8 family. Wilber Pool, 1 Wilber Park Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html

COMEDY – 8 p.m. Presenting the hysterical words of Kevin Johnson and his guests, local funk reggae ensemble, Hanzolo. Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/

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