Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Main Stage


Cover:$14 adv - $16 dos

“If you can’t do this, get out of the business!”- David Letterman

“Much like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Franklin and The Suffers can own a room… it won’t be long before people are making room for The Suffers” – Buzzfeed

“They’re the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing”

“‘Make Some Room,’ opens with a blast of classic-sounding R&B horns and spends the next four and a half minutes subtly shifting from slinky to soaring and back again.” – The New York Times


There is a contagious and combustible energy every time the eight-piece band The Suffers
steps on the scene. NPR’s Bob Boilen attributes the band’s allure to their “Soul, straight from
horn to heart.” He adds, “This band is on fire when it’s in front of an audience…but the intensity
of their shows are also captured in the studio.” Following The Suffers’ electrifying late night TV
debut on Letterman in 2015, David Letterman exclaimed, “If you can’t do this, get out of the
business!” There is something undeniable about The Suffers (whose name is a reference to the
1978 Jamaican film Rockers starring Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Jacob Miller and Burning
Spear, among others), that instantly hits home with their audiences. “We make music for all
people,” says lead vocalist Kam Franklin. “At this point, we’ve played all over the world and one
thing is certain – if the music is good, the people will enjoy it.” Since 2011, the H-Town heroes
have been on a steady grind and have no plans of stopping.

The Suffers exploded onto the scene in 2015 with their dazzling EP Make Some Room , which
was followed by their critically heralded self-titled debut in 2016. The Suffers’ released their
latest record Everything Here on Shanachie Records July 13, 2018 . Everything Here is the
band’s most bold statement yet. Lead Singer Kam Franklin states, “Our hope is that our fans
walk away feeling empowered, resilient, and inspired to live a better life.”
Guitarist Kevin Bernier says, ” Everything Here , as a whole, explores the many aspects of who
we are as people through songs. We’ve had crushes on people, we’ve had our hearts broken,
and we’ve moved through all the difficult times so that we can experience the joyful moments.”
The Suffers have got everything you need and there’s no need to look further – a heaping dose
of soul, a dash of reggae, a splash of jazz, a pinch of salsa, a hint of rock ‘n’ roll and a dollop of hip hop and funk – and that is just a few ingredients simmering inside their magical Gulf Coast

“Houston has played a huge part in making me who I am and introducing our music to the
masses, and for that, we are forever grateful.” The Suffers have played sold out shows in Japan
and Latin America, turned out audiences at the Newport Folk Festival and Afropunk Festival and
made believers of just about anyone who has experienced their live shows. “We’re a testament
to teamwork and camaraderie resulting in things working out even when the odds are against a
positive outcome,” says drummer Nick Zamora. “The wonderful thing about music is that it is
ultimate universal communication,” reflects trumpeter Jon Durbin.

The band is working on their highly anticipated follow up to Everything Here , and will release
new music in the Spring of 2020.

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