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GIVE A LITTLE (ft. Christylez Bacon)
From the upcoming album
Archaic Humans (May 31 Ropeadope)


"A revelation...

the most original and alluring fusion band I have heard in years!" 

Banning Eyre, Afropop & NPR 

“You’ll be hard-pressed to sit still during their show.”  

Festival International de Louisianne


“Dangerously funky... an East-coast, funk-crazed Los Lobos”
Village Voice

“A fresh, vibrant hybrid that plants a foot in two disparate cultures and still dances up a storm."  



“Nation Beat plays every fun style of music ever invented!"

Lucid Culture


“Comes off like a typical afternoon’s stroll through the 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The blend is often irresistible.”



“Just a fantastic group. I was overwhelmed!” 

Willie Nelson 



Pounded by calloused hands; blasted by tight grooves. It calls across time and continents - with a response from hips and feet. It’s the force that blew through Louis Armstrong in the twenties. It’s the power that gets Brazilians swinging in the streets for carnival.


Nation Beat singularly conjures up this elemental musical mojo, drawing on the wellsprings of rhythm that lit up jazz and got maracatu thundering. Nation Beat takes off with be-bop-via-Brazil drumming; propelled by percussive bursts of New Orleans-flavored brass. 

Band leader Scott Kettner has explored the musical similarities between American Roots music (Second Line, NOLA Jazz, Country, Zydeco, Blues) and Afro-Brazilian musics of Northeast Brazil (Maracatu, Forró, Mangue, Samba, Miranda, Frevo) not just through music but througn an historical lense. Ketter spent a couple of years in Brazil's northeast and its dusty land proved to be fertile ground for his musical exploration and imagination. As he became fluent in maracatu’s African-derived rhythms, he saw parallels with the African-rooted music of the United States. Kettner saw that the black history of the two regions was informed and shaped by a myriad of historical events, in particular the slave experience as Northeast Brazil and New Orleans were ports for the same slave traders, resulting in music forms that share roots, growing similarly - as Kettner says "like two twins seperated at birth".


Upon returning to New York, he created the groundbreaking band Nation Beat, where maracatu, Big Easy’s funk, forró, swinging jazz all dance together. Nation Beat exemplifies how music crosses borders and that similarities more often than not outweigh differences, not just in music but in life. American music and our experience of it owes a debt to many cultures, ethnicities and peoples, to many coming together as one. Kettner and Nation Beat live and breathe this.

But forget the musical history; this is music to make you dance.

Nation Beat is

Scott Kettner: Drums and Percussion

Paul Carlon: Tenor Sax/Arrangements

Mark Collins: Trumpet

Tom McHugh: Trombone

Heather Ewer: Sousaphone

with Special Guests: Melanie Scholtz and Christylez Bacon


Nation Beat "Give A Little (ft Christylez Bacon" Lyric Video

Nation Beat Live @ Dizzy's featurng Melanie Scholtz


June  1 - Jersey City Jazz Fest - Jersey City, NJ (with Melanie Scholtz)
June 15 - Joe's Pub  - New York, NY (with Melanie Scholtz & Christylez Bacon)
June 18 - Buteco - Atlanta, GA (Archaic Humans listening party/Q&A with Scott Kettner)

June 23  - Ottawa Jazz Fest - Ottawa, ON, Canada (with Melanie Scholtz)
July 12 - Central Pennsylvnia Arts Festival - State College, PA (with Melanie Scholtz)

July 13 - Maplewoodstock - Maplewood, NJ (with Melanie Scholtz & Christylez Bacon)
August 2 - Colby College - Waterville, ME (with Melanie Scholtz)
August 11 - Lebanon Opera House - Lebanon, NH (with Melanie Scholtz)
October 5 - Caffe Lena @ SPAC Festival (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) - Saratoga
  NY (with Melanie Scholtz)

Select Past Performances
Dizzy's - New York, NY
Lincoln Center - New York, NY

Kennedy Center - Washington, DC
Festival International de Louisiane - Lafayette, LA
Grand Performances - Los Angele, CA

Chicago World Music Festival - Chicago, IL
Lotus Festival - Bloomington, IN
West Lafayette Global Fest - West Lafayette, IN
Madison World Music Festival - Madison, WI
Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix Arizona
¡Globalquerque! - Albuquerque, NM

Jersey City Jazz Festival - Jersey City, NJ
globalFest - New York, NY
SunFest - London, ON
Farm Aid - Mansfield , MA
Congo Square Rhythms Festival - New Orleans, LA
Summer Stage - New York, NY

 Puffin Cultural Forum - Teaneck, NJ
Celebrate Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY
Coastal University - Conway, NC

Georgetown University - Washington, DC
Creative Alliance - Baltimore, MD

Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
Rhythm & Roots Festival - Charlestown, RI
Arts in The Schools - Truckee, CA
Swallow Hill Festival - Denver, CO
MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC
Santa Fe Bandstand - Santa Fe, NM

New York Botanical Gardens - Bronx, NY 
Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ
The Hamilton - Washington, DC
Flynn Center For The Performing Arts, Burlington, VT
DROM - New York, NY

SOB's - New York, NY
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Brooklyn, NY
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