PORTLAND – Bombsquad featuring Jen Durkin of Deep Bananna Blackout with Esperanza will perform live in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at The Asylum. Tickets, $10, are available in advance at Bull Moose Music and Ticketweb.com; or at The Asylum box office the night of the show only. This is a 21-plus event.

Formed in 2001, Bombsquad, a nine-piece band, came together on stage at Irving Plaza in New York City during a jam session. The group plays a unique blend of funk, rock and soul.

Over the last four years, Bombsquad, has self released to CDs, selling a combined 5,000 copies; and played numerous festivals, including Gathering of the Vibes, Adirondack Music Festival and Camp Creek. In 2003, the band’s biggest break came when it was selected by Dick Clark to play at the American Music Awards.

The band is currently on the road in support of its 2004 release, “Bombsquad II.”

Opening the show is Portland’s Afro-Cuban band Esperanza. Formed in late 2003, this nine-piece ensemble has been drawing crowds to Bubba’s, Space Gallery and The Center for Cultural Exchange. Esperanza’s debut CD, “Esperanza Live,” was recorded at Space Gallery in January. The band is planning an East Coast tour, including several outdoor festivals in July.

The Asylum is located at 121 Center St. FMI: visit the Web site of concert promoter Eye9d Presents at www.eye9d.com.

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