Realistic also took home SF Weekly’s “Best of the Bay” award for Jazz Band in 2004. In 2005 Realistic started presenting various tribute shows which occur many times a year around the birthdays of musical legends, past and present, which have grown to be sold out shows as well as being awarded Best of the Bay for “Best Live music Weekly night” in 2006 and 2007. Recent tributes have included the music of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and most recently Michael Jackson. Guest vocalists featured have included Joe Bagale, Kim Nalley, Chris McGee, Emily Schmidt, Sonya D, Seneca, Soulati and Infinite.
Realistic Orchestra is led by Adam Theis who is also the principle composer/arranger of the Jazz Mafia’s Hip-Hop Symphony “Brass, Bows & Beats, and co-leads The Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Hip-Hop Symphony, Brass Mafia and Supertaster. Adam is most notable for being the 2008 recipient for the prestigious Gerbode-Hewlett Grant for Jazz composition. With the commission Adam arranged the 50 piece one hour long symphony, “Brass, Bows & Beats”, combining elements from the 10 years of development he has been involved with in the San Francisco music scene. “Brass, Bows & Beats” premiered to sold out crowds in April of 2009 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and has since been performed at major festivals across North America, such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival.
Realistic Orchestra has released three full length albums to date, “Live at Bruno’s”, “Living Loops”, and “Symphonies From Down the Block”, on Jazz Mafia Recordings. All of which have received critical praise.