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Erika Wennerstrom is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Heartless Bastards. After spending the past decade touring with her band, Heartless Bastards, and pushing their unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll into new shapes over five acclaimed albums Erika is exploring new directions as she works on her upcoming solo album.
Best known as the frontman of the influential indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has also been a solo artist, occasional producer, and film composer. Getting his start as a founding member of the hardcore band Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr. was founded in 1984 and the group emerged among the most highly regarded in alternative rock. By reintroducing volume and attack in his songs Mascisshed the strict limitations of early 1980's hardcore, becoming an influence on the burgeoning 'grunge’ movement. Mascis' body of work continues to inspire a generation of guitar players and songwriters today.
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger, lead by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. The band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”, take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits…their 1968 masterpiece Odessey & Oracle…post-Zombies solo favorites…right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
Brian Wheat (born 5th November 1962) grew up in Sacramento, CA and from an early age found a passion for music via his older siblings’ vast record collection and stories of legendary rock shows. He cofounded multi-platinum selling band TESLA in 1984, who signed to Geffen in 1986 and released hits “Signs,” “Love Song,” “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Lil Suzi,” and many more. Brian has been a driving force in Tesla, providing bass, piano and songwriting for 30 years. More recently he’s added production to his many talents. Being equally powerful and confident on both stage and in the studio.
Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the band’s lineup solidified in the mid-80s w/ Corey Glover (vocals), Will Calhoun (drums) and Muzz Skillings (bass). Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America. The band’s debut album, “Vivid,” was released in 1988 on Epic Records. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified double platinum by the RIAA. It featured “Cult of Personality,” a #13 hit on the Billboard 200 Singles chart as well as the Top 40 hit, “Glamour Boys.” “Cult of Personality” went on to earn the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.
Some things are built to last. During the course of its two decades of making records, O.A.R. — lead singer and primary songwriter Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo—has created and maintained a sort of a parallel universe. In effect hiding in plain sight from the world outside, the band fills arenas and amphitheaters as it crafts and releases relatable songs with big pop hooks, all of this activity going down completely apart from the mainstream. Within this universe, these songs are bona fide hits, and the band members are superstars.
Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. He is a conjurer, and much like those of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R & B. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound -- blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll -- through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. The currents empty into an estuary, and into this well water Son dips his bucket -- trusting innately in the magic's existence. And now, with his second full-length album, New Magic, he has delivered a profound statement, a cohesive creation that captures the diverse spirit of American music in a fresh and modern way.
Hailed as "the Prince of Americana" by the New York Times, Greene has always had a knack for capturing the human experience in all its messy, emotional complexity, and on his new EP, 'The Modern Lives – Vol 1,' he draws inspiration from some of the great social paradoxes of our 21st century world: that the technology designed to simplify our lives can actually complicate them in ways we'd never imagined, that the most crowded cities can actually be the loneliest places to live, that the constructs meant to connect us to each other can actually leave us feeling more isolated than ever.
Patty Smyth, both with her hit band Scandal and as a solo artist, has always been, at heart, a rock and roll chick, and that’s no truer today for the mother of six, now back on the road and raring to play for fans new and old. If Smyth did nothing but marry New York punk poet Richard Hell (with whom she had her oldest daughter Ruby), then noted tennis punk and commentator John McEnroe (who had three kids of his own and then two more with Patty), that would be amazing enough, but she’s also earned both Oscar and Grammy nominations, recorded a series of hit singles and albums and enjoyed a successful reunion on VH1’s Bands Reunited series.
Anyone who has followed the career of Joseph Arthur since he was personally discovered by Peter Gabriel back in 1997 knows Arthur has never been an artist to look back. Over the course of his career to date, he’s released fourteen albums under his own name, eleven official EPs and has been involved with several high-profile side projects including Fistful Of Mercy (with Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison).
moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today. With 20 years of touring and just as many albums under its belt, the quintet of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on Drums, continues to push the standard for performance art. Critical acclaim and a solid national and international fan base has built a dedicated following that grows each year. Whether touring across the globe, headlining music festivals, or sharing the stage with such celebrated acts as the Allmans, The Who, or Robert Plant, among others, what keeps moe. at the forefront of the music scene is not only the energy and vitality of their music and songwriting, but the showmanship in which it is delivered.
“A voice that could melt the heart of a devil… When Nicole Atkins sings, she sounds like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin all rolled into one voice.” - NPR Named Rolling Stone’s "Top 10 Artists To Watch" in 2007 for her debut album Neptune City, Nicole Atkins has appeared on numerous late night TV shows, including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” and “Later… with Jools Holland”, and featured in media outlets ranging from the New York Times to Time magazine. She has toured throughout the US and Europe, both headlining and also touring with The Black Keys, Mavis Staples, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Chris Isaak and the Avett Brothers. Nicole Atkins fourth studio album, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, is a vintage soul album inspired by legendary artists like Dusty Springfield, Candi Staton, Roy Orbison and Janis Joplin, produced by Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges), with additional mixing by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes).
Tom Hamilton is an American songwriter, musician, and producer best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the bands American Babies, Brothers Past, and Joe Russo's Almost Dead. Holly Bowling uses classical piano technique to reinterpret jamband luminaries, and her live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and a concert experience like nothing else in the music world.
Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet’s fifth album of new material in this century, the first since 2011’s Modern Art and 14th overall in a recording career spanning more than three decades, is teeming with his signature sounds and ongoing preoccupations. But the expansive 17-song work—released via Sweet’s own newly launched Honeycomb Hideout imprint through Sony’s RED Distribution—takes these familiar elements into previously unexplored territory, reflecting profound changes in his life. Essentially, Tomorrow Forever contemplates a knotty epistemological question: Does what is real extend beyond what the consciousness can readily grasp?
With the release and reception of his album Audio Paint Job, Ayron Jones has had a season of fervent media recognition in 2017. This coming after a year of intense creativity and many personal changes for the gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist. “There’s nothing more American than rock ’n’ roll,” Jones told the Seattle Times, “And in this time period, we need it now more than ever. Regardless of who is responsible, there’s divisiveness in this country that we’ve never seen since the civil-rights era. Rock ’n’ roll embodies that American blues soul and spirit. Our generation, as millennials, has forgotten what it means to play rock ’n’ roll.” Featuring his most confessional and rocking songs yet, Ayron also embellishes with fiery blues licks and booming hip-hop vibes. The 14 track Audio Paint Job, showcases Ehssan Kirimi on drums and Bob Lovelace on bass. This track, “features the vulnerable and lilting vocals of singer Scarlet Parke, the humbling strings of composer Andrew Joslyn, and the deft, upright bass playing of Evan Flory-Barnes.” (Times)
Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Her discography spans five decades, but it is within the past decade that she has finally been recognized as one of America’s finest vocal talents.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture &emdash; from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals.
FIKS is there to fix broken and discarded instruments and get them to be used by the students in poor schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. The schools are identified by music teachers in the actual schools with the funds going directly to technicians who fix the instruments.
Church Street School for Music & Art is the only not-for-profit school for the arts in Lower Manhattan serving as a community center supporting a diverse audience with affordable arts programming. The process oriented approach facilitates music education through skill building and development of technique in performance.
An innovative training orchestra at Bard College which does outreach and concerts to middle school and high-schools in the NY metro area. In addition, TON supports a number of scholorships to bring in aspiring teachers to integrate into their broader curriculums.
CAE is dedicated to ensuring that all NYC public school students have quality arts learning as an essential part of their K-12 education and is the only organization in New York supporting all arts disciplines with in-school residencies, professional development, and active public engagement and advocacy efforts.
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. This is achieved by partnering with school districts, training public school teachers in their innovative curriculum, and donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs.
The D’Addario Foundation is a unique non-profit grant-making organization providing monetary and product support to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. We support programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The D'Addario Foundation believes in the transformative power of music and that mentoring and building communities through music can positively affect social change. .
Sonic Arts for All! (SAFA!) is a new non-profit organization that promotes the hands-on, creative use of music technology in both academic, after-school, community center, and other non-traditional settings. We work primarily with elementary, middle, and high school students in NYC, but others are welcome too. SAFA! is the first of its kind: a mobile educational recording studio and music technology workspace. By outfitting a mobile van with state of the art equipment and teaching artists able to facilitate after school classes and workshops in all five boroughs, our goal is to reach all of New York City’s kids and other creative artists, regardless of neighborhood or economic background.
Day by day, for 25 years, Midori and Friends inspires passion in their students, sparks their imagination, and empowers them through life-changing musical experiences. From the classroom to the stage, the young students develop into confident individuals who realize that no dream is beyond their reach. Midori has reached over 250,000 young people since starting in 1992.