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    Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017

    Mi Mi Zhi Yin (w Alec Spiegelman) and Taylor Ashton Sept 28

    7:30 doors $10.00 Cover

      Taylor Ashton

     


    Fri
    29
    Sep
    2017

    Alena Spanger • Little Mystery • Renata Zeiguer Sept 29

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017

    Relatives Fall Residency: Last Saturdays at the Owl Sept 30

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Relatives - Ian Davis and Katie Vogel - met upon arrival to New York City in 2007 and have been singing and writing together since. Over the years, we have been paring down and turning inwards, exploring what can be done with less. This fall marks our ten year anniversary as a band and the release of our second full-length record, Weighed Down Fortune (November 7, 2017). In celebration we will be curating a series of four shows where we will perform duo alongside featured musicians/poets/performers at the Owl Music Parlor on last Saturdays this fall. 

     

    W Special Guest Lacy Rose 


    Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017

    WishWish and friends Oct 6

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    WishWish is the full band expression of the songs of Brooklyn musician Rachel Housle.  With a background as a side person on drums for such acts as Invisible Familiars, the punk and no-wave band NoPop, and the Fahey-inflected rootsy chaos of Uncivilized, Housle brings a wide range of influences to her original composition.  Her recently self-released EP, “From a Ceiling” is an exploration into isolation, community, authenticity, and the haunted spaces in-between using nothing but voice, guitar and a four-track tape machine. 


    Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017

    Esther Balint / Mary Lorsen Oct 7

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017

    Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber, Sam Reider and the Human Hands Oct 14

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    A jazz pianist turned folk musician, Sam has spent the last eight years redefining American roots music on the accordion. His original music draws inspiration from sources ranging from Woody Guthrie to George Gershwin to Ennio Morricone. Sam has been featured on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, toured in seven countries overseas, and appears regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center and major festivals nationwide. 

    Sam is co-leader of Brooklyn-based roots band Silver City Bound, which the Huffington Post calls, “Americana at its best.” In 2013 the U.S. Department of State selected Silver City Bound to be cultural ambassadors overseas, and they conducted a six-week tour of China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. In 2016 they went abroad again, this time to Azerbaijan and Istanbul, where they collaborated on a benefit concert with young Syrian, Turkish, Kurdish, Palestinian, and American musicians. Global Citizen’s coverage of the concert is available here.

    Sam’s latest project, the Human Hands, presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of virtuosic bluegrass and acoustic musicians. The sound of the music has been compared to that of the Punch Brothers, David Grisman, and Andrew Bird—an irresistible mixture of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and mysterious sounds from around the world. In live shows, Sam often incorporates piano, synthesizer and vocals into the instrumentation of the band. With catchy tunes, a fiery pulse, and mind-bending improvisation, Sam and his band put on spontaneous live performances that keep audiences on their toes. 

    Sam is committed to having a positive impact on his community. Sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sam does over sixty concerts and workshops each year at public schools around the country. These performances explore the links between American music and social studies themes like freedom, democracy, and civil rights. Sam’s interest in music and social change began when he planned a benefit concert that raised $15,000 for San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention center. The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on the front page of the entertainment section, “He's got rhythm. And for someone his age, plenty of soul, too.”
     
     

    TESSA LARK & MICHAEL THURBER brings a genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, classical, and original works to life in high-energy performances built on audience interaction, and a fun, welcoming stage presence. Lark & Thurber met as alumni of NPR’s From the Top, and have grown their duo collaboration out of the unique musical variety show series “Thurber Theatre,” which Michael regularly hosts at beloved New York City nightclub Joe’s Pub. Building on the massive success of these intimate and varied musical evenings at Joe’s Pub, Lark and Thurber now offer their signature sound and charisma to venues across North America.

    Michael Thurber enjoys a reputation as one of the most versatile young musical talents currently active in New York City. Whether playing bass on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, composing music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, co-founding the smash YouTube channel CDZA, or hosting his “Thurber Theater” variety show at Joe’s Pub, Thurber’s musical voice defies genre and category.

    Tessa Lark earns consistent praise from critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, captivating interpretations, and multi-genre programming and performance. In the classical music world, Tessa has earned many of the top competition prizes available to young artists including, among many others: a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Silver Medal in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and a first-place finish in the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition. 

    In their respective careers thus far, Tessa and Michael have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world’s leading musicians in a wide variety of genres -- to name just a few: Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O’Connor (Tessa), and Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, and Cee Lo Green (Michael).

    Lark and Thurber both gained their first musical training at Midwestern institutions; with Michael attending The Interlochen Arts Academy and Tessa participating in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s Starling Preparatory String Project. Tessa went on to study with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, and recently earned her Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, while Michael also studied at Juilliard.


    Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017

    Innov Gnawa - Oct 26

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

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    Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017

    Ryan Power w Tredici Baci and Matt Mitchell Oct 27

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Over the last 1.5 decades, Vermont to Brooklyn based songwriter/producer Ryan Power has tirelessly embarked on the quest to write the definitive song-based music, full of accuracy, refinement, deliberation, and perfectly-placed shifting harmonic puzzles.  This show will be in celebration of his new NNA release: They Sell Doomsday.  Ryan will perform two sets:  one with Matt Mitchell, one with Tredici Bacci.  Ryan is looking forward to this.


    Sun
    29
    Oct
    2017

    Are Skwaird and Jeffrey Lewis

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Rebecca Tilles and Rachel Swaner are Are Skwaird, a duo that reimagines old folk tunes and outsider classics through sweet harmonies, curious instrumentation, and an appropriate mix of wistfulness, humor, and charm.


    Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017

    Norma // Stratus Quartet, Du.0, Theo Walentiny Nov 3

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    "Norma was born in 1990 in the south of France, from a harmonica-playing Springsteen-worshiping father and a Beatlemaniac mother. Never picking a side, she refined her growing taste by watching MTV for hours after school, falling in love with Fiona Apple and RnB divas. 

    Following her 2016 debut EP «Badlands», a fierce introduction to her songwriting, Norma is currently recording her debut album, to be released early 2018. 
    On stage, Norma appears under her dark curly mane, shifting gracefully from her faithful Firebird to the piano: each song comes unexpected, led by her heady melodies and heartfelt vocals. "

     



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