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The Verve Pipe, Kat Wright, Southern Avenue, Pete Distefano (of Porno for Pyros) & Moonrise Nation - 1/13
at City Winery New York City
- 9:30pm (Estimated End Time)
Although Peter DiStefano is most known to alternative rock fans as the lead guitarist in the short-lived Jane's Addiction offshoot Porno for Pyros, the California native had a varied career even before his time in the Lollapalooza sun. Born in Santa Monica in 1965, DiStefano spent his teens and early twenties in the local surf and skate-punk scene, eventually starting his own minor band in the style, "K-38," who only lasted for one mid-'80s single. Kicking around the fringes of the Los Angeles alt rock scene, DiStefano befriended Jane's Addiction leader Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins, and when that band broke up, he joined their new project Porno for Pyros in 1993. After two albums, Porno for Pyros and Good God's Urge, the band disintegrated along with DiStefano's personal life: already addicted to heroin, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After treatment and rehab, newly married and personally stable, DiStefano began a new project called Venice Underground that explored a hybrid of downtempo electronica and guitar-heavy alt rock. Following that band's 2000 debut, DiStefano self-released a pair of solo albums in 2001 and 2002, Words in Red and Solo at DiPiazzas (both were extremely limited releases) . Signing to the British indie label Sanctuary Records, he returned to his solo career with 2004's Gratitude, followed by 2005's Soul Trigger and 2006's Integrity. Along with his wide-ranging solo career, DiStefano has maintained a parallel career as an in-demand session guitarist for film and television scores, as well as a stint as co-writer and touring band member for former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy.
With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe are recognized worldwide for their radio hits Photograph, Hero, Happiness Is, Never Let You Down and the #1 smash single The Freshmen.
In addition to their success on radio, TV and film, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, features in Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine and many more, and videos on MTV and VH1, the band has made numerous television appearances, including ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ and ‘Late Night With David Letterman.’
Between recording rock albums, including the most recent release Parachute, and their first-ever live album Villains – Live & Acoustic, featuring an acoustic reimagining of their platinum debut album Villains, The Verve Pipe expanded their repertoire to include writing and recording A Family Album, their critically acclaimed introduction to the world of children’s music, as well as their follow up family oriented release, Are We There Yet?.
With a new lineup and a renewed energy and focus, lead singer/principal songwriter and founder Brian Vander Ark and the band continue to deliver original music that is distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals.
The Verve Pipe perform both rock and kids shows throughout North America, including notable appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Lincoln Center, Hangout Music Festival, SummerStage in Central Park, and many more.
At turns ethereal and powerful, Moonrise Nation—releasing their debut album, Glamour Child, on July 28—create aural experiences that pulse from ear to heart. The trio of keyboardist Arden Baldinger, cellist Eva Baldinger, and guitarist Emma McCall (all share songwriting and vocal duties) hails from Oak Park, Illinois, also home to Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright. Like those kindred spirits, their storytelling begins in a very personal place, but is always sculpted into something universal. Its first single is the title track, about a toxic relationship, which has already tallied more than a half million streams.
As teenagers, the American Pop Moonrise Nation played local bars, put their music on SoundCloud, and recorded a folky, self titled EP, produced by David Z (Prince, Etta James). It was released in 2014 by his brother, Bobby Z (a member of the Revolution, Prince’s band), who continues to serve as an artistic sounding board for the trio.
Glamour Child, Moonrise Nation’s latest album, was produced by Stephen Shirk (HearYa live sessions with Alabama Shakes and the Lumineers) and took three years to make. A vivid, sonically ambitious time capsule of the trio’s growth from teenagers to adulthood, it captures the vertiginous, Millennial high lows of self confidence and doubt, happiness and practicality, innocence and reality.
Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.
“Frighteningly good.” -Boston Public Radio
“…jumped right off the screen in their Tiny Desk contest entry.” -NPR Music
“Her smooth and serene sounding voice gives any man the chills; kind of like the capabilities Grace Potter and Susan Tedeschi possess…” -Cider Mag
“…their shows are love and happiness. Be prepared to be blown away by Wright’s voice. I certainly was!”
-Portland Press Herald
“Gritty, powerful and sultry…” -Next2Shine.com
Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue - “The most talked about band in Memphis.”
Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue’s upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.
Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.
The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as "Don't Give Up," "What Did I Do," "It's Gonna Be Alright," "Love Me Right" and "Wildflower." The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love."
The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band.
Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects. According to Ori, "When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing."
"I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project," Tierinii remembers. "Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically."
"We started over," Naftaly continues. "We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly."
"Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,'" Tierinii recalls. "We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special."
Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label. "I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility," says Tierinii. "I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home."
Tierinii views Southern Avenue as "a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. "It's been a real crash course," she continues. "We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now."
"This band has already made our dreams come true," Ori concludes. "I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy."