James A.M. Downes w/ Anna Shoemaker at City Vineyard - 2/26
at City Winery New York City
- 9:45pm (Estimated End Time)
VOICES ON THE HUDSON
This winter, City Vineyard (233 West St in Hudson River Park) will transform into a cozy, intimate music venue where acclaimed national touring artists will perform against the gorgeous background of the Hudson River and the downtown NYC skyline. These special shows will be limited to 100 guests who will be able to enjoy thenew winter bistro menu and a full bar before, during and after the show. SEE THE FULL LINEUP HERE
James A.M. Downes
Brooklyn based singer-songwriter James A.M. Downes has been around since 2002, knee deep in the basements of the American north east indie/hardcore scene. You’ll still catch an earful of crassly eloquent lyrics, but all these years later James finds himself trading the fuzzed out decibels for something a bit more alluring and subversive.
In March of 2017, James released his debut EP, Prison Font. The album (out on Downes’ own Forest Park Recordings) reverberates with lush guitar beds over new-retro progressions creating a sound that fans of The Shins or early Death Cab for Cutie would find shelter in. Prison Font gives breath to narratives that teem with dark humor and humility, taking the listener from debaucherous parties in the underworld all the way to the ghostly desolate bedrooms of former lovers, long since vanished.
While recent features in Relix Magazine and a feature/nomination for Deli MagazineNYC’s “Favorite Emerging Artist”help circulate the recorded music of Prison Font, James continues to bring the live show all around the east cost. Whether performing as a yearning cello/guitar duet or leading a bruising and beautiful full band, most concert goers would agree with The Deli’s Henry Solotaroff-Webber in saying that “James boldly [displays] his talent as a songwriter, and [solidifies] himself as someone to watch.”