Degraw Fest

Degraw Sound Presents

Degraw Fest

Elliot and The Ghost, Eighty Ninety, Queue, Bell the Band, Fiama, AMFM, Goldkey, Common Jack, Sophie Colette

Sat, June 3, 2017

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 2:30 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

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Degraw Fest
Degraw Fest
Brooklyn recording studio Degraw Sound launches a new music festival, Degraw Fest, June 3rd, 2017. Rock out with a tight-knit community of artists, musicians, producers and entrepreneurs while enjoying craft beer and local food at mainstay Brooklyn performance space Littlefield. The all day festival features a line up of up and coming bands that have produced records at Degraw Sound, including Elliot and The Ghost, Eighty Ninety, Bell the Band and Queue.

Beverages by BRAVEN BREWING:
Founded in 2013 by Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldman, Braven Brewing Company celebrates those who are Bold & Crafty®. Artists. Creatives. Entrepreneurs. Risk-takers. Believers. The Bushwick-based brand hopes to inspire creativity with every sip.

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Food by CHEECH A'CINI TRUCKIN TRATTORIA:
Cheech A' Cini's Truckin Trattoria serves gourmet Italian street food, putting a modern twist to old world recipes. Owned and operated by husband and wife duo Frank and Jamie Melisi — Cheech A’ Cini’s is known for their signature dish called the “Pastacini” — a one of a kind recipe from Jamie’s Grandmother blending pasta and Italian cheeses which are then breaded, fried and served with a side of homemade vodka sauce. Chef Frank Melisi is a graduate of Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and has worked in the kitchen since he was fourteen years old.

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Elliot and The Ghost
Elliot and The Ghost
“A smoldering piece of dark rock, perfect for a Tarantino-esque cannonball run through the cool desert night. Elliot & The Ghost prove to be a unique mix of rock and roll, darkly tinged folk, and punk” – The Village Voice

Elliot & The Ghost came together in 2014 in New York City. With singer William Thompson, drummer Daniel Edwards, guitarist Brett Giroux, and bassist Connor Jones, the band’s very first performances were held in old Brooklyn loft spaces and scuzzy dives. Within a year’s time the group was invited as direct support alongside Weezer, and has since shared stages with the late B.B. King, Team Spirit, Miniature Tigers, amongst many others.

Artist Direct praised Elliot & The Ghost as “a vibrant painting with sonic colors spanning Nick Cave-style cinematic musings, surfed-up post-punk guitars evocative of The Smiths and The Clash, and eerily danceable beats that prove instantly magnetic. Still, descriptions don't do it justice. You've just got to let Elliot & The Ghost haunt you.” Flavorpill lauded their “brand of Southern influenced pop-rock,” and Gimme Shutter declared them “mesmerizing.” Similarly, CMJ applauded their “fresh, airy kind of surf-pop in the vein of early Rosebuds or the Shins stripped of cardigans and sent back to a dank basement to get a little tipsy and start all over.”

The band recently completed a North American tour, and is currently promoting a series of new singles with accompanying videos and artwork.
Eighty Ninety
Eighty Ninety
Eighty Ninety's debut single "Three Thirty" — a hook-laced and hypnotic message to a past love — was released independently spring 2016. The song quickly reached #2 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart and #23 on Billboard's Velocity Chart, garnering over 13 million plays.

Brothers Abner and Harper James write, produce, perform and mix their music in a style they've nicknamed "808s and telecasters". Their songs fuse intimate storytelling, sticky melodies and minimalist pop productions built on acoustic instruments and electronic sounds.

Eighty Ninety's debut EP "Elizabeth" is out now and available to stream on Spotify.
Queue
Queue
Queue is an indie-rock outfit from Philadelphia and Washington D.C., formed by five friends who met at University in 2014. Queue blend contemporary grooves, chiming guitars and 80’s inspired synths and textures, effortlessly complementing singer Olivia Price’s lush vocals. Drawing comparisons to indie favorites Daughter, Beach House, Foals and The Temper Trap. The band’s first two singles “Falling Into Skies” and “More” were both featured on Spotify’s Freshfinds playlist. Queue is now playing select dates up and down the East Coast to support the record, including recent performances supporting Middle Kids, Tall Heights and at Musik Fest with X Ambassadors and The Avett Brothers.
Bell the Band
Bell the Band
Bell the Band is a New York City-based band, distilled in the Appalachian South and aged in an oak barrel of American blues, roots and folk music.

Lead singer and songwriter Caitlin Marie Bell came of age in a small town in Georgia. She spent many sweltering summer afternoons cloistered in her bedroom with a guitar, immersed in the American folk and country tradition -- Mississippi John Hurt, Jean Ritchie, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Townes Van Zandt -- soaking up their authentic, understated expressions of truth, beauty and pain.

Having developed her voice into a haunting soprano, Caitlin studied opera at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. And after a stint in Seattle studying West African folk music, she moved to New York City, reconnecting with her Americana roots in the Greenwich village singer-songwriter circuit. There she found her musical soulmates -- drummer Jared Saltiel, upright bassist Gab Bowler and guitarist Harper James -- and together they formed Bell the Band.

Bell the Band combines nimble arrangements with a love for improvisation. They know the most direct route to the heart of a song is to never play it the same way twice. After cultivating an enthusiastic audience with a series of live videos, they've performed to packed houses at New York venues such as The Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge, The Living Room and Pianos, and recently released their debut self-titled EP.
Fiama
Fiama
Honest, authentic and heartfelt is the best way to describe the music of Brooklyn based singer and songwriter Fiama. Drawing comparison to artist’s such as Yuna and Florence and the Machine, Fiama has found a voice of her own on her album Way To Happiness. Crafting cinematic sonic landscapes, Fiama explores the subjects in life that affect us all: love, happiness, loss and destiny taking the listener with her on an inspiring journey.
AMFM
AMFM
AMFM began as a home recording project for vocalist, guitarist and songwriter David Caruso, where he set out to craft an organic sound that would walk the line between accessibility and originality. Outgrowing his home studio, Caruso connected with producer Harper James, bonding over shared influences that spanned the musical spectrum from electronica to jazz to indie rock and country. This eclectic background informed the songs on AMFM’s debut EP, which come together cohesively evoking comparisons to new-wave forerunners The Talking Heads and seminal indie rockers Spoon and Arcade Fire.
Goldkey
Goldkey
‘Mountain’ is the debut single from Goldkey, the musical alias of Mike Horn. His latest effort combines a modern, indie perspective while maintaining the grace of a standalone singer-songwriter. Horn is born and raised in Queens, NY and currently resides in New York City where he teamed up with long-time producer, Ben Rice (Degraw Sound – Brooklyn, NY) to establish a solitary sound with influences ranging from Beck and Jeff Buckley to Radiohead.
Common Jack
Common Jack
Brooklyn based folk-rock outfit Common Jack was formed by singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist John Gardner during a two and a half year world tour with the actor-musician Broadway show, Once. Based on the indie film of the same name, starring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova of The Frames / Swell Season, Gardner spent those years playing Hansard & Irglova's music for sold out houses in America, Canada, and Japan while gigging with his own material during his free time.

Citing a wide range of influences from Bob Dylan and George Harrison to Hurray for the Riff Raff, Feist, & Weezer, Gardner operates within the fluid genre of Americana, employing folk song structures while blending in elements of rock, blues, and pop to create fresh arrangements, all while retaining a sense of familiarity and history that all Americana music has.

Although many of the early recordings consisted of Gardner playing every instrument in a more traditional folk set up, Common Jack has come to include a rotation of other musicians on electric guitars, drums, fiddles, and synths/organs.

Collaborating with some of these musicians, Gardner recorded Common Jack's debut LP - Bowl, Holland - in Washington DC's historic Cue Recording Studios with platinum producer Jim Ebert (Dave Grohl, Madonna, Toni Braxton). Bowl, Holland was praised for the "richness of the sound...from minimalist to quite symphonic." & for Gardner's songwriting and singing, "his voice takes us in quite a poetic world, in a very original musical dimension, he makes us fly." (Michel Penard, ISA Radio)

Upon finishing the album, Gardner immediately began working on what would become Common Jack's second LP. Recording at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn with co-producer & engineer Harper James, Gardner and the band pushed themselves even further with a dynamic new album, Strange New State. It was released to critical acclaim & realized the potential so many heard on Bowl Holland. Longtime Common Jack friend and radio DJ in France Michel Penard of ISA radio immediately wrote “this album will remain the first gem on the discography...(Gardner) reached something with these recordings.” These sentiments were echoed by The Alternate Root magazine, “Common Jack snags the indie style of musical inclusivity...self assured and confident...hits a universal note.”

Indeed, the creative leap made by Gardner and the band on Strange New State is palpable, and Gardner continued to emerge as a capable songwriter and powerful lyricist.
Sophie Colette
Sophie Colette
Sophie Colette is the solo project and nom de plume of Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Karen Hou. Inspired by the likes of Sia, London Grammar and MS MR, her debut EP Strangers & Lovers explores the process of self discovery through intimate vocals, acoustic undertones and layered dreamy textures. Following the 2016 release, Sophie Colette embarked on a European summer tour supporting Berlin- based folk artist The Crystal Elephant. In addition to her solo project, Karen plays keyboards and sings for indie rockers The Party Faithful.