The Brooklyn Sets: An Evening Benefiting Hetrick-Martin Institute

The Brooklyn Sets: An Evening Benefiting Hetrick-Martin Institute

Hosted by Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters), JD SAMSON & MEN, Bright Light Bright Light, DJ Set by Jonjon Battles

Fri, January 24, 2014

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$30.00

This event is 21 and over

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The Brooklyn Sets: An Evening Benefiting Hetrick-Martin Institute
The Brooklyn Sets: An Evening Benefiting Hetrick-Martin Institute
An evening of dancing and live music benefiting Hetrick-Martin Institute which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth.

Hosted by Ana Matronic with live sets by JD Samson & MEN and Bright Light Bright Light. Plus DJ set by Jonjon Battles.

To learn more about Hetrick-Martin Institute, check out www.hmi.org
Hosted by Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters)
Hosted by Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters)
As the lone female member of the rock group Scissor Sisters, exclusivity has its perks in an entourage of talented guys who garnered eleven awards, thirty-three nominations, and four acclaimed albums, but Ana Matronic is about to go solo with her own collection of songs scheduled for release later this year. Empathetic, yet edgy, this gifted musician amazes audiences with performances that enlighten and arouse. Popular on the LBGT club scene, she attracts gay admirers while maintaining a strong heterosexual fan base. A charismatic magnet and a human rights activist, Matronic reaches across gender lines to entertain mainstream crowds, regardless of sexual orientation. She has collaborated with New Order, Duran Duran, and punk-drag artist Sharon Needles, an eclectic mix of talent.

A member of the Joshua Light Show, Matronic carries on the tradition of hand-manipulated, live psychedelic imagery, using liquids on an overhead projector. Her work appears in Liquid Loops II, a digital document of innovative techniques in this fascinating field. In 2010, she contributed a chapter to the New York nightclub-inspiredCBGB: The Comic Book. Now, with a comic series under development, she will launch her artistic skills into a medium rich with social statement and intoxicating flair.

With three BRIT and three GLAAD awards behind her alongside the Scissor Sisters, combined with a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for “Comfortably Numb” and a UK Music Video accolade, Matronic’s latest endeavor could only be a continuation of the global success she has already achieved. A German Bambi Prize, an Ivor Novello Award, a Meteor Music Award, and an International Dance Music Award… already got those. Which one has she missed? Stay tuned.

Watch for Ana Matronic’s new album in 2013!
JD SAMSON & MEN
JD SAMSON & MEN
JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD's career as a singer, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion.

In 2007, MEN began as a DJ/Remix/Production team featuring JD. Eventually, MEN became a live band and art collective. MEN's debut full length record Talk About Body was released in February 2011 by IAMSOUND in the USA and through Sony/Columbia in Europe. This was followed by the release of the EPNext in April 2012. In October 2013 MEN will release their second album Labor featuring the singles "All The Way Thru" and "Making Art". Since their inception, the band has toured extensively internationally from LA and New York to Moscow and Shanghai to Paris and Sydney, whether it be at museums or dance-clubs, performing with the likes of Gossip, Peaches, and CSS.

With Labor MEN have made "a record of a moment": the recorded sum of a decade of countless events. Burnished by the presence and the absence of individuals, time, and critical process. Refined in rage and frustration. Clarified in dedication, and hope.

When lead singer JD Samson and core MEN bandmate Michael O'Neill set out to make the record of these moments, Samson knew she wanted to undergo an emotional excavation, and create in a space more removed from the community self-reference of previous efforts. To make something that more universally changes hands. "We wanted to speak more widely," says Samson of MEN's latest, Labor. "I think what happened was that somehow, the push to be more open to new territory, led me to be more emotional, and personal."

What MEN created is a sonic estuary, a place where Samson and her collaborators empty the contents of their minds and turn in their hands everything from gender identity to the tension between artistic autonomy and commercial success. United in Labor are mantras of the self-loathing, the chant of the penitent, the protest of the oppressed, the elation of the reckless.
Bright Light Bright Light
Bright Light Bright Light
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Welsh born, London based Rod Thomas who released his debut album 'Make Me Believe In Hope' last year to rave reviews. Hailed bySunday Times Culture as "a songwriter of extraordinary dexterity", by Elton John as the hottest new thing in music, ending up at no.4 in the Guardian Reader's Albums of 2012 poll, and touring with Ellie Goulding, Erasure and Scissor Sisters, it's clear that his late 80s/early 90s tinged electro-pop has found quite a few fans in the last few months.

Rod, "the boy Robyn in all but name" according to the NME, is performer, songwriter, producer and DJ. His debut record was put together with Boom Bip (Neon Neon), Andy Chatterley (Kylie, Nerina Pallot), The Invisible Men (Jessie J, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea) and won the heart of journalists and fans alike since its release. Single 'Waiting For The Feeling' even brought key 90s production team Trouser Enthusiasts out of retirement for their first remix in 10 years, much to Rod's joy. A remixer himself, his Kelis, Ellie Goulding and VV Brown mixes, and bootlegs peppered blogs throughout the last year. He made DJ mixes for Ministry Of Sound, fashion brands and magazines, DJd at Glastonbury, Bestival, Festival no.6, numerous Pride events, and runs successful London 90s clubnight 'Another Night' in Dalston's Vogue Fabrics.

Spending some time in New York to promote the record in Spring 2013, he played a string of sold-out Bright Light Bright Light shows, appeared in New York Magazine's Approval Matrix, been Time Out NY's critic's pick and been highlighted by Billboard Magazine as a "bubbling under" artist to watch.

Alongside making his own music, he's also part of Slow Knights, a musical collective formed by Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters, whose debut album 'Cosmos' came out 25th March 2013 to very strong reviews and a lot of love from Billboard Magazine.
DJ Set by Jonjon Battles
DJ Set by Jonjon Battles
You know him from a host of past and current clubs and parties in and out of NYC including Rewind and Saturdays at The Ritz, Barracuda, G Lounge, Fire Island, LA and beyond. Now fans have a place on Facebook to come together and show love for the great talent that is DJ JonJon Battles.