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

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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Degraw Fest
Degraw Fest
Degraw Sound — a Brooklyn-based recording studio located on the Park Slope/Gowanus border and owned and operated by producer/engineer/musician Ben Rice — is proud to announce the 2nd annual Degraw Fest, a daylong music festival featuring the best in new Brooklyn music. Taking place on August 4, 2018 at Littlefield Performance and Art Space, this event features artists produced by Degraw Sound and offers festival attendees the chance to check out some of the hottest music coming out of Brooklyn. Attendees can also look forward to an exhibit from music photographer Drew Reynolds, beer specials from Sixpoint Brewery and a pop-up from Howlin’ Taco, which will be serving authentic Austin-style tacos all day long.

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Lyft, a sponsor of Degraw Fest, will offer attendees an additional incentive to spend the day checking out new music in Gowanus. Code “DEGRAWFEST” can be used in the Lyft app for a 25% discount on rides to/from the venue.
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 is comprised of brothers Abner (vocals, production) and Harper James (guitar, production). Their music fuses intimate storytelling, sticky melodies, and minimalist pop productions built on acoustic instruments and electronic sounds in a style they call “808s and telecasters.” Eighty Ninety's debut single "Three Thirty" — a hook-laced, hypnotic message to a past love — quickly reached #2 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart after its independent release, gaining the band over 1 million monthly Spotify listeners with a single song. Since the release of their moody, romantic debut EP Elizabeth, Eighty Ninety have garnered over 17 million streams. The EP’s success saw Eighty Ninety featured on the cover of Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, and a second single, “Heartbreaker”, make waves on international viral charts. In 2017, Eighty Ninety announced their upcoming EP Bowery Beach Road and released its first single, nostalgic indie-pop anthem, "Your Favorite Song." The song was hand-picked by Taylor Swift for her official Spotify playlist Songs Taylor Loves, and was covered by publications ranging from Billboard and NME to Glamour and People Magazine and garnered praise from outlets like Huffington Post, which declared it "beautiful...sumptuous pop music at its best."
Queue
Queue
Queue’s debut single "Falling Into Skies" landed on Spotify’s tastemaking Fresh Finds playlist and was quickly lauded for its lush, moody vocals and chiming guitars by publications ranging from Drunken Werewolf to Pause Musicale. They followed with a second single, "More," an aching ballad that Consequence of Sound called “a soft yet scintillating track teetering between dream folk and indie rock.” Queue went on the road in support of these releases, playing shows across the east coast with Middle Kids, The Editors, Twinsmith, and Tall Heights. Afterwards, the band returned to the studio, creating “Frontier", an energetic fever dream with driving guitars and anthemic vocal melodies. This release would mark the third time the band was featured on Spotify's Fresh Finds playlist and was Queue’s biggest success to date. In December of 2017, Queue released “Aimless Kid”, a powerful first taste of their upcoming debut EP that Indie Shuffle described as "lush waves of electric guitar and electronics, a simple concept turned into something so rich and full."
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 is synth and guitar driven indie rock with a touch of garage-rock and glam. Singles from the AMFM EP were featured on Banana Republic and Abercrombie & Fitch's in store playlists and additionally featured on Spotify's "Fresh Finds 6 Strings" playlist. The EP garnered praise from the likes of Pop Wrapped, Music is My Radar, Indie Band Guru and Kill The Music. In 2017 AMFM was invited to play at  Rolling Stone Magazine in NYC. They are currently recording new music for a release in the summer of 2018.
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
Singer-songwriter John Gardner formed Brooklyn based folk-rock band Common Jack during a two and a half year world tour with the Broadway show, Once. Citing a wide range of influences from Bob Dylan to Feist, Gardner operates within the fluid genre of Americana; employing folk song structures while blending elements of rock and pop to create fresh arrangements while retaining the familiarity all Americana music has. Gardner recorded Common Jack's debut LP - Bowl, Holland which was praised for the "richness of the sound...from minimalist to quite symphonic” and for Gardner's songwriting. Gardner and the band pushed themselves even further with a dynamic new album, Strange New State. It was released to critical acclaim with France’s ISA Radio writing “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.”
Sophie Colette
Sophie Colette
Sophie Colette is a Brooklyn based indie-pop artist. Her forthcoming single “Pattern” — slated for a May 11 release — finds Colette delicately reflecting on the vulnerability and healing process after a fallen romance. The track builds around Colette’s ethereal vocals and poignant lyrics with the vintage tones of a soulful guitar riff, Hammond organ and Mellotron juxtaposed by modern groove. Colette’s latest release “Slow Danse” premiered in early 2018 on Glamglare with an accompanying short film directed by Curvel Baptiste. Previously, her single “Tonite” from her debut EP Strangers and Lovers was featured at New York Fashion Week for Jasmine Chong’s 2017 runway presentation to editors of Vogue, WWD, and Elle magazines. Selected footage from her music video for “Get Close,” directed by Stephen Dirkes of Obscure Films, was nominated for Best Creative Concept, Art Direction, and Visual Effects at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival. Colette supported the release with a European promo tour with indie-folk artist The Crystal Elephant across festivals and stages in Berlin, Barcelona, and Edinburgh.