Darlingside, Great Caesar, The Kalob Griffin Band

Darlingside

Great Caesar

The Kalob Griffin Band

Fri, November 30, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Darlingside
Darlingside
Under one roof in New England's Pioneer Valley, Darlingside came together with five songwriters, a mandolin, a cello and violin, guitars and drums, a chorus of voices, and a van named Chauncey. Holed up in their home between a cornfield and the Connecticut River, they forged a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical, and folk music. The band is currently rolling out an innovative subscription album, Pilot Machines, and shaking rafters along the eastern seaboard with their vibrant live shows.

Darlingside traces its diverse sound to an eclectic array of musical origins: Harris picked up the cello at age six, and appeared twice on NPR with his classical piano trio. Auyon spent a year-long travel fellowship studying the traditional music and instruments of Brazil, Turkey and Ireland. Don toured nationally as a boy alto, and later worked as a singer-songwriter on sunset boat cruises in Maine. Dave began singing and arranging music in college, then spent two years learning guitar as a street musician in Boston and abroad. Sam took up drums at the age of seven and developed an intricate style that draws on his rock, celtic, and jazz backgrounds. Together, the five close friends are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting and performing talent.

Following 2010's self-recorded EP 1, Darlingside teamed up with producer Nathaniel Kunkel (Sting, Crosby/Nash, Maroon 5) in 2011 to turn their house into a hi-fi recording laboratory and playground. The result was Pilot Machines, an insistently melodic collection of new songs that feel both familiar and ground-breaking. The band is now in the midst of an ambitious release, with three 7″ records and a string of exclusive pre-release events ramping up toward the full-length album in Summer 2012.
Great Caesar
Great Caesar
Armed with horns, guitars, and everything in between, the six men of Great Caesar produce a brilliant and unmistakable brand of brass-fueled rock. Their sound is at once organic and electrifying, combining jazz roots with hard rock sensibilities in a way that does justice to both. The band has brought its gutsy sound and raucous energy to hundreds of audiences in and out of NYC, sharing stages with acts like Deerhoof, The Decemberists, Those Darlins, and Does it Offend You, Yeah. Great Caesar is currently gearing up for the release of a new EP recorded in the spring of 2012 with Eric Bennett (Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson & the Cans), due out this summer.
The Kalob Griffin Band
The Kalob Griffin Band
After developing a reputation as pioneers for the revival of original live music in its birthplace of State College, Pa., The Kalob Griffin Band continues to deliver naked, full, foot-stomping Americana rock that is yet to be matched. The Kalob Griffin Band, better known to its fans as KGB, compliments its creation of genuine music by captivating its fans with fresh and infectious live shows.
The band evolved twice over to finally fuse into the ultimate folk rock quintet in the fall of 2010 with Kalob Griffin on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Rob Dwyer on lead guitar/mandolin/banjo, John Hildenbrand on keys, Derek Biddle on bass/backup vocals, and Eric Lawry on drums/backup vocals. Since its reinvention, the Kalob Griffin Band embarked on two national tours, one of them opening up for Michael Franti & Spearhead, as the supporting band for emerging British singer/songwriter Bobby Long (ATO Records).
The Kalob Griffin Band has played to crowds of thousands and is a familiar face to attendees of both WXPN Music Festival in Philadelphia, Pa. and Mile High Festival in Denver, Co. After festival season dwindled to a close, the members all relocated to Philadelphia. The city of Brotherly Love welcomed The Kalob Griffin Band with open arms, providing the band with headlining shows and legions of devoted fans that can't seem to get enough of the raw power and energy that the music provides.
The Kalob Griffin Band's music is rooted in culture - music made of the people, for the people, and by the people, managing to scrape and dig beneath various surfaces. The band produces an honest, organic, and energizing sound, uniting novel storytelling with lively harmonies that the audience simply cannot resist. The lyrical style is reminiscent of the old-fashioned and generational narratives of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. The diverse set of musical compositions launches the listener into an enthusiastic, footloose, and lively groove similar to the likes of contemporary artists such as Yonder Mountain String Band and The String Cheese Incident.
Capitalizing on the endless creativity and innovation that is sweeping the transformation of the music industry today, the Kalob Griffin Band is tenaciously determined to iron its own footprint among rock n' roll's greats. The Kalob Griffin Band's debut, six-track self-titled EP is now available on Itunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets. The official website, www.KalobGriffinBand.com will be launched in April 2011, filled with streaming songs, pictures, videos, and more. Expect to see the band vigorously touring the country through 2011, capturing fans and communities everywhere with its cultivated and refreshing sound.
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.therockshopny.com/