Thursday, Dec. 2, 8 pm
Kris Gruen Revue
With Very Special Guests Barnaby Bright
Langdon Street Cafe
4 Langdon Street
The Cream Of The Crop From All Corners Of The Globe
"His sound belongs to the hours right before dawn when you wake up a little too early, and you're not quite sure what to think about. Then you realize it's best to just listen to the birds start chirping as the dawn reveals itself in its own good time." -Rob Cullivan, The Portland Tribune.
"Artfully conceived and expertly executed, Part of It All is nearly a masterstroke. Gruen is sagacious, delivering sly poetics with breathy charm. Sophisticated, spirited and cunning." -Dan Bolles, Seven Days.
Kris Gruen named ASCAP Feature Artist for June/July!
Kris Gruen music used for five Proctor and Gamble commercials during their Olympics campaign "Proud Sponsor Of Moms"
Born in New York City, Kris Gruen is a Vermont-based singer-songwriter. Building off of the lush, whisper-folk of his 2006 debut album, Lullaby School (Mother West), Gruen’s sophomore release, Part of It All, adds innovative, eclectic, and electrified new approaches to the songs and production. Often compared to Andrew Bird, The Arcade Fire, and The Decembrists, Part of It All, with the help of Mother West producers/engineers Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, AM, The Black Kids), JJ Beck and Rob Stevens, takes Gruen’s songs and stories to an adventurous and fresh musical place.
Kris is no stranger to the world of music. His father, the famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, has long been synonymous with immortalizing countless musical icons on film, but Kris has chosen to pursue a path more similar to the lives of those of his father’s subjects.
Recording in both New York City and Los Angeles enabled Gruen to collaborate and record with great musicians and friends, including drummer Butch Norton (The Eels, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainright), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Dixie Chicks), Nashville’s Jason Goforth on lapsteel, and drummer Nick Brown from New York City’s The Dig. Since the release of Lullaby School, Gruen has toured the US, sharing the stage with Sean Lennon, The Avett Brothers, Bishop Allen, Jesse Malin, Nicole Atkins, Anais Mitchell, The Bowmans and more.
"Rebecca’s smooth, melodic vocals are reminiscent of Karen Carpenter or Shelby Flint...and Nathan’s incorporation of his jazz background into Garfunkel-y acoustic compositions bring diverse styles together to the folk in the road: a marriage of minds and hands and music." -The Deli Magazine
"Nathan and Rebecca Bliss make up the sweetly melodic folk-ish duo Barnaby Bright, whose songs have soundtracked heavy emotional moments on Days of Our Lives and ER" -Time Out New York
With beautiful acoustic guitar patterns, lush harmonies, rich string arrangements, quirky instruments and subtle electronic tweaks, this Brooklyn-based duo continues wowing packed audiences with thoughtful lyrics, intricate melodies and unexpected instrumentation.
Rooted in folk, but pushing the boundaries, Barnaby Bright's unique brand of lush, indie folk is a warm and welcome wind of change.
Barnaby Bright's music has been featured on television shows such as ER, Days of Our Lives, and PBS Roadtrip Nation. Their song, "If I Came Back as a Song", was voted 3rd place winner by a notable panel of judges, including Tom Waits, in 2007's International SongWriting Competition.
Last November, their song, "Gravity", was chosen as a finalist in the NY Songwriter's Circle Competition. They were featured as an "Emerging Artist" at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate NY this summer, and first toured Europe this fall. They are 1st place winners at this year's NY Song Circle competition.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, Dec. 2, 8 pm