Kopecky Family Band

Early Show

Kopecky Family Band

mynameisjohnmichael, New Beard

Mon, June 4, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Kopecky Family Band - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Kopecky Family Band
Sometimes song is thicker than blood.
First drawn together amid a college dorm ‘pass the guitar’ session in 2007, Kopecky Family Band co-founders Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon quickly realized that they shared something beyond their alma mater.
“Gabe started playing and I was totally blown away,” Kopecky remembers, “by his melodies, his talent. Something in the way he played felt so familiar to me and moving. I asked him if he wanted to get together and play some, sing some. And a few days later we did that. And it was crazy, it came together immediately– it just fit.”
“I had just met her,” remembers Simon, “but when we sang together, it sounds corny, but it felt like we’d known each other forever. Old souls meeting again. We were finishing each others lyrics, just immediately connected in the music.”
This synergy propelled the duo forward and within months they had wrangled the rest of their sonic siblings – Steven Holmes on lead guitar, David Krohn on drums, Markus Midkiff on cello, and Corey Oxendine on bass - making them six in total. Within the year the burgeoning Family had released an EP, Embraces, and embarked on a nearly nonstop touring schedule, garnering fans around the country and developing both their sound… and their ties with one another.
“When we were originally trying to figure out a name,” says Simon “we felt that Kelsey’s last name had the right ring to it and we added the ‘family’ because that’s really what it feels like when we all play together.”
And that is what it sounds like, too.
The Kopecky Family Band are built on a foundation of intimately connected musical tones, warm and welcoming melodies, bright and epic symphonic layering - and vocal harmonies that recall all the greats – Gram and Emmylou, June and Johnny and onward and up…
You can hear the band’s hometown of Nashville in this music too, the rich history of place - but past is always brought gently into present. This is not country, not pop, not folk, not rock, but something much more complex - call it a Brave New Nashville. It is a music that contains all the comfort of home while simultaneously embracing a bright, energetic openness - a willingness to explore and expand.
Over the past few years there have been two more EPs from the band – The Disaster and Of Epic Proportions (both released in 2010) – as well as a split 7” with Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha and revelatory performances at the Next Big Nashville and SXSW festivals. 2011 saw the Family on tour with artists including Devotchka and Gomez, and year-end accolades such as Paste naming them one of the ‘25 Best Live Acts’ and ‘20 Best New Bands’ of the year. And after last year’s exhaustive co-headlining tour with The Lumineers, and performances at Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits festival, the band finally got off the bus and into the studio, settling down for their first full-length.
The result, Kids Raising Kids, is a collection of tracks that reveal a band fully formed. This is sing-along, clap-your-hands, stomp-your-feet music. But it is also deep music, rife with emotion and layers of feeling – from melancholy to elation and back again.
“With this new record,” explains Kopecky, “we tried really hard to be in our bodies, to be responding to the music not only with our heads and hearts, but in a visceral way too. We wanted it to be honest and emotional and true.”
As a result, songs like “The Glow” soar and sweep, while tracks like “Change” keep it quiet and fragile. “She’s the One” rides a dark, propulsive beat while “Waves” is shimmering and blindingly bright and “Heartbeat” is playful, sing-along pop. The record is a study of opposites, yet the refreshingly distinctive, unified sound these six musicians make together bleeds through each and every song. The album holds the cohesiveness and the complexity that belie true family bonds.
“We didn’t want to be afraid to explore,” says Simon, of Kids Raising Kids, “we wanted to go deep into different sounds, textures, genres – whatever fit the song and the story we were telling. If there’s a thread that runs through this record it’s the idea of ‘kids raising kids’, of each of us in the band really raising each other these last few years, and of everything that comes with that, the frustration and the fun and the good times and the bad times too. You come out the other side and you hope you’ve helped each other grow.”
mynameisjohnmichael - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
mynameisjohnmichael
MyNameIsJohnMichael is a 6 piece indie rock band born and raised in New Orleans, which began as a solo project in 2008 when lead singer John Michael Rouchell accepted a friendly challenge to write, record, and release 52 songs in one year. Only 4 months into the project, a more realized MyNameIsJohnMichael was born, and in March of 2009 the group put out their self-released debut album, "The People That Come and Go." The tracks on the album came from the 52 songs of 2008 and were voted on and selected by fans.
Full of vibrant energy and explosive performance, MyNameIsJohnMichael's live shows go unrivaled, featuring horns, trashcans and chains. They have been pronounced the Best New Artist/Band out of The Big Easy by several publications, and are undoubtedly one of the South's best live bands.
SPIN Magazine featured MyNameIsJohnMichael as one of the Top 25 Bands to See at CMJ 2009, calling the sound, "straight forward, plaintive acoustic balladry infused with a bit of brassy Big Easy bravado. "undoubtedly one of the South's best live bands.
New Beard - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
New Beard
NEW BEARD is a real band from Brooklyn. A really good, rockin’ creative band, with beards and a tuba. This band cannot be put it into one specific box. It just wouldnt be right to do that to do that to a prog-master drummer, a mysterious blues guitar wizard, a junk-loving girl, and a hobbit with the voice of an angel. And a tuba.

Led and fronted by counter-tenor singer and composer Ben Wigler, this band is the sequel to his previous band Arizona which achieved significant success after relentless touring with bands like the Band of Horses, Derek Trucks, The Slip, Dead Confederate, and the Indigo Girls.

After Arizona, with a more focused lens, Wigler teamed up with his childhood friend and drummer phenom Tony Waldman to get his new project rolling. Some friends from an adjacent avant-garde group suggested they invite notorious tuba-rocker TubaJoe Exley to be the low end instead of a more predictable electric bass. At the band’s sold-out debut in Manhattan, the trio met the kind, hairy, soulful and single-named lefty guitar shredder Yazan and asked him to join them. This freaky Brooklyn-stew of bearded characters then took immediate refuge in a cellar under a dive bar in Williamsburg and tirelessly cooked up an epic LP called NEW BEARD CITY.

A sequel to their successful and radio-friendly EP “Moment of Peace”, “New Beard City” picks up where Arizona’s acclaimed “Welcome Back Children” left off. With influences from Elliot Smith to Megadeath, this massively orchestrated album was tailored by Gustav Ejstes of the Swedish band Dungen. Ejstes and New Beard crafted a beautiful and powerful record which delightfully rolls from Indie rock to prog metal to swing to Japanese folk music with joyous fluidity. After summoning the backing presence of an entire orchestra of the most diverse and creative instrumental voices from the Brooklyn scene (including New Beard’s newest member, the sax-blasting Maria Christina Eisen), Shoulder Tap records’ New Beard City now sets the scene for their live show as they hit the road and trip the heavy fantastic with this powerful and unique debut LP.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com