Mary C

Early Show

Mary C

Aabaraki

Wed, January 9, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Mary C - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Mary C
"Look out Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings, NYC's Mary C packs quite a vocal punch and her band The Stellars may be able to take you out – " - USA TODAY / POP CANDY

"The unofficial indie music queen may very well be related to Anthony Michael Hall. How's that for an opening sentence you never thought you'd read ever? Yep, you might say Mary C was destined to enter the world of showbiz. Her mom is acclaimed artist Mercedes Hall, while her brother is that aforementioned iconic "Brat Packer" whose career has had legs long since he retired his skinny body and "geek" persona. But, there's more to good genes for this New York City born soul singer, who has drawn comparisons to everyone from Teena Marie to Adele. For me, or "this reporter" as my journalism professors used to drill into my head, Mary C is simply Mary C: an electrifying performer who is killing it with her band The Stellars. Watch her perform "Paper Moons" below with her band. It's all kinds of awesome" - The Huffington Post

“As a white girl with a big voice recording soul-driven pop in 2012 it is inevitable for Mary C to avoid comparisons with Adele (it would have been Amy Winehouse in 2007). But frankly the comparison would be positive!” – Performer Magazine

New York City based Artist, Mary C and her band, The Stellars are one of the most buzzed about artists in the indie music scene. Mary C’s captivating performances continue to electrify and energize crowds everywhere and has drawn the attention of various music media outlets, including AOL Music, MTV, MUSIC CHOICE, FUSE, BRAVO, The Huffington Post, USA Today and New York 1.

Mary’s star began to shine bright, with her scene stealing cameo in the John Hughes 80’s cult classic, ‘The Breakfast Club”.

Mary has been writing & performing original material since she was five years old , It’s no surprise; the daughter of NYC Jazz recording artist Mercedes Hall and the sister of “Brat Pack” member Anthony Michael Hall, Mary’s artistry was her birthright.

Her first performance space as a kid was on the steps of her NYC schoolyard. Today, she sings around the globe and routinely performs at some of New York City’s most revered venues (Rockwood Music Hall and Joe’s Pub) and has opened up for Grammy Nominated artists Thievery Corporation, Emily King, 311, and Matisyahu.

2012 will mark the release of the highly anticipated EP from Mary C, Right on Time. A unique mixture of Pop & Soul highlight an album also packed with an amazing blend of blues, rock, and funk. All in all, Right on Time is eclectic mix of music that typifies Mary C’s distinctive and infectious sound.

The Stellars represent Mary C’s vision of showcasing the essence of her native city. “The Stellars give you a taste of New York City – individuals with a lot of sass, style and soul…”

The Stellars feature Jason Wexler (keys), Aaron Belinfanti (drums), Gaku Takanashi (bass), Ms Jackie-O Chasen (alto & bari sax), Marco Coco (trumpet) and Oscar Bautista (guitar). The dynamic background vocalists “The Sha'Nettes” feature Shani Clayton & Cherette Lewis.

Between her development of Mary C and The Stellars, Mary C remains busy writing, arranging & producing for such clients as: SONY Music, SONY International, Universal Records, Def Jam Records and SoHo Publishing House.
Aabaraki - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Aabaraki
"Reduction. Stutter. Funk. Reducing the music to its bare essentials, deconstructing each facet, till it is but a dull and throbbing shell of its former self" is how four piece Aabaraki describe their delicious neo-soul sound that not only pays homage to the founders of funk, but also modernizes the genre. In a trend heavy musical climate, Aabaraki opts for sophisticated minimalism, operating as a single unit in producing, writing, singing, and creating all of it's music.
Though the boys come from different but accomplished musical backgrounds, their collective sound comes naturally. Guitarist Brian Forbes is a co-owner of Brooklyn's The Gallery Recording Studio, and has toured with hip-hop rock band The Nillaz, playing on Warped Tour 2005 and at Madison Square Garden. Akie Bermiss, a self- taught jazz keyboardist who has opened for George Clinton brings with him raw and sexy vocals that fall somewhere in between D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder. Aaron Steele, one of New York's most sought after session drummers has toured Europe opening for Jamiroquai and bassist Ari Folman-Cohen comes from a jazz heavy background and has shared the stage with Avante legend Bobby Previte and opened for Patti Smith.

The band recently released an extremely polished EP, completely written, produced, and cooked up from scratch by the four accomplished musicians. Songs range from lascivious and carnal like their single, 'Karate' to human and heart-wrenching like their live show favorite "Happy Ending. "
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com