The Bernie Worrell Orchestra

Early Show

The Bernie Worrell Orchestra

With Special Guest Felicia Collins (David Letterman Show), Janet LaBelle

Thu, December 27, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

The Bernie Worrell Orchestra - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Bernie Worrell Orchestra
Bernie Worrell: How many artists can say they were in on the ground floor of a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame supergroup, all while inventing a completely original and uncanny sound and, in the ensuing years, building a legendary reputation as one of the most versatile hired guns in the music business? True funkateers know the history. From the fat Minimoog bass lines of "Flash Light" and "One Nation Under A Groove" to the percussive piano runs of "Chocolate City" and "Give Up the Funk," Bernie Worrell is synonymous with the legacy of Parliament-Funkadelic; in fact, he's one of the originators of the psychedelic funk sound, having written and co-produced the lion's share of the music going back to Funkadelic's formative years, with an eclectic ear for everything from Chopin to the Chi-Lites.

June, 2011 saw the release of "Bernie Worrell: Standards" -- Bernie's take on jazz standards -- precipitating the decision by Worrell and co-producer, Evan Taylor to "take the show on the road". The Bernie Worrell Orchestra performs with a eight piece band consisting of two guitarists, one drummer, bass, percussion and a three piece horn section that performs songs from this album but also songs from Bernie's vast repertoire. The enthusiastic response from fellow musicians means you just don't know who will show up to join the BWO on stage!!!!
Janet LaBelle - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Janet LaBelle
Beguiling singer-songwriter, Janet LaBelle, recently released her ambitious sophomore album, “Blossom & Blue.” LaBelle, who came of age as a musician in the New Jersey pop-punk scene, demonstrates a successful exploration of different styles, ranging from ‘60s bossa nova to alternative country, on this five-song EP.

LaBelle became enthralled with playing and writing music at a very early age. Starting with piano lessons at the age of 7, LaBelle discovered her love of music and her desire to experiment. Instead of following strict lessons from her piano teacher, she ventured out on her own, experimenting with new sounds and arrangements inspired by iconic artists such as the Beach Boys, Elton John, and Janis Joplin.

She later tried her hand at everything from piano to the drums, taking up a job as a school janitor, where she literally scraped and saved up enough money to buy instruments. In high school, she started the pop-punk band Avery that went on to sign with the indie label, Small Records. Touring and recording with Avery set the groundwork for her love of writing and performing with a band. Her new collection of songs, "Blossom & Blue," reflects this band mentality. "I wanted the album to sound like a band record, which was very different from the approach for my last album."

“Blossom & Blue” reveals several of her main influences. Opening track, “Losing All The Way,” has a '60s girl group vibe to it, while “Heaven Can Burn” contains flourishes of Fleetwood Mac and Tom Waits with the chorus emerging like a howl, brimming with emotion. “Honey Song” goes in a different direction, with tinges of Patsy Cline and alternative country, and features a haunting melody that’s impossible to get out of your head. LaBelle also explores several different moods on the record, delving deeply into the bittersweet complexities of romantic relationships.

“I feel like I’m at a time where I’m blossoming as an artist,” LaBelle says. “I've always been into vintage sound and taking an organic approach to recording "Blossom & Blue" allowed me to achieve a sound that was spontaneous and energizing. I feel a rebirth from this album.”

LaBelle, who currently lives in New York City, is gearing up for a series of live performances in 2012, as well as working on material for a new full-length album.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002