Jack Lukeman

Early Show

Jack Lukeman

Jon DeRosa

Sun, January 13, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Jack Lukeman - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Jack Lukeman
Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers. Described as ‘a mixture of all the great voices of the 20th Century’ (The Guardian), few can match his award-winning powerhouse vocals and inventive live shows.

Jack's ever-evolving sound of soulful 'baroque and roll' can be heard on his recent six-time platinum-selling, number one album The Story So Far, a song collection perfectly selected to display Jack's amazing vocal range.

Jack first came to prominence with his interpretation of the works of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel, culminating in his album Wax. The release of Metropolis Blue followed, with the hits 'Georgie Boy' and 'Rooftop Lullaby,' propelling him onto the world stage, where he became a fixture on both US and European touring circuits. Soon after Jack enjoyed a sold-out performance at Dublin's Point Theatre, which was broadcast live on RTE Television.

He then did a world tour with Booker prize-nominated author Pat McCabe in a unique two man show.

Jack was then invited to perform the work of Jerome Kern in New York with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, beneath the largest firework display seen on the East River. Always inspired by fellow songwriters, Jack went on to record the songs of Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young, alongside classics from the Great American Songbook, often with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

Jack's 'Month of Mondays' show followed, winning The Spotlight Award for Best Music at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, while in Germany, the United States, and Australia his soundtrack So What If I’m Broken was an innovative success through its association with the accompanying novel by million-selling Irish author Anna McPartlin.

Last year saw the first broadcasts of 'High Fidelity,' Lyric FM's mammoth 26-part radio series on the history of recorded song, with Jack co-presenting the program with Julie Feeney.

After being appointed ambassador for the Irish charity Console, it was then off to New York, where Jack represented Console at New York's St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Finally, this year's been a very busy year for Jack. After performing in New York, he was invited to sing with the Nelson Riddle orchestra in New York’s Lincoln Centre. His new show ‘Jack Lukeman's 27 Club’ will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August, and his two sell out shows in Dublin's N.C.H in August 2012 will broadcast on RTE Television in October.
Jon DeRosa - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Brooklyn born and bred Jon DeRosa is clearly Influenced by vocal standards of the 1940's,
teenage jukebox anthems of the 50's, and the mod and girl-group sounds of the 60's, Jon DeRosa combines them
all to create a cocktail of song-driven atmospheric chamber pop. First and foremost a storyteller, it is these stories s
ung in a darkly resonant baritone that set his songs apart from ordinary "pop music." While to date DeRosa is best known
for his work behind the decade-long atmospheric drone-pop project Aarktica, here DeRosa croons and entertains, a modern
day troubadour, equal parts Scott Walker, Morrissey and Sinatra.

"What strikes you is DeRosa's capable crooning. Sounding not unlike a
teen-idol and writing like a stalwart, this man is equal parts Neil
Hannon, Richard Hawley, Scott Walker (the '60s version), Bobby Darin
and DeRosa himself." - Flipside, UK

“A Wolf In Preacher's Clothes,” Is DeRosa’s first full solo full length. He is notably backed by cellist Julia Kent
(Antony & The Johnsons, Rasputina), Jon Natchez (Beirut/Yellow Ostrich), drummer Mike Pride
(Bacteria To Boys, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton), trumpeter James Duncan (Metro Area, Arthur's Landing, DFA),
bassist Matt Basile (Mother Feather, Blue Note), and vocalist Lorraine Lelis (Mahogany, Aarktica), among others.
The album was produced by Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields, Gospel Music).

Last fall DeRosa released the “Anchored” EP, a lovely collection of gems produced by Charles Newman
(Magnetic Fields) which foreshadowed his forthcoming full length this past spring. DeRosa's songs are most certainly
fleshed out by his post-punk past, as nods to artists like Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, The Chameleons and Robert Wyatt
peak through the orchestral sections at every turn. DeRosa's debut EP Anchored was one of three albums nominated by NPR's
Ann Powers as "Best Undiscovered Music of 2011":
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com