Soraia

Early Show

Soraia

Low Cut Connie

Tue, January 29, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Soraia - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Soraia
Our story starts on a particularly cold, gray winter evening. Two men stand hovering over the lifeless body of Mansour. One panics while the other holds her - tears streaming from his face dripping onto her pale skin as a needle, which provided a potent shot of cocaine to her left arm, lies next to her motionless body. There was no pulse.



For Mansour, this was just one of many failed attempts at ending her life.

Her middle class upbringing masked an emotionally and physically abusive home life that became hopeless when her mother, who was her protector, her confidante, and her best friend, passed away when Soraia was only 17. She quickly descended into a destructive lifestyle of drug and alcohol abuse. The next four years brought violent relationships, escalating drug use, and the witnessing of horrific events while living with junkies and pushers.

Try as she may, she could not escape the self-imposed abusive lifestyle which had become her reality. Penniless, homeless and left for dead, that fateful night should have been the epilogue of Soraia's turbulent life. But it wasn't. Soraia was rescued by the only person who could save her: herself.

With a newfound resolve, she got sober, re-entered college, and finished in two years with a teaching degree and the hope in her heart to finally begin a life she was yet waiting to live. Still, teaching proved not enough to quell her intense longing for expression. She turned to poetry, writing, and finally her first love, singing. Driven and determined, tough and still tender, she began her singing career winning over fans immediately with her passion, pain, and raw emotion. Soraia formed her band in late 2004, and began writing songs and performing live anywhere and everywhere she could. With the same intensity and resolve she had approached every addiction she ever had, she went after her heart’s ultimate desire.



Soraia gives life to her experiences through her voice, and molds the best and worst of her life story through song. A warrior at heart, nowhere is the true Soraia more visible than on stage during one of the band’s ferociously energetic, intoxicating live shows. Her voice showcases the will to survive with a defiant, full-throated vocal performance reminiscent of the great women of rock, such as Grace Slick and Tina Turner. Her sexuality and rawness demand attention of even the most passive of listeners- inviting all of us to the danger rock n’ roll promised to be.


Whether in a hot, sweaty rock club or a massive amphitheatre, Soraia’s charisma and spirit transcends the concert stage and reaches all those who witness SORAIA live. Rarely will you see a band with so much magic and soul as SORAIA. And never will you hear a story so full of hope and heart as that of Soraia Mansour. Her every breath is a testament that miracles really do exist, and that the underdog really can win the whole world.
Low Cut Connie - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Low Cut Connie
The New York Times recently called Low Cut Connie's live show a "phenomenon" and "pathologically fun." Rolling Stone named them a Band to Watch, and hailed them as a "loose limbed rock n roll band with greasy wit. ". The LA Weekly recently said "their live show is unmatched in all of rock right now". The boys have been on the road these last two years with their fierce, righteous brand of R'nR...bringing along their busted upright piano, their razor-sharp voices, well worn skins and a new boogie for all mankind.
Low Cut Connie is the brainchild of two roadwarriors and songwriters from different sides of the pond. Adam Weiner (New Jersey USA) and Daniel Finnemore (Birmingham UK) made some loose plans to get some sun on their bones one summer and headed down to Florida to make some noise. Out of the sweat of a five day blitz in a garage in Gainesville came the debut record 'Get Out The Lotion'. Everyone from NPR's Fresh Air to legendary critics like Robert Christgau and Dave Marsh hailed instant Connie classics such as 'Shit Shower n Shave', 'Cat & the Cream' and 'Rio' as some of the best of the year.

With the out-of-nowhere national attention from their debut, and a hundred shows under their belt, the boys expanded their sound and recorded their acclaimed follow up, 'Call Me Sylvia'. Both fans and critics alike were impressed by the 'added muscle' to the Connie sound and instant hit single 'Boozophilia' made it onto Rolling Stone's top 50 songs of the year. The boys high fived and got back in the van.

They have continued to hit the stage head on, groovin' hard with their fans, bustin' out moves across the land night in, night out and with no regard for their own safety.

Tape started rolling on album number III at the end of 2013 with legendary producer Thomas Brenneck at the helm (Amy Winehouse, Charles Bradley, Alabama Shakes). Along with Tommy B, the boys got on the bat phone and enlisted some heavy hitters including Merrill Garbus (of a Tune-Yards), Dean Ween, Greg Oblivion, and members of the Dap Kings and The Budos Band horns amongst others to help spike the punch.

What next then for Low Cut Connie? Well... they will be comin' out swingin' in 2014 with their new long player, an album that reeks of the ragged-but-right rock and roll synonymous with the band but which also promises much, much more. They have expanded into a five-man powerhouse rock n roll revue. Come into the tent and see where the night goes x
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com