Canon Logic

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Canon Logic

Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown

Fri, February 8, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Canon Logic - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Canon Logic
Brooklyn-based and with the right formula for main stream success, Canon Logic is performing their mix of alternative pop/rock sound all over New York state. A four piece with a true indie DIY attitude, the band is writing incredibly catchy songs reminiscent of bands like FUN., Bastille, The Temper Trap & Local Natives. Their soaring instrumentals, spirited vocals, happy hand claps, and uplifting lyrics are what you can expect to find in their latest release, WYLD.
The album includes “Runaway” which recently won the 2014 Unsigned Only’s Music Competition, judged by music veterans like John Oates (Hall & Oates), Robert Smith (The Cure), Black Francis (The Pixies), amongst other all-star music acts. The band has been releasing content steadily with official and lyric videos for “IBOK,” “Mountain,” and “Crocodile,” all the while making stops at Daytrotter and SXSW. Catch them bringing their undeniable foot-stomping energy in the usual NYC suspect venues like Mercury Lounge, Pianos, Brooklyn Bowl, etc.
Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown
As diverse and kinetic as the city they call home, Kwame & the Uptown Shakedown have been perfecting their unique blend of soulful rock n'roll since they formed in 2008. A true product of New York City, their music reflects the passion, the energy and the sounds of the city. They stand out - as a multicultural, multigenerational collective whose influences span soul, blues, classic rock, reggae and R+B.
Featuring singer/songwriter Kwame Binea, guitarist/songwriter Justin Wilcox, bassist Art Vanterpool, drummer Medley, and saxophonist Quigley , the group is united by a common goal to make simple, soulful, back-to-basics music.
"Our music is organic," says London-born Ghanaian-raised Kwame, "it's about life, love and struggle but it's danceable. We make music that moves you and that makes you move."
After leaving blues/rock band 'The Kause', Kwame met songwriting partner Justin Wilcox at a recording session in Union City, NJ and the duo moved to Harlem to begin writing and playing together. Initially an acoustic act, the band's line-up grew naturally as Kwame and Justin met and played with other New York/NJ musicians. As the group got bigger – both literally and sonically - their music began making the walls of the apartment where they rehearsed rattle and so the Uptown Shakedown was born.
The band has quickly built a following as diverse as its members. Having played regularly at a number of iconic venues including Sullivan Hall, Kenny's Castaway and Arlene's Grocery, the band started playing shows across the East Coast this year as they complete work on their debut LP.
Lead single 'Waiting' was released earlier this year and has been garnering the band a lot of attention. "I've been patient, I've been focused, I've been waiting for my time to come," sings Kwame on the track. It seems their time has now arrived.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002