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
In the Spring of 2010 Canon Logic quietly released their first full-length effort, FM Arcade. An eclectic album of powerfully catchy pop songs, FM Arcade is threaded together by an undercurrent of dark tension that bubbles to the surface on stand out tracks like Nights at Armour Mansion and Dead Man. The band - comprised of guitarists Mark Alu and Josh Greenfield, bassist Sean Enright, drummer Zach Jordan, and frontman and principal song-writer Tim Kiely - achieved growing popularity in their native NYC, supporting acts like Oh Land and the Lemonheads, and headlining Bowery Ballroom. They broadened their reach up and down the East Coast on tour, and the songs stretched even further, landing placements on CSI:NY, MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back, internet ad campaigns, and on Hollister Co. and affiliated stores’ playlists, nationwide.

In 2011, Canon Logic hooked up with NYC based record label Engine Room Recordings to craft a follow-up to FM Arcade and continue their momentum. The result is Rapid Empire. A five song EP driven by striking rhythms and an unrelenting energy, Rapid Empire offers a glimpse into a sprawling, imaginative dystopia of Tim Kiely’s creation. Themes of fear, solitude, risk, and perseverance are set against each other as a fractured narrative unfolds over dynamic soundscapes. Singularly conceived and focused, Rapid Empire delivers the sound of a young band at their strongest.
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
http://mercuryloungenyc.com