People's Champ

People's Champ

Nate Hancock And The Declaration, Mariami, Lyonnais

Sun, August 21, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$8

This event is 21 and over

People's Champ
People's Champ
Mixing experimental rock and soul with African and Latin beats, People's Champs are quickly establishing themselves as one of Brooklyn's freshest new bands. Led by trombonist Alex Asher and featuring lead vocals by diva-on-the-rise Cole Williams, People's Champs mash 80s electro-accordion riffs, tasty neo-soul vocals and gritty drum grooves to create a sound that’s equal parts Gorillaz, Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti and Ornette Coleman.
Nate Hancock And The Declaration
Nate Hancock And The Declaration
NATE HANCOCK is a firm believer in fate. Driven by the desire to create music for the people, he turned what might seem like a chance meeting with five-time Grammy Award Winner Joey Williams (Blind Boys of Alabama, Robert Randolph, and the Family Band) into a platform to take his music to the next level.

HANCOCK met Williams when Robert Randolph played in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The meeting with Williams proved to be quite fateful. With the award-winning guitarist’s encouragement, HANCOCK realized that he could go beyond the bar scene and do something national. All it would take was a little help and some dedication.

The band’s first album, WE THE PEOPLE, released in early 2011, serves as a mission statement for the group and stands as a declaration of the philosophies and values that inspired the album. “One of the things that really inspired me when I was writing this record was the medical marijuana movement,” said HANCOCK. “The people behind it really grew it as a grassroots movement. There are many other base level movements to compare to and I wrote this album for people who truly benefit from that dedication and hard work ethic.”

Featuring infectious tracks like “Chicken Wang,” and “We the People” (featuring Grammy Award winner Williams and local emcee Colin Hardaway) the record is filled with catchy melodies, raw guitar licks, and smooth vocals. Aside from Williams, HANCOCK recruited local musicians like blues phenomenon Kory Montgomery, Jeremy Irvin, Tyler Wright, Brad Haj, Heather Allen, and Nikki Hill.

“I was able to collaborate with a lot of amazing musicians on this album,” said HANCOCK. “I was fortunate that they not only believed in the music but in the declaration in itself.”

A folk, funk, blues, jam record that still remains steeped in the tenants of pop music, WE THE PEOPLE has been in the works for nearly four years. Fans may recognize many of the from HANCOCK’s acoustic sets he played at bars around Fayetteville’s Dickson Street before moving to Southern California in May 2011. A true independent album, the music, art, and photos are all 100 percent from the mind of HANCOCK himself.

HANCOCK refers to the album as a test, but one that has strengthened his talent to succeed as a musician. “A lot of things happen over the course of a few years that involve a lot more than just music and some of them can be obstacles that stand in the way of your goals,” said HANCOCK. “I poured my life into this project. I developed a stronger relationship within my faith, family, and friends during the process. Inevitably, the process of making this album was really the process of finding out who I really was as a person. By the time I had finished the album, I had fulfilled my own declaration as an artist.”
Mariami
Mariami
Compelled to put her nation on the map, this fiery Georgian-born native packs a powerful message in her music. Named by Indie Music Universe as "Artist on the Rise," Mariami is easily emerging to the forefront of the contemporary Urban music scene. In a high powered fusion of R&B, Hip-Hop driven synthesizers and sexy vocals, Mariami possesses an unrefined and raw talent that sets her apart from the crowd. Engaging young lovers of music worldwide, Mariami emerges with an impressive original sound. Fans have compared her soulful delivery to the likes of Sade and Joss Stone, but Mariami shows promise of making a bold impression on the music scene with her own sultry manifesto.

With a power driven line-up of musicians, Mariami and her band put on a show charged with urban influences and dynamic talent. Her energetic live act has audiences hyped, with a seductive sound that moves the Hip-Hop crowds, the hipsters, the rockers, the critics and above all, the lovers of dope music.
Lyonnais
Lyonnais
Lyonnais started in 2008 as a musical outlet for former WRAS-Atlanta Music Directors Farbod Kokabi and Farzad Moghaddam. Immediately after witnessing a Rhys Chatham performance, the duo realized that they needed to fill a void in Atlanta's otherwise vibrant music scene. Using each member's personal taste as a launch pad, Moghaddam (bass, sampler, keyboard, turntable) and Kokabi (guitar, keyboard, vocals) set out to develop their ideas and enlisted additional support from Lee Tesche (guitar, effects, vocals) and TJ Blake (drums, keyboard).

Lyonnais' initial performances found them sharing the stage with larger touring acts such as Windy & Carl, Balmoreah, and Paul Duncan at the now-defunct 11:11 Teahouse. The early Lyonnais compositions floated somewhere between Labradford's dark post-rock, and Spacemen 3's signature drone-rock. After performing a long string of successful supporting slots and a few headlined shows, the band felt they need to reinvent their sound and began developing new material that veered into more long-form compositions. These new exercises showcased Lyonnais' flirtations with krautrock's repetition and experimentation, and garnered the band glowing reviews from local music critics and Atlanta-based music blogs. Creative Loafing went on to name Lyonnais the Best Electronic Act in 2009 and Best Experimental Act in 2010.

As audience attendance grew from gig to gig, so did the group's evolving oeuvre. Lyonnais' performances became provocatively forceful, making them the most called-upon band for esoteric concert events in Atlanta.
Depending on any given night's line-up, the band easily morphs their setlist. Jumping from Section25 and Ike Yard's danceable post punk, Mars' no wave intensity, and even Kompakt's trademarked pop ambience. Lyonnais has shared the stage with bands as varied as their sound, including Growing, Grouper, These Are Powers and Deerhunter.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com