Lawrence, The Rooks

Late Show

Lawrence

The Rooks

Sat, December 5, 2015

Doors: 10:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Lawrence - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Lawrence
“Lawrence demonstrates the raw, soulful grit... and an instinctive musical prowess that has already seen [them] compose songs for Hollywood films and work with Grammy winners.” - The Next2Shine

“Trust me when I say this: Lawrence is destined for big things.” - The Undiscovered

“Lawrence has placed themselves among a selection of modern artists whose music is eternal because they mix catchiness with genuine feeling.” - The Michigan Daily

NEW ALBUM “Breakfast” out March 11, 2016

After years of consuming Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, and Eggo waffles, Lawrence delivers Breakfast, their twelve-song debut LP. Led by siblings Clyde Lawrence, 22, and Gracie Lawrence, 18, the New York-based soul-pop group blends old-school and newschool vibes to create a set of songs that sound as good on the record as they do at their high-energy live shows.

To create Breakfast, Lawrence teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive/Tedeschi Trucks Band), and brought in several NYC soul/funk mainstays including Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), and Maurice
“Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band) for guest appearances. Following two short runs with Blues Traveler, Lawrence is about to depart on the second leg of its first national headline tour.

Clyde and Gracie have been writing and playing music together since their early childhood, performing regularly at small cafés and clubs around lower Manhattan, and of course, in their living room at their grandparents’ request. During Clyde’s time at Brown
University in Providence, Rhode Island, they met the crew of talented musicians that would ultimately form the full-time Lawrence lineup, an eight-piece keyboard-driven powerhouse with a full horn section to support the siblings’ explosive lead vocals . It was with this group that they began to garner a passionate following at countless venues and colleges across the Northeast.

With Breakfast, Lawrence doesn’t shy away from the oft-maligned idea of “pop” music, but instead is on a mission to write the music they wish “pop” sounded like. They draw influence from past and present, combining their love of The Beatles, Randy Newman,
and Etta James with Beyonce, Ben Folds, and Amy Winehouse.

In addition to working with Lawrence, Clyde has composed songs and score for films such as Miss Congeniality (2000), Music and Lyrics (2007), The Rewrite (2015), and Hard Sell (2016). At age six, Clyde was admitted as the youngest member to the Songwriters Guild of America for his work on Miss Congeniality (2000). Gracie is also an accomplished actress who has performed on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, films such as Did You Hear About The Morgans (2009) and The Sitter (2011),
and TV shows such as The Good Wife (2012) and The Americans (2014).

www.lawrencetheband.com
The Rooks - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
The Rooks
A transplant from the Wesleyan University music scene, The Rooks have spent the last four years making noise across New York City and the greater Northeast, gaining substantial recognition for their debut EP, Something You Can Take (May 2013), follow-up single "Twister" (Jan 2014) and most recent releases "Secrets" and "Intermission (Wires)" (both premiered on Okayplayer).

Hard-hitting performances at Irving Plaza, Mercury Lounge and Brooklyn Bowl, as well as highly successful residencies at Arlene's Grocery and Pianos NYC (second highest grossing residency in venue history) have earned them further acclaim, including Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month award (Feb 2014) and recent win of the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards in the R&B/Soul category, finally providing their parents with a tangible means of bragging about their children.

The Rooks happily released their second EP, Wires, on Afropunk in June 2015, and are currently booking shows in 2016. They would love for you to join the party, because they’re having an incredible time!
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com