Girls First: A Night of Female-Fronted Pop Music ft: London Plane, Elk City, Green and Glass, Maitri

Girls First: A Night of Female-Fronted Pop Music ft: London Plane, Elk City, Green and Glass, Maitri

Wed, March 15, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Maitri - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
"Imagine David Bowie producing a show featuring Sam Cooke songs as played by the Dirty Projectors." Translated from Sanskrit, Maitri (”my tree”) is an unconditional friendship and acceptance of yourself that extends outward to the world. This group was formed by Caroline Davis (voice/woodwinds) to embrace both the hardship and ecstasy of life through song, and it is now a collective songwriting outlet for both herself and Ben Hoffmann (voice/keyboards). Featuring driving keyboards and a powerful rhythm section that includes Sam Weber (bass) and Jay Sawyer (drums), Maitri incorporates a heavy dose of soul and R&B, while also drawing upon various other influences including indie music. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Maitri is a new sound that reflects modern day struggle and offers hope for a better reality.
London Plane - (Set time: 9:10 PM)
London Plane
By juxtaposing the melodic blitz of the Ronnettes with dark-wave, melancholic pathos of predecessors such as Echo and the Bunnymen, and with splashes of Morricone’s cinematic modern operas, London Plane (named from the tough, resilient yet ghostly, pale New York City street tree) are helping to define the landscape of New York's underground indie-rock music scene. Firmly rooted in the moment, this band gives no inward looks; the songs are quick, dancey, and tear through arrangements (they "get on with it" as described in RockNerd UK) from low to loud, quiet to quick.
Elk City - (Set time: 8:20 PM)
Elk City
Elk City mixes taut pop, spacey psychedelia, and gorgeous 70’s-style soft rock, serving up Renee LoBue’s heart-on-sleeve emotions with effortless fanfare.
Since their debut in 2000, LoBue’s voice and unique songwriting have been the heart of Elk City’s music. LoBue’s melodies are artful explorations of inconvenient, incongruous expression. Her lyrics submerge into unexpected depths of the surreal.
Instrumentally, guitarist Sean Eden (Luna) and keyboardist Carl Baggaley engage in concordant conversation. Eden’s shimmering lead-lines juxtaposed by bassist, Martin Olson’s counter melodies. Producer Ray Ketchem’s drumming is minimal and infectious.
Green and Glass - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Green and Glass
Green and Glass spins melodies on top of mountain grooves with the distinctly different instrumentation of harp, trumpet, sax, juno synth, drum, bass and voice. Green and Glass is currently recording their debut album with a 2017 anticipated release. Members also perform with Streets of Laredo, Joan as Policewomen, Cuddle Magic, and Rubblebucket.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002