Late Show - Post-Phish



Fri, July 21, 2017

Doors: 11:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

RAQ - (Set time: 12:30 AM)
Self-described as high performance rock n roll, RAQ has been touring as a four piece band for over 15 years. Their unique sound featuring complex song structure and quirky-yet-accessible lyrics has their older fans wishing the band was still full time and the younger generation wondering what they have missed. There is little doubt after all these years that RAQ still delivers tremendously when it comes to live improvisational rock.

The band met in Burlington, Vermont, where they first called themselves "Shadraq", but decided to shorten the name to RAQ before cutting their debut album “Shed Tech” in March of 2001. In 2002, the band saw original keyboard player, Marc Scortino, leave the band and replaced by Todd Stoops. Stoops joined Chris Michetti (guitar), Jay Burwick (Bass) and Greg Stukey (drums) to make up the band for the remainder of the decade. The band went on to release “Carbohydrates Are the Enemy” later that year and set out for their first national tour. In 2006, RAQ released their third album “Ton These.” The band took a brief hiatus from 2012-2014 to pursue some other projects and plays currently with the 3 founding members: Michetti, Burwick and Stoops who are now joined on drums by Scotty Zwang (formerly of Dopapod)

One of the reasons behind RAQ's highly successful tour past is due to their compositions being grounded in solid song structures, but still being malleable enough to go in infinite directions in the live setting. This keeps the quartet's devout following and first time listeners yearning for more as the audience is taken along on the collective journey. Their extensive repertoire of original compositions and eclectic selection of covers give the band the freedom to create a unique set list for every show.

The wait is over, RAQ is back!
Wyllys - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Wyllys has been spinning since the age of 15 and has gained a deep knowledge of music that is prevalent in his high energy sets, sometimes spanning 6hrs and beyond. Though he may spin nu disco, house, drum and bass, and all the inbetweens, he is deeply rooted in funk and soul at all times with a focus on dynamics and storytelling. He often mixes it up with a cast of incredible musicians to enforce the groove and improvise with the set. Having spent time on stage with Treasure Fingers, Gigamesh, Justin Martin, Cinnamon Chasers,and Paul Oakenfold to name a few, has only strengthened his ties to the community. His music has brought him to Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Summer Camp,Electric Forest, and many other festivals. Vibrant, energetic, and present on stage always, he is a must see for fans of true mixing.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002