Dru Barnes, Xander Ferreira & The True Tones, Janet LaBelle, Nico Turner

Dru Barnes

Xander Ferreira & The True Tones

Janet LaBelle

Nico Turner

Wed, May 31, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Dru Barnes - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Xander Ferreira & The True Tones - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Xander Ferreira & The True Tones
South African visual artist and musician, Xander Ferreira, formerly known as Gazelle, became one of the country’s most recognized musicians, known especially for his popular fusion of contemporary electronic sounds and traditional African music. Celebrated for his flamboyant stage persona and enigmatic performances, he took to the stage in 17 countries around the globe. His musical journey has seen him collaborate with artists like Peaches, St. Lucia, Findlay Brown and The Bloody Beetroots.
After Gazelle’s success, Xander moved to New York where he embarked on a journey to create, what he calls, “A reverse version of Paul Simon’s Graceland”, in turn fusing African sounds with a variety of American musical styles.
Following his relocation to New York, Xander teamed up with Steve Williams on Drums (De La Soul, Sade, Digable Planets), Paul Frazier on Bass (David Byrne, Chic, Chaka Kahn, Arrested Development, Digable Planets) and David Bailis on Guitar (John Forte, Pimps of Joytime) to form a new group for a solo project. Xander’s signature new sound is a fusion of influences ranging from South African traditional music, Afrofunk, 60’s Pop, Soul and Psychedelic Rock accompanied by an undertone of Electronic sound.
With regular shows at Mercury Lounge, Baby’s All Right, Nublu and Le Poisson Rouge, Xander has established himself solidly in the live music scene of New York. This May, Xander is releasing his debut EP with three new recordings. The songs speak of the painful introspection that is sometimes necessary in the struggle to find a sense of place. Being an immigrant in the United States as a 10th generation African born Caucasian of mixed heritage, Xander’s dream is to build cultural bridges through his music amidst a divided United States and taking this spirit into the rest of world. The EP will be released on May 18th through his social media channels.
Janet LaBelle - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Janet LaBelle
LaBelle's songwriting has been described as "top-notch," according to Aquarian Weekly and "full of neat, unexpected flourishes" by New York Music Daily. With a range of influences from 60s French pop to alternative country from indie-rock to jazz, her songwriting reflects a love for a timeless and classic sound. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on her third album release.

“Weaving together indie-rock and surf pop, Janet LaBelle adds her name to a growing list of like-minded, talented acts such as Best Coast and She & Him." - Music Connection Magazine

"LaBelle’s sweet voice and sharp and thoughtful songwriting make for a strong and impressive double whammy." - Jersey Beat

"Janet LaBelle released “Wide Awake Dreaming," a wistful piano track that Brian Wilson would approve of..." - The Deli Magazine
Nico Turner - (Set time: 7:25 PM)
Nico Turner
As a contributor to the rise of experimental music in Los Angeles, multi-instrumentalist, Nico Turner, first became known in the underground music scene with her band VOICEsVOICEs and has played with such notable musicians as Brightblack Morning Light, Prefuse 73, Vincent Gallo, and most recently Cat Power. Her music is an atmospheric, seductive, unconventional and ambient experience. It is used to break away from familiar forms, to defy what's been taught, and to challenge what is readily known. The result is hauntingly beautiful soundscapes. Expect your subconscious to be electroshocked by this unique talent.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002