McAlister Drive

Early Show

McAlister Drive


Mon, November 26, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

McAlister Drive - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
McAlister Drive
McAlister Drive is ROCK for people who like Folk, Soul, Blues, and Pop. With a sound that inspires Jet and Tom Petty to walk down the aisle during a Mumford and Son’s song, you might find McAlister Drive to be the newborn lovechild… or participating in the open bar at the reception. Some would say it’s called Americana and others believe it’s a new sound, capturing followers around the world who have an infused genre mindset. Founded in New Orleans in 2006, you know they got some roots in their souls. Today, MD finds themselves screaming and kick’n in the Boston and New York City music scene. In 2012, McAlister Drive will be releasing their first full length record in 5 years. After their 2010 EP release of Missing Figures, the band knew they had the foundation to build the sound they have grown to be in The Goddess. 2012 will be an exciting year for McAlister Drive!
Musaic - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Musaic is a 5 piece NYC Based soul rock band. Think John Legend meets the Black Crowes. Or maybe just do yourself a favor and listen. Musaic has been entertaining audiences on the east since October of 2009.

Chapter 1
It began as a typical New York City five degrees of separation. Five people who probably never would have independently met each other, found themselves in same tour van month after month. The likes of these talented musicians goes through the mountains of Northwest Virginia, the beaches of Miami, West Palm Beach, the music school of Queens College, and back down through the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx. Kogan, the group's bassist, spearheaded the movement in 2006. After attending college at the University of Miami, he toured back up to Boston with his band the Skinny. After playing with various bands in Boston including the well known Hey Mama, Rachel Goodrich, and David Wax Mueseum, Kogan moved to NYC to form Musaic. At a Hey Mama show in NYC, Kogan saw vocalist Jermaine Hardy performing with Sonia's Party and the Everyone's Invited Band and said right then and there, you gotta come sing with this band. He said "word". So Kogan and Hardy continued their journey. Hardy said to Kogan, "aight, now we need a band". Kogan slyly smiled and said "I got just the guys." Enter Danny Wolf(drums), Gavi Grodsky(Guitar), Dov Manski(keys).

Chapter 2
Kogan knew Danny Wolf from the University of Miami. Both were in the same Studio Music and Jazz program. Once in NYC Danny Wolf and Kogan recconected via a band called Bang Bang Blue. Kogan was looking for Drummers and Danny was looking to play, so there it is. Gavi met Ben at a Summer camp in New Hampshire from childhood. Word on the street was that Gavi was in the scene here and after various jam sessions Gavi was playing guitar in Musaic. Dov Manski, an NEC grad, played keyboards in Sonias Party in which Jermaine was also a member. After the original keyboard player left, Dov was the natural successor.

Chapter 3
In October 2009 the group played their first gig at the popular NYC venue the Bitter End. After only six months the group has just released their first self titled EP and has been touring the regional east coast.

Chapter 4 NEW!!!!
Musaic has been playing for 2.5 years now and it's about time we released a new album. We've been working on our new album for about a year now and it's due out in Summer of 2012. We also just got a new singer, Rodrick Covington of Broadway's the Lion King. Kogan met Covington on a charity gig 2 years ago. They played together and had some pretty obvious chemistry but the timing wasn't right. Musaic wasn't looking for a singer and Covington lived in LA. About a year passed and then Musaic was in the market for a new singer. Kogan tried a bunch of singers but it just wasn't clicking so he contacted Rodrick and just asked him what he was up to. As it turned out Rodrick was in a transition and was thinking about moving back to NYC. It was still 4 months away but the band waited and soon enough Rodrick was in the group. Stay tuned for the CD release.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002