TurnStyle Music Group Presents
Krista Pruent, Shane McAdams, CENTRIC, Battle Maiden, Apostles, Verse The Empire, Fundimensionals
168 Delancey Street
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Sweethook is a roots - groove band that rocks. Sweethook was founded by Scott Cornwell who performs with his home made, eight string electric banjo. By running it through various effects he gets a variety of sounds ranging from deep bass to crunch guitar and yes, down home banjo . Matt Shanley plays an electronic conga with hundreds of sounds that let him create the driving rhythms at the heart of Sweethook's music. The trio is completed by Jazelyn Montanez who adds her sweet, soulfull vocals to the mix. By running the instruments and the vocals through various loopers, the band quickly builds from an intimate duet, to a powerful, many layered sound. To get it you've got to hear it. Hope to see you soon !
Krista Pruent will be a featured visual artist for the night. Her artwork will be on display throughout the venue and will be for sale as well.
I am a professional visual artist currently based in Brooklyn. I have a graduate degree in Interior Architecture/ Design from Parsons and a BFA in Painting from Caldwell College .
To check out more about me and my work visit:
All prints are for sale in a variety of sizes. Please visit:
Shane McAdams will be the other featured visual artist for the night. His artwork will be on display throughout the venue and will be for sale as well.
Shane McAdams is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, NY
In the most general sense, my work is about landscape. I grew up with the desert southwest as a backdrop and was visually taken by its sculpted topography; how the layered strata of the rock formations came to be exposed by erosion from wind and water, and how the incremental and chaotic effects of time and climate could conspire to create something more orderly than I could with my hands.
My first drawings were tracings from road atlases that I collaged into fantasy political maps with fictionalized places. The maps thus began to function (though I didn’t see it in these terms at the time) metaphorically as well as spatially, as traces of passing time as well as unfolding space. Likewise, I saw the sandstone towers in the desert as maps of time, recording millions of years of wind erosion that just happened to look like modern art. Since, my art has resumed a focus on mapping and landscape, reflecting the dueling relationships between the natural and the man-made, the temporal and spatial and the objective and the subjective.
Like the stratified rock on the Navajo reservation, where I spent much of my childhood, the forms in my work are often analogs to the methods of their creation. They take root in the physical properties inherent within specific, mundane materials such as Elmer’s glue, correction fluid, ballpoint pen ink and resin, whose limits are stretched by subjecting them to non-traditional applications, generating structures whose complexity belies the elegance of their creation. This process reflects the physical forces that are constantly working to fashion and sculpt the natural landscape, and, by bracketing these forms with hand-rendered and conventionalized images, I hope to evoke the duality between the actual and the artificial as it is conveyed through idealized representations of order and beauty.
CENTRIC is an adventurous electro-rock project from Charlottesville, VA. Fueled with a vision to produce a melodic blend of emotional songwriting through electronic and rock instrumentation, CENTRIC strives to bring a refreshing sound to the stage while still maintaining the visual energy of an engaging rock band.
The project was born during the winter of 2002 while founding member Jason Judy was struggling to assemble a rock band in Charlotte, NC. Frustrated by the lack of like minded musicians in the scene, he began experimenting with electronic equipment as an alternate musical outlet. Venturing into this new frontier set off a creative spark and by that spring he was out creating remix style music on the spot as CENTRIC. With an enthusiastic sense of musical freedom, Judy left Charlotte and set out in search for a new home better suited to develop the project in. After a rather nomadic year, including spending three influential months in NYC, he finally settled in Charlottesville in December of 2002 where he began working on the debut album, After the Fall, which served as a document to his trials. After two intense years of work, the record was released in October of 2004 to warm reviews from the local press, and was performed live in its entirety at the CD release show, with the help of several longtime friends and collaborators.
Having two years of work coming to life on stage was an alluring experience for Judy, and he quickly began working on assembling a permanent base of musicians to finally establish CENTRIC as an official band. One again, however, finding players who shared the vision became a daunting task, and it was over two more years before the right mix was finally dialed in. The result brought in electronic artist Paul Tucker (Bristol) in January of 2007 as the full time keyboardist of the group. This was major shift in the structure of the project, as Tucker’s dual keyboard coverage of bass, rhythm, and lead sounds allowed Judy the ability to focus solely on guitar and vocals for the first time. Judy also recruited one of Charlottesville’s busiest and most respected rock drummers, Jon Kuthy (Whitebird, Blur the Lines), who had been a collaborator in the past. This brought another major change to the sound, as the songwriting that was once primarily composed on electronics with organic instruments backing them up now, was being headed by a much more raw rock sound over a canvas of synths.
It has been a long and trying road for the project, but with one record under it’s belt, another full album worth of material ready to be recorded, and regular live performances lining up, CENTRIC has finally come full circle into the band that was envisioned nearly 5 years ago.
When Battle Maiden took shape in early 2011 no one expected they would become the powerful force they have become sweeping across the Big Apple. It’s only the unique chemistry formed between Maude, David, and Roger that parallel’s their music’s unequivocal bursts of fire and enthusiasm. It was a calculated and methodical process of getting the right combination of passion and skill they all knew this force of nature required. There is a special combination of sounds combined together here. Maude’s vocals soar through the air with both a nurturing and fierce character to them, blending harmonically with David’s guitars. He not only plays off the lyrical content adding pop and effervescence to the music, he creates a newer, dynamic resonance to each song. Adding fuel to the fire is Rogers drumming. He is an animal behind his set creating the sometimes heavy and always driving beats necessary to push each song along. Maude’s bass playing pulses through to the core allowing Battle Maiden’s sound to be complete with heart and intent.
The plus of this band being a threesome is that they are able to meet at the intersection of each individuals musicianship and build creatively from there. There is a raw element to the sound that makes a solid foundation for which they construct sonically. Battle Maiden is a band that obviously enjoys making music for music’s sake and the honesty in that rubs off on their fans. This makes their rock shows one Hell of a gig you don’t want to miss.
Griot and Megawatt are Apostles; leaders of a new movement called Grown Folks Hip Hop. Lyrics center on real life themes that people with jobs, kids and bills can relate to. At the same time it is not rim-and-jewelry-bashing, hater music. It’s socially conscious, from an intelligent-ghetto point of view. Songs like “Stay on Ur Hustle,” from the LP, Makin the People Move, showcase their perspective and lyrical talent with bars like “Late night working hard 9-5 plus overtime/ believe it or not we’re modern day slave walking the chain line/ without the whip….” Griot and Mega have been writing, spitting and producing together since 1999, and separately for even longer. They are a pair of studio rats and a couple of showmen in every sense. Griot (aka G. Riot) has lived on three different continents and has been the driving force behind Apostles since the start. He began by making beats using a free download and now he and Mega own and manage The Place 2B Studios where they make their hits. Megawatt is a High-Honors graduate of the world-renown Institute of Audio Research in New York City. In addition to being two of NYC’s finest emcees, they are both prolific producer/ engineers.
Evolution: Three years ago Apostles recruited an army of musicians from the NY area and formed the dynamic Apostles Band. They have been expanding their fan-base and their sound ever since. Smashing famous Rock venues like The Knitting Factory, Crash Mansion and Webster Hall with their Grown Folks Hip Hop, Apostles has built a name for themselves as one of the best stage shows popping in the streets. Crowds in Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, of course all 5 boroughs in NYC and even 5 cities in Australia have all borne witness. Apostles is everything Hip Hop has been missing and all the good sh-t it never lost.
New Horizons: Last summer Apostles launched their edutainment company June 12 Entertainment, LLC. Its primary purpose is to manage and promote Apostles and Watts Ink Music. It will also provide educational services related to music and music culture for children and adults in schools and communities worldwide. POW-Apostles Apostles have collaborated with the RBG Family’s P.O.W. on a dynamic and classic Hip Hop LP. This project has brought together two of NY’s hottest underground groups to form a Super group called ORIGINAL MAN. The album is self-titled and will be released early 2012.
Verse The Empire
Verse The Empire is a Long Island based hard rock band, formed in the spring of 2008. After playing for a few years in another band, Matt and Nick left in early 2008 in search of creating a musical vision with others who shared the same talent and taste. They came across Mina, and Verse The Empire was born. Upon meeting, the three started working upon creating rock that represented each member’s unique styles, and creating a new musical fusion. Currently, Verse The Empire is playing on Long Island, and in New York City. They've recorded an EP, and a full length album is in the works.
Fundimensionals' unique sound arises from their mastery of blending traditional jam band styles with non-traditional elements. Featuring two lead guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion, their innovative songs serve as vehicles for lengthy improvisational jams, which showcase both technical prowess and the ability to layer sounds in complex new ways. Fundimensionals have been tearing up stages since early 2010, so if you don't know already, it's time to see what they're all about!