Great Ceasar, The Juliets, Illumntr
622 Degraw st.
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Brooklyn-based rock. These six Connecticut natives are known for their raucous live show, dazzling horn harmonies, and the crunching baritone of lead-singer, John-Michael Parker. Since their inception in 2003, the band has played hundreds of shows across the East coast, sharing stages with acts such as Deerhoof, The Decemberists, Third Eye Blind, Girl Talk, and Does it Offend You, Yeah.
"It didn’t take long to see that Great Caesar definitely puts out a vibe. During the performance, they were able to transform the Space from a casual Connecticut venue to a jazzy New York night club. With the help of a brilliant brass section complimented by the full bodied vocals of singer John-Michael Parker, Great Caesar produces vibrant and catchy melodies." -CTindie.com
"..buried in lush keyboards and ska horns, a charming vulnerability shines through in the thoughtful lyrics of 'Everyone is a VIP to Someone' and other school-nerd-friendly anthems." -The Hartford Advocate
"...a dazzling, energetic tour-de-force of virtuosic horns, catchy ska-beats, and lead singer John-Michael's shredding baritone." -yalemusicscene.org
"Keep an ear out for Great Caesar, a band with a modern sound that confirms the fact that our generation indeed has talent." -The Quad News
Detroit has always been known for its diverse roster of musical artists, and the classically-leaning pop quintet The Juliets hopes to embody the spirit of the best of them. Led by dynamic singer/songwriter Jeremy Freer, The Juliets utilizes orchestral instruments in a way that few other bands do. One reviewer defined the band’s characteristic sound as “baroque with backbone”, a phrase that deeply resonated with the band.
Surrounding Freer’s driving guitar, bombastic piano, and soaring pop vocals is cellist Kaylan Mitchell and violinist/vocalist Sarah Myers, who add the baroque part of the equation to The Juliets. Both classically trained, Mitchell and Myers represent a fusion of the past and present: one can hear equally the influences of Johannes Brahms and Dr. Dre in their string arrangements. Perhaps most importantly is the way the ladies refuse to let their instruments be used as mere ornaments. Similarly, the backbone of the band is supplied by bassist Ashton Hopkins and drummer Jaclyn Phillips. Tastes of the macabre can be felt in Hopkins’ enchanting bass lines and Phillips’ thunderous drumming. Their explosive yet sophisticated rhythms are essential to the band’s onstage presence and sound.
Formed in late 2008, The Juliets first album (The Juliets S/T) was released in 2010 and has received local and national praise, hailed as “...a lush, textured chamber pop record that still — well, rocks” by TinyMixTapes.com. In October The Juliets released their second l.p. "Perfect Season" to praise both local and overseas." Perfect Season mixes guitar mentality with classical minds as strings and keys blend with indie pop formats to create an original and daring sound that few succeed to pull off, there is a charm that comes with the adventurous thoughts from five skilful minds." by Abolish Confusion (Uk)The Juliets have played with artists as diverse as Ornery Little Darlings, The Silent Years, The Von Bondies, Pomegranates, Frontier Ruckus, and Chris Bathgate. Most recently, they were featured in Chrysler’s Imported From Detroit campaign.
"[...] Sufjan's orchestration, Arcade Fire's energy, Broken Social Scene's stage presence and cooperation, My Morning Jacket's pipes [...] Long story short? MUST. SEE. THIS. BAND. LIVE." - I Guess I'm Floating
"The ancient Greeks thought that at night you could hear the music of the universe while staring at the stars. Nobody ever heard that music, but if it existed it would sound very much like this record. Cosmic." - The Deli Magazine, NYC
"Just weird enough to perk yr ears, but full of the kind of honey-sweet vocals you'd love to drizzle all over your lover's naked body before delicately licking it off inch by luscious inch." - yvynyl
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