Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents
Jon Braman, D. Riley
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 9:00PM / Show 9:00PM
Since finding (literally) his instrument of choice in 1995, NYC-based singer-songwriter Jon Braman carries and plays the ukulele everywhere he goes. His unique style of music, which combines Jon’s rapping and ukulele playing with a live hip hop band, was born after listening to Outkast’s classic album ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzic’. With drums, bass, keys, saxophone, trombone, beatbox, harmonies, lyrical sparring with fellow MCs - the Jon Braman Band is a truly one-of-a-kind musical experience going down right now in NYC. Without exaggeration, you have never heard anything quite like this, and are almost guaranteed to get hooked on the first listen.
Dubbed ‘Father of ukulele hip hop’ in 2007 by the Washington City Paper, Braman hasn’t looked back. He has opened for reigning ukulele world champion, Jake Shimabukuro at Gramercy Theater, is the resident songwriter for WBAI’s Artsy Fartsy show (99.5 FM) and co-hosts’ NY’s hottest underground cross-genre jam-session, 'The Melting Pot' at Pianos in NYC’s Lower Eastside. Performing regularly throughout the NYC, Jon has solidified his unique sound to record his second self-produced CD, You and Me, in 2011.
Denard Timarley Riley was born on February 22nd, 1985. He has a twin brother named Denardo grew up living the life of an army brat, constantly moving from place to place. At the age of 18 he collaborated with some friends and created a “diss” record aimed toward other rappers on his block, jokingly of course. While all in good fun, D. Riley soon learned from this experience. He realized he loved making music and wouldn’t stop until he’d create the perfect sound.