Gypsy Sally's Presents
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Through compelling songs and charismatic performances, singer-songwriter RIVVRS radiates an endearing and optimistic vision. His music connects the authenticity of Americana with the accessibility of pop, framed by the artist’s empathic voice and eminently approachable songcraft.
The prolific songwriter currently living in Los Angeles, RIVVRS — née Brandon Zahursky – has secured over 40 song placements across some of the most-watched television shows on network, cable and streaming services; including The Fosters (Freeform), SUITS (USA), Riverdale (CW), S.W.A.T. (CBS), Deception (ABC), Lucifer (FOX), NFL (FOX), Bates Motel (A&E), When We First Met (Netflix), a season-long sync on Monday Night Football (ESPN) and more. On television and video streaming services alone, over 250 million people have heard the music of RIVVRS while he has earned an additional 13 million streams and 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
RIVVRS is currently prepping the release of his upcoming full-length album, Cosmic Dream, due for release on July 20, 2018. The album was co-produced by RIVVRS and the acclaimed artist Joshua James and features songs co-written with Drew Pearson (Philip Phillips) Boots Ottestad (Tim McGraw, Paramore, Mikky Ekko) and Andrew Petroff (Sheryl Crow). In support of the release of Cosmic Dream, RIVVRS and his band will launch a national tour starting this summer with dates lined up in cities across the country at famed music venues including New York City (Mercury Lounge), Los Angeles (Troubadour), Boston (Middle East), Chicago (Beat Kitchen) and more.
Buoyed by an animated onstage charm, he commands audiences with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, but he believes that his songs shine with a full band. “I love playing music with other people. To me, that’s where the connection and chemistry come in, and where the songs open up.”
Raised on classic rock courtesy of his father, his early years were spent moving with his blended family across California, Washington and Oregon, then back to the Bay. It was a nontraditional upbringing. He remembers at one point staying in a halfway house with his parents, a shelter where addicts could get clean. As he expands his audience through touring and connecting with his fans, RIVVRS moves into a new phase in his creative future. “I spent the accumulation of my young adult years catching up and realizing that I could be the person I
want to be,” he says. And he believes that interpretation is the power behind his music. “I hope people listen to the songs that I have and can somehow hear what is happening in their own lives. Everyone wants to feel a connection.”
“I’M TURNING ALL THESE LOWS INTO GLITTER, SILVER, AND GOLD/AND IT’S SO MUCH BETTER…”
Paul McDonald sings those words with soaring emotionality on “So Much Better,” a track from his upcoming debut, Modern Hearts. And those are the words of a man who has truly lived his lyrics.
Three years ago, Paul left his life in LA in search of familiarity and solace. The Alabama-born artist found himself in East Nashville, feeling like a stranger in a region he once called home. That all changed when he picked up his guitar and began the process of what would become Modern Hearts.
“I had to take my life back and figure out who I was again,” he shares. “It took me a few years and a few hundred songs to get to that point.”
Paul story’s is the triumphant Modern Hearts, an album bursting with anthemic hooks, majestically textured alt-rock, tinges of Southern soul, literate introspection, and profound redemption. Previously, Paul’s broadly resonant musicality garnered him international acclaim and coverage from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, etc., and enabled him to share the stage with a diverse array of classic and current icons. Select performance highlights include sharing the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Zac Brown, Father John Misty, Emmylou Harris, and appearing at festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Hangout Festival and performing on nationally televised shows like “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight Show.”
It could be said that Modern Hearts is a breakup record documenting spiritual and artistic uplift. The 14-track body of work represents a full-spectrum of emotions, from soulful and sorrowful tracks, to invigorating new-life anthems, to meditative mid-tempo numbers.
“Once You Were Mine” oozes Memphis soul. Replete with stately horns, silken vocals, confessional lyrics, and a simmering groove, it recalls prime Al Green. The boldly vulnerable title track unpacks the painful complexity of breakups in the digital age. The invigorating “Hold On” hits that post-breakup sweet spot where anger overtakes heartache. Modern Hearts also boasts a cadre of got-my-mojo-back tracks, one standout is the ambient and slow burner “Call On Me” which lunges forth with an ominous, dub-funk groove, and a vocal delivery that oozes virility. The track’s chorus kicks off with a time-standing-still moment before it rockets skyward with an irresistible soul pop hook.
Modern Hearts was produced by Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs), and features an all star cast of studio musicians whose resumes include Cage The Elephant, James Bay, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Nikki Lane, Kacey Musgraves, and Buddy Miller, among others. The album was tracked with ace musicians playing in real time with sympathetic band interplay at the vibey Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC (Band Of Horses, Avett Brothers). Additional recording took place at Sound Emporium Studios (Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes) in Nashville, TN.
Advance $10/ Day of Show $12 + Fees
RIVVRS: Indie Americana, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
Paul McDonald: Rock, Indie
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