Manic Productions Presents
Jesse Ruben, Puma Simone
295 Treadwell St.
Hamden, CT, 06514
This event is 21 and over
Singer, song-juggler, and self-proclaimed "Original Gangster of Cleveland," Bushwalla represents the assorted talents of Billy Galewood.
Bushwalla began performing in musical theater at the early age of nine. At 18 he was studying theater at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, supporting himself as a street performer by incorporating such feats as juggling, magic, face-balancing, and fire-breathing. Today, Bushwalla's sound has evolved into a unique blend of acoustic hip-hop, folk, and funk with a soul deeply rooted in authenticity and optimism.
A songwriter, collaborator and free-styler, Bushwalla co-wrote Jason Mraz's debut platinum album, "Waiting For My Rocket to Come," and sophomore release, "Mr. A-Z." Recently, his songs have been featured on hit television shows such as "Weeds," "Revenge," Fuel TV, E!s "The Daily 10" and "The Rachel Ray Show." Bushwalla co-wrote the title track to the breakout film "New York Minute" and, in 2012, his song "Mayhem is Beautiful" will be featured in the film "10 Year," starring Rosario Dawson and Channing Tatum.
Bushwalla has produced two full-length albums and two EPs. "Ghetto Blaster," his debut release, was produced by Spooner Oldham. His full-length albums include "Autodidactical Freestyle & Radical" (2008) and "The Man Who Invented The Sky" (2010) which features Pigeon John, Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club, Teenie Hodges, and Spooner Oldham.
Bushwalla's albums have accumulated worldwide sales to fan bases in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, and South America.
Bushwalla has ten years of national and international touring experience with the likes of Jason Mraz, G. Love & Special Sauce and K'Naan. Bushwalla has won over audiences in countries such as Australia, Canada, Singapore, France, England, Holland, Denmark, and Scotland, to name a few. He has performed at historic venues including Red Rocks, The Greek, The Hollywood Bowl, Sheppards Bush Empire, The Enterprise, Corn Exchange, Komedia, Paradiso, House of Blues (LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Cleveland), Eagles Ballroom, The Metro, World Cafe, Fillmore, Highline Ballroom, CBGBs, Avalon, Henry Fonda theater, and The Troubadour.
Bushwalla currently lives in Southern California.
25-year-old, Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben freely confides that he’s done a bit of “obsessing” over his second album, The Ones That Matter.
Not that such anxiety is evident on the highly accomplished disc, the follow-up to Ruben’s self-released 2008 debut, Aiming for Honesty. Adding full-band accompaniment to his lush, soulful pop-rock, Ruben also stretches impressively as a writer on The Ones That Matter, achieving a near-novelistic sense of character and setting on finely hewn tracks like “A Lack of Armor,” “Bleeker and Sixth,” and “Unbreakable.” His relentless attention to detail pays off handsomely.
He makes no apology for meticulously fine-tuning all aspects of his work and presentation. “Every time you create something you have an opportunity to say something new – or at least something honest,” he says. “I take that opportunity seriously.”
Ruben’s expansive and deeply compassionate point of view has resonated strongly with an ever-growing audience, whom the performer has cultivated with virtually nonstop touring and persistent online networking; as a result, he’s sold some 5,000 copies of Honesty on his own.
Recorded during a record-breaking snowstorm in Charlottesville, Virginia – where producer Chris Keup (Jason Mraz, OAR, Parachute) and partner Stewart Myers (Mraz, Lifehouse, Rachel Yamagata, Mandy Moore) have their studio – the disc afforded Ruben a chance to fully appreciate the devotion of his pals. “I had some of my best friends in the world come down to help me finish the record,” he relates. Other players on the disc include drummer Brian Jones (Mraz, Yamagata, Moore); and keyboardist Daniel Clark (Ryan Adams, kd lang, Moore). Meyers handled bass on several tracks.
A philosophy major, ballad fanatic, and unrequited lover Puma Simone is odd. With a diverse demographic of fans to match her genre-bending musical style, a Simone show is always interesting and ever evolving. She has a knack for creating conversations, finding humor in dire circumstances, and capturing everyday experiences in a refreshing manner. Her work as an artist, producer, screenwriter, and novelist reflects her struggles and triumphs while growing up, traveling the world, and interacting with the people she has met along the way. New Haven native and Boston College graduate, Simone is a product of many cultures and subcultures that provides a dichotomy that rests in us all and takes shape in her name Puma Simone.