TurnStyle Music Group Presents
The Bliss Jockeys, Retro Lake, Katie Frank & The Pheromones
9 Avenue A
New York, NY, 10009
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Michiko "Michi" Egger’s musical journey began as a 5 year old when her father, a drummer, sat her behind the drum set. She also began tap dancing lessons, which she refers to as, "drumming with your feet." The following year, she added piano to her repertoire, practicing for many hours each day. At the age of seven, she wanted to study the violin but, when a suitable instructor couldn’t be found, she decided to study guitar instead. By her 9th birthday, she also took up the clarinet in a high school concert band, and began studying voice. Classically trained in the latter, she had zipped through the Vaccai lesson book within a matter of months. In 6th grade, she played in her first band with her dad and two high school students. "We played a lot of Green Day", she laughs. During this time, Michi was still studying drums, guitar, piano, clarinet, voice, and dance, while maintaining her honor roll status in school, and it was apparent that something had to give. Dance was the first to go when Michi suffered an injury in 7th grade. Around this time, Michi began working professionally, playing guitar in the orchestra pit for various musicals, as well as playing in a big band, which was comprised of mostly school band directors. In the summer of 2009, she attended the Guitar Sessions program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she was selected to audition for a scholarship to the prestigious school. That was before anyone realized that she was too young to qualify. She has also studied with one of the nation's top jazz guitarist, Sheryl Bailey, at The Collective in New York City. In 8th grade, she began teaching guitar lessons at her studio.
As she entered high school, she began to gig more. She joined the Robin McNett Band, playing country music, as well as, playing blues/rock with the Ann Kerstetter and the All Star Band of Cronies. Michi rarely misses playing jazz guitar every week with Grammy winner, Steve Mitchel, and his band at the Bullfrog Brewery’s Sunday Brunch Jazz Workshop.
She also has a weekly stint as part of a jazz guitar duo with grammy nominee, Mark Tomeo. Being versatile and a strong chart reader allows her to feel comfortable in any musical situation. She has worked with many seasoned musicians in the Pittsburgh, Williamsport, Scranton & Harrisburg areas, including: Jeremy Hummel ("Breaking Benjamin"), Melissa Reeves, Freddie Stover, JT Thompson, the Blind Chitlin Kahunas, and Paul Smith ("The Badlees"). Michi has also appeared on WVIA-TV’s Homegrown Concert series.
As a songwriter, Michi’s first composition was about her pet hamster, at the age of 9. In 9th grade, she was writing songs for her history and biology classes for extra credit. By the end of 10th grade, her focus was solely on guitar and song writing. In August of 2010, she released her first CD, entitled, "Michi", which consists of 15 original songs. Her sound is a combination of jazz, blues, rock, country, and folk. She is influenced by many artists, in many genres. Her style is uniquely her own. Recently, Michi was invited by Dick Boak of Martin & Co. to become a member of Martin & Co.’s Artist Relations Program, and is the proud owner of their new Performing Artist Series model OMCPA3. She was also invited to participate alongside Martin artist & clinician, Craig Thatcher, at a Martin clinic in Williamsport.
She still studies guitar with her mentor, Tim Breon, as she believes that "you never stop learning". And, she continues to perform and write music. In January of 2011, she released her second album, entitled "Fate", containing 8 acoustic originals. This October, Michi will release her third CD, Where Your Heart Is, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bret Alexander of The Badlees. Michi's music is currently being played on radio stations in Pennsylvania. More recently, Michi has been performing in and around NYC, in places such as The Bitter End and the Canal Room. She is also a BMI artist with her own publishing company, Candygirl Music.
The Bliss Jockeys
The Bliss Jockeys are a dynamic rock/pop/gospel band led by singer/songwriter Phil Robinson. A popular fixture on the NYC performance circuit, the band also regularly plays festivals & special events throughout the larger NY area.
Part rock, part gospel & part jam band, The Bliss Jockeys feature a large, gospel-style choir of fantastic female voices, and deliver a big, delirious experience that energizes, inspires and gets audiences singing along every time.
Taking their name from Joseph Campbell's phrase, "Follow Your Bliss," the band entertains and inspires audiences wherever it goes-- its repertoire includes Phil's fun, upbeat originals such as 'Transcendental Cowboy' and 'Through The Middle' as well as poignant cover songs such as 'Hallelujah' and 'People Get Ready' that showcase the unique musical breadth of the choir.
We are a band who wished to climb to the top and show the world that Retro Lake can perform Psychedelic, Alternative, Indie and take everybody by surprise.
Katie Frank & The Pheromones
Singer/songwriter Katie Frank hit the Philadelphia music scene with her debut EP, Covered Bridge Road (released September of 2012 via BITBYmusic). Hailing from Elizabethtown Pennsylvania, the 24 year old graduated from Temple University with a degree in therapeutic recreation in 2011 and soon after realized her dream of becoming a musician.
With only an acoustic guitar and her sultry voice, Frank composed a collection of four songs that would become the compositions known as Covered Bridge Road within six months of graduating. “I finally completed my education, and I hadn’t written anything in about two years, so I had my fingers crossed that as soon as I was finished with school I would have the inspiration to starting writing songs again.” Thankfully that inspiration came.
“I was in a terrible environment to write during college,” reflects Frank. “Between class work and my part-time job at an adult day center, I really didn’t have the time to focus on my passion.” It wasn’t until completing her degree was that focus harnessed. After writing the songs what would encompass her debut EP, she was introduced to Philadelphia-based producer/engineer Josh Werblun through a mutual friend. Her natural talent for songwriting as well as her already seasoned voice captivated Werblun and he would not let go. He relentlessly pursued Frank to start performing these songs live, which eventually led to her performing at Legendary Dobb’s open mic nights. After a few well-received outings, the duo decided it was time to record these compositions.
In February of 2012, Werblun and Frank recruited veteran Philadelphia guitarist Tom Hampton to join them in the studio as well as pianist/vocalist Dan Orlando, bassist Greg Orlando, and drummer Jon McNally to fill out the band. Soon after, arranger Jim Boggia was recruited to help arrange background vocals for the recordings. The result was a collection of polished folk inspired rock/pop songs with country-tinged hooks, drawing inspiration from artists such as Dawes, Brandi Carlile, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Ben Folds.
Since the release of Covered Bridge Road, Frank hasformed her live band under the name Katie Frank and The Pheromones. The Pheromones consist of lead guitarist Matthew Jurasek, rhythm guitarist Josh Werblun, bassist Kris Pirnat, and drummer Jon McNally, all adding their own flair to the live performance as well as being part of the Philadelphia music scene in their own projects. The group has since opened for actor/musician John Corbett at the Sellersville Theatre, embarked on a South by Southwest Tour including dates in Cincinnati, Nashville and Austin as well as performances at local Philadelphia venues such as MilkBoy, PhilaMoca, Kung Fu Necktie, Ortlieb’s, and Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Frank has also been gaining support in the Philadelphia area from local media outlets, promoters and fans alike; including airplay from 88.5 WXPN FM, numerous write-ups from WXPN’s The Key and Phrequency Magazine's spotlight of new releases.
Katie Frank and The Pheromones show no sign of slowing down anytime soon, with plans to record a full-length record in August of 2013. “Our sound has evolved as a group and I’m very excited that this record will include contributions from the talented musicians I have in my band,” notes Frank. “I’m extremely optimistic that this new album will take us to the next level and allow us to expand our audience. Performing this music has given me the opportunity to be my self and is one of the few things I get really excited about in life.”
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