Christina LaRocca & her Whisky Dreams, Matt Butler, Stevie and the Lion, Lost Leaders (Album Release Show), Kenny Jericho

Christina LaRocca & her Whisky Dreams

Native Brooklynite Christina LaRocca is no stranger to setting standards. Her voice and talent have been heard across the states and overseas in festivals such as CMJ 2010-2012, SXSW 2012 and opening for acts such as UK pop star VV Brown, and Danielia Cotton. You can catch her at the Black Paint Music Austin Showcase Friday March 15th, 2013. She has also been seen singing the National Anthem for several stadiums in the NYC area like Red Bull Arena and SI Yankee Stadium. Her innovation as a singer-songwriter echoes rich vocals with a haunting infusion of Folk and R&B. Committed and driven, Christina draws her inspiration through one simple and profound act- creating excellent music. As a result of her passion and experience, Christina has expanded her expertise by creating "L Rock Entertainment." L Rock Entertainment" is a NYC based company dedicated to live performance and recorded music through musicians committed to creating art in their music. Whether on stage singing, or as a business woman, Christina continues to be an element of opportunity and possibility in today's Music Industry.

Matt Butler

With a lyrical penance to Replacements mastermind Paul Westerberg, and a guitar-led scrum that harkens back to the days of the Dolls, this downtown quartet has been packing clubs in New York's Lower East Side for close to two years now. But you can even ask NYC's bums, that's what happens when the music is perfectly sloppy, and dangerously unhinged. So, as the story goes, on the strength of their self-released, dirty dusty Texas-produced Don't You Dare EP, and one hell of a live show, the Reckless Sons stopped the Gotham rock scene dead in its tracks, forcing an entire city to take notice of their garage-y nuggets and punch-drunk rock 'n' roll. Next thing you know? London calling, as the Sons embarked on a month-long tour of Britain, which culminated in a main-stage appearance at Brighton's Beachdown festival. Produced in deep Brooklyn by Ben Rice (the Mooney Suzuki and Change the Station), their latest Everybody Knows EP is scheduled for a May bow. With all that said, Reckless Sons are gearing up for their busiest year yet, which kicks off in style at the old CBGB space in Manhattan, what fashionistas likely now know as the John Varvatos Store.

Stevie and the Lion

Salty and Sweet

Lost Leaders (Album Release Show)

I used to have a steady Monday night jazz gig on Mercer street in Soho. Organ trio. It was the kind of place where Wall Street types came for a dose of "good for you" music before throwing 35 cents in the tip jar and running home to check their daily winnings. The place was owned by a depressive Israeli guy who looked like he was gonna hang himself at any moment; Hopefully he never did. Occasionally I'd use a bass player when the organ player couldn't make it and so Byron & I have been making music for a long time. But Jazz wasn't for me. I had much to prove & little to say which is boring as hell to anyone listening. So we started writing our own music. We played together as much as we could. Sounded great. Even had a pop/rock group so badly named I shan't repeat it here. But our other musical endeavors kept our collaboration against the boards. Byron started Ollabelle with some great musicians in the East Village. T-Bone Burnett signed them to Columbia Records and they were off on the road with Ryan Adams and Diana Krall and god knows who else. Great ride. As soon as they had some breaks in their schedule my band signed on with a BMG distributed label. It was owned by a guy who made his money liquidating companies (in acid). We used to meet him in his $1600/per night suite at The Plaza so he could tell us how tight the budget was to promote our record. He was eventually sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for money laundering. We did some very strange tours. One opening for Dave Davies from The Kinks (a real hero but a truly weird guy. Aliens. That's all I'm gonna say) and one sponsored by a rum company from Barbados. (Alcohol sponsored tour - say no more.) We got lot's of T.V. licensing though. Had 4 songs on Dawson's Creek and more on MTV's Road Rules, Real World, The Young and The Restless, E! Wild On Hollywood etc etc etc. There are new shows I've never even heard of using some of those songs. Eventually Byron and I got to make a record called "Lowdowners in Stereo" (still unreleased) in a studio located directly below Sonic Youth's rehearsal room. If you solo the drum overhead mics on some of the songs you can hear them howling. Someday that record will be worth something. The singer from my band split and moved to California and bought the amazing Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. Lucinda Williams played her opening night show.

By this point Byron was playing bass with Levon Helm and was around for those truly inspiring last years. He even wrote a song on the Dirt Farmer record. It won a Grammy. He also played on the follow up record Electric Dirt. Wrote a song on that one as well and it won a Grammy (sense a pattern?). By this point we also had new songs that justified pushing other things aside for our collaboration. Get it off the boards. Byron brought the ethereal beauty "The LIne The Lie", the bar-room stomp "Keeping Busy Feeling Fine" and the psychedelic majesty "Miracle Mile". I came up with the cynically folky "I'm Gonna Win", the hooky rocker "Thin Walls" (which sounds like Squeeze to me but I don't know why) and the darkly optimistic "Never Too Late". These were songs worth working for. We made a new record. A new band. A new point of view. A new layer of skin. Lot's of folks from the Levon camp helped out. Justin Guip played drums, engineered it & helped us produce it, Brian Mitchell played some organ, Clark Gayton and Jay Collins gave us some badass horns. Larry Campbell even gave it his blessing ("Byron, you & Peter got some Everly Brothers shit going on..."). We recorded it at Levon's which is a church of sorts. You get the same feeling you get in any cathedral. We played The Midnight Ramble with Levon the summer before he died. The record will come out this year (2014). All of this tale is in there. We named our new project Lost Leaders. It just seemed appropriate. Now you know why.

Kenny Jericho

Kenny Jericho is a country/blues singer/guitarist; a master of the shit kick and purveyor of the funk stomp. His musical numbers such as “Fuck Everyday” and “Keep Your Shit Tight” have been known to bring large men to baby tears and turn fat girls skinny. He is currently recording his first CD for mass consumption and electronic distribution in the dingy-whiskey soaked basement of a trust fund debutante. Gigging here and there in and around NYC, his ass can be seen the first Sunday of every month at Bar 82 in the east village as the cohost/house one-man grand band of the Piece of Sunday Variety Show. He lives in NYC with his badass dog (Dixie Chicken).


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Christina LaRocca & her Whisky Dreams, Matt Butler, Stevie and the Lion, Lost Leaders (Album Release Show), Kenny Jericho

Thursday, September 12 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Spike Hill