King Holiday is a psychedelic soul band based out of the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Socially charged and rhythmically driven, King Holiday's cosmic 10 piece arrangements create sonic layers of raw, unfiltered and thought evoking sounds and melodies. King Holiday's music is a luscious soundtrack to the human experience while remaining nostalgic in the fast moving modern world.

James Wallace & the Naked Light

It was once said that James Wallace would be the kind of guy you'd want on your side if you ever got into a music fight in prison. He'd probably tell you that too, just to clarify his position on not getting into a real fight in prison. That said, his penchant for dark and clever wordplay above eerily-cheery melodies, begs there may be a few twisted stories from his past that we've yet to hear.
Similar to what has often been said of Belle and Sebastian's earlier works, More Strange News From Another Star captures a distinct vintage quality channeled from some non-existent folk music period of decades past. Often referenced to Paul Simon in vocal range and use of textured percussion, Wallace's writing showcases a similar love of African music and Gospel harmonies. But more often than not, his band heads into the more ramshackle, go-for-broke qualities of the early Kinks. A kind of Rock and Roll bred with cacophony that balances eerily well beneath Wallace's falsetto.

As for the influences in his stories, that is quite the rabbit hole to explore. Whether they be cited from one of his many wandering trips to China, his short residency as a piano player for a small Black Mennonite Church in Appalachia, or an oft mentioned tale about a mysterious box of letters found in an abandoned storehouse concerning aliens and the end of the world, Wallace seems to have a lot to draw on, and that well doesn't seem to be running dry anytime soon.

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Back to School Special ft. King Holiday with James Wallace & the Naked Light

Saturday, September 7 · 7:30 PM at Mercury Lounge