MICKY, James Parenti, Olivia
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 6:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
MICKY is the moniker under which singer and songwriter Michael Persall creates Motown-tinged Pop music with a classic rock and soul aftertaste. Known for his vibrant and energetic stage performances, MICKY has asserted himself as a true frontman while playing with his band around New York City. Growing up in a Bed and Breakfast in the Bay Area, California, MICKY was exposed to a wide variety of people and tastes at a young age. He began performing the classics his parents turned him onto regularly for guests staying at the Bed and Breakfast, leading him to discover his love for performing. By high school, he started writing his own music on guitar and piano, as well as recording Hip-Hop influenced tracks. MICKY's music is best described as genre-bending and multi-generational in appeal, citing influences from Elvis, James Brown, and The Rolling Stones, to Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Outkast, and James Morrison. He recently accomplished a goal of performing over 400 shows in 2015, ending up at 408 gigs total in the year. He is fresh off residencies at Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall, headlining The Studio at Webster Hall, and multiple Sofar Sounds gigs. He's received praise from outlets such as CLASH, BAEBLE, and The Deli Magazine, among others. MICKY released his debut stand-alone single, "Candid" early 2017 and it has quickly reached over a million streams. His self-titled debut EP will be released in January 2018.
James Parenti has been playing his moody, elegiac songs in NYC since 2007.
The years of honing his craft resulted in his two self-released albums, which have been called "unique and original" by Catalogue Reviews and "a rich, complex listening experience" by TheSirensSound.
On his sophomore effort, Parenti proves himself to be a remarkably versatile songwriter, from Elliott Smith-style folk pop to Sufjan Stevens-inspired oddball delicacy to a sense of dread akin to Radiohead's OK Computer, all the while highlighting the singular, intimate lyric imagery which he proved to be his stock-in-trade on his debut, Maybe That's Why We Lost.
Don't Be Gone Long, Ellen is a gorgeous, sometimes strange, always deeply affecting song cycle about love in the face of mental illness.
"It would be a lie to say that Parenti isn’t as skilled, melodic and haunting as any of the masters of the genre."
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