Francesca Blanchard, Space Captain, Gabe Goodman, Dougie Poole
New York, NY, 10003
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Francesca’s early years were spent in the south of France, where she was raised in a bilingual household by her French father and American mother. With parents who worked in humanitarian aid, Francesca and her siblings spent their childhood traveling the world, an eccentric lifestyle that lead them to live in places like Ethiopia and Burundi. Upon moving to VT with her family at the age of 10, Francesca found a new and grounding home for herself in the arts...
Over the next few years, Francesca took to acting and singing, performing in school plays and writing songs on her mother’s guitar. At 18, Francesca independently released an EP, "Songs On an Ovation", featuring songs in French and English. After graduating from Boston University in 2015 with a BFA in Acting, Francesca released her debut album, deux visions. The album (which translates from French to “two visions”, and plays on the English word “divisions”) featured original songs in French and English and was roundly praised by local and international media. The Vermont daily The Times Argus enthused, "Deux visions shines on the strength of Blanchard’s accomplished compositions, tasteful guitar work and gorgeous vocals. A seamless mix of folk, jazz and roots-rock with some French chanson thrown in for good measure. The most ambitious and impressive debut album to come out of Vermont since Grace Potter.” What followed the release of her debut was extensive touring in North America and Europe, headlining her own shows and opening for the likes of Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Dacus, JOSEPH, Caravan Palace, the Von Trapps, Yuna and Lissie, among others. She performed at the prestigious FrancoFolies Festival of Montreal in 2013 and 2015, the Calgary Folk Festival in 2016 and was presented by tastemaker outlets such as Daytrotter, Sofar and WFUV Radio.
Following an intense year of touring, Francesca spent the first half of 2017 backpacking and trekking through North America’s West Coast and Ecuador, where she chose to extend her stay to volunteer as a music and theatre teacher for children of low-income families. During this period, she released the single “My Heart.”
Having found solace in the mountains, Francesca’s musical identity shifted. She moved from French-American folk to indie-pop. She dove into more self-effacing, complex explorations of the human psyche, and started tapping into her acting background to more effectively illustrate both the grandiose and trivial nature of her favorite topic: Heartbreak (and what comes after). Re-defined production and a self-imparted responsibility to have a little more fun propel Blanchard in a fresh and unpredictable direction. Her revised approach has already led to new milestones. In October 2017, Francesca’s single “Free” was featured prominently in a pivotal closing scene on the ABC TV series Grey’s Anatomy. In January 2018, Francesca released her single “Maria,” a song she wrote for a benefit concert to aid Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. A love song "from the point of view of an island, to a woman named Maria,” proceeds from the single were donated to hurricane relief efforts.
Francesca is currently finishing the production of her second album, which she plans to release in 2019.
Space Captain is a Brooklyn based psych-soul group signed to UK indie label Tru Thoughts and includes members Maralisa Simmons-Cook (vocalist/lyricist), Alex Pyle (bass and production), Gray Hall (guitar and production), Mike Haldeman (guitar), Joy Morales (keyboard) and Lessie Vonner (trumpet). They have appeared with BADBADNOTGOOD, Ghostface Killah, Nick Hakim, Khruangbin, Palehound, Kendra Morris and more. Lauren Laverne of BBC Radio 6 Music calls them "really interesting...a sound of their own."
Their initial release, Easier / Remedy, a double A-side reissue of two early tracks, received heavy play from Don Letts (BBC 6Music) and new music guru John Kennedy on his XFM X-posure show. In a period of open-minded experimentation via live shows and studio jams, Space Captain have alighted on a progressive fusion of R&B and psychedelic rock with tentacles spinning out into soul, hip hop, electronica and noise. The In Memory EP finds singer/lyricist Maralisa Simmons-Cook exploring darker, more personal subjects with themes of mourning, the life cycle, lightness verses darkness, death and rebirth. In Memory has since seen notable play on Spotify's Fresh Finds Playlist, BBC Radio 6 Music and Bandcamp Weekly. Michael Gonzales (The Wire) wrote, "Space Captain's embrace of beauty is obvious. But it's nice to know they can get ugly when they want to."
The band's debut record All Flowers In Time (October 2017 release) channels seemingly disparate genres into a stirring, progressive proposition laced with stealthily addictive hooks. It has seen support from Indie Shuffle, DJ Mag, Communion Music, The Deli Magazine, Earmilk, Okayplayer and Bandcamp, with the latter stating, "everything is discussed here—the good times and emotional pain, the darkness and spiritual breakthrough.” Following east and west coast regional tours in support of the album, the band has since released a series of acoustic and extended versions including “Cells (Extended),” “Hours (Extended),” and “Flood (Alt. Version),” “Flood” seeing frequent radio play from BBC. Space Captain has also released multiple remixes including “Cells” by labelmates The Seshen, “Blue” by labelmate Sly5thAve, “Sycamore” by Son Lux’s Ian Chang and “Loveline” by multi-instrumentalist and producer Jesse Fischer. Their songs have been included on Spotify’s Chillmatic, Sweet Soul Sunday and Mellow Morning playlists.
Gabe Goodman is a songwriter and producer based in New York City. In 1998, he appeared on an episode of Kids Say the Darndest Things, performing a largely unintelligible set on an acoustic guitar just about as tall as he was. Twenty years later, after failed attempts at child stardom and contributions to an array of musical projects such as Magic Man, Del Water Gap, Photocomfort and Future Teens, the Boston native finally steps out on his own with Dismissing the Gardener. Written over a tumultuous two-month period, the EP features six songs recorded in close collaboration with Goodman’s childhood best friend Will G. Radin.
Nestled somewhere between Elliott Smith, Porches and Mount Eerie, Goodman creates a soothing sonic palette all his own. From slow-burning opener “Envision It” to the spell-bindingly brief “Burden” to sweeping lead single “The Bandage and the Wound,” Goodman journeys through the emotional and physical pain of loss before a lush backdrop of nylon guitars, dizzying saxophones and a rhythm section that recalls golden-era Neil Young.
Dismissing the Gardener is available everywhere via his Salient Recordings label.
Dougie Poole is a country synth song writer from brooklyn. <3
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