We Welcome Pride: Bowery 54 Style! An All Night, Two Floor Takeover Benefit with Music, Comedy and Drag, presented by We Welcome You and hosted by Miss Ogyny and Sam Morrison
CARSON, Paytra, Miss Eaves, princearick, VonHeyer, BHuman, Johnny Darlin and the Elements, Lily Mao, Marcia Belsky, Sarah Kennedy, Ashley Gavin, Sam Morrison, Wanjiko Eke (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival), Conor James, and a drag show with Miss Ogyny, Kenya Keepup and Glow Job, with tunes by DJ Quiana Parks
New York, NY, 10003
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
CARSON IS CARSON RAMMELT, A PRODUCER, SINGER, AND SONGWRITER HAILING FROM THE BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK CITY. AT ONLY 22 YEARS OF AGE, THIS ELECTRO-POP RECORDING ARTIST BEGAN HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING IN THE MUSIC REALM WHEN HE STARTED WRITING MUSIC AT THE AGE OF 14. CARSON CREATED A DYNAMIC BY COMBINING HIS POETRY WITH HIS SOFTWARE COMPOSITIONS, AND QUICKLY FOUND HIMSELF MANIFESTING A CAREER IN MUSIC. SINCE THEN, CARSON HAS DEVELOPED INTO A MULTIFACETED AND INNOVATIVE RECORDING ARTIST AND PRODUCER WITH AN INSATIABLE DRIVE AND DETERMINATION TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE TOP, AND HAS NO INTENTION OF SLOWING DOWN HIS MOMENTUM ANYTIME SOON.SLOWING DOWN HIS MOMENTUM ANYTIME SOON.
Born the first child of two in small-town Bedford, Michigan, Paytra made a not-so-ordinary choice to leave home at age sixteen with a one-way train ticket to New York City. Paytra is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress and has performed in front of thousands of people while also making multiple TV debuts. Notable performances include Disney World, New York Fashion Week, Montauk’s Memory bar opening for Fat Joe, and New York Fox 5. Her music is heard on pilot series “Lower East Asides” and Kipling USA’s 2019 Campaign.
Paytra’s rap-like delivery and hard-hitting drums set her apart from other pop artists while the experiences she’s had in life shape her lyrics- all from the relatable perspective of a young woman. Her debut single “Dangerous” boasts of femme confidence and has featured on iHeartRadio’s “The Beat” in their weekly new music playlist. Her work has also been on Sirius XM’s Shade 45, Vlad TV and A&R music blog. Paytra recently appeared in MTV’s Truth Campaign and Law and Order: SVU with a pilot series on the way in 2019.
Paytra is a classically trained pianist and has been writing music since age twelve. She credits her predecessors, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as significant influences in her music. With a new project on the way in 2019, it’s no doubt that Paytra will be making many more appearances. Follow Paytra on her social media to keep up to date with new releases!
Miss Eaves is the feminist sound storm of Brooklyn based-multimedia artist Shanthony Exum. Her fierce femcee electro-pop-rap-dance-explosions celebrate confident women who aren’t afraid to love themselves and own their sexuality — all with a take-no-shit attitude that pushes back at the patriarchy, haters, and anyone else who tries to keep her down. And the world has taken notice: Miss Eaves has been lauded by The New York Times, NPR, Billboard, New York Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Jezebel, and more, with her viral sensation “Thunder Thighs” landing on lists of feminist anthems alongside legends like Beyonce.
In 2014 Miss Eaves appeared on cuts by Tomderson (“Clak Clak“) & Mike Doughty (“Oh My God Yeah Fuck It“) and made her official debut the following year with Black Valley, a feminist riot grrrl nod created with her long time collaborator KEISHH. 2017 saw the release of her first full-length album, Feminasty, (also produced by KEISHH) which quickly became a favorite of the summer and included high energy, body positive hits like the previously mentioned “Thunder Thighs,” along with “Fuccboi Salute,” an anti-fuccboi anthem, and “Hump Day,” which was featured in season two, episode three (“Hella Open“) of HBO‘s hit show Insecure, starring Issa Rae. Her latest EP, ME AF, is slated to be released on August 3, 2018 and covers themes like living a happy single life and embracing your pubic hair.
When she’s not turning out badass feminist jams, Miss Eaves can be found on tour alongside acts like Surfing Leons (Belgium), Wheatus, MC Frontalot and Tune Yards, killing the stage at SXSW, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld and Dour and Les Rockomotive, and creating anthems like “Barry & Joe: Bromance (Gonna Save The World),” which is the official theme for the upcoming Barry & Joe: The Animated Series, created by Adam Reid and executive produced by Conan O’Brien.
Not only a beat slayer, Miss Eaves is a paper mache addict and a bad-ass with a glue gun. A true multi-media junkie, she directs and art directs all her videos plus designs her own merchandise. Drawing inspiration from Frida Khalo, Michel Gondry, MIA, Santigold and Sia she is determined to show the world she is about that DIY life. MC Frontalot once told her: “You aren’t crafty…this is too well-made to be just crafty. You are a fabricator.” And trust, she will take you on a rollercoaster through her imagination.
Theresa Heyer is a 25 year old Brooklyn based Pop Singer/ Songwriter. She began writing music at a young age and later transitioned into the world of music, bringing her songs to life. For the last few years Theresa has been vocally training with Vocal Coach Breck Alan, who also trains Pop sensation Rachel Platten. She has learned so much about her instrument while strengthening her craft. Recently Theresa had the opportunity to work with Grammy Award Wining Producer Robert Cutarella. Together they worked on a few tracks and will soon be releasing one. When Theresa is asked why she does what she does, her answer is always, “I do it because this is my passion. It is my calling and if I can have one person connect with my songs then I have done my job.” Everything she does is for that connection with others. She hopes to continue to bring positive, powerful and encouraging messages through her music.
Though they are a relatively new band to the scene, BHuman have been building to this point for many years. Billie Lloyd and Harrison Scott, the two halves of BHuman, first met in 2015 shortly after Lloyd moved to New York to pursue a career as a solo musician. Initially meeting on Instagram after recognizing each other’s talents as solo musicians, the pair quickly bonded over shared niche musical references, lending support to the other’s solo musical endeavors where needed and exploring New York’s rich nightlife.
“It started out as something that was purely for the sake of ‘let’s just have fun and see what we make’, and then we realized that we were kind of on to something,” Lloyd said.
In 2016, they worked together on producing a cover of a Hilary Duff song as part of a live performance promoting Scott’s album release. They quickly noticed how fluidly they worked together, with Lloyd providing a grounding in musical theory from her years as a classical musician and Scott utilizing his advanced technical know-how as a producer.
Lloyd recognizes the pair’s complementary-but-opposing natures, commenting, “Harrison’s approach is very instinctual and mine is very routed in theory, but that’s why I think it works so well… ”
Even performing together they noticed how they were stronger together; Scott’s lively stage antics invigorated Lloyd’s sometimes-restrained performance style and Lloyd encouraged Scott to push the envelope with his live musical performing.
Not long after this, burnt out from the relentless pace of being an independent solo musician and with big life changes such as Lloyd’s gender transition, both musicians decided to take a break from performing and releasing work. Still wanting to have an outlet for their creative impulses they starting working together in the studio, enjoying the freedom from the burden of past discography or release schedules.
Quickly, they began to develop both a sonic vocabulary unique to themselves and a catalogue of work they were excited about again. From this “new beginning”, the duo chose a name that would invoke a sense of intimacy and personality. BHuman was born.
“It’s a reflection of being your own human and allowing yourself to be that unique version of yourself that people want,” contemplated Scott.
Two single releases quickly followed, with immediate buzz from the blogosphere. Their second single ‘Safe’ was listed as NewNowNext as part of ‘6 Transgender and Non-binary Acts to Add to Your Playlist’ and the music video was premiered in Substream Magazine.
Fans can easily relate to their music’s hard-hitting and introspective themes of relationships and the human experience, even if extremely personal matters inspire their music.
“Even if you’ve never transitioned or questioned your gender before, you can still understand the themes of what I’m going through or what Harrison is going through,” Lloyd said.
2019 is an exciting year for BHuman, with an ambitious release schedule of two EPs in March and September. The lead single off the self-titled first EP, Goodbye, is due mid-February. Lloyd said she often channeled her feelings of frustration with emotionally charged lyrics, with Scott helping to turn it on its head to create an anthemic, confident statement.
The single will be accompanied by a music video co-directed by fashion photographers Eli Schmidt and Christine Hahn and features the Brooklyn performance troupe Polychromatico.
Johnny Darlin and the Elements
Johnny Darlin is the alter-ego of Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and pop musician Michael Doshier. Growing up queer in the conservative suburbs of Arkansas, Michael took refuge in expressing his feelings through his writing, singing, and piano. This manifested itself in performances in local bands, musical productions, and church choirs.
He moved to New York at eighteen with a handful of songs, and immediately started ironing out solo material which would form the foundation of Johnny Darlin. With the creation of Johnny Darlin, he has been relentlessly performing in New York and Brooklyn’s underground rock, theatre, and burlesque scenes. Armed with his famous keytar, Keeley, as his companion, Johnny has created and performed his original cabarets Johnny Darlin: In the Closet and Johnny Darlin: Songs About Boys in the New York Fringe Festival 2016, the Prague Fringe Festivals of 2017 and 2018, the New York FRIGID Queerly Festival 2018, and MajorStage showcases.
Johnny’s music reckons with reconciling spirituality and sexuality, the difficulty of cementing a sense of self-acceptance, and finding love and beauty in the world along the way.
Busking in the streets of New York by day and playing out in the city's vast DIY scene by night, garage rocker Lily Mao has hammered out a niche in Brooklyn's indie-rock community with her gritty recordings and vibrant stage personality. The North Pennsylvania native moved to Brooklyn in 2018, where she has added comedian to her list of accomplishments. Lily will be performing hilarious originals as well as improved ballads with the help of the audience.
Comedian, musician, co-host of Misandry with Marcia and Rae, co-wrote Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical
Sarah Kennedy has been called a “rising star in the NYC comedy scene” by Backstage Magazine. She’s been a featured on MTV, The Today Show, SiriusXM and has performed in multiple comedy festivals across the country including the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in New York and the Ladies are Funny Festival in Austin, Texas. She was also a finalist in NBC’s Stand-Up For Diversity nationwide comedy contest.
Ashley Gavin is a New York based, nationally touring comedian. Her comedy has been featured on Hulu, FOX, AXS TV, SiriusXM Comedy, Refinery29, Elite Daily, and The Kicker. Ashley has headlined at colleges and clubs around the country, including her recent breakout (sold-out) performance at Carolines. Ashley has taken part in some of the most prestigious festivals and showcases including NBC's Stand Up For Diversity - New York. Her webseries Gay Girl Straight Girl has over 400k views and has been featured in Galore Mag.
Ashley is best known for her hard-hitting, intelligent, and sometimes absurd social commentary, particularly about her experiences as a gay woman and feminist. Email and ask her about her scripted and unscripted pilots or her movie treatments.
Sam is a New York City-based comedian who has been featured in the New York Times and Time Out NY. He has appeared on the Travel Channel, SiriusXM and will be featured on a PBS documentary about up and coming stand up comedians. He is the 1st place winner of the Make Me Laugh Comedy Competition, was named one of Mogul Magazine's Comics to Watch and was called ""a rising star"" by Broadway Kingdom.
He headlines comedy clubs, festivals, and colleges across the country, including his recent breakout sold out performance at Stand Up NY. In 2017 he performed stand up on Ugandan National Television.
Sam’s second one-man show Hello, Daddy! debuted on Dixon Place's main stage in 2018 and has since toured 8 major US cities, including such prestigious festivals as the Folsom Street Fair, Bear Week, and HOT! Festival. Hello, Daddy! will have a month-long run at Just The Tonic during the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Conor James is a 22 year old Pop artist based in Brooklyn, NY.
and a drag show with Miss Ogyny, Kenya Keepup and Glow Job
with tunes by DJ Quiana Parks
Paterson NJ born-and-bred, Brooklyn resident Quiana Parks is a visual artist, DJ, cancer survivor and activist. Her current DJ residencies include The Seville, the Alley Cat, Gurney's Montauk Resort, and her own monthly party "Don't Call Me QuiQui". Quiana's most recent solo art exhibition was held in February of this year at Sevenhouse Gallery in Brooklyn New York.
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