The Dirty Gems, Quincy Mumford

The Dirty Gems

The Dirty Gems stampeded their way onto the New York rock scene with an undeniable appeal that leaves bands with 10 times more revolutions around the sun wondering where they can buy whatever makes these fledgling stadium rockers so damn irresistible. They blend together sonic influences from No Doubt, Gnarls Barkley and Janelle Monáe, with the grimy blues of Jeff Beck and the theatrical grandiosity of Queen.

In 2007, three young college students (Raycee, Ulises and Cam) were hand picked by Professor Bob Bowen III to form a jazz combo as part of a course at Hofstra University. After years of playing together, they formed the popular cover band Pump Yo Brakes with the addition of drummer Jack Goode. Upon graduation, they all had a vision that they could take the momentum from their energetic live shows and translate it into original songs that would equal or outdistance the pop and rock classics they were playing in dive bars all over the Island. They started by inviting long-time friend and songwriter Mills, to join the collective. Now all that was left was to find a killer guitarist who would jive with the band’s quirky sense of humor and bring an extra layer of sexy to The Dirty Gems’ sound.

In late 2010, their beloved mentor Bob Bowen passed away suddenly. At the student memorial concert, the Gems watched as guitarist Gary Heimbauer performed a touching tribute with another Hofstra student. Impressed by his soulful sound, they asked him to join the band. At the first rehearsal, the connection was instantaneous, and the band felt that once again Bob had guided them to the next step of their musical journey. With the puzzle complete, The Dirty Gems set sail on the High Seas of Popdom, and they haven’t looked back since.

The Dirty Gems’ very first public performance won them the 2011 Hofstra University Battle of the Bands, securing the band a festival-opening slot where they shared the bill with the likes of Big Boi, Minus The Bear and The London Souls. From there, the band went on to cut their teeth at notable NYC venues, culminating in a wildly successful performance to celebrate the release of their eponymous debut EP, at The Bitter End on September 2nd, 2011. Fans of The Dirty Gems packed the legendary club to nearly capacity, inciting ire amongst the wait staff and a pronouncement of “please come back anytime you like” from the promoter.

Since then, The Gems have played numerous venues including Highline Ballroom, Public Assembly, Spike Hill, Bowery Electric, The Bitter End and Sullivan Hall, as well as various venues up and down the east coast. They were finalists in the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs at The Greene Space and won the 2012 Upper East Side Music Festival. TDG has joined the music festival circuit with multiple performances at KahBang Music & Arts Festival in Bangor, Maine and Alive@Five (opening for Wynonna & The Big Noise) in Stamford, CT.

The Dirty Gems released their second EP, Vujà Dé, on August 3rd, 2013 to a packed house of 150 people at The Bowery Electric in NYC. They are set to release a music video for the second single off of the EP titled, "Easy On Me" in Fall 2013.

Quincy Mumford

After 5 years, 400+ shows, and four award-winning albums, New Jersey-based 21 year-old singer/songwriter/soul/funk/rock artist Quincy Mumford released his 5th album "Its Only Change" on July 30th, 2013. Its Only Change was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and features performances from Jerry Roe (K.D. Lang), David Labruyere (John Mayer) and Aubrey Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow).

"Our goal as a band" Quincy explains, "is to create the best possible live show, so that people walk away feeling excited and liberated. Whether we are combining rock, folk, funk, reggae, or soul influences, I want the whole thing to make sense as one recognizable style. As a band, we are really excited where we are musically right now, but we also feel that our musical journey has not even begun yet. We decided to do this live album and DVD not only to challenge ourselves and document this point and time in our career, but to give back to fans who have come out and supported us over the past few years. We are stoked about getting this live album out, and we can't wait for people to hear it!"

"Live at The Saint" features Quincy Mumford classics from his three previous studio albums: Speak, South Edgemere and the debut self-titled release Quincy Mumford. "Sounds Like Music," an anthemic reggae infused rocker is overpower by the audience as they chant the refrain, "Feel Good Music" is a whirling slide guitar jam that builds the show to a climatic max and "Sunshine" the lead single from Speak (charted on the Top 100 of the FMQB Charts), takes the audience on a psychedelic drive to a hook filled chorus. This live album and DVD showcases the band and their ability to capture an audience of all ages with their cool, collective, and unique sound. "Live at the Saint" also features previously unreleased tracks such as, "Madeline", a devotional love song in which the band keeps it simple but never fails to lose the groove, and "Free From It All", a coming of age story; the song builds from just Quincy's guitar to an exploding musical ending with a ripping guitar solo.

The Live at The Saint DVD includes footage from the concert shot on multiple cameras, interviews with the band, scenic cinematography and a documentary featuring Quincy and the band members musical getaway and adventures in the mountains of Vermont. The film was directed, edited, and filmed by Quincy's award winning brother, Kyle Mumford and his Lifted Pictures' film crew. Kyle Mumford graduated from School Of Visual Arts in NYC with two feature films under his belt, in which his latest film, "His Naked Mind" won best editor, director, and cinematography at the SVA Dusty Film Festival. Kyle has also produced each of Quincy's music videos including: Sunshine, Dock on a Bay, Bring 'Em Home, My Town, and Lifted. Some of these videos have been featured on MtvU and Mtv Canada.

In addition to his evolution in the studio, Quincy and his live band, The Reason Why, are excited to maintain their tireless performance schedule, which has found them sharing the stage with Ryan Montbleau Band, Rusted Root, moe., Donovan Frankenreiter, and Tedeschi Trucks Band, among many others. The band is looking to continue building this live momentum, whether they're returning to The Gathering of the Vibes or Musikfest, supporting a band on a national tour, letting loose at hometown gigs, or volunteering their time for The Surfrider Foundation, and/or other environmental causes that Quincy and the band hold close to their collective hearts.

Optimistic, charismatic, and undeniably genuine, Quincy's music possesses the same "feel good" attitude that the young man himself does. When all is said and done, a focused, inspired Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why is a band to watch in 2012.

Luke Elliot

Sound is limitless. I feel like there are so many possibilities for each song. Every note, every verse is so subjective. It's personal for the artist and for the person listening. I feel privileged to have the ability to do both, and would like to continue for as long as possible.' Luke Elliot has started to spread an array of sounds across the country.

Elliot's music has been steadily gaining more and more attention since his debut EP, "Death of a Widow," was released by Yerbird Records in 2010. The EP gained him a dedicated fan base that followed him through a circuit of venues across the Northeast. The music, comprised of an eclectic mix of genres and ideas, gained him critical acclaim as an artist to pay attention to. Beginning in New York's Lower East Side, Elliot and his band quickly made their way from the dive bar scene to some of New York's more popular venues, from the Mercury Lounge to the Bitter End. Gaining a reputation as an ever-evolving live act, they began gaining popularity in Philadelphia, headlining venues such as the North Star, and the World Cafe Live.

in 2011, Luke was approached by director Paul Cantagallo to compose for a new film, "Benny the Bum." His first scoring effort brought light to his musical dexterity. Acknowledged previously as a live performer and recording artist alone, Elliot has become someone recognized for being able to play many roles. Writing the title song for the film began to give Luke prominence westward, as the picture won Best Local Film at the 2012 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. He and his band, guitarist Jim McGee, bassist Ed Barber, and drummer Dan Peck, performed live at the historic First Unitarian Church for the Festival's film screening.

With a busy tour schedule, and now presence as an accomplished composer, Elliot has begun to develop more and more public and media attention. In 2013, Christa Shaub, Founder of Shaub Management and former Senior A & R Director at BMG Chrysalis, took on Luke as a client. Shaub, who was instrumental in cultivating new business and played a pivital role in the signing of emerging artists John Legend and Rihanna, took an interest in Elliot at one of his appearances at the Mercury Lounge. Shaub's creative insight and imaging expertise paired with Elliot's sound base and commercial following are expected to become a major force in the music scene upon the release of Elliot's upcoming EP.

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