7PM - Doors open with a DJ set by DJ P.U.D.G.E.
Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens – whom The New York Times describes as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing” – reinvents herself once again with her latest album Regina. In the years since the release of her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I as inspiration for a commission to write a concert of new music, which expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore and her own imagination. The result is a collection of songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.
Stevens’ style has always evaded categorization, and with Regina, even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that work their way into your brain. Stevens has been compared to Bjork, St Vincent, Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell and is certainly making her mark on the international music scene in a big way, establishing herself as a long term and important artist for the future.
Featuring special guests Mike League (Snarky Puppy), Jo Lawry (Sting), Attacca Quartet
with Chris Tordini, Jordan Perlson & Liam Robinson (Becca Stevens Band)
Starting the night off is Jess Best, whose delicate, yet soulful vocals carry influences from the likes of Frank Ocean and Stevie Wonder, as well as songstress Joni Mitchell. Jess weaves together a sound that is deeply rooted in soul and r&b while also fearlessly jumping into the pop end of the pool. For this performance, she will be accompanied by Connor Schultze (bass), Paul Bloom (keys), Donnie Spackman (drums), Alex Graff (guitar), Michael Mayo (vocals), Taylor Simone (vocals), and Will Fraker (vocals).
This 40,000 square-foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre is a true home for artists and audiences, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse audiences of Brooklyn.
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