17 Meadow Street Btwn. Waterbury & Bogart
8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
Jen Jayden & The Greenstone
GREENSTONE: A mineral or rock also known as pounamu, which is considered a prized treasure by the Maori culture. It is has been used as a symbol of peace and is highly valued because it is a stone that is hard to break down or break apart. The ever-popular question..."What kinda music do you do or who do you sound like?"... Well I know most of us look for definitions or sign posts in life - so, with that in mind, in very fine print I'd have to acknowledge the humbling comparisons I get to Adele, Grace Potter, Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks...all of whom I'm truly grateful to be compared to. But I think I just sound like me... sometimes whispering, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, sometimes screaming. Always honest. I can play the guitar but you'll usually find me on piano and I sing and write from my soul, so I guess that means I'm soulful - lol. From the age of four the piano was my little safety net I'd play and hide behind... until I was thrown center stage at college earning a music theatre degree. Out of college I was hired by Royal Caribbean (followed by Princess) cruiselines to be a headlining vocalist performing to houses of 1000-1500 people. I guess you could say my first official effort at recording was with several friends and recorded live. It was called "Lost Along the Way" and in the summer of 2006, that indie album was spun on over 200 college radio stations in North America. I was stunned. So I kept at it. In March of 2007 I relocated to LA and began working on my first produced EP called "Unpredictable" (released at the end of 2007). That EP garnered won several song-writing awards and features (VH1 song of the year award/ LA music award nomination, featured snowcap download, XM radio "radar report") and attracted a variety of label attention - none of which I decided to sign with at the time. After taking a musical hiatus for a while to do some soul searching, repair a broken heart and find my laugh again (read: pull my shit together), I moved to Brooklyn to begin 2010 fresh. In the last days of summer 2011, prompted by friends, I finally began work on a new project. The tracks 'Home' and 'Firestorm' were recorded at RAD studios in Bushwick with the intent to eventually be released with a complete album...which is still in the works. Not long after those 2 tracks were recorded, I was asked to play a private NYC event for about 300 people. So I quickly recruited some very talented friends to play the gig and immediately momentum began to build. Since that first show as "Greenstone" back in November '11, it's just been about writing new material, testing it out in front of packed houses in the city, laughing lots and following my heart... If you get a chance, come to a show and have fun with us. Tiger Dare
Tiger Dare's driven dream pop sound brings together lush melodies with intricately woven guitar work, calling to mind spacey favorites such as Galaxie 500 and Yo La Tengo, along with the in-headphone intimacy of Low or Red House Painters. Featuring the tandem songwriting of co-founders Mike Zorrilla (Villa Venus) and Henry Freedland (Yar), Tiger Dare is currently recording their debut EP Courtney Graf
In her own lane somewhere between Adele and Alicia Keys, Courtney Graf is a 23 year old, singer-songwriter born in a small town in New Jersey. At a young age Courtney combined her passions for singing, writing poetry and playing piano into songwriting. Courtney moved to New York City to attend college majoring in musical theater. After a year she chose to pursue her singing and songwriting career full time. Courtney has written hundreds of songs. Her lyrics speak to empowering the self, embracing the moment and appreciating the people you love. Courtney is currently working on her album. Emanuel Gibson
Emanuel Gibson is an American singer-songwriter, acoustic, folk rock and blues musician who has been performing in support of his recently released EP, Lover's Lane, a record that has garnered raves. Produced by Kevin Andreas, Lover's Lane includes contributions from several esteemed musicians. Although it has been a task juggling his music with his career, Gibson continued performing alongside local artists, soaking in the live music scene that was flourishing in his hometown of New York City. After several ventures to Los Angeles, CA, where he, independently played at popular venues. Missing the aggression and persistence of New York and soon headed back. Upon his return he began playing at more folk-rock venues where he met artists who informally introduced him to this particular style of play. Gibson fell in love with the sound so he therefore sought to develop a new sound and style of play. Gibson spent months developing a sound that he felt he could enjoy playing. He credits his major musical influences to Bob Dylan, George Harisson and Jimi Hendrix. Despite the music being an influence, the most impactful influence on Gibson's music has been Edgar Allan Poe.