collage of the artists in downtow comes uptown.

Downtown comes Uptown Featuring:
Rachael Yamagata
Lake Street Dive
Matt Sucich
Akie Bermiss & Lynette Williams
Hosted by Rita Houston from WFUV

Thursday, May 30 2013 at 7:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage

Over the course of two nights, Rockwood Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and WFUV partner to spotlight four talented musicians in two distinctly different settings. Four unique artists will bring songs and stories of their everyday stomping grounds, the downtown club scene, to a new audience at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium, as they perform selections of their work in a showcase hosted by WFUV radio personality Rita Houston. The following night, all four artists will return to their Lower East Side roots with full performances at Rockwood Music Hall.

Presented in collaboration with Rockwood Music Hall

Rachael Yamagata, aka ‘the troubadour of heartbreak’, draws the listener in with her ability to articulate universal emotion into song.  She’s got the classic storyteller essence that harkens back to the days of Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell, but also draws from the darker styling of Nick Cave and Tom Waits.  Rachael stays on the road this summer returning from a string of sold out shows in Asia.  Her new independently released ‘Heavyweight’ EP is now available in stores.  Yamagata’s live show is dynamic, moody and hilarious with equal parts devastation and hope.

How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet proceeds to inject them with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, Lake Street Dive encompasses a myriad of possibilities within its members’ collective experiences, and the resultant music is a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop. “It seems the only limitation we have,” Kearney explains, “is that we try to make music that we would like listening to.”

“This Queens singer-songwriter is trying to break your heart. What appear at first glance to be simple love songs quickly reveal a Wilco- and Iron & Wine-like depth (and desperation).”-  Esquire Magazine.  2012 was a banner year for Queens, NY singer/songwriter Matt Sucich. In June, Matt made his debut at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, receiving high praise as he made the “Best Other Bands Of Bonnaroo” putting him in esteemed company, including Michael Kiwanuka, Trixie Whitley, and Little Dragon. In addition, Matt performed at both SXSW & CMJ, which featured a set at JetBlue’s “Live at T5″ concert series. In November Sucich released his 2nd full-length album, Layers, to a capacity crowd at Rockwood Music Hall.

Akie Bermiss is a Brooklyn-native reared by former activists in a musical household full of jazz and politics. His combination of soulful vocals and elegant piano playing creates a sense of aching, bluesy melancholy. Lynette Williams is a Harlem-based singer whose beautiful voice has been known to reduce audience members to tears.  She creates music that is complex and simple, dark and joyful, abstract and tangible -- sometimes all of that in the space of a single verse.  As a duo the music they make is beyond description.  It is at once tragic and joyful, quiet and mighty -- reserved and abandoned. They are a regular staple separately and together at Rockwood Music Hall.


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