LOTS OF HOLIDAY PARTIES!
While some people may have taken offense at the lack of “Christ” in Christmas (see Jon Stewart’s take on the phenomenon), others are relishing the all-inclusive festivities, and none more than in the music industry. This week alone, Frenchkiss Records, Daptone, Mom+Pop, SPIN, and Family Records held either happy hours, VIP cocktails, full-on Holiday parties, or, as Family Records did last night, explosive extravaganzas of live music.
Casey Shea opened the showcase at Bowery Ballroom with some serious rock star action. We had the long hair, the on-the-floor guitar solos, and of course, the talent. They were followed by the lovely Rosi Golan, who should be on anyone’s ‘de-stress and dream’ playlist. She dedicated her duet “Hazy” to all the “lady-loving ladies and the men-loving men” out there by singing it with all-female vocals, and all the couples who liked each other snuck cute glances and kisses each other’s way when she sang “I Like You.”
The next act was Wakey!Wakey! You may know them from the TV show One Tree Hill, where the lead singer, Michael Grubbs, played the part of a very true-to-life bartender and soon-to-be discovered performer named… Grubbs. The act was excellent and included some old songs, some recent songs and some world premieres as well. The crowd loved it, and so did I! You better get moving on that next album guys! A major highlight of that act was violinist Caitlin Moe, whose music-makin’ was as incredible as her performance.
Pearl and the Beard had the honor of closing the extravaganza, and they certainly rose to the challenge. We had the privilege of hosting them for a mini-performance at The Orchard earlier that day, which certainly whet our appetite. But, as they promised, it was nothing compared to their set at Bowery Ballroom. Emily, Jocelyn and Jeremy brought their A-game and made the crowd dance, sing, clap, cry, cheer and thank the heavens for Wesley Verhoeve and his label, a happy family The Orchard is honored to be part of.
In case you missed them, I’ve created a special Family Records playlist on Spotify and Rdio for your listening pleasure.
Click here to listen on Spotify, or here if you’re more of an Rdio-er, and, as Pearl and the Beard say it best in their song “Oh, Death!,” let these guys share with you how they “love you the way you are, the way you’ve always been.” You’ll be sure to love them, too.
Note: Spotify has 4 extra songs on the playlist!