Here's the quick logistics:
- Thursdays - Saturdays: doors open at 6, 7 starts the pre-show cocktail hours, with featured performers starting at 8.
- Sundays: doors open at 6 for the cocktail hour, with featured performers starting at 7.
- Dixon Place is at 161A Chrystie Street.
- Free PBRs for the first 25 guests!
This first weekend includes a 4-day line up. Let's take a quick look at who you'll be able to catch at Dixson Place over the next few nights.
I took a quick listen to "Milk and Honey" just to get an idea of their sound, and immediately felt like I was in a living room with them during a jam session. This is fun, lively music, and if some dancing doesn't break out during their show, I'll be really disappointed in every audience member there. The combo of homemade instruments and an electric guitar (I think) solo is just wild. I can't wait to have some time to check out more!
"On the Sunny Side of the Street" from her album Dreams May Take You takes us back quite a few years, but it holds up for sure. The harmonies are sweet and the sound is simple. This is music you normally only hear at special events, so to hear it as the frontal track on a website really says something about who the artist is and what they're offering. This is relaxing, to be honest, and considering I'm throwing this into my Thursday morning before work gets started, that's really a great thing. The trombone itself starts around 3:30 or so in the song, and it's so light and melodic - unlike anything I've ever heard from this instrument. Kudos Emily!
The music itself is pretty interesting. "Snow" is the song that came up for me to take a quick listen to on their site, and it's slow, but fitting given the title. This is a band you'll have to pay a little more attention to, rather than dance quite as much, but I think it could be worth the effort. The sound is gentle and sweet, with some real emotion behind even the notes and beats themselves.
Amy has close to 15 years worth of music under her belt, so I just clicked the first thing I could to hear what was up. The song here is "Sheffield Streets." Now... okay, here's the deal - I'm not a huge fan of this sound. It's on the pitchy side of things, and so far down the folk scale, it's tough for me to want to sit through, personally. But I will, with full confidence, say that there is an audience for this! She's got talent for the ears to enjoy, and I know there are going to be people at this show that will love every minute.
This little lady is a Jersey girl who started songwriting at 12 and performing at 15. She's located out of Brooklyn, by way of a brief showing in my second home, Portland, Oregon. She plays around the city in the best places - dives and parks. She records all on her own, and even has an album available for free download on Soundcloud.
I played "Coffee" for myself, and am not actually hearing too much in the way of lyrics - the guitar is recorded significantly louder than the vocals. What I can hear is sort of nice though. All-in-all, I think she rounds out a night of LES with nothing but grace, as all of these bands give us something to kick back with some wine to. This will be a nice of class and good times.
First off, Stacks of Wax is this audio production company that specializes in "song doctoring, album creation, viral marketing, and artist development." They make music happen, and therefore I love them. The artists presented in this night's line up are a part of this operation. This line-up is crazy full, so this one is bound to be an awesome night!
Omnia has talent, for sure, and she is going to get the house rocking in a way that most of the audience will probably never have experienced. I'm going to go ahead and, without hearing the rest, name her as one of the must-sees for this weekend. This music is beautiful and amazing. What an incredible blend of worlds truly colliding.
I took a listen to "Marbles" on their site, and there's definitely a southern, lazy river feel going on here. What I like here is that there isn't pressure to get a ton out of this. The lyrics mean something, of course, but you can absorb them on listening without the need to put too much energy in. I have no idea if that's making sense to anyone else, but if it helps to hear: this is a good thing.
I happened to click on her site at just the right time. She covers "Penny And Me" by my favorites, Hanson, for JB's Video Smideo weekly web series. It's a cool little comb of four videos, one of her playing the guitar party (someone else somewhere's got the tambourine going - this is the acoustic version btw), the other three being each of the vocal harmonies. She's got a great voice, and clearly an appreciation for good music. :)
The song I'm listening to actually includes Esme Ariel for "One Day At A Time." If this is what the band entails as a whole song, it's a really good one. I'm trying push Esme's voice aside (despite how good it is) for a moment so I can focus in on the band. They've got a great, solid rock sound, and I could see them putting on a fantastic live show. The music's on the typical side of rock, but I don't see that being a bad thing in any way, shape, or form. This is really great.
I listened to "Control" and she definitely has some raw talent to share with the world. Her voice is very good, and relatable. I don't know how to totally describe the situation here, other than saying that I get what she's saying and how she's saying it. Things here are down-to-earth, making for a really great indie artist to experience.
As I listen to "Face!!!" it obvious nearly immediately that this is something that needs to be heard live. The energy is there in the recording, don't get me wrong. But the sounds and the way they work together seem like something that would be completely moving in person. Music - very good music - can rock you to your soul with every piece, and that's most definitely what is going on here.
"L'Ennul" from Intervals is what I took a listen to, and I can say with some assurance that it sounded like something appropriate for a movie, or at least visual scene, right from the start. It's a five-minute ambient track with vocals laid in for emphasis of point. The track is lovely, but poignant, and above all else unique as intended. It shifts into a whole different sound, or scene, about halfway through, but stays in the realm of perfectly enjoyable to get lost within.
The last song I'm listening to on this weekend's lineup is "Won't Change." My initial reaction is that it sounds like Kurt and Finn from "Glee" singing a folk together. It's a different sound compared to the other two artists from this night, but it's gentle and nice to hear like the rest. The sound is steady and goes along easily. It's nice for a Sunday evening, for sure.