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$15.00 – General Admission
*plus applicable service fees
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After years of consuming Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, and Eggo waffles, Lawrence delivers Breakfast, their twelve-song debut LP. Led by siblings Clyde Lawrence, 22, and Gracie Lawrence, 18, the New York-based soul-pop group blends old-school and new-school vibes to create a set of songs that sound as good on the record as they do at their high-energy live shows.
To create Breakfast, Lawrence teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive/Tedeschi Trucks Band), and brought in several NYC soul/funk mainstays including Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band) for guest appearances. Following two short runs with Blues Traveler in the fall of 2015, Lawrence is currently promoting Breakfast with a national tour of headline dates, festival appearances, and as many pancakes and omeletes as possible.
Clyde and Gracie have been writing and playing music together since their early childhood, performing regularly at small cafés and clubs around lower Manhattan, and of course, in their living room at their grandparents’ request. During Clyde’s time at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, they met the crew of talented musicians that would ultimately form the full-time Lawrence lineup, an eight-piece keyboard-driven powerhouse with a dynamic horn section to support the siblings’ explosive vocal arrangements. It was with this group that they began to garner a passionate following at countless venues and colleges across the Northeast.
With Breakfast, Lawrence doesn’t shy away from the oft-maligned idea of “pop” music, but instead is on a mission to write the music they wish “pop” sounded like. They draw from the past and present, combining their love of The Beatles, Randy Newman, and Etta James with Beyonce, Ben Folds, and Amy Winehouse.
In addition to working with Lawrence, Clyde has composed songs and score for films such as Miss Congeniality (2000), Music and Lyrics (2007), The Rewrite (2015), and Hard Sell (2016). At age six, Clyde was admitted as the youngest member to the Songwriters Guild of America for his work on Miss Congeniality (2000). Gracie is also an accomplished actress who has performed on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, films such as Did You Hear About The Morgans (2009) and The Sitter (2011), and TV shows such as The Good Wife (2012) and The Americans (2014).
Busty and the Bass
Forming within their first week at McGill University in Montreal, Busty and the Bass learned the ropes of performing together before even giving thought to their name or sound. Playing mainly house parties and covers for the next two years, Busty gained a reputation for delivering dance-filled live performances unmatched in energy and vibe.
It wasn’t until entering a competition run by Canada’s national broadcaster, CBC, that the nine members of Busty and the Bass made a conscious shift in focus. The band changed gears from carefree performance to composing, writing a song that would be their first-ever release and their entry to the CBC competition in search of Canada’s best university band. That’s when Busty came to life. They won the competition and went on to self-release an EP before getting signed by Indica Records (Half Moon Run, Phantogram) later that year.
In the summer of 2015, Busty released their EP GLAM, a soulful, brass-laden seven track effort that paved the way for a North American festival run which included trips to New York, Los Angeles, and Canada’s west coast, highlighted by three sold- out nights at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Now Busty embraces a different timbre with their newest material. Whereas previous releases attempted to bring their live energy to record, the material set for release this spring will find its place in electronic-soul, drawing on their hip-hop and jazz influences.
With their most recent EP, Lift, released over the summer and their first sold out show in Europe and America, Busty and the Bass’ 2016 is poised to be a busy year both at home and overseas.