The Genesee Center for the Arts will come alive with the sounds of eclectic blues and acoustic rock with native Western New Yorker, Tony Brown and his band, The Faithful, on Friday, February 25 at 7:00 PM. New York City native, Swati will open the evening event in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.
Tony Brown is a singer/songwriter of a different ilk. With influences ranging from classic soul and blues to the Pixies, Brown references all those disparate styles and moods at one time or another to create something completely original. The Black Art is the second independent release from Brown who enlists the help of Grammy winner Malcolm Burn (Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Kaki King, Emmylou Harris, The Neville Brothers) as producer. Born out of frustration with the categorization of music, and image-based constraints on artists, The Black Art is dedicated to the long forgotten originators of much of today’s popular music. The title also hints back to a time when rock music was considered “the devil’s music.” The album was recorded and mixed over three weeks at Malcolm Burn’s upstate New York studio, where John Medeski sat in on five of the CD’s ten tracks. The CD also features guest vocals from Rochester based soul-songstress, Danielle Ponder. The album is an amalgamation of genres and emotions—from the simmering soul of the title track, to the ethereal “Into the Never Never,” and the juke-joint-meets-garage-rock of a closing track titled, “Testify.”
Tony Brown tours with his band The Faithful, a gathering of experienced, eclectic musicians hailing from around the globe. Members include Tony Brown, Attis Jerrell Clopton, Sonya Perricone, Jenna Rycroft, Josh Sadlier Brown, Malcolm Burn, John Medeski, Ryota Sugawara, Claire Finley, and Danielle Ponder. Brown’s soulful, powerful voice, along with the acoustic world vibe that his band mates bring, creates a sound that mixes blues, folk, and alternative rock. To find out more about Tony Brown visit: www.tonybrown-music.com
Swati was trained as a classical musician, and transforms her focus in the Lower East Side NYC music scene where she lives up to her name, meaning “birth of a star” in Hindi. Using a twelve-string guitar fitted with eight strings, she employs open tunings and plays through an assortment of effects pedals. She sings and plays in a style that is gripping, percussive, honest, and contains hints of her Indian heritage. Guitar Player Magazine marvels, “The raw intensity of her brutally direct lyrics and gritty vocals are mirrored by her guitar accompaniment” weaving together “everything from intricately picked rhythms to ambient chords to wild shredfests that would make the most jaded metal-head blush—sometimes within the same song,” (January 2008).
“We’re delighted to have these talented professionals perform at the Center for the Arts," Maryanne Arena, director of Genesee Center for the Arts and Genesee’s Theatre Department said. "Tony Brown and Swati are unique talents, with a musical passion we haven’t heard in a long time. This one evening performance is not to be missed!"
Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors (55+), $5 Students (18-), and GCC Faculty/Staff, $3 GCC students with valid ID and a $2 discount for GCC alumni with Alumni Card. For ticket reservations contact the BOXOFFICE@genesee.edu or 585-345-6814. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.
For more information, call Heather Jones at 585-343-0055 x6448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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