This is already the 5th Sofar Sounds NYC we’ve co-hosted and curated in New York City! For this night, we put together a pretty eclectic list of musicians!!! Take a look below to see how the night went!
I can’t believe we’ve already co-hosted and curated 5 amazing Sofar Sounds event in New York! I truly love they guys and everything they do!
This one was at a super cool spot in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn that I adore exploring!
Wait! You’ve never heard of Sofar Sounds?
Well, they are “bringing the magic back to live music. Amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences. Please, arrive on time, stay to the end. Sit down, settle in and just listen. You’re gonna love it.”
In New York City alone, they host over 100 events per month and they are present in over 300 cities worldwide!
It’s a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) type of event, so you can bring your own Booze! So feel free to bring Wine, Beer, or whatever makes you happy!
You can read more about how they started!
Oh! And we have a special Promo-Code that allows you to skip the line and guarantees you instant access when purchasing tickets! The code is: BEHINDTHESCENES. (Code might change every now and then, so reach out if it doesn’t work!) You can use it at any Sofar show you’d like to go, not only the ones we host!
Now, let us tell you about the last show we did! We had 3 fantastic bands performing and an amazing, off the beaten path spot! See below:
Zé Luis Oliveira
Zé Luis Oliveira is a renowned Brazilian composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. His career is fantastic for he’s performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the Brazilian music scene known worldwide like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cazuza, Bebel Gilberto and Tania Maria.
He moved to NYC in 1990 and never moved back to Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. Furthermore, Zé received his Masters in Composition and Arranging from the super famous Juilliard School, in NYC.
In 2015, he launched The Atelier Music Studio, in Long Island City, a highly effective multipurpose workspace.
And still, he holds 4 Grammy nominations: 3 for Best Contemporary World Music Album and 1 for Best Latin Pop Album.
We wrote a great post about his musical journey!
Natalie Hart is another friend of mine – yes, I have awesome friends, lol – that I’ve had the honor to have perform at a Sofar Sounds curated by us! Her energy and her style, just drove the crowd wide and crazy in love with her!
Natalie was born in Dallas Texas and her contact with music started even before being born.
She told us that: “My musical influences stem back to my love for the dramatique and the singular, unmistakable voices of the classic female vocalists of the 1940s.”
And still, that her inspirations come from big names like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan.
She is days from debuting an album called “Curtains”, that was literally 5-yeas in the making, we’re pretty excited for that!
In addition, if you want to go to her launch party, be sure to guarantee your ticket(s), before it gets sold out!
Last, but certainly not least, Frank Bell really got the crowd going with his folky, neo-soul acoustic rock!
He’s a Sofar Sounds veteran, a singer, a songwriter and, according to him, a foodie and a picture taker!
Originally a classically-trained cellist, Frank later expanded his instrumental arsenal as a way to further express himself as an artist.
He’s been featured everywhere from MTV and the Sundance Film Festival, to Times Square NYE Concert. In addition, he’s an official Music Brand Ambassador for Skype which since has led to his participation on a panel at TED 2014!
Take a look at his website, or follow him on social media, to know where he’ll be performing next!
Venue: Moto Spirits Distillery
Moto Spirits Distillery not only was an amazing place to host our Sofar Sounds curated night, but they really engaged with the guests!
They briefly talked about their whiskey and actually gave a small sample for everyone that night, with a great group toast!
“Small batch, rice-based whiskeys and specialty spirits discovered during motorcycle trips around the world. Handcrafted in America’s first rice whiskey distillery, adventurous spirits inspired by travel and made in Brooklyn, New York.”
Take a look at their website below to see where you can find and purchase their whiskeys!
Location: 93 Forrest Street, Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Michelson for Sofar Sounds NYC