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Vakili Band, Plane Station [Ages 21+, Doors Open 6pm, $10 Advance, $12 Day of Show]


Vakili Band

Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Lily Vakili wasn’t born in a crossfire hurricane like Jumpin’ Jack Flash, but in Honduras during a civil war, bullets flying overhead. As Vakili says – “It set the tone for everything else”.
With three albums under her belt – two as a singer-songwriter and the most recent with her band, 2018’s Oh Alright (recorded at Magic Door Studios with Ray Ketchem) – Vakili is preparing to release a second band album, Walking Sideways (recorded at Sound on Sound Studios with David Amlen), that shows her growth as a songwriter, vocalist, and bandleader, and the band’s evolution – with guitarist and occasional songwriting collaborator Ben St. Jack, harmonica player Joel Dorow and a rock-solid rhythm section featuring drummer Gordon Kuba and bassist Matt Jovanis.
Vakili Band’s musical touchstones include Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and Prince – with a smattering of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” liberation, David Bowie’s chameleon-like “Changes” and the New York Dolls’ attitude thrown in for good measure. “I was raised on all kinds of music… I’m omnivorous,” she says. “From my parents playing Peruvian highland music to Puerto Rican salsa, bachata, and reggaeton. Those Afro-Caribbean rhythms are built into my music.”
For Vakili Band, a live performance takes the music beyond words to achieving a trance-like communal state that evokes whirling dervishes using repetition and the primal beat to achieve a transcendent state. Vakili still has faith that rock ‘n’ roll can change the world. “If you’re asking me, do I believe in love, yes I do,” she says. “Performing music live is a pursuit of ecstasy, connection, desire, and love… it’s real, heady stuff.”


Plane Station

Plane Station is a singer songwriter duo comprised of siblings Nick and Brianna Chiapparino. Their sound, honed through years of live performance, is built on harmony, memorable melodies and a collaborative approach to songwriting. Nick and Brianna grew up in the Hudson Valley, New York and began singing together in High School. The duo has fronted many bands spanning a wide variety of genres but with Plane Station are for the first time focused on keeping their unique connection front and center. Their music, often driven either by Nick’s acoustic guitar or Brianna’s piano work, weaves seamlessly through the intimate and the grandiose, whispered lines over a finger picked guitar often give way to soaring harmonies over swelling instrumentation. This is never more evident than in their sprawling live performances, which regularly feature drummer and engineer Jesse Melito. Their first album, The Other Side, finds the duo exploring themes of love, change and loss in a stripped down, predominantly acoustic setting. On 7th Street, Plane Station’s second full length LP, Nick and Brianna stretch their folk sound, taking full of advantage of a more vast sonic landscape while staying true to their singer songwriter roots.


Please Note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry. Masks are strongly recommended.

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