Bigyuki, Poetic Thrust
Quinn Sullivan with GRITS THE BAND
Circles Around The Sun with Mikaela Davis
Circles Around The Sun
“This record is kind of about writing a record,” Mikaela Davis says. The 26-year-old is home in her native Rochester, New York, reflecting on Delivery, her highly anticipated full-length album, as well as the hard journey the classically trained, defiantly original harpist had to travel to become the writer and performer, she was meant to be.
“A lot of these songs came from feeling stuck and also like people were pulling me in a bunch of different directions,” Mikaela says. “I wanted to say, ‘just wait for me. I’ll figure it out.’”
Mikaela’s plea for patience – a little bit sweet, a little bit angry and raw – fed a fierce 10-song collection. A joyride that pulls from rock, 70s and 80s pop, and funk, Delivery manages to be both daring and comfortable, full of not just risks, but hooks.
Produced by Grammy-winner John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, David Byrne, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Delivery is a triumphant next chapter. “John tries to find that moment instead of the perfect take,” Mikaela says. “That made it all sound really special.”
Childhood friends Alex Coté (drums, percussion) and Shane McCarthy (bass) play on the record – already close from years of touring. Recently, Mikaela’s ensemble became a family affair with the addition of Shane’s older brother, Cian McCarthy on guitar.
Mikaela’s unconventional path to working songwriter began before high school, growing up in Rochester. With plans to join a symphony, she studied harp performance at Crane School of Music, but halfway through, she decided the traditional harpist’s path wasn’t for her.
Following graduation, Mikaela moved to Brooklyn, following in the footsteps of artists who’ve come before her. But in the city, she could never quite find her footing. She kept busy, toured, and recorded an album that would eventually be shelved. Feeling confused and alone, she retreated back to Rochester, unsure of her next move.
Then, the last place Mikaela wanted to be saved her. Rochester’s artistic community embraced her, encouraged by bandmates including Alex Coté and the group Joywave, she hit her stride. Rochester became Mikaela’s sanctuary.
Delivery benefits from it all. “Now, these songs kind of wonder what I should be doing – it’s me trying to get myself back to why I started writing in the first place,” Mikaela says. “writing made me feel better and safe when the world around me was falling apart.”
“Just let my songs resonate with you somehow. That would make me so happy.”
This show is now taking place on Friday, August 27th. Tickets purchased for prior show dates will still be valid for this event.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry.
Old friends from the bands Thieves and Villains, Just Surrender, Young English, Southcott, Floral Terrace & more got together and learned 60+ pop punk/emo classics for you to sing along too!
Head to the iPad @ Center stage to sign up to sing your favorite songs (groups encouraged!) with several TV’s playing the lyrics to help you all sing along!
60+ song set list on spotify: http://bit.ly/emonightkaraoke
Boyish, DD Walker, Whiner
CLINIK Productions x Mercury East Presents… The Resurgence with Vibe Emissions, Smokestax, Elderbass, PORTYL, MAVIC b2b ANGEL DVST, NGHT OWL
Sunday Gravy, Camp Bedford Rescue Squad
War Is Over, Healer, Holden Miller, Comfort Club
Chloe Lilac with Richie Quake
Brooklyn-based artist Chloe Lilac’s sophomore EP, DOUCHEBAG is the culmination of a period of unprecedented growth for the rising artist. It is the result of her hard look inward and is a fearless, anthemic collection of tracks intended to inspire raw strength.
The EP features string of standout singles that have solidified Chloe’s place as a veritable force among rising alt/pop artists. She kicked off 2020 with “HERE’S YOUR SONG,” which saw critical love from outlets such as The FADER and UPROXX, who noted the track “shows another side of Lilac — one that’s more introspective.” “OBVIOUS” followed, which was praised by MTV News for its “explosive confidence” and sparked Refinery29 to proclaim, “Lilac is so talented that I can barely stand it.” Punk-inspired “MODERATION” touched on Chloe’s struggle with mental health, a track which PAPER called “instantly anthemic.” Last fall, singles “High School“ and “Special” both were given Spotify ‘New Music Friday’ placement and saw critical love from outlets such as Billboard, who called “High School” “an undeniably exuberant affair.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the now 18-year-old Chloe’s humble roots of sneaking out to perform on the streets of NYC by age 13 continue to inspire her artistry. Building her skills as a self-produced songwriter, Chloe began releasing songs in 2017 with her first-ever release, “Reckless,” breaking the Top 5 on the U.S. Spotify Viral Chart. Her early songs and live shows saw critical nods from outlets like DIY Magazine, who note Lilac’s “knack for an emotional gut-punch.” Chloe toured extensively in 2019 including direct support runs with mxmtoon and Tessa Violet as well as headline dates in NYC and L.A. for Neon Gold Records’ ‘Popshop’ showcases. Chloe also performed at SXSW 2019 and has toured with other rising artists including Charlotte Lawrence, Sasha Sloan, and Rejjie Snow. Chloe documented her fall 2019 L.A. headline trip in an exclusive with Flaunt.
Early 2019 debut EP, Manic Pixie Dream, kickstarted a slew of critical acclaim that has secured Chloe Lilac a well-deserved spot as a top rising artist. PAPER declared, “she’s shattering perceptions of damsels in distress simply by being vulnerable. But there’s strength in her vulnerability,” while Refinery29 included Chloe among their 2019 “Artists To Watch.” Chloe has already enjoyed 20 million+ Spotify streams, a feat first kicked off by the 2018 release of “Stolen Liquor” which hit #1 on Hype Machine and sparked NYLON to claim the track “will have you reminiscing about those summer nights in high school.” Single “Summer” has attained 11 million+ Spotify streams alone and saw critical support from Ladygunn.
Amidst the lingering uncertainty that has shadowed much of 2020, Chloe Lilac has turned obstacle into opportunity, tapping into her DIY roots to self-direct and self-shoot two official videos in her Brooklyn home while in quarantine and connecting consistently with her fans on IG Live. Chloe has also asserted herself a bold activist for social causes. From taking a stand for LGBTQ rights during Pride Month (see partnerships with Pride.com and The Trevor Project) to joining the fight for racial justice ( check out here & here), Chloe has become a beacon of strength and a model for young women and artists as they navigate the struggle of a living through a global pandemic and a precarious future.
Richie Quake is a singer/producer from Brooklyn, NY.