Just the other day, we found ourselves over on Delancey Street in downtown NYC. After driving down the oh-so-busy and somewhat infamous Canal Street, we ended up at our destination…The Bowery Ballroom. For those of you who do or don’t know, it’s an intimate music venue the houses a max capacity of about 550 people. No matter where you’re standing, you’re really not that far from the stage, and if you’re with us…then you’re probably right on the stage or just a few steps back.
The night got kicked off by these two dudes called “Apps.” I’m not really sure how to categorize their music, but it was like Beastie Boys meets synth beats meets Switchfoot meets The Used (I know, that’s exactly what I said too..whoa). They performed for about 45 minutes, then hung up their mics and walked off stage like they were never there.
The second group of artists to hit the stage were called “Tiny Victories.”
These guys came from Brooklyn and they killed it. Equipped with a 6-piece drum kit, a digital drum kit, a table wrapped with led lights topped with synthesizers, and a few microphones…they had all they needed. They’re music is really easy to listen to, and REALLY easy to get absorbed in. You ever listen to something and sort of find yourself pulled into the music and out of real life for a few minutes? Well, pretty much everything they played had that effect, but it was awesome. Tiny Victories was definitely in it to win it tonight.
And now, Neon Trees…
The Bowery was sold out in a matter of minutes for good reason; and there’s no way of mistaking their prescence with frontman Tyler Glenn on the mic. The mood of their music is so energized and different from anything else out there. Rock n’ Roll isn’t dead…Fame is.
Being at a Neon Trees concert literally feels like you’re stepping back into the 80’s. For those of you who were born after the 80’s, I recommend you see these guys and get a taste of what music should be like before Justin Bieber came around.
Back to where they left off…
It’s been almost 2 years since we’ve had the chance to attend and shoot a Neon Trees concert, and as usual, we can’t wait until next time.
Fame. Is. Dead.
Bright and early this morning, we headed over to Jay Della Valle’s house…
When we arrived, Jay wasn’t home. We let ourselves in with our Dunkin iced coffees, cameras (x3), and violin (which Nikki Stixx plays so well, you’d think she was born with it in her hand). And so what if we got up at 6:30am to play music, meet up with friends and talk business.
Jay’s place is definitely eclectic, but the best part is that he’s traveled the world and hand picked the items in his place himself. How’s that for shopping.
Meet Rodrigo… born and raised in Argentina with a love for music and acting, he found his way to Brooklyn, NY where he’s livin’ it up. He’s currently filming a few movies in the Manhattan area so you can expect to see him on the big screen in the near future. I can’t show you what they’re looking at right now, but don’t worry, you’ll see it soon…
Now we head outside where the weather couldn’t be more perfect. Setting up the Jeep with proper angles, lighting, sound equipment, and swag…check.
The thing that’s most awesome about music, is that it can travel and be shared wherever you take it. Just so happens that this is the place, and now is the time.
We headed to a park a few blocks away…people were popping their heads out of the shops with smiles on their face just to hear where the music was coming from. It was almost like Broadway, except more “real.” The main purpose behind this morning is to get ready for something that is fairly new. Nikki and Jay have toured the country playing rock music in all sorts of venues. From coffee shops to music halls that seat upwards of 10,000+ people, they’ve done it. They understand what many artists seem to forget. It’s not about them, it’s all about the music. They want you to hear it…and so do you. This is the beginning of “Owls & Lions.”
Oh hey Rodrigo…
When we got to the park, Nikki and Jay took a seat and the music continued. It would have been pretty awesome if this bench was shaded by a giant cherry blossom tree.
Oh wait, it was…
Live for music. Die for music. Owls & Lions…Coming soon.
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