Bandits on the Run, The Rooks, Robert Leslie

Thu Nov 10 2016

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

American Beauty NYC

251 West 30th Street New York, NY 10001

Ages 21+

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Bandits on the Run album release
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  • Bandits on the Run

    Bandits on the Run

    Americana

    Bandits on the Run is a Brooklyn-based criminal trio, notorious for stealing hearts and serenading strangers. They first gained infamy conducting musical sticks-ups in the subways of New York City with their three part-harmony and nostalgic sensibilities.

    In their year-and-a-half-long stint of making musical mischief together, they've gone from conducting musical hold ups throughout the metro system to ever larger acts of banditry. They've been responsible for Tiny-Desk-Attention-Getting videos like this one. They've scored films like this one. They've gone on top-40 radio stations, stolen hearts at weddings, played countless NYC music venues, and indoctrinated thousands into a life of banditry that extends far beyond the walls of the subway. 

    At the center of this dangerous crime ring are Roy Dodger, guitar & vocals (a.k.a. Adrian Enscoe); Bonanza Jellyfish, cello & vocals (a.k.a. Sydney Shepherd); and “Clarissa”, percussion, xylophone & vocals (a.k.a. Regina Strayhorn). All three bring their unique voices and songwriting abilities to the table, creating a variety of sounds and styles that create a musical web of sound hard to pin down, and even harder to resist.

    To your ears, these whimsical criminals will sound like a nostalgic medley of old and new. Their tools are various and sundry, a motley mix of off-beat pop music covers, reworked jazz and rock standards, and originals that’ll make you feel like deja vu all over again. They've amassed a collection of songs, stolen and original alike, that some say would charm the pants off of even the most callous New Yorker. 

    But don't take our word for it, catch the Bandits in action! You may find yourself swept away, smiling in spite of yourself, slow dancing with a stranger, or even dropping a dollar into the cello case.

  • The Rooks

    The Rooks

    R&B

    A transplant from the Wesleyan University music scene, The Rooks have spent the last three years and change making noise across New York City and the greater Northeast, gaining substantial recognition for their debut EP, Something You Can Take (May 2013), follow up single “Twister” (Jan 2014) and most recent releases “Secrets” and “Intermission (Wires)” (both premiered on Okayplayer).

    Hard-hitting performances at Irving Plaza, Mercury Lounge, and Brooklyn Bowl, as well as highly successful residencies at Arlenes Grocery and Pianos NYC (second highest grossing residency in venue history) have earned them further acclaim, including Deli Magazine’s Artist of The Month award (Feb 2014) and recent nomination for the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards in the R&B/Soul category, finally providing their parents with a tangible means of bragging about their children.

    The Rooks are currently prepping the release of their second EP, Wires, and booking shows just about anywhere you’ll have them. They would love for you to join the party, because they’re having an incredible time!

  • Robert Leslie

    Robert Leslie

    Pop

     

    Robert Leslie was born in Manhattan in 1991 to mixed Dutch-English parents, and moved to Europe before his first birthday. He discovered music at an early age and was already singing on the streets of Amsterdam at eight years old. After graduating high school at seventeen he spent three months travelling through Europe, paying his way with street performances. A year of college did nothing to quell his wanderlust. A nasty breakup and a string of bad luck produced his first EP, So Long, and gave him the incentive to go back out into the world. In late 2011 he found himself back on the road, and has been travelling with his music ever since.

    First there was Germany, England, Ireland and France. In Paris he met travelling companion William Seymour-Jones, and the two of them embarked on a wild few months culminating in North Africa. Robert documented this leg of his travels in his novel, Street Snakes, written in a shabby hotel in Sidi Ifni, a seaside town on the Atlantic coast in the south of Morocco. After completing the first draft of his novel the pair returned to Europe to tour Spain, Portugal, and France again. After a brief stopover in Amsterdam they continued on to Slovakia, wearing suits which became progressively dirtier as the weeks wore on. From Berlin onwards they hitched a ride with a group of hippies in a firetruck and ended up at the Slovakian "Rainbow Gathering", where they spent a number of weeks living in makeshift shelters in the woods. It was here that Robert began to write material for his second EP, Sense of Distance. He and William split up for a phase while Robert completed his songwriting in Prague, returning to Amsterdam via Leipzig to make the recordings. A few months later the EP was complete and Robert was off again, this time to the Canary Islands, to reunite with William. The two of them travelled from island to island and eventually took a small propellor plane to Layoune in the Western Sahara, racing up back through Morocco in a mad 2000-km dash to make it to Chefchaouen before the New Year. A few weeks later Robert was back in Spain, working on two music videos with a small Madrid studio and playing shows at a private bar in the city centre. The music videos each aired twice weekly on Spanish national TV between April and November 2013.

    A month or two later, in February 2013, Robert booked a flight to New York in hopes of taking his music career to a new level. He has been living in Brooklyn ever since, making a living playing in the subway and playing shows around the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. Since arriving in New York he has been featured in the New York Daily News, Timeout! Magazine, and on The Queen Latifah Show. His performances are garnering increasing attention and his next EP is in the works, set for a Spring 2014 release.

Bandits on the Run album release

Bandits on the Run, The Rooks, Robert Leslie

Thu Nov 10 2016 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

American Beauty NYC New York NY
Bandits on the Run, The Rooks, Robert Leslie
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Ages 21+

This event is at American Beauty NYC (251 W. 30th St.)