A lot of high-profile musicians were in New York City last weekend for the 2018 Grammys Awards, but you didn’t have to go to Madison Square Garden to hear songs that’d have you saying, “That’s What I Like.”
On Friday, January 26, IVY hosted an Emerging Artists Showcase at The Bitter End, New York City’s oldest rock club, featuring a varied set of up-and-comers. The four acts represent a selection of today’s rising talent and join a roster of legendary artists to play shows against The Bitter End’s iconic red brick backdrop — from Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder to Lady Gaga, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, and many, many more.
The venue was packed, with the crowd dispersed between small groups seated at tables and GA standing room throughout the club.
Brooklyn-based garage rock band Winstons opened the night. The duo consists of Lou Nutting (guitar, harmonica, lead vocals) and Ben Brock Wilkes (drums, backup vocals), who both hail from Virginia and met while working at the Williamsburg venue Baby’s All Right.
Combining soulful lyrics with a raw blues rock sound, Winstons set the night off to a fiery start — and are the kind of act best enjoyed live.
Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings
After a brief break, the stage cleared for Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings, a seven-piece soul outfit out of Columbia University. Led by singer-songwriter Quinn Devlin, the band channels the lively rhythm and blues style of Van Morrison — with Motown-inspired keys, guitar, drums, bass, trumpet, and sax accompanying Devlin’s optimistically dreamy vocals.
The band’s “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” proved an early highlight, getting the audience moving with horn-heavy backing and Devlin’s lovelorn stylings.
Next up was R&B-inspired singer-songwriter and solo act Anna Shoemaker, whose fluttering falsetto and throaty intonations left the audience spellbound. A languid rendition of her mash-up cover “No Lie, Bitch Don’t Kill My Cocoa Butter Kisses” was a particular hit: Anna’s understated guitar instrumentation let her voice shine, showing the range of her neo-soul vocal talents.
Singer-songwriter and IVY Member Mark Radcliffe capped off the evening, bringing the audience to its feet with casually beautiful songs steeped in the tradition of acoustic electric soft rock greats like the Eagles.
One of the biggest reactions from the crowd came from his band’s rendition of “New York is a Subway Ride,” a wobbly guitar-pop love song to The Big Apple — and to the kind of unexpected, remarkable connections you just might make within IVY’s Emerging Artists Showcase at The Bitter End.
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