Presenting Jojo Mayer & NERVE, the NYC debut of Sonnymoon, LuckyMe artist and Herald of Change producer, Mike Slott, music and video duo, Sweatshoppe, DJ Melo – X, video illustrator Shantell Martin, and the sexy dancing ladies of LICK.
Jojo Mayer is a legendary drum wizard. When he built his band, NERVE, it created a gateway to new musical paradigms that pioneered the movement of live “electronic” music. Jojo Mayer's NERVE generated a tremendous amount of enthusiastic response among New York's downtown scene and the media which led to the creation of the legendary “PROHIBITED BEATZ" party nights. The party traveled the club and festival circuits of Europe and Asia and generated a cult following around the world. NERVE officially returns to their home base NYC for an exciting night shared with these other pioneers of art and music.
Dane Orr and Anna Wise are onto something new and refreshing with a sound that falls between Sharon Jones and Bjork. When these two Berklee College of Music students, collectively known as Sonnymoon, put their debut album Golden Age up for free download, they turned heads across the internet. With a healthy appetite for ambient productions and hypnotizing vocal deliveries, Sonnymoon’s breakout cut from Golden Age is their song "HTLV" set to be released May 4th, 2010 on iTunes. Sunday, May 16 at Le Poisson Rouge marks their NYC debut.
To complete the evening is a cast to compliment a new wave of music and art. Visual artist, Shantell Martin, is pioneering an area that combines improvised stream-of-consciousness live illustration and its intricate and complex relationship to music. Sweatshoppe intersects art, music, and technology. They developed a software that creates graffiti video art and unique ways of affecting the audience. Rising star DJ of Kid Sister and Electric Punanny parties, Melo – X, will be bringing the funk by deejaying the live preview to his highly anticipated upcoming album, Sonic Intercourse. Mike Slott, who has been pushing hip hop beats in directions to boggle our minds and charm souls, has built a reputation in the forefront of beatmaking that will have us thirsting for more from the LuckyMe camp. Finally, the glue to a sonically rich and seductive evening will be scattered appearances throughout the venue by the stimulating dancing ladies of LICK.
"Making electronic music without most of the actual electronics, veteran drummer Jojo Mayer and his NERVE crew build their dance tracks from the ground up, playing everything live. They top a packed bill tonight that also includes the New York debut of trip-hop revivalists Sonnymoon, visual and video art from Shantell Martin and recent Flavorwire picks Sweatshoppe, DJ sets from Mike Slott and MeLo-X, and dance by the incomparable Ladies of LICK. Basically, if you can't find enough here to keep all your senses occupied, you've got the worst case of ADD we've ever seen." ~Doug Levy, Flavorpill