Armed with horns, guitars, and everything in between, the six men of Great Caesar produce a brilliant and unmistakable brand of brass-fueled rock. Their sound is at once organic and electrifying, combining jazz roots with hard rock sensibilities in a way that does justice to both. On the plugged side, Great Caesar draws from bands like Sonic Youth and the Strokes, while its horns take cues from Spoon and RX Bandits. Together with the husky baritone of singer John-Michael Parker, the band has brought its gutsy sound and raucous energy to hundreds of audiences in and out of NYC, sharing stages with acts like Deerhoof, The Decemberists, Third Eye Blind, and Does it Offend You, Yeah. Great Caesar began modestly as a jazz trio before gathering three more members, swapping instruments, and evolving steadily into the six-piece powerhouse they are today. Their studio offerings include a self-titled EP (2007) and a string of A-side singles (2010), which they continue to give away for free despite their growing popularity. First and foremost, however, Great Caesar is a live band, dazzling audiences with performances that are equal parts chaos and virtuosity. Fans have noticed, flocking in ever-growing numbers to shows across New England. Today, Great Caesar strives to make music that is loud, live, and contemporary. The band’s recent move to Brooklyn continues to shape their eclectic sound, which they plan to spread across the country this year with new releases and many more gigs.
Nighttime Adventure Society: The Nighttime Adventure Society plays rollick ‘n roll music. They secretly released their first EP, Chapter One: The First Chapter, in early 2011. Their music has been featured on NPR, Delta radio, and in a commercial for Sally Hansen. They have performed nationally and internationally, including a several shows at the World Expo in Shanghai. The Nighttime Adventure Society is currently hard at work on their first LP, slated for release in April.
Derek Nicoletto is back with a profound and empowering 6-song collection, Just Panic And Get It Over With, poised for wide digital release on April 16, 2013 on 7 Trick Pony Records. Nicoletto will be celebrating the release at Arlene’s Grocery on April 19 - the first performance in a soon-to-be announced national tour. As a more eclectic follow-up to his debut, Kind Ghosts, Just Panic and Get It Over Withshowcases Nicoletto’s full-bodied, flexible rock voice, twisting sometimes in multiple melodies over a thoughtful electro-pop score. Just Panic… marks Nicoletto’s most impressive performances to date, and the songs on Just Panic… are inspiring some of the world’s finest visual artists to create pieces to be displayed in celebration of the release.
Charting on hundreds of FM and college stations or live on Sirius radio, Derek's songs have reached millions of people on the radio waves. His songs have been used in over 25 television programs and several commercials. Most recently: MTV (several shows), VH1, NBC, CBS, NBC Dateline, FuseTV, E!, A&E, Sports NY, Spike TV, LOGO, Lifetime, OWN. Comm: KMart, Levi's, Radio Shack, Hyundai, State Farm, PGA Tour, and more.
Just Panic and Get It Over With follows Derek Nicoletto’s first-ever solo album, Kind Ghosts (2011 7 Trick Pony/Island Def Jam Distribution). Having penned scores of pop/rock songs for his own bands, other artists and commercial projects, Nicoletto has become a well-known voice in the independent music scene and a voting member of the Grammy Awards. The journey of his sophomore effort includes visual art movements and live performances that stretch into the most inventive and expressive territory of his career to date.
Talk Fine: Shimmering Electropop!
Pravini : Singer / songwriter Pravini surprises many with her warm, exotic look and her rocking live performance. Armed with her own band Pravini brings soul music that is strongly influenced by hiphop, rock and rhythms of South America and India. A combination that comes natural because of her Surinamese and East-Indian background. The energetic performance of Pravini and versatility of her band are bound to capture the audience.
In 2012 Pravini released her album Diaspora, for which she received an enthusiastic review by 3voor12, a renowned music website in the Netherlands. She attracted the attention of various local and national media, including AD Haagsche Courant, NTR Radio 5, OHM Magazine, Pleasure Magazine and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. She performed in live shows of Radio Amor, Radio Mart and RPL FM Woerden and pop venues such as Paard van Troje and Tivoli. Her talent also reached an international audience, she appeared on Simply Bhangra (UK), Times of India (India), did a (media) tour in Suriname and received an outstanding review by Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion (USA). The single Armed & Sexy reached number 3 in the charts of Suriname and turned Pravini into massive hit.
In addition Pravini produced her own live show with a unique vision of her own: Diaspora Beats, an exciting show bringing live collaborations with guest artists from the hiphop and Bollywood genres. Pravini: “I want to show the richness of the different worlds I grew up with. The energy that the rhythm of the Indian dhol entails intrigues me as much as a heavy hip-hop beat. The Bollywood classic soul touches me to the core just as the soul of the West. I want to bring these forces together on stage."
Pravini’s achievements haven’t gone unnoticed. In 2006 she received the HSFN Music Award for breaking boundaries by being the first Dutch Indian R&B soul singer appearing on Dutch television with her own music video ‘Cuz I’m A Lady. Not only was she noted for her boundary breaking music video, but also appreciated for writing her own music outside the traditional Bollywood genre the Dutch Indian community is used to. In 2010 she received the Shakti Award during the Saraswati Art Festival for her achievements as a Dutch Indian female artist and her musical contributions to the Dutch Indian community in the Netherlands. In 2012 she was added to the Sarnámi Wall of Fame by the Sarnámihuis.
Besides her music Pravini is very much socially involved. In 2006 she became the goodwill ambassador for the Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD), an international human rights organization focusing primarily on human rights abuses committed against minority communities in South Asia. In her monthly blogs Pravini shares the mission and activities of GHRD. In addition she contributes to the production of GHRD benefit events with her creative and artistic experience, raising awareness on the goals and activities of GHRD by combining entertainment with information.
In 2012 Pravini also co-founded the Sarnámi Artist Network together with the Sarnámihuis. This network provides a national platform for Dutch Indian artists and facilitates exchange of experience, knowledge and networks and supports artists in their professional development.