Blac Rabbit

Blac Rabbit

Sun Parade

Wed Jun 27

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10 in advance, $12 day of show

This event is all ages

Blac Rabbit
Blac Rabbit
Born and raised in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, identical twin brothers Amiri and Rahiem Taylor do not make the type of music that their borough of origin is usually associated with. Growing up surrounded by hip hop culture and all it's glory, the Taylor brothers had more exposure in their house to pop, funk and soul music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. When they began writing songs in high school, they taught themselves how to play guitar and write songs based off of the Beatles. After high school they formed Blac Rabbit, bringing in former metal and church drummer Patrick Jones, followed by resident shredder Josh Lugo on bass (and sometimes guitar) to play their original psychedelic rock tunes. In order to make some pocket money, Rah and Amiri decided to start performing music on the NYC subway. They soon discovered that people really enjoy hearing them sing Beatles songs, so they kept doing that, slowly building a reputation around the city while also performing their original material at some of New York's best venues for up and coming acts. They maintain that sort of dual life to this day. On December 23rd, 2017, the band released their debut self-titled EP, which was also self recorded and self mixed.  On January 26th, 2018, they were filmed performing Beatles songs on the train by New York Nico, the self proclaimed "Unofficial talent scout of New York City," who posted the video to his 121K followers on Instagram. Since then, the band has seen their fan base increase significantly and will be releasing new music, and hitting the road in 2018.
Sun Parade
Sun Parade
Sun Parade formed in Northampton, Massachusetts, where kids skinny dip in the Mill River and smoke on the tobacco farms on the flood plains. The music scene here is legendary. Even now, touring venues and festivals across the U.S., the Sun Parade lads are most satisfied when their music conjures a Route 9 basement show somewhere along the fold of the map that delivered Dinosaur Jr. and The Pixies — a cellar in which everyone is sweaty and dancing and in love or something like it, and by 3 a.m. the rhythm section is shaking the house and you can’t tell the band from the crowd.

Sun Parade will be on the road through 2017, packing a full-length rock release produced in Brooklyn by Ian Hersey of Rubblebucket. The band has supported Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Born Ruffians, and And The Kids. National Public Radio picked “Heart’s Out” — the title track of the band’s EP — for Songs We Love, and wrote that Sun Parade is “crafting the kinds of traditional guitar-pop songs that people might still be singing 50 years down the road.”

Sun Parade is Chris Marlon Jennings, raccoon-teur, and Jeff Lewis, Mainer, both on guitar and vocals; Karl Helander on drums, vocals, and ambient barking; Max Wareham on bass and astral physics; and Eli Salus-Kleiner, newly at the keys. The band’s personal obsessions and projects range from British folk ballads to Motown; collectively their music is most influenced by the mutineers’ pantheon — Dr. Dog, The Clash, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, The Beatles.

Chris Jennings and Jeff Lewis are longtime collaborators. Jennings (“Cheer Up”) writes by and large in the language of existential howl, wherein life, love and the pursuit of happiness are a highway pile-up with the distinct possibility of dancing. Lewis (“Brain Drain”) is lately spinning ethereal, psychedelic glowing pop benevolence, songs sung into an old Fostex and sent out into the world in strands of metaphysic werewolves and sunshine. The dichotomy between the writers builds a sort of outliers’ love fest, a condition Oscar Wilde once described as living in the gutter with stardust falling on us.