Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New York City Concerts:

Concert-4-George (3rd Annual George Harrison Birthday Celebration)

Mercury Lounge New York.

Alan Merrill
Wild Deer
Sean Yox & the Streamers
The Widest Smiling Faces

The Widest Smiling Faces

is guitarist/vocalist Monvelyno Alexis & percussionist Markus Schwartz. Inspired by the rhythms and chants of the sacred Vodou music traditions of Haiti, Vo-Duo also incorporates elements of Haitian Roots (Mizik Rasin/Rara/Folklore), Rock and Jazz, in a modern improvisational context.
Markus & Monvelyno are each band-leaders of their own groups, as well as first-call musicians on the Haitian jazz and roots music scene in NYC and beyond. Individually and together, they have recorded and performed with many of Haiti's finest talents. More info on these talented musicians can be found online at www.monvelynoalexis.com and www.lakoubrooklyn.com

Sean Yox & The Streamers:

These guys are an indie rock band, which is different from my normal listening, which is classic rock. However, when I saw that their influences included the Kinks, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, I knew I couldn't pass this one up, and the record didn't disappoint. Overall, the tracks are very catchy, and you can definitely hear the influences - the Beatles-sounding Indian background music, the simple melodies of the Kinks. However, at the same time they make sure not to eclipse their own sound, and they still end up with a unique sound. Overall, I give it a 4/5 and would recommend checking it out"
- Alex Pelan, Blog Critics

Wild Deer:
Such Nice and spirited fellowes, assembling together, Who, knowing the diff. of peace and warre, and creating a sounde so sweete and mellifluous, the which as it does not a little soothe ye tender harts of many a loving man and woman, & fowles in the ayre, fish in the sea, Beastes in the woodes, Deere, &Yc.

Only kidding...

Songwriter Ed Fingerling first discovered the term “wild deer” in The Auguries of Innocence by prophetic British poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827). Wild Deer is also a poem by 14th century Persian poet and mystic Hafez.

The band proudly hails from New York City. Their music reflects their passion to creatively express sentiment and emotion. They don’t try to sound like any band but themselves, which is refreshing in this
oft-redundant music industry. Their major influences include
The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Beatles,
Hüsker Dü, Nirvana, Guns & Roses, Aerosmith, and Paul Weller.

The Wild Deer’s debut cd Live Free includes a track titled “Rise” which was recently licensed by ESPN for their Nascar Now! television show. The song “River of Soul” was included in the New York Post’s
“207 Best Songs to Download from 2007.” On their MPFREEs
Web site column the New York Post also gave away the song “Grass” in November of the same year. “Rise” and “God’s Eyes” have been played on Q104.3 FM, K-Rock 92.3 FM and influential 90.5 FM “The Night” National Public Radio broadcasting from Brookdale Community College. Telecom Italia in Italy has licensed the song “For My People” for commercial use.

The Wild Deer’s music is available for download on iTunes.
Check them out at "

Allan Merrill:

He was the lead singer and songwriter of the first and original 1975 version of "I Love Rock N Roll" with his band, The Arrows. The song has become an enduring international rock anthem, recorded by Joan Jett, Britney Spears, and many others. Joan Jett saw Merrill perform the song on a British television pop show in '76, while on tour with her band, The Runaways, and she was deeply inspired. Her 1982 version of the song was #1 for 8 weeks in the USA.Alan Merrill was literally born into the world of music. Named Allan Sachs at birth, his parents, Helen Merrill, and sax/clarinetist Aaron Sachs of Earl 'Fatha' Hines Band, are world-renowned musicians. After starting to play music in semi-pro bands in Greenwich Village, Alan eventually moved to Japan in his late teens. Starting his professional career in music with the RCA-Victor Tokyo-based recording group, The Lead, in 1968, Alan replaced Mark Elder as guitarist in the band. They had one hit single, titled "Blue Rose." It was also then that his management changed his professional name to Alan Merrill.Steve- New Yrok City Concerts featuring News, Concerts, Single Album previews.

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