Lez Zeppelin Performing "The Song Remains the Same" MSG concerts (July, 1973) its entirety!
Sunday 06/07
Lez Zeppelin Performing "The Song Remains the Same" MSG concerts (July, 1973) its entirety! @ The Hamilton Live
$28 / $40
Lez Zeppelin, the New York City-based all-girl band, has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion, and gender-bending audacity it brings to the music of Led Zeppelin. Founded in 2004 by New York guitarist Steph Paynes, the group didn't take long to acquire a reputation for playing Zeppelin’s music with a kind of passion and force beyond anyone’s expectations, quickly attracting industry attention. In June 2005, Chuck Klosterman wrote an article for Spin magazine that featured Lez Zeppelin as a leading protagonist in a trend of all-female hard rock tribute bands. The fortunes and notoriety of the group surged, and Lez Zeppelin became a provocative subject for the news media across the world. In April 2007, after extensive touring in the US and Europe, Lez Zeppelin released its eponymous debut, which was produced by the legendary engineer/producer, Eddie Kramer. In the wake of this release, the band was invited as the first tribute band to ever appear at a series of major rock festivals, including the Download Festival (formerly Donnington Park) in the UK, Rock-Am-Ring and Rock-Im-Park in Germany, and the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans. However, it was an announcement in February of 2008 that Lez Zeppelin would take one of the main stages at the Bonnaroo Festival that sparked a worldwide media storm. Throughout 2008, the group continued to tour heavily in the US and performed in Japan and India in support of its debut album. Following a three-month tour of the US, the band headed back into the studio to start on a second album, Lez Zeppelin I, which would take the group back to where it all began - Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut. Recording at a world-class analog facility, the band employed all of the same vintage equipment used by Led in 1968, working fastidiously to recreate the incredibly complex layers of the album. The group continued to tour worldwide to support the release and began to expand its live performances to include incendiary recreations of several of Led’s most iconic concerts, including the epic Knebworth ’79 appearance. In 2013, after a knock out performance that hailed the opening of the Isle of Wight Festival, Lez Zeppelin played a sold out show in London, which Jimmy Page, himself, attended. He later told reporters, “They were extraordinary, very sensual. They’ve got energy and enthusiasm and they’re superb musicians.” Lez Zeppelin continues to deliver a musical experience that not only exceeds expectations, but serves as the authentic female counterpart to one of the greatest rock groups of all time.
Thursday 07/09
Goapele @ The Howard Theatre
$29.50 / $35
Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-lay), which means “to move forward” in Setswana has been doing just that, moving forward and making her presence felt in the music industry since 2001 as an American soul and R&B singer/songwriter. She is currently gearing up for the release of her new album “Strong As Glass” on October 21st, 2014 featuring her single Hey Boy. Produced by Keith Harris, known for hits like “Meet Me Halfway” (Black Eyed Peas) and “American Boy” (Estelle) and a collaborative songwriting process, which included Estelle, Hey Boy is a fun, summer track with an up-tempo, flirty retro vibe that makes you want to dance. The new album Strong As Glass is being released on BMG Primary Wave / Skyblaze Recordings, and will be Goapele’s fourth studio album. She worked closely with executive producer Keith Harris, who helped push the songstress creatively, which you hear throughout the dynamic project. She also worked with R&B veteran Eric Benet and producer Demonte Posey to finish this genre-bending record. There are upbeat tracks mixed with powerful ballads, hard-hitting drums, classic Goapele vocals and even a duet with one of R&B’s top artists. Goapele’s upbringing in her hometown of Oakland, California combined with ethnic influences from her South African father and New York-born Israeli Jewish mother have created a unique artist with a passion for her music and her community. Once called the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, Goapele has both a sensuous and serious voice that is making a difference in the music world by blending genres including jazz, soul, and hip-hop, infused with her own poetry. Following her time getting an education at Berklee College of Music, Goapele debuted her musical talent with a self-released album Closer in 2001. At its peak, Closer was #63 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. This would not be her only taste of the Billboard ranks. In 2004, her first nationally distributed album, Even Closer, reached #24 on the Billboard Charts for Top Independent Albums. Her other Billboard accolades include her 2006 album, Change it All, which was both #32 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and #2 on the Top Heatseekers, while the single “First Love” reached #18 on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay. Goapele’s last album release in 2011, Break of Dawn, is her most diverse and exciting project to date. The music includes sophisticated songs revolving around love, loss, and all of life in between. “I came into this business as a young woman who wanted to be taken seriously for my music, but, now I’m more willing to share my sexiness as well. I realize that it’s possible to be both complex and provocative,” Goapele says. By collaborating with an array of creative folks including Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Bobby Ozuma, Malay and Bedrock, this is also the first project Goapele has worked with other songwriters. Break of Dawn reveals many experiences that define Goapele, from the birth of her daughter, to tragic losses. Throughout her career Goapele has appeared on several well-known shows like Soul Train, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and has been praised in many prestigious magazines such as Rolling Stone, Nylon, Billboard, Essence and Vibe. Goapele has also proven to be a savvy businesswoman. She is a UNIQLO ambassador and is part of the UNIQLO campaign, which is a clothing company designed for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, etc., as well as members of all communities and social groups. Perhaps, her most endearing quality is her constant work with the community to give back to people in need. She has performed at rallies, demonstrations, and various political events around the world. In 2006 the California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights honored her with its first ever Human Rights Cultural Hero Award. Goapele’s love and passion for the world pours out into her music and her “smoky and sensual” voice, as described by Billboard magazine, is sure to make your day.