Returning to New York City for the first time since their
hit Off-Broadway run last fall in Striking 12, the acclaimed pop band
GrooveLily played a special, two-set concert at The Zipper Factory (336 West
37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Sunday, October 14 at 7PM; with
special guest Jesse Nager.
The evening began with some of the band's fan favorites (including a few
selections from Striking 12), plus a special East Coast preview of their latest
work, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, which
broke box office records during its LA premiere this spring. The second set was
devoted entirely to songs from the trio's newest album, "A Little
Midsummer Night's Music," their second CD on the PS Classics label.
Released in February of this year, the CD features the score written for the
innovative production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tina Landau
and co-produced by McCarter Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse. The band's joyous
score won raves from critics and audiences alike.
With backgrounds in classical music, musical theater, jazz, and rock, the three
members of GrooveLily – Gene Lewin
(drums/vocals), Brendan Milburn (keyboards/ vocals) and Valerie
Vigoda (electric violin/vocals) – cross boundaries with intelligent,
original songs (and no shortage of wit), connecting lush musical textures and
soaring vocals to make a new music that's all their own.
Photos by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn
Valerie Vigoda and Jesse Nager
Valerie Vigoda, Gene Lewin, Andy Parsons and Brendan Milburn
Jesse Nager, Valerie Vigoda, Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn and Andy Parsons
Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda and Gene Lewin