Knitting Factory Presents
Dalton Deschain and the Traveling Show, Kat Quinn, St. Lenox, The Fem Doms
$10 ADV | $12 DOS
A portion of every ticket sold is donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more info go to www.sweetrelief.org.
EP RELEASE SHOW. Dalton Deschain & The Traveling Show are a time-traveling, universe-hopping collective of musicians, nuclear techs, and carnival freaks, who have been performing sci-fi-circus-punk events in NYC and Detroit areas since 1947. They weave a complex sci-fi/ horror story into an ever-expanding set of catchy and intricately composed songs, ranging stylistically from furious punk to beautiful spacey ballads.
The band has grown a cult following locally through their off-kilter shows, including their annual Devil’s Night party and a recent performance where they covered the entirety of Hedwig & The Angry Inch to a sold-out crowd in Brooklyn. Hooks, dance beats, ugly riffs, and sci-fi lyrics promise a show and a listening experience that is wholly unique and infectious.
They are currently in the middle of releasing a trilogy of EPs, each focusing on a different character of their ongoing narrative. They will be releasing the second entry, “Catherine,” at the Knitting Factory on July 16. The EP will be released as a 50-page illustrated short story book, with accompanying download code.
Kat Quinn is an indie-pop songstress based in New York City. Originally hailing from Marblehead, Massachusetts, Quinn found music at a young age with drums, piano, and guitar. But it wasn’t until college when she discovered the piece the tied them all together: writing. It was writing that turned her relationship with music from a hobby into a vocation.
Quinn’s naturally sparkling personality fires up her live shows, with the goal of making every audience member join the self-described “gigglefest.” “You’d think she was born on stage.” (No Depression) So it wasn’t long after she moved to New York, that notable entertainment industry vets such as Jimmy Fallon, Peter Calo, and Adam Rhodes started to take notice.
In March of 2013, Quinn was featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s “Battle of the Instant Songwriters,” where she wrote and performed an original song, “Clouds Are People Too,” gaining fans nation-wide. Since then, she has been touring internationally, including a featured performance at the Senate. Her songs have been featured in film and commercials, and notable outlets such as American Songwriter, PopMatters, and Pancakes and Whiskey have been buzzing about Quinn since the release of her previous EP, Kind of Brave, in December 2013.
On October 6th, 2015 Kat released her latest EP, Rust to Gold. Produced by Adam Rhodes (Bon Iver collaborator), the EP’s tracks have been praised by tastemakers such as DiffuserFM, who said “Quinn’s gorgeous vocals and the delicate accompanying visuals make for a hopeful, long-lasting impact; her sentiments toward the song are deeply personal, and quite relatable.” HelloGigglesfeatured the video for the EP’s latest single, “That String,” saying Quinn’s “voice evokes both Sara Bareilles and Yuna, as well as concepts like sunshine and fun and joy… Um, sign us up please!”
Andrew Choi, who makes and performs music as St. Lenox, grew up in Ames, Iowa where he juggled high school and training as a concert violinist via Julliard. By the end of high school, music was in the rearview and Choi would go on to get his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH and then finish law school at NYU. Now living in New York where he is a practicing attorney, Choi began making his own music a few years ago after acquiring his doctorate at Ohio State, the seed planted when he took up karaoke, first as a way to combat nervousness he had over impending speaking engagements in the academic setting. This lead to many solitary hours logged in the assemblage of original music, which Choi began performing live at open-mic nights in Columbus, usually backed only by his own recordings. Long story short, Choi’s performances of original material eventually found Bela Koe-Krompecher, longtime proprietor of Columbus’ Anyway Records, in the audience and a rapport was initiated around the future release of what would become 10 Songs About Memory and Hope, the early-2015 debut full-length by St. Lenox.
St. Lenox’s sophomore effort, Ten Hymns From My American Gothic is a sprawling, layered, stream-of-consciousness portrait of modern American life, presented by the writer as a gift to his father, who immigrated to the United States, in honor of his 70th birthday. Written, performed and recorded by the writer in off hours, while working as an attorney in Manhattan, the album meditates on progressivist themes, immigration, cultural divide, forgiveness and manifest destiny.
The Fem Doms are a six-piece based out of Brooklyn playing raw, melodic indie-psych rock. Fronted by agile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Carrigan, the songs contain dark and bold lyrics backed by driving guitar riffs and hammering drum beats. Some have described the sound as a "train full of circus animals crashing into a time machine factory".