Knitting Factory Presents
MICKY, Snack Cat, Darius Christian, Khaya
MICKY is the moniker under which singer and songwriter Michael Persall creates Motown tinged Pop music with a classic rock and soul aftertaste. Known for his vibrant and energetic stage performances, MICKY has asserted himself as a true frontman while playing with his band around New York City for the past 4 years. He most recently accomplished a goal of performing over 400 shows in 2015, ending up at 408 gigs total in the year. He is fresh off a residency at Lower East Side staple Pianos, shows at Webster Hall, Mercury Lounge, and multiple Sofar Sounds gigs. He has recently been written up by the likes of CLASH, BAEBLE, A Music Blog Yea, and Next 2 Shine, among others. Next up for MICKY in 2017 is a Sofar Sounds residency Wednesdays in January, and a residency at Rockwood Music Hall every Saturday at 10pm in February. Find MICKY's debut single "Candid," available now on all digital platforms.
Snack Cat is an electrifying new funk and soul band from NYC. The band is fronted by the winner of the the 2014 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice competition: Alita Moses, and brings together 7 of NYC's most distinct musical voices. The band has played Rockwood Music Hall, Groove, The Bowery Electric, The Bitter End, C'mon Everybody and was part of the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon. The bands members have played the top music venues and festivals in the world such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Montreux Jazz Festival and Summerfest, and have shared the stage with such acts as The Zach Brown Band, Ben Folds, Al Jarraeau, Manhattan Transfer, The Disco Biscuits, John Pattitucci, Vic Juris, Ed Cherry, Paul Bollenback, Bob Mintzer and Sam Rivers.
Baltimore raised and Brooklyn reborn, Darius Christian is a force of nature. With his lustful trombone stylizations, vocals to temper your feels, and an upsettingly good band of NYC thoroughbreds, his music is something you need, and you need it now. One could place him on the list of “Renaissance Men” due to his exploits in modeling, film, composition, and media, but the real renaissance can be found in his music. Music to get lost. Music to fall in love. Music to laugh. Music to forget hate. Music. A particularly special spirit-fest can be heard on Monday nights at Apotheke, the underground Chinatown party room where Darius has taken residency for the last year. You will find, when you go, a sold out crowd of obsessed music-goers that wouldn’t dare be anywhere else. Tight, intricately manicured, jazz-meets-everything sounds are equal parts mind-
bending and soul enlivening. You’ve watched him on America’s Got Talent. You’ve seen him in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger. You’ve heard him with Macy Gray, David Murray, Blitz the Ambassador, Wayne Shorter, and Michael Blume. The logical next step for you, the fans, is to support this solo endeavor. What you’re going to find is a raw, emotion-filled aesthetic that is there to remind you that we’re all the luckiest people to be alive.
"Absolutely fantastic!" "A great singer with massive potential." That's Khaya Cohen, in the words of music mogul Simon Cowell. At 17 Khaya has already wowed the nation with her soulful performances as a finalist on ABC's X-Factor and sung her way into the hearts of her fellow New Yorkers with a stirring rendition of the national anthem at Yankee Stadium. She earned the award for "Best Teen Songwriter" at The National Academy of Recording Arts & Science's annual "Grammy Career Day" event for 2014. A natural performer with a powerful voice, Khaya has drawn comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele, yet is on her way to carving out a place of her own.