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Eli Lev Music with Emma G and Loi Loi 吕吕 and Seneca – Music
Wednesday December 13, 2017
D: 7:00 // S: 8:00 PM
Eli Lev and his new band, The Fortunes Found, will be releasing their debut EP – ‘All Roads East’ at this special show on 12/13 at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe.
Eli Lev & The Fortunes Found (www.eli-lev.com)
At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts.
Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery.
His upcoming two-album release, All Roads East and Way Out West, imaginatively and intrepidly connect spheres and generations with a body of work that’s irresistibly uplifting, emotionally resonant, and groundbreaking.
“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.
A combination of Adele and Pink, with Tracy Chapman as Godmother; Emma G describes her sound as soul pop-rock.
Musician, singer, songwriter, Emma G’s sultry tones are punctuated with a gutsy quality that hammers home her messages of empowerment, love and respect.
After releasing eight singles, and successfully charting a number 10 album on the New Zealand Top40 with her band, Static Era; Emma G moved to Washington DC from Auckland, New Zealand to pursue a solo career in music in November 2015. Working full time as a street performer, she also plays in various clubs, bars and community events throughout the city – and often far beyond. In the last year, she has played The Whitehouse, The Kennedy Center, The National Cherry Blossom-, and Smithsonian Folklife festivals, The Atlas Performing Arts Theater, toured California twice (including iconic music venues The Mint and The Viper Room), released two solo acoustic EP’s, her debut studio single “King for a Day”, been featured three times on Fox5, in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best of DC” edition, and had some radio play.
“Music has always been my voice”, Emma G explains. “It’s my voice of strength – of unity – and of self-expression. I’ve had 23 surgeries in my life; friends end their lives, and had my share of grief; but music has always been a beacon of hope and light”.
She has fast become an established and much-loved personality on DC’s busking circuit, where she is known as the Kiwi girl who plays great songs and gives great hugs. “It’s great, because the spirit of the city is incredible,” she said in a 2016 interview. “The people are super nice, and really supportive of what I do.” But with her career blossoming and fame surely beckoning, who knows what is around the corner. “Life is an adventure. The best adventures have unknown outcomes.”
Emma G has just released her debut solo album: TALKING FLIGHT, and her second single from the album: SOLD (Take a Shot); an anthem on body positivity, and standing up against sexual abuse and sexualization within society.
Loi Loi (loiloi.bandcamp.com):
The real-life siblings started creating music as Loi Loi four years ago in China. Today, Loi Loi is a synthpop group embracing a somewhat economical setup but maximizes on a suite of atmospheric effects, original samples, and a multi-tiered song structure. Loi Loi’s inaugural EP, Viva La Vulva, was recorded at BLIGHT.Records in March 2017. Loi Loi are about to hit the road for their first U.S. tour, alongside DC legends The Electric Grandmother, with shows in Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Savannah, Chapel Hill, Charleston, and Raleigh.
“The five songs on Loi Loi’s boldly titled debut EP Viva La Vulva represent a poppy, rave-y turn, and we think a little fun is just what we need right now…” -Hometown Sounds
“Loi Loi is a great example of progressive, experimental music that represents D.C.’s tradition of pushing forward.” -DC Music Download
Seneca is a space-folk, shoe-grass, five-piece hive-mind from Poolesville, MD. For the past seven years Seneca has played alongside local, national, and GRAMMY nominated acts opening for bands such as Guster, Ryan Young & Erik Berry of Trampled by Turtles, Della Mae, Hoots and Hellmouth, and Love Canon among many others.
Seneca’s music is inspired mostly by the proximity to nature that each of the members in the band group up with in rural Maryland.
The band has toured extensively taking month long trips as far as New Orleans and Michigan and has been featured at local festivals such as The Van’s Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion and The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival.
Recently, Seneca has finished recording a full length album with Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles. The album is the band’s second and will be released sometime in the new year.