Knitting Factory Presents
Taylor Kelly, Leah Rich, The Phonies
$8 ADV | $10 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.
TAYLOR KELLY was born and raised in Rochester, NY and currently resides in Philadelphia where she leads her 8-piece band. She has a voice that blends jazz, soul, funk and truth and on-stage presence that is both electric and alluring. Her songwriting tells tales of triumph in hopes to inspire many to live fully, love and forgive. Also an active trumpet plater, Taylor strives for an instrumental approach to singing, a rhythmic phrasing and an improvisation that is reminiscent of many of her trumpet playing influences (Chet Baker, Roy Hargrove to name a few.) Taylor has released two albums and will be releasing her third, "Do U Feel Me" in late June 2017.
Leah Rich is a New York City based, internationally acclaimed performance artist, whose vocal and piano playing abilities span all the way from classical music, to jazz, soul, and pop. Bridging gaps between genres, this versatile performer synthesizes an authentic, urban style of music. As a first generation American, and daughter of renowned musicians from Baku, Azerbaijan, Leah is the epitome of New York City cultural and artistic fusion. After a lifetime perfecting her craft, Leah's greatest ambition now is to share her vivid outlook. She molds her sound from scratch - from writing her songs, to arranging the music and directing a 10-piece band, and finally, to adding her finishing vocal touch - Leah's music is all her own. Leah's debut album, "Crazy Race," was released in July 2016, and is available on all major music platforms.
The Phonies, a 7-piece rock/fusion outfit who hail from Philadelphia, are building a reputation as a fierce live energy band with stunning musicianship. Epic horn lines, biting guitar, highly danceable drums, and mind-blowing time changes are the lay of the land, and there's never a dull moment between them. Bandleader Sean Conlon's songs are at once thought-provoking and vigorous, with a veneer of classic cool that leaves the air electrified. When performing live, it's easy to see the band get captured in the moment, and it's difficult not to join along. They're all about having fun and enticing even the most stoic concertgoers to shake a little booty.