Great Caesar / Night Lights / Arielle Vakni

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Great Caesar aims for the heart with a vulnerable blend of brass, voice, and indie-rock, drawing from acts like Arcade Fire and Beirut to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships. The New York-based band’s 2014 video, "Don’t Ask Me Why," juxtaposes the civil rights movement of the 1960s with today’s fight for sexual equality. With support from Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Arsenio Hall, and Superbowl champion and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the video challenges viewers to take a stand for love and equality. "Don’t Ask Me Why" is available now via major digital outlets, and will appear on CD and vinyl as part of a forthcoming EP produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut, Modest Mouse, A Hawk and a Hacksaw). Great Caesar is composed of John-Michael Parker (vocals, guitar), Adam Glaser (bass), Tom Sikes (trumpet), Mike Farrell (guitar) and Stephen Chen (saxophone, also of San Fermin).

Watch the official video of "Don't Ask Me Why" here:
 
Night Lights brings together an eclectic assortment of indie, rock, and soul influenced sounds in an effort to make people dance and feel feelings. The Boston-based band met in 2012, and has since discovered a balance between profound lyrics, hook-filled melodies, danceable music, and intriguing harmonic progressions.These songs touch on existentialism and the confrontation of the self, hoping to discover a truth grounded in music, community, and conversation. Its warped soundscapes, intricate riffs, melodic bass lines, colorful rhythms, captivating melodies and otherworldly voice effects come together to create an unparalleled audio adventure.
 
 
Arielle Vakni is a uniquely soulful vocalist with a subtle twist of experimental folk. Her seemingly effortless depth of lyrical expression is matched by a gift for songwriting and performance in both acoustic and electronic genres. Soon to graduate from Berklee, Arielle is a compelling stage performer set to win wider acclaim. She performs her original music with an eight-piece band throughout New England. Arielle’s debut solo album (produced by Vicente Espi) will be released this spring. 

 
Watch Arielle's "Backwards" here:

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission