Optic Yellow Felt, Dionysia, The Good Few, Honey West

Optic Yellow Felt

Dionysia

The Good Few

Honey West

Wed · May 24, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Optic Yellow Felt
Optic Yellow Felt
BRAZIL
Dionysia - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
A POWERHOUSE ALT-ROCK GROUP OUT OF BURLINGTON, VT, DIONYSIA (DYE-OHH-NEE-JAH) HAS BEEN AN ADVENTURE IN MUSICAL BROTHERHOOD SINCE ITS INCEPTION. SPROUTING THE GROUP'S ECLECTIC TONE PAYS HOMAGE TO THE SOULFUL NATURE OF BLUES ROCK AND FUNK WHILE INCORPORATING A HEALTHY BLEND OF CREATIVITY AND CONTEMPORARY INFLUENCE. RECENTLY RETURNED FROM THEIR SUMMER 2014 CD RELEASE TOUR, DIONYSIA IS CURRENTLY PROMOTING THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ANTICS AND COMPOSING MATERIAL FOR THEIR NEXT RECORD.
The Good Few - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Honey West
Honey West
A British rock giant and an acclaimed and respected member of New York’s

acting community walk into a recording studio … and produce one of 2017’s

strongest and most compelling albums.

This odd couple consists of multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, a founding

member of both King Crimson and Foreigner, and guitarist and lead vocalist Ted

Zurkowski, co-founder of New York’s celebrated Shakespeare ensemble, Frog

& Peach, and a long-time member of the world-famous Actors Studio. Together,

this unlikely new songwriting team conjured the album Bad Old World under the

banner of their quartet, HONEY WEST.

Bad Old World is filled with memorable melodies and clever and sophisticated

lyrics served on a bed of guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll played by top-shelf musicians,

including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include Paul McCartney & Wings

and many others, and McDonald’s son, Maxwell McDonald, on bass. The album

also boasts a guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be

Giants) on bass (“Brand New Car,” “California,” “A Girl Called Life”). While it’s a

modern sound stamped by Ian McDonald’s world-class musicianship and

production, it also bears an instant familiarity, thanks to a sonic blueprint recalling

such Brit-rock titans as The Move and Mott the Hoople.

Representative of the band’s distinct sound is Bad Old World’s self-deprecating

first single, “Dementia,” a four-on- the-floor rave-up that melds a driving beat and

rampaging guitars with McDonald’s signature baritone sax and Zurkowski’s

unique brand of lyrical mischief.

With a cheeky nod to McDonald’s British roots, there also is a helping of sly

humor that permeates HONEY WEST: Witness the new video containing the

hard-charging “Generationless Man,” which pays homage to both the visual style

of the Beatles’ influential film A Hard Day’s Night, and the wackiness of fellow

countryman Benny Hill.

As is usually the case in artistic collaborations, the pairing of McDonald and

Zurkowski was the result of fate — and, in this case, proximity as well.

“We literally lived across the street from one another in Manhattan,” McDonald

explains. “I would notice Ted and his wife as they would come and go, walking

their dog and whatnot. We ended up speaking and I discovered Ted was in a

band.”

“We simply plugged in, and immediately clicked,” adds Zurkowski, picking up the

story. “We had a ‘two-guitar thing’ right from the get-go. That very rarely

happens. We started right in writing songs.”

Asked why it took decades to find himself in a guitar-propelled band, McDonald

reckons: “I guess I had never met the right writing partner before. It took a while

to meet somebody who wrote great lyrics. There aren’t that many great lyric

writers who can sing and play guitar as well. When Ted and I got together, I was

really pleased to be able to do that.”

HONEY WEST — named in honor and celebration of the proto-feminist 1960s

cult TV spy series starring the ever-alluring Anne Francis — was already up and

running when the two came together. For McDonald, discovering the scope and

breadth of Zurkowski’s talents was the catalyst for wanting to create a musical

partnership.

“Ted’s lyrics are very smart,” says McDonald. “I like smart lyrics, I like smart

music. The songs revolve around a more-or- less complete lyric. That’s slightly

unusual for me, or for the way things are usually done. This has ended up being

a really good partnership.”

As for Ted’s transition from Shakespearean actor to rock ’n’ roll front man, he

couldn’t be happier.

“Now,” he notes, “I don't lose five pounds every show playing Hamlet.”
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.theboweryelectric.com/