There are a plethora of bands in the Brooklyn, New York area. From wedding bands to rock bands, Brooklyn is flourishing in regards to musical groups. Some of the busiest bands have inspired thousands each year. There is also a variety of cover bands. Brooklyn’s musical arena is hot right now. So music lovers have an array of options. In this article, five popular Brooklyn bands are explored.
Wray Band is comprised of four members. There are three mature males and one female. They play in Brooklyn, but will travel up to 100 miles for a gig. They’ve performed for NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, performed at Gracie Mansion, played for the United States Air Force and also entertained the U.S. Coast Guard. Wray Band plays Classic and Modern Rock. Many love the fact that their one female member stands out and jams with other men. Their sounds together are unique and a good band to follow.
Generations is a band that has been performing for a number of years. They travel up to 100 miles to perform in the New York City area and New Jersey. They love playing danceable Rock songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even today. In addition, they play Rhythm & Blues, Chicago to Zappelin, Blondie to ZZ Top; and they entertain audiences from diverse backgrounds while performing a wide array of songs for various age groups. Generations is described as being a Rock N’ Roll Dance Band. They entertain at private functions, corporate parties, holidays, seasonal festivals, at restaurants and at pubs. Generations is an excellent band to research.
Peter and the Master Keys is a 7 member all-male band which reaches audiences through Jazz and Blues Music. They travel up to 100 miles to play. They perform music by Ray Charles and others. They love using real instruments such as: a trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax and guitars. Their specialty acts are seen at cocktails bars, wedding ceremonies and recessionals. They’ve entertained numerous brides and grooms. Some places they’ve performed include Columbia University and Yale University. This band is a delight to listen to in regards to music from the 1930’s-1950’s.
Mod Society is a Jazz Band from Brooklyn, New York. They travel up to 3,000 miles for gigs. Mod Society is formerly known as Ainsile Street Vibes. They’ve performed in the NYC area for over 10 years. Their song repertoire is inspired by Latin Jazz and Salsa. Some songs they play date back to the 1920’s. Mod Society is a ban worth looking into.
Tres Urbanos plays fresh sounds including American, Latin and Brazilian classics. Styles include American genres such as: Pop Classics, Motown, Jazz standards, Contemporary Jazz, Soul, Classic Rock, as well as Brazilian-styles: samba, bossa, nova, forro, baiao and samba-rock, to name a few. This band travels up to 100 miles to play. Band members collectively have acquired decades of experience. It’s good seeing a diverse repertoire that they perform.
So of course Brooklyn is full of exotic bands as well as more Conservative musical groups. No one should be bored because people have a variety of options to choose from as it pertains to music. Dozens of bands are sprouting up and music lovers should be excited. From real instruments to electronic beats, bands are using their gifts to showcase their wondrous talents. It should be interesting to see what the future holds as we see so many music groups manifesting. Let’s jam with one of the Brooklyn areas top bands this year.
So I listened to White Denim's tuneful tune 'Ha Ha Ha Ha' and I was astonished. I thought I was listening to a modern day James Brown with a mix of a spontaneous Elvis Presley, revived. As a Singer who loves Gospel and love tunes, I heard so much adventure in this song. I watched the video and it was like watching one of those classic 90s movies on USA. I enjoyed the steps and I was immediately in tune with the hit. It was fun and it was a song that took me out of a safe zone as far as music goes. The song was filled with extraordinary risks. The drum beats were awesome. And I was willing to learn more about the rock band from Austin. I had a great time listening to the band and i'd love to hear more. Word is that they were shocked with band member replacements. I guess replacing members in the old group Destiny's Child didn't stop Beyonce Knowles from growing in her career. Let's see what's next with White Denim. My Lord, they had me rocking. It's great to hear a good classic - style rock tune.
I posted an ad in Los Angeles in regards to discovering new music and I thankfully received a submission from Innocente A.K.A. Innocent Mind. He had an interesting flair. I went to play his song 'La Noche' on You Tube and I witnessed all kinds of Latin Soul and Flavor. I was immediately inspired by the jazzy, hip international beat. But it was kind of similar to music from the Harlem Renaissance. He had a great video and seems to know music and is eccentric with his own style. He reminded me of an extremely polished Musician who loves his craft. I am learning Spanish, so I will have to check back when I become more fluent so that I can really enjoy the Spanish Song 'La Noche.' It feels good to hear some international music mixed in with sounds that remind us of rhythmic beats of America. I suggest listening to his sounds on You Tube. Innocente's BIO follows:
“Wilson” aka “Innocent Mind” is a Soul, Latin Hip-Hop artist from Aliso Village Projects in Los Angeles, California. Being a fan of music, growing up always listening to music, naturally grew into a solid taste for underground music. Innocent Mind began his artistic journey as a drummer in live bands. (Place Innocent Mind on the drums and his musicianship becomes instantly apparent).
After his band broke up in “1998”, each member went their own creative way, allowing Innocent Mind to reinvent himself into the passionate, hard-driven MC we have today.
With his continued love and passion of hip hop music Innocent Mind started composing his own original songs in English and Spanish. Motivated by his love of underground music is what fuels him to keep delivering his listeners with continuous musical creativity from the hearth.
His music and passionate penmanship is storytelling, using his own true life experiences growing up in the inner city to educate, up-lift, and challenge the way youths and young adults look at the world to create positive change in the world.
In “2009”, Innocent Mind traveled to his parents’ homelands, mothers El Salvador, fathers Michoacán Mexico, where his music and lyrics evolved further, leading him to work on various solo projects to date.
Innocent Mind keeps his great spirit alive and is well known within the hip hop community for delivering solid music while putting in work to grow and evolve further in his musical path.
Innocent Mind says it best “…I’m here doing what I love to-do, making originality to inspire you is what Innocent mind has always been about”.
Keep listening and you’ll soon realize why they call him “Innocente” or “Innocent Mind”
Arsen Petorsyan reached out to me in regards to music production and exposure. I had the chance to listen to his music and I fell in love with every note. It was so heavenly. I heard such great chords and peaceful sounds. Duduk music is catching on worldwide. I am so delighted that Arsen introduced me to this interesting choice of musical notes. I will now research the genre in depth. If you need to listen to relaxing music, this is the artist for you. What follows is the Duduk players bio:
Arsen Petrosyan is an Armenian Duduk player who lives in Charentsavan, Armenia. He is a graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, where he studied under renowned Duduk master Gevorg Dabaghyan (Shoghaken Ensemble, Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble). Considered a musical prodigy, he initially began his studies with mentor Krikor Khachtryan starting out on the shvi (an Armenian wind instrument) at the age of six.
Despite his relatively young age (born in 1994), Petrosyan is a seasoned professional who has performed extensively throughout the United States, Russia, Canada, India, Germany, Spain (Canary Islands), France, the Republic of Georgia as well as his native Armenia. He is currently a soloist with the Armenian Traditional Music Ensemble (Yerevan) as well as having recently created his own group, the Arsen Petrosyan Trio. Petrosyan has participated as a soloist with the Naregatsi Ensemble. His debut album “Charentsavan: Music for Armenian Duduk” (Pomegranate Music) was released in November 2015. He is a Pomegranate Music recording artist.
A native of Charentsavan, Armenia, Petrosyan’s family originally hails from an Armenian enclave in Georgia called Javakhk. His ancestral roots go back to Erzerum (historical Armenia), which is now part of Turkey. He has an active performance and teaching schedule in and around Armenia.
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