Dual Release Party with Lizzie No and Lion & Spaniel

Dual Release Party with Lizzie No and Lion & Spaniel

Joseph Alton Miller, Katie Martucci Band, Bartees Strange

Wed · May 15, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Lizzie No
Lizzie No
American folk/alt-country singer/songwriter, guitarist, and harpist based in Brooklyn, New York.
Lion & Spaniel
Lion & Spaniel
Daniel Emond and Ryan Pater play to make Lion and Spaniel. Freak-Folk/dumpster-folk duo. Locked eyes in the Carolinas where the lion's mane bloomed, crossed tunes in New York where the spaniel was groomed. Lion and Spaniel are often joined by their mammalian friends on electric guitar, upright bass, kit, and more. Their debut ten-track album, Wild And Warm, will be released on May 15th at Bowery Electric.
Joseph Alton Miller
Joseph Alton Miller

2017 Nominee for the No Depression Singer/Songwriter Award

2012 Top Male Vocalist - Jersey Acoustic Music Awards

Multiple nominations for the Asbury Park Music Awards

Award winning singer/songwriter, Joseph Alton Miller, is based in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He has shared the stage with acts such as Brandi Carlile, Living Colour, Ellis Paul, Robert Randolph, and Stephen Kellogg.

For years, Joseph Alton Miller has embraced the life of a wayfarer.

Whether it was hiking up Mount Katahdin in Maine or backpacking through Yosemite National Park in California, his "abandonment from society," as he calls it, has always allowed him time to reflect and pen his folk tunes.

Such an untethered lifestyle was the primary muse for his latest work, "Songs of Travel for the Vagabond," a striking new EP released in May. It's a work that deserves to introduce him to a much wider audience.

His sound is reminiscent of a modern-day Woody Guthrie -- perhaps unsurprisingly, Miller names the genre luminary as one of his influences, and he included a cover of Guthrie's "Do Re Mi" on his new record.

But there's an extra layer to the 30-year-old songwriter. While the word "folk" is tattooed onto his left forearm, his right arm reads "hip hop."

The mix of influences is most apparent when listening to Philly blues artist Kuf Knotz rap over Miller's twangy guitar riff in "Dude, Where's My Whiskey?"

In the autobiographical tune, he sings about New Jersey -- his newly found home state, after growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

"When I first moved to Jersey, I was very alone and acting like a bit of a recluse -- drinking often, sleeping with way too many women and just not being the best me that I knew I could be," the Hazlet resident said, in a recent interview. "I was ... thinking about my life, knowing it might be finally time to grow up. I wrote the song a couple of years after that trip."

"Songs of Travel for the Vagabond" is Miller's first release under under his full name. While Miller built a fan base of a few thousand through playing local shows over the years as "Joe Miller," he said it was difficult to market himself with such a common name. He's wiped the internet clean of his four previous records and aimed for a fresh start.

Part of that fresh start is his lovely evocation of his "vagabond" existence, which you hear throughout the new EP.
In "American Crow," he serenades in his smooth low-tone voice, "I'm making a friend with an American crow... Let me fly to another destination." Miller plucks away a groovy guitar riff while New Jersey blues musician Sandy Mack's old-timey harmonica quivers in the background.

"The American crow is a species that can be found in every area of North America -- adapting to all types of places and climates," Miller said. "I think we humans should be able to do the same thing -- leaving home every once in a while to experience what our planet has to offer."

Though more sedentary days seem to be on the horizon as Miller settles into the role of a new father. He and his wife Jarysel welcomed daughter Gabriela into the world June 11, just a week or so after the release of his new record.

Miller wrote in an Instagram post announcing Gabriela's birth that his daughter is "the reason I was ever put on Earth." Still, he admits it's difficult to promote a new album with a newborn baby in the house.

"Normally, I'd like to head out on the road and tour around to try to promote an album," he said, noting he wouldn't have even been able to finish the project with an infant to command most of his time. But he was able to release the EP via his own label, Worn Out Joke Records.

"I wanted my daughter to see what her papa could do under pressure. I want to bring her up knowing that hard work pays off."

And he always remembers a bit of advice a professor and mentor once gave him.

"(He) told me to get out and see what I can before I die," he said, "and I plan to summit many more mountains before that day comes."

- Sydney Shaw for NJ.com/NJ Advanced Media
Katie Martucci Band
Katie Martucci Band
Katie Martucci is a tall lady who likes to sing, and write, and play guitar. Her songs are cinematic and lush - telling stories about love and dreams and doubt. She lives in Brooklyn and is writing songs for her first full length album. Visit katiemartucci.com for more details on upcoming projects and shows!
Bartees Strange
Bartees Strange
For the majority of his life, Bartees Cox Jr.’s path has been laid in front of him. As the child of a military father that caused his family to relocate often, and a classically-trained opera and jazz vocalist mother, Bartees learned both discipline and creativity at the same time.

Born in the UK and relocated to Oklahoma just before middle school, his young life was filled with vocal lessons from his mom, sandwiched in between basketball, football and track practices, games and meets. Music quickly became Bartees’ way of differentiating himself.

Nearly 5,000 miles apart, Bartees and his friends in the UK stayed in touch through AIM (AOL Instant Messenger, RIP), and it’s then that he first learned about a whole new world of sonic influence. Indie bands like Bloc Party and electronic artists like Burial and Skream exposed Bartees to an entirely different way of approaching art and life, so he picked up a guitar and never looked back.
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003