Gotham City Riot, NOW, SondorBlue

Gotham City Riot



Aug 16 Wed

7:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Gotham City Riot - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Gotham City Riot
Gotham City Riot are a New York City based Punk Rock 'N' Roll band a la The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, AC/DC, and the Sex Pistols to name a few. The band has a raw, heavy, and dirty Rock sound with a Punk edge. Gotham City Riot have played Arlene's Grocery, The Knitting Factory, Fontana's, The Mercury Lounge, Slake, Gold Sounds, and The Bowery Electric. We recorded our first record with producer Mike Machinist from the band Shinobi Ninja at his studio in 2015 and currently finishing up our new record at Dive Into Sound Studios in Bushwick, BK with producer Michal Olownia. The band has an energetic and dynamic live show with melodic hooks and razor sharp riffs.
NOW - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Wait no longer for great new music—the time is Now! Founded by guitarist, songwriter, and NYC rock club veteran Allen Childs, Now is a thought-provoking rock trio that blends simple and pure earworm-pop goodness with free-form, extended jams in the style of Led Zeppelin and Phish.

A native Alabamian, Childs moved to New York City to study at Columbia University, where he graduated in 2009 with a degree in philosophy (a clear influence on his songwriting). Next came The Collective School of Music, where he further befriended his fretboard and met mathematician-turned-bassist Anton Serrats and drummer David Guy, each of whom brings to the project jazz school chops and all the groove audiences can handle.

No subject is off limits in Now’s catalog; inspired by The Beatles’ playfulness and the spiritual bombast of The Who, popular Now tracks explore the definition of masculinity, free will vs. determinism, and menstruation. These unflinching lyrical inquiries combine with powerful improvised crescendos and infectious hooks to form a musical experience that leaves a mark.

As a nice bonus, all three band members are extremely—almost painfully—sexy, alluring, and personally intriguing. Especially Allen Childs. (Bio written by Allen Childs.)

Now’s first EP is will be released this fall.
SondorBlue - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
The members of Charleston, South Carolina’s SondorBlue have the markers of the so-called ‘New Bohemian’ movement – with focus on a healthy lifestyle, brotherly love, and individuality. From TIME Magazine in the US to THE GUARDIAN in the UK, people are talking about the return to this free-thinking way of life. While SondorBlue is a rock band writing tight pop songs, they share the relentless touring schedule, the fan culture and the raw musicianship of artists on the ever-expanding jam band scene.

The band is comprised of three exceptionally talented vocalists who could each easily front their own bands – Connor Hollifield on lead guitar, John Sheehan on guitar and keyboards and Andrew Halley at center stage on bass – with drummer, Drew Lewis holding down a clockwork backbeat. They come together to create harmonies unlike any you have ever heard. Connor explained of the arrangement “We had all had our own songwriting side projects when we were younger, but when we came together to play music — that's when we were the happiest.” Sheehan added “I wanted to share this experience with my best friends. I knew we could go a lot further together than any of us could alone.”

If longevity for bands is determined by their ability to pull off their recorded material in a live setting, then SondorBlue is set up for a long, fruitful career. They have been aggressively touring all along the East Coast and make pulling off their complex harmonies and playing their intricate arrangements look easy. The band loves to play live. “It is one of my favorite things,” says Lewis. “It has been great to watch the songs develop as we take them out of the studio and onto the stage.”

“We’ve been lucky to connect with some great people on the road and they have been enormously supportive,” explains Halley. "We’ve been able to replicate some of our experience through social media, and it has been rewarding to engage and keep in touch with everyone we've met along the way.” It shows - the band’s single, “OPINIONS,” has over 125k streams on Spotify and a track off their 2016 REALOMETER EP release, “The Moon And You,” has over 110k streams. BuzzArtists called their musical combination “swirling, harmony-driven indie rock,” though you might want to add a touch of ‘pop’ to the band’s ever-evolving recipe. With YOU WILL FIND LOVE ON ASHLEY AVENUE, the band’s brand new EP, they bring context to their recent hit, “OPINIONS,” by wearing their Beatles influence on their proverbial sleeve. Gorgeous melodies, harmonies and expert instrumentation are the hallmarks of the other tracks “Escape!,” “A Beautiful Dream,” “I hate living like this” and the single “Ashley Ave.”

SondorBlue are poised for big things in the future. Look for them at a venue near you.
Venue Information:
Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton St.
New York, NY, 10002