Thu March 16th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 8:00PM
Show Time: 9:00PM
Event Ticket: $10
Day of Show: $12
This is a general admission event at Union Pool: 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn 11211
Kendra Morris recalls singers who straddled soul and rock during the early ’70s, such as Ruth Copeland and Chaka Khan, while her contemporaries include the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, Alice Russell, and Leela James. Morris’s musical taste was developed through her parents’ record collection, a library heavy on late-60s and early-70s soul and funk. During her childhood Morris’s main companion was her karaoke machine, which she also used for the sake of recording. While enrolled in college in Tampa, FL, she became so involved in performing with bands that she decided to leave behind her studies and take on music full time. She took up the guitar, as well as songwriting, and eventually involved herself with a band, Pinktricity, which moved to New York in 2003 and split shortly thereafter. Morris took to recording songs on her own, and self-released a pair of EPs: This Won’t Hurt a Bit (2007) and Milk and Cookies Never Lie (2008). Her first proper recording, a self-titled EP (2010), was recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Page (of That Handsome Devil). After touring with legendary guitarist Dennis Coffey and releasing a series of singles which included “Concrete Waves,” whose b-side was remixed by DJ Premier, Morris released the album Banshee (2012) on Wax Poetics. In 2013, Morris returned with the covers album Mockingbird.
Both Banshee and Mockingbird received critical acclaim and a cult following, with several film + tv placements. The title track “Banshee” was used prominently in the Showtime hit series Ray Donovan, while her cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” found itself in the trailer for major motion picture Dead Man Down.
In between extensive international touring and promotion for Banshee throughout 2013 and 2014, Morris worked on a small side project band with friends Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haltigan and Holly Miranda, releasing one single called “Candy.” After taking some time to write and record her follow up EP titled Babble, Kendra Morris will return with its release scheduled for late spring of 2016.
The Jack Moves
Born out of the mid-2000s skate scene, the Jack Moves are a product of an illustrious and creative period of downtown New York.
Raised on a healthy diet of old-school soul and ’80s classics, singer, producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes met drummer, producer, and former pro-skater Teddy Powell at LES skate hangout Tompkins Square Park in 2006 and the two became fast friends with a shared love of Wu-Tang Clan and rare soul records.
The pair soon shaped a garbage-strewn second-floor walkup in the heart of downtown Newark into a fully functioning analog studio. With Newark as their cultural backdrop, they began writing material that would speak to the timeless nature of soul music, but a music that was of its time. Singer Zee Desmondes delivers a falsetto reminiscent of some of blue-eyed soul’s greats Daryl Hall and Bobby Caldwell, while drummer Teddy Powell—who has placed beats on G-Unit and U-God projects—provides a steady, aggressive hip-hop-inspired bottom that propels the music forward. It’s an amalgamation of many styles and influences, spanning ’60s and ’70s soul, ’80s boogie, ’90s hip-hop, L.A.’s lowrider scene, and today’s millennial skate and streetwear communities.