2 Top Promoters Join Forces On Exciting, Mostly Female Bill | Test
JCMusic Scene’s “Dancing Tony” Susco and Jacqueline Smith have each rocked Jersey City with some great live bills throughout 2022. Now the area’s two top promoters are joining forces for an exciting bill , mostly female, coming to Corgi Spirits on Friday August 12, with performances by Rijah, Lue Beige, Seamstress and Powerlines.
Corgi’s (as it’s colloquially known) is known for its arcane gins, but together with the 902 Brewing Co. nearby, it’s become one of Jersey City’s top spots. Located in an industrial area at the foot of Bergen Lafayette (not far from the Liberty Science Center), both spots offer large stages, plenty of parking, and best of all, no neighbors to complain about the sound.
Powerlines, a power-rock trio from New Brunswick, will headline the showcase. Led by the charismatic Deanna DiLandro, Powerlines fuse classic rock riffs with instrumental breakdowns and haunting vocals; DiLandro calls it “pop rock with a pulse”.
Seamstress, trained in Jersey City but now based in Bloomfield, is the musical alter ego of Gabriella Chavez Sztyk.
“My husband Charlie Sztyk, a musician and artist in his own right, is my collaborator on this project,” she explained. “I write the songs, and then we flesh them out, producing and recording the songs together. Our live band is either us as a duo or a rotation of our friends who happen to be great musicians.
The Sztyks began performing as a duo in 2013 under the name Gabriella and released an EP in 2014.
“We eventually changed our name to Seamstress and have since released a few singles and an EP,” Gabriella said. “We will be releasing new music this fall.”
Like many actors, Seamstress has been keeping a low profile for over a year due to COVID, but she’s thrilled to be back.
“For me, the pandemic has been a time of forced rest; I was a bit exhausted from playing shows and enjoyed the downtime,” Gabriella said. “We started playing shows again at the end of 2021 and I find greater joy in it. Maybe it was a time to sit back and do nothing or this time made us want live music and art in a new way. The audience was so present and excited with us and it was wonderful to be a part of it.
Up-and-coming North Bergen-based quartet Lue Beige, a late addition to the lineup, calls its music “groovy, soulful, indie rock” with “themes of love, hardship, jazz and poetry”. The band is working on a debut album and continuously doing live performances in the Hudson County area.
Bill’s most telling act, however, comes in the form of an 18-year-old singer named Rijah who has just graduated from High Tech High School in Secaucus and is heading to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts in the fall.
Rijah – the stage name of Jersey City’s Rijah Banerjee – may open the August 12 showcase, but local trendsetters and promoters agree she won’t stay at the bottom of the bill for long. .
“Rijah is awesome! enthused Smith of JCMusic Scene. “I think she’s just on the cusp of giant things!”
Rijah comes naturally from her passion for music.
“My family is full of musicians, so growing up I was always in a house full of music and lots of art in general,” she said. “My mum is a dancer and I started acting because I saw my dad when I was a kid – and my uncle and my grandfather – always playing and that made me want to play.”
Rijah currently has three titles streaming online; the latest, “In My Mind,” infuses his dexterous pop vocals with infectious Afro and Latin beats. But while her music sounds modern and fresh, she notes that it’s based on classic pop like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse. But Rijah also has an ear for novelty.
“Tori Kelly is one of my biggest inspirations,” she noted, referring to the “American Idol” contestant who found pop stardom on YouTube. “I like to listen to a lot of different types of music because I also produce music.”
As with many artists, the pandemic lockdown has led to inspiration.
“I started producing music in 2020 because I really didn’t have anyone to work with anymore,” Rijah said. “So I started figuring out how to record on my little setup at home. Luckily the internet is a great resource. It helped me figure out how to do all of this on my phone.
The Corgi concert will give Rijah a chance to perform several unreleased songs as well as a cover or two, and the fact that she’s sharing the stage with other female artists makes the evening even more special for her.
“It’s amazing, I’m so passionate about it because I feel like women in the music industry in general, like in most environments I guess, but especially with music production, being overlooked, it’s more of a male-dominated environment,” she said. said. “So, I love seeing how all of these women come out and put on quite a show together in Jersey City.”
Corgi Spirits is located at 1 Distillery Drive in Jersey City. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $10.
For more information, visit https://corgispirits.com/ or call 201-448-4184.
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