FRIDAY, JUNE 07, 2019
7:30PM Doors / 8:00PM Show
RAIN OR SHINE
$18 ADV / $22 Day of Show
General Admission - Standing
Industry City Courtyard 1-2
(Food Hall Entrance)
238 36th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Singer/songwriter Nicole Wray (Lady Wray) has everything you'd want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha's, and a church upbringing that's brought a pure, healing texture to her voice. At the age of fifteen, life opened up quickly when Missy Elliot paid a visit to Nicole's family home to audition her on the spot. Instantly blowing her away, she signed and left with Missy that night. In 1998, she had a hit gold single off a solid debut album (Make It Hot) and was part of a team that included late '90s R&B and rap royalty: Missy, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Playa, Timbaland and Magoo. In 2004, Nicole signed with Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Records which connected her to The Black Keys' Blackroc project in 2009 which led her to recording background vocals on The Black Keys' 2010 Grammy-winning LP, Brothers. Her 2016 solo release, Queen Alone, found her working with top-class musicians and Big Crown Records own Leon Michels and Daptone / Dunham's Tom Brenneck.
Attempting to pigeonhole 79.5 into something as narrow as a single genre would be an ill advised, if not
impossible, task. It’s disco to the beat of modern house; it’s a Supremes cover of a Cardi B banger; it’s Roland Kirk playing jazz through one saxophone, funk through another, and the most earwormy pop tune the 1970’s could muster through a third. Anchored by the delicate crunch of singer and keyboardist Kate Mattison’s Fender Rhodes, the band is named after an imaginary radio station, one that acted as a mercurial melting pot for genres as varied as house, soul, disco, jazz and new jack swing, all seasoned with an AM Gold crackle.
“Boy Don’t Be Afraid,” the first single off of Predictions, showcases the sleek musicianship and palpable
joy that course through the entire record. Produced by Big Crown Records co-founder Leon Michels,
Predictions is a timeless journey through a New York City dreamscape—where spring never ends, the
clubs never close, and new love is always right around the corner of the next city block. Mysterious,
classy, and underscored with a simmering passion, the record captures the infectious mood of 79.5’s
live sets, transporting listeners directly to the front of the stage.
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Industry City courtyard 1-2
238 36th St. Brooklyn, NY 11232
(Food Hall Entrance)
Subway D N R to 36th Street, Brooklyn