Rockwood Music Hall returns to Lincoln Center to present the third chapter of Downtown Comes Uptown.
Over the course of two nights, Rockwood Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and WFUV partner to spotlight four talented artists in two distinctly different settings. These unique artists bring songs and stories of their everyday stomping grounds—the downtown club scene—to a new audience at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium as they perform selections of their work in a showcase hosted by WFUV radio personality Rita Houston. The following night, all four artists return to the Lower East Side with full performances at Rockwood Music Hall.
Presented in collaboration with Rockwood Music Hall & WFUV
Special thanks to Matt Sucich for helping to bring the Downtown Comes Uptown series to life.
Glen David Andrews
In a city whose spirit world is as old as Mother Africa’s children, native son of New Orleans Glen David Andrews has made a compelling case for his own deliverance. Born in the historic Tremé neighborhood, which many consider to be the oldest black community in the United States, Andrews was transfixed as a child by the magic and mystery of the city’s second-line parades. Andrews, his older brother Derrick Tabb (of the Rebirth Brass Band), and their younger cousin Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, soaked up life’s musical lessons by learning the history of the brass band tradition from iconic figures like Tuba Fats. “Jesus was born in a manger,” Andrews says, “I was born in a second line.”
Andrews’s showmanship has long endeared him to audiences on New Orleans’s fabled Frenchman Street. He’s also made a profound impression at the world’s biggest block party—the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Andrews has been called “one of the giant talents of New Orleans music,” by festival producer Quint Davis.
A Prairie Home Companion favorite who has performed with the Boston Pops and celebrated artists including Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile, Brooklyn-based folk singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan’s music has been recorded by bluegrass-country superstar Alison Krauss. After playing for a decade with the progressive bluegrass band Crooked Still, she released her highly acclaimed full-length solo debut Fossils, full of vivid songs and tender vocals.
An American recording artist whose musical style encompasses country, soul, folk, rock, and blues, Elle King loves banjos and hobos. Born in Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, Elle retains her roots in a style that blends grit and Midwestern charm, melding an old soul with rock ‘n’ roll influences into a sound that’s all her own. TheAustin Chronicle raved about her “shockingly sexy-sorrowful songsmithery” and her “sweetheart-with-a-knife voice that promises potentially dangerous intimacy on a grand, spooky scale.” Her track “Playing for Keeps” was chosen as the theme song for VH1’s Mob Wives Chicago, and she was spotlighted as an “Artist to Watch” by Esquire magazine and Refinery 29. Her Elle King EP was featured in Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, andVanity Fair. RCA will release her first full-length album in early 2015.
The Spring Standards
The Spring Standards have been winning over audiences nationwide since the 2008 release of their debut EPNo One Will Know, a collaboration with Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller. Four fan-funded independent releases later, they are going stronger than ever, attracting attention from NPR, Spin, Paste, New York Magazine, and an ever-growing fan base all over the world. Following their 2012 release, yellow//gold, they had the privilege of performing on Conan O’Brien, a feat nearly unheard of for an unsigned band. In May 2013, The Spring Standards released Live From Delaware, their very first live album.