Lawrence: The New Stuff Tour

Lawrence: The New Stuff Tour

Michael Blume, Victory

Thu May 17

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $55.00

• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service.

Lawrence
Lawrence
“Soul-Pop duo on the edge of a breakthrough.” - Popdust

“Lawrence boasts classic songwriting that would turn the hearts of America away from its material interests and to beauty and higher aims.” - The Deli Magazine

“The rich nine-piece arrangements pay tribute to Motown, Muscle Shoals, and everything in between…” - Relix Magazine

“They have an amazing grasp of soul-pop that seems unlikely for such young musicians…” - No Country for New Nashville

“Each [song] was keyboard-driven, energetic and featured the mind-blowing vocal arrangements of Clyde and Gracie.” - Pancakes and Whiskey

As NPR writes, “siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence are not your typical pair.” Clyde Lawrence, 24, and Gracie Lawrence, 21, have been writing songs and listening to countless Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and Aretha Franklin records together in the living room of their family’s New York City apartment since they were little kids. After years of playing together, they officially created Lawrence, an eight-piece soul-pop band comprised of powerhouse musicians who happen to be their best friends from childhood and college. The keyboard-driven rhythm section and tight energetic horns create dynamic arrangements to support Clyde and Gracie’s explosive lead vocals and catchy melodies.

Following their debut LP Breakfast (2016), which reached #6 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts, and received attention and praise from a variety of sources ranging from NPR’s All Things Considered to Stephen Curry’s social media, Lawrence is set to release their sophomore album, which is aptly titled Living Room, on September 14th, 2018. The album ranges from R&B/funk feel-good pop songs to soulful and cinematic ballads. Co-produced by bandmates Jordan Cohen (tenor/bari saxophone) and Jonny Koh (guitar), Brooklyn-based producer Eli Crews, and Clyde and Gracie themselves, Living Room chronicles the life of two kids growing up into (almost) fully formed human beings and the trials and tribulations along the way, including break-ups, make-ups, a family loss, and the attempt to find harmony between excitement, anxiety, melancholy, and empowerment. Sonically, the album combines elements of Lawrence’s old and new influences by mixing live with electronic, analog with digital, and meticulousness with spontaneity.

Most recently, Lawrence released Breakfast: Unscrambled (Acoustic Sessions), an EP of stripped-down, live versions of the songs off of Breakfast. The original version of Breakfast was produced by Grammy Award winner Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Tedeschi Trucks/Soulive), and it includes guest performances by NYC soul/funk mainstays including Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band).

In May 2018, Lawrence will be going on The New Stuff Tour, their headline tour to introduce the material off of Living Room in a live setting ahead of the album’s release. With their high-energy sound and completely live arrangements, Lawrence has gained a devoted following of all ages, demographics, and musical backgrounds. Lawrence has sold out headline shows across the country and appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Firefly, Okeechobee, Hangout, and many more. In addition, Lawrence has opened for notable acts such as Lake Street Dive, Vulfpeck, Soulive, Jon Bellion, Jacob Collier, Blues Traveler, O.A.R, and others.

In addition to the band, Clyde and Gracie Lawrence also work in other artistic fields. Clyde has composed songs and score for films such as Miss Congeniality (2000), Music and Lyrics (2007), The Rewrite (2015), Landline (2017), and an upcoming Disney film Noelle (2019). At age six, Clyde was admitted as the youngest member to the Songwriters Guild of America. Gracie Lawrence, in addition to singing and writing music for Lawrence, is an accomplished actress. Gracie can be seen as a series regular in the role “Julie Gardner” in the upcoming CBS All-Access murder mystery, $1 alongside John Caroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr., and Sturgill Simpson. Additionally, Gracie has appeared on Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs (2009), and in films such as The Sitter (2011) , upcoming film Adam (set to be released 2018), Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009), and in television shows such as The Good Wife (2012), The Americans (2014), and Younger (2015).
Michael Blume
Michael Blume
With an unbridled passion and soul-baring rawness, Michael Blume has been captivating listeners around the country. His debut EP When I Get It Right teems with honeyed vocals, soulful scatting and thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics that are both personal and universal. Fans find solace in his unabashed honesty and intrigue in his tenacious commitment to remaining true to himself. Selling out multiple live shows, including New York City's famed Bowery Ballroom, he enchants audiences with confessional and inspirational performances. With a musical background rooted in a cappella, Blume effortlessly produces complex vocal arrangements that showcase his comprehensive musicianship and perfectly complement his stellar range. Whether backed by his stripped-down, acoustic 5-piece band or his signature 11-piece band, his live performance shines.

Released in July 2016, When I Get It Right has garnered major acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, ABC, Pigeons & Planes, Earmilk, Hilly Dilly, Popdust, OkayPlayer, PopMatters and more. Perfectly showcasing his unique mix of R&B, neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and electronica, Blume blends unparalleled vocal prowess with evocative lyrics.

"Manufactured Love" was the first single which Blume independently released in July 2015, an intimate and impressive first taste of what was to come. The song found fans on its own, spending 6 weeks on Spotify's US and Canadian Viral 50 Chart and eventually claiming the #1 spot on its Alternative R&B chart. It was also included on Spotify's "Fresh Finds" playlist. Additionally, Apple Music featured the project on the cover of iTunes as a "New Artist" to watch.

His second single "Colors" premiered via Hilly Dilly, and led him to be favorably compared to Frank Ocean by Pigeons & Planes. "I've learned quickly to trust my process and my journey -- especially in the upside down world of the music industry. 'Colors' is a song about faith in myself, trusting my abilities and my path," explains Blume.

From the rousing hip-hop inspired verses in "Relationships," to the velvety crooning of "High Frequency," to the very personal "How High" which reflects on Blume's experience growing up as a gay man, and the self-aware, upbeat "The Same," Blume's records are intensely emotional, radiating the undeniable energy of his live performances.

"When I Get It Right is a collection of stories and perspective from my first chapter in New York City. I like to share vulnerable and honest work -- I think this kind of sharing facilitates conversations around topics we don't always like to talk about. I think embracing the uncomfortable works to propel us to a more just community that is filled with love and equality," says Blume.

Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Blume excelled in school and attended Yale University. He majored in Latin American studies and lived in Brazil, becoming fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He was planning on a life of academia until his last year of school, when he joined a prestigious on-campus a cappella group. They toured the world, performing in 35 countries, when Blume had an epiphany.

"I love singing and I love traveling, and I realized this is what I need to be doing for a living," He says. "I had what I describe as a 'second coming out' -- I came out as an artist."

He moved to New York City to pursue his dream, keeping his a cappella roots apparent in his rich vocal arrangements. His style combines his academic background with the buttery vocal runs of classic soul artists like Aretha Franklin, the in-the-pocket rhythms of 90s hip-hop and R&B, and the lyrical approach of songwriting greats like Paul Simon. Michael is fearlessly vocal about advocating against social injustice and crafts lyrics that explore his own Queer experience as well as materialism, race relations, and youth identity.

With a sound that is difficult to categorize but easily relatable, Blume offers something for everyone. As Khaya Lee of Earmilk put it, "Holistically, Blume is a vulnerable, flamboyant artist with a heart-wrenching story to tell. If he released a song where he was rapping, he would have been a white rapper. If he had released a song scatting over his Neo-Soul backing band, he would have been a Neo-Soul artist. Blume is and does all of these things."
Victory
Victory
Victory's music is a fusion between Soul music and Folk Music. Whether Victory is performing classics or original compositions, she has a way of tailoring each song with her voice and guitar to fit her unique style. Some people say that Victory is in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. But beyond those three, Victory brings an entirely new youthful element to the music world, an indescribable spiritual depth mixed with her youthful interpretation of sound influencing her artistic expressions. Moreover Victory colors a lot of her musical arrangements with rich jazz chords as she is rooted and grounded in Jazz tradition.
Venue Information:
Union Stage
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.unionstage.com/