City Of The Sun

Union Stage and Songbyrd present

City Of The Sun

Gracie And Rachel

Sun Apr 7

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

Union Stage

Advance GA $15 | Day of GA $18

This event is all ages

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

City Of The Sun
City Of The Sun
Created in 2010, in the subways, streets, and local bars of New York City, City of the Sun has a distinctly eclectic sound—a mélange of flamenco, blues, and indie/folk rock. The band’s influences include Rodrigo y Gabriela, Led Zeppelin, Al di Meola, Dave Matthews Band, David Broza, Pink Floyd, John Mayer, Paco de Lucia, John Butler Trio, Jack Johnson, Bob Dylan, and Bon Iver. Their smooth tones are accompanied by technical flourishes that only enhance the experience that fans have described as “tremendous”, “powerful”, “mesmerizing”, and “a re-invention of acoustic music.”

The band’s notable gigs include famed production Sleep No More, acclaimed Broadway show Once cast parties, the Mondrian Hotel, Milk Studios, the Double Seven, the Bowery Hotel, and Paul Rowland’s Ford Project Gallery. In early 2013 they supported rapper/poet K’naan on his nationwide U.S. tour, which included performances at the Highline Ballroom in New York, the Troubador in Los Angeles, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hotel in Washington D.C., and Royale in Boston. Recently the band was invited to open for Chromeo and DJ Questlove at a Seeds of Peace charity event in NYC. They continue to record and develop their sound, building upon the guitar rhythm and riff foundation with vocals and electronic soundscapes.
Gracie And Rachel
Gracie And Rachel
Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. Their music pits anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance. The result is a compelling juxtaposition of Gracie’s piano and lead vocals and Rachel’s violin and voice, augmented with stark percussion. Though they make music as a duo, Gracie and Rachel together far exceed the sum of their parts. Like their stylized color palette of black and white, their instrumentation appears simple and spare at first glance, but there’s a powerful prism effect at work that brings us back to the concept of duality: their songs are intimate and expansive, questioning and confident. The nine orchestral-pop songs on ‘Gracie and Rachel' tell a story that’s rooted in the truth —their truth — but retain an enigmatic air that makes them relatable to anyone who has ever found their heart racing with doubt and pushed forward regardless. Their journey through adventurous youth and cohabitation is evident on their self-titled debut full length which was released on June 23rd.

“There’s a terrific tension in the sound, an underpinning of mystery set against a baroque, but modern, pop foreground.” [Gracie and Rachel is] something that I’m finding myself falling in love with a lot, which is music that has more space in it, and I really like that.” —Bob Boilen/NPR Music
Venue Information:
Union Stage
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.unionstage.com/