*$5 Student Discount available for tickets purchased at the Iridium Box Office with valid student I.D.
Fieldhouse-Music BMG’s new emerging artists concert series, “Mondays at The House” debuts on July 31. The monthly showcase at The Iridium will present talent curated by Fieldhouse-Music BMG as a means of discovering, nurturing, and promoting the very best unsigned artists in the country today. Read our Press Release here.
JUST ADDED- Special guest host Brandon “Taz” Niederauer!
The premiere lineup highlights NYC based artists:
With the four members of The Dives hailing from both sides of the country and the middle, it might seem unlikely that these musicians would ever even meet, let alone form a band – until you hear them play. After one listen, it’s nearly impossible to imagine them playing with anyone else. Featuring tight harmonies and infectious hooks, The Dives’ music sounds fresh and familiar at the same time. When explaining how the band was formed, they all vehemently agree that they got together with the common goal of making the kind of music they wish they heard more.
Based in NYC, the new band – still under a year old – wasted no time writing original material, rehearsing and leaping onto the club circuit. When asked to describe The Dives’ sound, Evan Stanley, lead guitarist and vocalist, immediately answered, “Power Pop”. Sergio Ortega, bass and vocals, explains, “It’s a rock band playing pop music. Big hooks, but rattier than Top 40.” The Dives musical influences are similar enough to create a cohesive sound with memorable hooks, yet diverse enough to infuse their music with the excitement of very modern flavors.
The band is comprised of guitarist and lead singer Evan Stanley, guitarist and lead singer Mike Lefton, bassist and singer Sergio Ortega and drummer and singer Jimmy Meier. Developing a passionate interest in music as children, all four have been mastering their instruments from an early age. When Stanley moved to NYC to attend college at NYU/Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, he was determined to start a band. After a little trial and error, he was introduced to New Jersey native, Mike Lefton. A brotherhood was formed instantly as the two found musical commonalities beginning with their influences and energetic work ethic. And the beginning of a band was formed. Mike reached out to fellow New Jersey native, Jimmy Meier to give the band a beat. With a gig booked, they scrambled to find a bass player. A friend recommended an unlikely fit, Sergio Ortega. Unlikely because Ortega is an incredibly talented musician best known for guitar, banjo and mandolin and has toured the world with Broadway phenomenon, Ramin Karimloo, as his guitarist and musical director. The group asked Sergio to sit in for that show and never let him leave. It’s the kind of band fans dream about – The Dives don’t just spend time together for rehearsals and performances, they are brothers brought together by a common goal, shared passions and a twisted sense of humor.
Unfortunately, musical assumptions arise when people make the connection between Evan and KISS frontman, Paul Stanley. Yes, Evan is the son of the rock legend but he makes it clear that The Dives are forging their own musical path, “You won’t hear anything that sounds like KISS at The Dives’ show.”
2017 is lining up to be a very exciting year for The Dives. Currently putting the finishing touches on their debut EP, the band will also be announcing a full calendar of performance dates soon. Follow them on all social platforms for daily updates and be sure to catch a show near you!
New York-based singer/songwriter Hailey Knox rose to popularity with her acoustic covers of pop hits posted on the Internet. However, the social media star began singing long before, taking on the Beatles as a toddler and performing as a duo with her sister Samantha in her preteen years. It wasn’t until 2014 — when she posted her first cover, a rendition of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” — that she gained a larger audience that included industry vets and even pop singer Meghan Trainor. Her mature guitar-and-loop-pedal meditations on hits by various stars — ranging from Adele to the Weeknd and Justin Bieber to Hozier — were posted on YouTube and YouNow. She signed a deal with S-Curve Records by late 2015 and, the following year, she had racked up over two million views and was nominated for YouNower of the Year at the 2016 Shorty Awards. Her debut EP, A Little Awkward, was released that summer. It included a bright mix of guitar-based ditties that highlighted her soulful voice, which drew comparisons to Sheryl Crow, Ingrid Michaelson, Fiona Apple, and KT Tunstall. Produced by Michael Mangini (Joss Stone), Peter Zizzo (Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz, Vanessa Carlton), and Steve Greenberg (Andy Grammer), A Little Awkward included the single “Geeks,” which was co-written with singer Imani Coppola.
Following last year’s Do As People Do EP, Beecher’s Fault are back with a new single, “Life In This Light.” The track is a complex hybrid, adorning the band’s folky rock with soulful, gospel-inspired backing vocals and ambient guitars, all of which get their moment to shine through a sparse arrangement built on the rush and lull of complicated rhythmic patterns. And then just when you’ve caught up with the flow, the song launches into it’s final third, a driving rock beat with some classic rock guitar figures and vocoder vocals
Caleb Hawley is a multifaceted singer and songwriter, currently residing in Harlem of New York City. Citing his two greatest influences as Randy Newman and Prince, he leaves a lot of room for possibility in the genre spectrum.
Raised in Minneapolis by a family of preachers and therapists, Hawley’s family fueled his on-stage charisma and perceptive, witty lyrics. “Growing up in an a capella church, we weren’t allowed to use instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang old hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.”
Hawley spent his early 20’s touring the country with only an acoustic guitar and his dog Fargo. In those years, Hawley racked up hundreds of gigs, along with multiple songwriting awards for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Competition, SongCircle Contest and more.
Nowadays, a full band heightens the energy of the live show across the country. “I used to love playing solo, in listening rooms,” Hawley admits, “but as of late I prefer to get people thinking on their feet, rather than in a chair.” Music Without Labels agrees, calling the stocked setup “a fantastic show, full of danceable riffs and singalong choruses all held together by Hawley’s tremendous charisma.” The Chicagoist says, “The New York-based musician has a flair for soulful songwriting and a voice that will blow your hair back.”
Caleb’s newest album was produced by the great Prince Charles Alexander. Prince Charles is a multi-platinum recording engineer, mixing engineer and producer for a large client base including Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Destiny’s Child, Usher, Jodeci, P. Diddy, Youssou N’dour, iAM, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Babyface, Boys II Men, Donnie McClurkin, Brandy and many other musically diverse international artists. He has Garnered multiple Grammy Awards and nominations and 40+ RIAA-certified Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Award.
Fourteen-year-old guitarist BRANDON NIEDERAUER is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America wih some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world, welcoming the nickname “TAZ” amongst fans and peers alike.
It started when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock at eight-years-old. Also inspired by his father’s record collection, he instantly realized he wanted to play guitar. Four years later, he was cast as the principle role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award- nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Living in New York City welcomes great opportunity for Brandon to play with some of his most idolized musicians. He’s had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.
Since performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at the age of ten, Brandon has made additional national television appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and The View.
“Our tagline at Fieldhouse Music is ‘The Best Music You’ve Never Heard’ and this new showcase will be that and more,” says John Loeffler, Founder & Executive Director at Fieldhouse Music. “We want this series to be a gathering place for those interested in discovering artists on the verge, while also serving as a space where aspiring artists can learn from each other and hopefully take their music to the next level.”
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Whether it’s via licensing, brand initiatives, touring, record sales or innovative social media outlets, Fieldhouse Music partners with each individual artist to find and grow their unique solution.