Fieldhouse-Music BMG presents ‘Mondays at the House’ featuring Michael Sackle-Berner, Hollis Brown, Alessandra Guercio & Upstate Rubdown

  • Event Date: 26 - Mar - 2018
  • Price:$15 / $10 Student
  • Time:8:30pm
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*$5 Student Discount available for tickets purchased at the Iridium Box Office with valid I.D.

Fieldhouse Iridium NYC“Mondays at The House” is a new monthly emerging artists concert series presented by John Loeffler, Founder & Executive Director of Fieldhouse-Music BMG, and Grace Blake, Producer and General Manager at The Iridium. “Our premiere showcase was a hit and the momentum for those performers continues as they all have left for tours across the U.S.,” says John Loeffler.

“Mondays at The House” is a monthly showcase presenting talent curated by Fieldhouse-BMG and Iridium as a means of discovering, nurturing, and promoting the very best unsigned artists in the country today. Industry mixers and meet and greets follow the performances, and aspiring artists in the audience are encouraged to bring samples of their own music to be considered for an upcoming showcase.

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Upstate Rubdown:

Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America’s musical heritage. Based in New York’s Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D’Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender.

Over its six year history, the band has played in more than thirty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Green River Festival, and Otis Mountain Get Down. The band has shared the stage with Cory Henry, Phox, Marco Benevento, The Felice Brothers, Commander Cody, Marcus King Band, and many others.



Hollis Brown:

Hollis Brown is an American Rock ‘n’ Roll band.  Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar).  Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, and Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis.

Hollis Brown’s latest single “Run Right To You” was released on 7” vinyl in October 2016 on Velvet Elk/One Little Indian records. Their song “Steady Ground” is a featured exclusive on Amazon’s playlist Amazon Acoustics. The band’s vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls (Alive Naturalsound Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016.  Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. It was released digitally on iTunes in August 2016. Cluster of Pearls follows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown’s third album 3 Shots (Jullian Records/RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance,” and the duet “Highway 1” with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane.

The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009.  They released their debut album Ride On The Train on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, along with music placements in the worldwide trailer for the Michael Keaton film “The Founder,” the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film “Bad Country,” Direct TV’s “Kingdom,” Showtime’s “Shameless,” MTV’s “Real World,” and an online ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch.  Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a tribute to the Velvet Underground’s classic album Loaded, as a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014.  Hollis Brown Gets Loaded took on a life of its own, with airplay on influential radio stations, resulting in a full CD & digital release.

The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, Alejandro Escovedo, Deer Tick, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan base on both continents.


Michael Sackler-Berner:

A lot of really talented people like working with Michael Sackler-Berner.

People like new wave icon Marshall Crenshaw, Grammy-winning producer Steve Jordan, and 150 million album selling drummer Liberty DeVitto. They’ve all shared a studio or a stage with the New York singer-songwriter in recent years. Ask why, and they’d say Michael’s a musician’s musician—the kind of guy obsessed with vintage gear, recording live off the floor, etc. But mainly, its because he writes such amazing songs.

“I’m not a super contemporary, trend-chasing artist,” says Sackler-Berner. “I’m the guy who wonders why million dollar gear is being heard on $1.99 earbuds. It’s a drag: Nobody has a hi-fi system and I’m here making hi-fi records.”

He says it all with a good-natured laugh.

But he’s also a contemporary, a talent whose songs — evocative, personal, always memorable — certainly deserve a modern audience.

To look ahead, however, you first need to look back.  Sackler-Berner’s journey began in New York City, where his Dad was a TV and film producer, his Mother an arts and social justice activist and his sister left a beat-up guitar lying around the house…one that 11-year Michael soon found himself strumming.

“I was writing some bad poetry over it,” he says. “I was too impatient to learn other people’s songs.”

He became more serious about music after high school, moving to Montreal to study music technology at McGill and forming a garage rock band called Hearts of Palm. “I was the resident folkie among the EDM techies up there,” he says. The band made some waves in Canada, even earning a spot on the multi-continent charity concert Live 8.

But his music taste was changing, and Sackler-Berner began crafting a different set of songs. Moving back to the States and now on his own, his new demos found their way to noted composer/musician David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett). “I went to him and asked, what do I do? And he heard my stuff, liked it, and said, ‘go write some bridges,’ which I thought was pretty funny for a guy who worked with Dylan.”

With Mansfield’s encouragement, Sackler-Berner flew to California to record his first solo album, simply titled MSB and featuring the likes of Jim Keltner, Reggie McBride and Val McCallum. “Four days in the studio recording live with some top L.A. players,” he says. “It was like going to school.”

And then he kept going. Hollywood beckoned: soon, his songs were appearing regularly in shows like Sons of Anarchy, Bloodline, Nurse Jackie and Law and Order. He acted a little, toured, wrote songs for other singers, and landed a publishing deal with Razor & Tie.  He recorded a song with his childhood friend Henry Geller and drummer Liberty DeVitto of Billy Joel fame, which led to a detour. “At the end of the session, Liberty asked to be our drummer full-time! So we made a band.” That popular not-so-side project, the Slim Kings, is already two albums in and opening for ZZ Top, and large scale acts.

But for all his success, Sackler-Berner felt himself yearning to record something more personal. “In the new stuff I was writing, I was becoming less a character, and more completely myself,” he says. And this time, his demo caught the ears of Marshall Crenshaw.

“Marshall didn’t know me from Adam, but wanted to work with me,” says Sackler-Berner. “Plus, he’s a guitar guy, like me, and it was opportunity to work with a proven songwriter.”

Crenshaw picked three new songs of Sackler-Berner’s to work on with Stewart Lerman, the Grammy-winning producer behind St. Vincent and Elvis Costello. Additionally, another five tracks were recorded with Leo Sidran, an Oscar-winning composer/producer. “Those were a bit more aggressive: we were doing one or two takes on the vocals,” says Sackler-Berner.

Following up on the success of the Crenshaw/Sidran double EP release which landed rave reviews from AXS, PopDose, People magazine and even muso-rags like Guitar World, Sackler-Berner began distilling over 80 songs from his catalog down to 11 for his forthcoming second record which is slated to be produced by red hot Joel Hamilton.  Hamilton is currently celebrating a grammy nod for best rock album of the year and a billboard number one.



Born and raised in Brooklyn, Alessandra is a petite package with a powerful personality and an even more powerful voice. She began her career at age 8, winning the TV show, “America’s Most

Talented Kids”.  She then went on to take home first place in the national vocal competition, “Talent Rock”, at age 12.  Her Star Power and vocal abilities were apparent at a young age, and continued to keep Alessandra in the spotlight.

Season 10 of American Idol really displayed her powerhouse vocals. You may also remember her from season 3 of The Voice when Team Christina stole her from Team Adam.

Alessandra’s vocal talent undeniably captures any audience she performs for, but what keeps them captivated is her culture and warmth.

Alessandra is part of a big Italian family and takes pride in being a native New Yorker. Her community is very important to her. She has performed across New York City for parades, tree lighting

ceremonies, and most notably at the 9/11 Tribute Concert in Central Park.  She loves to support her New York/New Jersey sports teams as well, singing the national anthem at Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and Nets games.

Philanthropy is also on her daily “ to do” lists where she actively supports various charities, such as the Breast Cancer Research Walk in Central Park, Relay For Life, and the Futures in Education Initiative.

Alessandra is bold, sassy, culturally rich, and full of a warm energy that makes you want to just be around her and be a part of her journey.  Whether you’re watching her on The Voice, listening to her sing at Central Park, or sitting face-to-face with her in her Nonna’s kitchen, Alessandra makes you feel like family. Whenever she sings, her love for her audiences always shines through.

She is a dynamic songwriter and explosive live performer. She is unapologetically Alessandra!


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