Julian Velard, The Young Novelists open

September 23, 2015 8PM
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$16 / 14

Julian Velard has established himself as a winning musician and raconteur - an unrepentant motormouth who could just as easily bowl you over in concert with between-song bon mots as he does with his pop hooks. Julian’s engaging style of theatrical, piano-based pop has a style that The Sunday Times calls “catchy but complicated.” Velard turns the piano-pop tunesmith stereotype on its ear with a most refreshing twist: a biting, 21st century wit in a stylish package - think Harry Connick, Jr. with the panache of a Brooklyn hipster - recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents.

 

His latest release, a concept album about his native New York City entitled “If You Don’t Like It, You Can Leave,” finds Julian at his most inventive and deeply personal, with nine engaging originals about happiness and heartbreak across the five boroughs. Through his songwriting gifts, New York City brims with a kind of pain and promise that anyone can recognize, no matter how well you’ve memorized the mass transit schedule. In addition to touring America and Europe for the past 15 years, he’s penned songs for countless others including UK Pop Sensation Olly Murs and The New York Knicks. He’s also a regular guest on the hipster trivia show NPR's Ask Me Another, and has authored various music nerd courses for Lynda.com.

 

http://julianvelard.tumblr.com

 

Through their rich but rustic sound, Toronto roots-rock outfit The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form. made us strangers, their upcoming sophomore effort, showcases a significant sonic progression for the band. Ripe with raw but elegant instrumentation and stacked multi-layered harmonies, their pure take on folk-tinged rock translates equally well from the stereo or stage.

 

What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born. “This record hinges on interpersonal relationships,” James explains of made us strangers’ underlying lyrical theme, which includes both traditional and non-traditional ones – from brothers in a band to a torrid love triangle to a new father missing the sound of his son’s voice when they’re apart.

 

http://www.theyoungnovelists.com/

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF OUR TABLES SEAT FOUR PEOPLE. IF YOU DO NOT PURCHASE ALL FOUR SEATS, OTHER PATRONS MAY BE SEATED WITH YOU. YOUR TICKETS RESERVE YOU A PLACE AT THE TABLE YOU SELECT, BUT NOT A SPECIFIC LOCATION AT THAT TABLE. ALL PATRONS HAVE THE OPTION TO ORDER DINNER. ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

$16 / 14
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