Emanuel and the Fear @ The Delancy rooftop, Afternoon Scores
Emanuel Ayvas’ brought an ensemble of four and delivered lush scores with tabulators and music stands in place. His poetic writing and emotionally delivered vocals accompanied by violin, cello and guitar created a toned down but perfect acoustic orchestral pop and afternoon score for a roof garden space.Their set was a smaller representation of a group that performs with eleven.
Listening to Emanuel and the Fear recordings exemplifies the lush ambitious arrangements full of complexities and swelling of orchestral passages with smart lyrically emotionally delivered vocals.
Bryan Vaughan founder of their label Paper Garden Records has a passion for music he loves and believes in so I was remiss in not following through and hearing them sooner.
Drink Up Buttercup @ The Delancey rooftop, Acoustic Muscle
Drink Up Buttercup is a very different band in the early afternoon. But this is not Drink Up Buttercup Lite, anything but. Although they abandoned their drums, amps, garbage cans and kinesthetic body contortions they highlighted the muscle of their vocal muscle. They stretched their harmonic layering of show stopping standards adding detailed appendages. Showing off their incredible versatility and giving the tired genre "Barbershop" a vibrato edge.
Cale Parks 2 The Delaney Warmth to Techno
Cale Parks brings warmth to Techno, blending cascading dance beats, looping of original music with synth and drum machine. Live Cale Parks drumsticks twirl through the air and hit his mark. The baton twirler, soft crooner, and synth composer does it with precision and finesse. Adding two new players on guitar, bass and keys to his live line-up. Performing, as a one-man band is hard he said as he introduced his new band mates saying “how nice it was not do this alone”. The packed dank basement at the Delancey was the perfect setting to be transformed to another place. Cale Parks and Company took me there.