New York-based singer songwriter Warren Malone is originally from Manchester, England and has played thousands of gigs on stages, street corners and bars across Europe, Ireland, and the United States, playing with Steve Earle, David Gray, Lucinda Williams, World Party and many more. Currently embedded in the folk scene of New York, Warren has released four albums in three years—including Spit ‘n’ Kisses, featuring members of the Tori Amos band. Here’s what one reviewer said of Warren Malone, “Malone has created an absolutely amazing album. And The Ants Ate The Bee never sounds the same twice/absolutely spellbinding/each listen feels fresh and different/The album is like a audio kaleidoscope/And then there’s that voice…an entirely unique instrument that sounds like a slightly androgynous soul singer/this album deserves repeated spins.” Here’s a quote from Warren: “I try to be good, I love to sing, I sing all day, everyday.”
Popular New york based jazz singer and stylist Tara O’Grady is currently recording her 4th album Irish Bayou a tribute to the Irish in New Orleans. Tara was chosen to perform in New Orleans at the city’s Famine Commemorative Gala–the Irish in New Orleans love her unique fusion of jazz and Irish music. She has a concert on Nov 21 at Swing the Teapot in Floral Park, Queens, or you can catch her every Monday at the NYLO Hotel and every Tuesday at the Refinery Hotel swinging jazz, blues and folk with her band in Manhattan.
Sasha Papernik is a Russian-American pianist, singer, and composer. She has recorded three albums of original music and has been a featured artist in Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist, Lincoln Center Local, and Carnegie Hall’s popular Musical Explorers series this year. This week, in addition to Rockwood, Sasha will be performing with her piano duo at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in celebration of her newest recording project: an album of piano four hand and solo music called Four Hand Band!
Veteran actor Jack O’Connell has appeared on stage and in film and TV. Recent favorites include, Inside Llewyn Davis, Doubt, Knight and Day and Men in Black 3. Jack will co-star in the soon to be released Medal of Victory. He also co-stars with Michael Cera in the YouTube favorite, Brazzaville Teenager. Jack will be performing Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.” If you haven’t seen this you’re in for a treat.
Deni Bonet is a pop/rock singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist who has recorded and performed with R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters, and Warren Zevon among many others. She was an original member of the cast of the nationally syndicated NPR radio show “Mountain Stage”; singing and performing in her own right and accompanying guests on the show. Deni left the show to pursue a solo career, with a mission to prove that there is more to the violin than concertos and hoedowns. She has performed at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and just recently performed at the White House for the President, First Lady and Vice-President of the United States. Deni Bonet has become an in-demand act, headlining various festivals, performing arts centers, clubs, colleges and international venues. Her music has been featured on HBO, NBC, American Airlines, several film and modern dance projects, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as like “Sheryl Crow meets the B-52’s”.
Aisha Badru is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Yonkers, New York, who will be making her debut appearance at Rockwood. Aisha, a self taught guitarist, has been inspired by a diversity of genre and style, which has allowed her to create her own, very unique sound. A fourth year college student, Aisha plans to pursuit a career in music. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut EP.