Date and Time
Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 8:00pm
Foster McGinty with special guests Young Citizens
Friday, March 1, 2013
8pm Door / 9pm Show
"Foster McGinty, a head-turning guitar-pop craftsman." -TIMEOUT NEW YORK
Foster McGinty was born in Memphis, Tennessee, 'The Birth Place Of Rock and Roll', in 1984. He spent his first five years just a stones throw away from Sun Studios, where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins recorded golden hits, and walking distance from Elvis Presley's Graceland.
As a boy, McGinty's family relocated to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a small Main Street town built up on the banks of Mark Twain's Mississippi River. McGinty's earliest recollections of music are melodies coming from the steam calliopes of docking steamboats--floating palaces like The American Queen, The Delta Queen, and The Mississippi Queen. At age eleven, tales of his Father and Uncle's regional rock 'n' roll bands propelled Foster's musical curiosity further until one day he took his father's guitar from it's case. This occasion was followed by an all consuming love for classic rock music and old blues that washed over him like a river overflowing it's banks.
Shortly after high school, in 2005, McGinty returned to Memphis, Tennessee to debut his trio, The Foster McGinty Regeneration. The group performed at lively clubs along Beale Street on weekends entertaining crowds with songs and jams propelled by Foster's guitar. At age 21, this would be the first group Foster McGinty would front and it was during this time period that McGinty got his first taste of a professional recording studio when the trio recorded a demo of twelve Foster McGinty originals at Sunrise Recordings on Main Street in Cape Girardeau. This quick burst of experiences and the success of the trio encouraged Foster to move to a place where opportunity and like minded artists were plenty. In October of 2006 Foster moved to New York City with little more than a few changes of clothes, some books, and the same guitar he first played in his father's basement when he was eleven. McGinty, just a Main Street, small town American dreamer, wandered MacDougal, Bleecker Street and St. Marks. The same streets that launched the careers of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, among others.
In 2008 Foster McGinty recorded his debut album, Peach Red at a Chelsea recording studio with his new found New York City band. He promoted the album by playing at all the most popular Manhattan clubs. The Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End and Pianos were just a few of the venues Foster McGinty packed. Over one hundred college radio stations across the United States and Canada had started playing the single from the album, 'Can't Help but Shine', and it wasn't long before Foster was ready to record another record.
In 2010, Foster recorded his sophomore album, Chateau Fiasco. The same radio stations got behind this release, and fans were delighted by the different side and new sounds they heard from Foster. He spent the rest of 2010 filling premier NYC clubs and was a showcasing artist at the 2011 South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
Moving upstate to Woodstock in the fall of 2011 has brought on yet another side of McGinty's musical talents. A more Acoustic/Indie/Americana sound has emerged, and McGinty will be recording a third album in June 2012. With Radio Woodstock and regional publications supporting, a North Eastern tour to back the album is planned for the fall of 2012.
From Woodstock, NY, Young Citizens is an band of like-minded musicians influenced by Rock, Reggae and Blues. Young Citizens is part of the emerging scene hell-bent on taking back musical integrity. They wouldn't call themselves "Americana," although they might admit to a folk influence. Writing new songs all the time their sound is continuously evolving. Playing pleasant acoustic melodies or riff-raised guitar-rock, the common denominator is a dedication to their audience. Their is nothing flashy about their shows, but their talent is omnipresent. Calvin, the singer and frontman, has a unique tone and rasp that is recognizable from afar.
Often paying homage to their most influential songwriters/artists of the past and present (these have included the likes of Taj Mahal, Trevor Hall, Sublime, Rolling Stones, Jack White, The Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, CSNY, The Faces and a handful more), their originals are catchy, fun and you'll be singing them all the way home. Young Citizens is a hard working band determined to bring a good time wherever they go. With their amazing and loyal fan base growing quickly, they will do just that.
Skye Calvin Alfaro (vocals, guitar, drums)
Connor Milton (guitar, drums)
Tyler Robertson (bass)