Live ‘Sounds Of Philly’ Pop-Up Series Hits NYC For St. Patrick’s Day

Live 'Sounds Of Philly' Pop-Up Series Hits NYC For St. Patrick's Day

Trailblazing “Sounds Of Philly” pop-up series makes its way to New York for Saint Patrick’s Day

Following its successful debut in Los Angeles during Super Bowl Week last month, Future x Sounds™ brings its one of a kind “Sounds Of Philly” pop-up series to New York City for two special Saint Patrick’s Day shows on March 17th. Joined by some very special surprise guests, Philadelphia’s finest musicians including world-renowned drummer and producer George “Spanky” McCurdy, famed bassist Thaddaeus Tribbett, Electro/Soul vocalist Aliyah Niambi, and pianist Larry Lambert II, will perform as a collective in celebration of the sounds of their home city.

Grammy-winner Cory Henry, and Emmy-nominated Music Director and Grammy award-winning mastermind Adam Blackstone were just a few of the special guest performers that joined this all-star lineup for the “Sounds Of Philly” show in Los Angeles. The New York City shows are sure to deliver just as much– if not more –musical star power at Nublu, New York’s magical space for live music in the city’s East Village. This will be an intimate live celebration of the music of Philly, with New York flair, like no other. And in true Future x Sounds fashion, you never know who will show up.

Doors for the first set will open at 8:30PM, and doors for the late set will open at 11PM. Tickets for both sets can be purchased in advance here and here.

Immediately following the late set, the night will continue with a curated Jam Session by long-time collaborators HighBreedMusic and Anu Sun’s The Shed Open Jam. Past surprise guests of this jam series have included Bilal, Kamasi Washington, and DJ Battlecat, to name a few.

Future x Sounds has activation events planned for the next six months in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and other cities that are soon to be announced. The first ten ticket buyers of the March 17th “Sounds Of Philly” show will be granted free access, along with one guest, to Future x Sounds’ secret NYC event, hosted by a very special guest, on March 19th (details revealed upon RSVP).

From the streets of Philly comes dynamic, world-renowned drummer and producer, George “Spanky” McCurdy. His band Spank captures a free and organic, raw sound that takes listeners on an experimental journey through shades of funk, soul, and jazz on its debut album Circa LXXXI. Lead member and drummer Spanky has performed with the likes of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, and Kanye West. He has also collaborated with Brandy, Queen Latifah, Nas, Q-Tip, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, among others. For six years, Spanky served as the lead drummer for Lady Gaga, through the duration of her incredibly successful “The Monster Ball Tour”, and at the 2016 Oscars performance. Spanky went on to cultivate his own fearless approach to drumming and music production. His dynamic style, on and off kit, places him firmly among the most elite musicians of today.

Bassist Thaddaeus Tribbet’s influence on Philly’s revered musical scene can’t be understated. Traveling the world with the likes of Jill Scott, Willow Smith, P. Diddy, Britney Spears, Musiq Soulchild, Robert Glasper, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Maxwell, and John Legend to name a few, this music virtuoso has conceived and contributed to many timeless songs over the years. Tribbet’s undeniable talent has also seen him perform on The Late Show with David Letterman, The (Former) Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, SNL, 106 & Park, VH1 Soul, and London’s Jools Holland Show.

Philly’s “electro vocalist” Aliyah Niambi is also a producer, songwriter, and engineer. “Let’s Fall In Love” was her first charting song, which was co-written and produced by Aliyah and Matthew Vorzimer, for Robert Glasper’s ‘ArtScience’ album. A product of New York City’s prestigious New School University, Aliyah was mentored by Tiombe Lockhart who inspired her to produce. The first song she ever wrote was sung by Jesse Boykins III. Aliyah also wrote for Robert Glasper’s new album ‘Black Radio 3’, and wrote several songs for RES and Steve McKie’s forthcoming album.

Future x Sounds™ is a nationwide live music and arts series, driven by community and activism. It’s the result of a collaborative effort between like-minded communities of producers, promoters, curators and iconic artists across the country. Launched in 2019 with large-scale festivals in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia (curated by Lalah Hathaway, Talib Kweli, and James Poyser of The Roots, respectively), Future x Sounds takes its attendees on a musical journey that connects the past, present and future through the lens of its local creative community.

We want to promote high-quality music without the imposition of the business and celebrate each city just for what makes it special, so we are giving the creative control to the people who know music and their scenes best: the artists,” says Future x Sounds Founder and Executive Producer Angela Gil. “Their curation is based on mutual inspiration, respect and the will to support each other’s individual projects. It’s pretty beautiful and powerful.”

Future x Sounds’ network of community-builders and collaborators include New York’s Winter JAZZ Fest, Summerstage, Real Music Rebels, among others. In 2020, Future x Sounds joined forces with Tank & The Bangas, Chris Dave, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Black Milk for virtual shows during nationwide shutdowns. The transition of the event back into live concert venues has seen the launch of its new series of intimate live jam sessions and pop-up shows across the country. The first edition in this series has already managed to galvanize audiences with an incredible list of surprise guests, including Bilal, Kamasi Washington, Cory Henry, DJ Battlecat, and Adam Blackstone to name a few.

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