Lady Moon & The Eclipse + 79.5

Mo' Beat Mondays

Lady Moon & The Eclipse + 79.5

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

Lady Moon & The Eclipse
Lady Moon & The Eclipse
Lady Moon & The Eclipse is a multicultural seven-piece band based in Brooklyn, NY. Through soaring vocal textures and R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms, their music sheds light on social issues. With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, Lady Moon & The Eclipse explores relevant topics through a unique tapestry of cultural perspectives borne out of its African, Asian and European band members.

After a series of both chance encounters and mindful collaborations across San Francisco and New York City, Lady Moon & The Eclipse came together in October 2014. “Lady Moon” is vocalist Ngonda Badila, whose name means “moon” in Congolese. The rest of the band serves as the “sun” that bestows light upon her; during each stage performance the audience experiences a metaphorical “eclipse.” Hence the name — Lady Moon & The Eclipse. The band is a true conglomeration of artists; when off stage, band members pursue diverse mediums ranging from dance to visual arts to environmental science.

Despite its recent establishment, Lady Moon & The Eclipse has deeply rooted itself into the music community throughout the past year. In December 2014, they completed a four-night residency at PianoFight in San Francisco, where they ushered in the opening weekend of "San Francisco's next landmark entertainment venue.” March 2015 saw them as finalists in the Greenespace WNYC/WQXR Battle of The Boroughs. In early July they opened for Amanda Palmer at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY, followed by performing and leading workshops at Massbliss Arts and Awareness Experience. Throughout the year they have partnered with local bands and entities including Brooklyn Wildlife to curate and produce their own music and lifestyle events in Brooklyn. Lady Moon & The Eclipse is currently in the process of recording their first EP, set to release in Spring 2016 on CD and online.

In a deeply politicized and fragmented society, Lady Moon & The Eclipse stands as a musical anomaly that promotes the individual voices of its diverse band members and their cultural narratives. They strongly believe in inclusivity, which is starkly evident in their eclectic sound.

Lady Moon & The Eclipse is Lady Moon (lead vocals), Nkoula Badila, Ntangou Badila, Aatifa Drayton (backup vocals), Arlen Hart (keys), Jonathan Camuzeaux (bass), Ken Reichl (drums).
Hard to categorize, easy to love, 79.5 has been making tons of noise around New York City for the past year. With three lead vocalists, Kate, Nya, and Piya and a band that pulls influence from every corner of a record store, it’s no wonder they are already taking the scene by storm. They are an act that gets put on as an opener and shortly there after is asked by the venue to do a month long residency. That residency leads them to a full page write up in The New Yorker before they even have a single out. The long and short of it is that 79.5 wins over the listeners wherever they play with an infectious energy. Between the arrangements of bandleader Kate Mattison and the prowess of all the players, their sets run a gamut of energies and tempos, whether breaking it down to a capella, turning it up to disco, or mastering the middle, they run the groove, and the crowd follows suit. Take all of that and put it in the studio with Big Crown’s own Leon Michels on production duties and you get a record we can’t wait to put out in the world, a record on which every song was recorded live to tape in one take.
“Terrorize My Heart”, a tune leaving no room for gray, finds the ladies of 79.5 walking the line between vulnerability and forthrightness. Setting out with admonishments of love and infatuation that are checked by the bluntness of women who’ve lived in the Big Apple for years, “is it her or is it me, that’s how it’s gotta be”. A smashing rhythm section covered in punching rhodes chops, flute parts, and dubbed out reggae rhythm guitar sets the perfect vibe for the ladies to trade off leads and come back together in three part harmonies: All the while taking the whole tune from half time to double time.

The B side, coined the Disco Dub mixed by Jens Jungkurth, finds Michels’ production taking “Terrorize My Heart” from the change where it goes to four on the floor and lacing it with drums and a clap track that absolutely pushes this tune over the edge into the realm of dancefloor banger. Tombstones fall over, the earth cracks open, and dead people get up and dance when this comes on…
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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