Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Silver Sound Showdown Music + Video Festival 11

Feat. Valipala with a special appearance from WHEATUS!

Doors: 6:00 PM / Show: 7:00 PM 21+ Years
Silver Sound Showdown Music + Video Festival 11

Event Info

Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Silver Sound Showdown Music + Video Festival is NYC's biggest and longest music video festival. It is also a battle of the bands. The winning band is paired up with the winning band, and Silver Sound makes a music video with them. That video premieres at the next festival.
Last year's winning band and director, Valipala and Kaz Phillips will be premiering their apocalyptic music video END OF JULY.

We will also have a super secret surprise announcement from WHEATUS who, in addition to joining this year's panel of judges, are adding something TOTALLY CRAZY to the mix! Stay tuned!

Artist Info


Brooklyn band Valipala perform remarkable feats of hybridized soul, melding a vast range of genres to produce a distinct signature sound. Funk, R&B, math rock, and jazz constructs are weaved together in a tight compendium of sound in Valipala’s recorded output, with their live shows even more full of dynamic variation and creative spontaneity. Valipala’s debut EP, Mango City, was released October 2017 to all major streaming platforms. Their upcoming EP, bubble, featuring Braxton Cook and Vulfpeck collaborator Richie Rodriguez, will be released in February 2020.

Grace Kelly

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl and as part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties.

Kelly’s early career featured performances at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration at age 16 and at 14 as a soloist with the Boston Pops playing an original composition arranged for the legendary orchestra; she has since then played over 900 shows as bandleader in 35 countries at venues like the Kennedy Center and Moscow Symphony Hall and for the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux international jazz festivals. Touted for her scorching saxophone stylings and purring vocals, Kelly has performed and recorded with renowned artists including Lin Manuel- Miranda, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Questlove, and Wynton Marsalis.

DuPont Brass

DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, they have now grown to a 9-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area. Thanks to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival, The Washington Performing Arts Society, and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five” three times and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five times. Through their training in both classical and contemporary styles, the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. At the top of 2018, they released Eclectic Soul, a full length project that is a testament to that sound. Their latest EP, Halftime, is an ode to their marching band upbringing. Halftime stays true to the DuPont Brass style of taking something old and making something totally new.

Oh He Dead

DC-based band Oh He Dead was founded in 2015 by singer CJ Johnson and singer/guitarist Andy Valenti. Eight years and a global pandemic later, the now five-piece group includes lead guitarist Alex Salser, Adam Ashforth on drums, and Piano (yes that's her real name) Whitman on keys.  The close-knit crew is known for putting on a hell of a live show as Johnson “maneuvers her powerful voice — a combination of Stevie Nicks and Tracy Chapman” (Kojo Nnamdi) in rhythm with the band’s “sublime instrumentation” (NPR) and “infectious and soulful sound” (Washington Post). Oh He Dead's second album, Pretty, will be out on September 15th.  They are releasing a bunch of singles between now and then. Stay tuned. 

Bandits On The Run

Bandits on the Run is a Brooklyn-based criminal trio, notorious for stealing hearts and serenading strangers. They first gained infamy conducting musical sticks-ups in the subways of New York City with their three part-harmony and nostalgic sensibilities.

In their year-and-a-half-long stint of making musical mischief together, they've gone from conducting musical hold ups throughout the metro system to ever larger acts of banditry. They've been responsible for Tiny-Desk-Attention-Getting videos like this one. They've scored films like this one. They've gone on top-40 radio stations, stolen hearts at weddings, played countless NYC music venues, and indoctrinated thousands into a life of banditry that extends far beyond the walls of the subway. 

At the center of this dangerous crime ring are Roy Dodger, guitar & vocals (a.k.a. Adrian Enscoe); Bonanza Jellyfish, cello & vocals (a.k.a. Sydney Shepherd); and “Clarissa”, percussion, xylophone & vocals (a.k.a. Regina Strayhorn). All three bring their unique voices and songwriting abilities to the table, creating a variety of sounds and styles that create a musical web of sound hard to pin down, and even harder to resist.

To your ears, these whimsical criminals will sound like a nostalgic medley of old and new. Their tools are various and sundry, a motley mix of off-beat pop music covers, reworked jazz and rock standards, and originals that’ll make you feel like deja vu all over again. They've amassed a collection of songs, stolen and original alike, that some say would charm the pants off of even the most callous New Yorker. 

But don't take our word for it, catch the Bandits in action! You may find yourself swept away, smiling in spite of yourself, slow dancing with a stranger, or even dropping a dollar into the cello case.

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