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Kate McGarry and Group at National Sawdust

Kate McGarry and Group at National Sawdust

Grammy nominated Jazz vocalist, Kate McGarry and group, The Tough Get Growing, unveil a multi-media musical experience tomorrow night at National Sawdust, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The high-concept, high-tech music venue, which only got into full operation last month, has already garnered a reputation for being the new "it" music hall in New York City. A quick glance at their site's programming tells you why, with this season's shows curated by luminaries within contemporary music (of all genres), performance art, and choreography worlds. Heeding to its proclaimed mission as an "artist lead non-profit" National Sawdust is interested in being "a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike".

McGarry was tapped for this show by the singer composer and musical original, Theo Bleckmann, who performed at the opening of National Sawdust. McGarry's band, The Tough Get Growing includes guitarist Keith Ganz, trumpeter Al Strong, bassist Todd Sickafoose and drummer Allison Miller with James Shipp on vibes, percussion, and who also contributed arrangements.

McGarry and her ensemble will not disappoint, pulling on their wealth of musical influences from folk and Celtic music, to the American songbook with plenty of jazz improvisation throughout. The setlist includes songs by Leonard Cohen, The Blue Nile, Paul Simon, the Eagles and others in what the group terms "derangements" of works. McGarry said this particular musical performance will address "some deep and troubling themes, [touching on] Black Lives Matter, gun (out of) control, as well as themes of ancestors, family, God, finding our way in a chaotic and overstimulated existence, but it will also be funny and light and touching."

The additional visual element layered above all that sound will be motion graphics by video artist Onome Ekeh. Ekeh has previously created graphics for BAM's Next Wave Festival, and lends her earth real imagery to McGarry's performance. Here's a little taste of what's to come:

Thursday Nov 19, 2015
7PM - 8PM, $25
NATIONAL SAWDUST
80 N 6th ST (L to Bedford)
BK, NY 11249
NATIONALSAWDUST.ORG