Music Militia Night with [Naomi] and friends Ruslan Sirota + Stephen Puth + Mac Hanson plus support from Badflower and DJs Eric Sharp + CC Sheffield hosted by Ben Feldman

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Music Militia Night with [Naomi] and friends Ruslan Sirota + Stephen Puth + Mac Hanson plus support from Badflower and DJs Eric Sharp + CC Sheffield hosted by Ben Feldman

Mon, December 12, 2016

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

FREE

This event is 21 and over

There will be an optional donation jar at the door with proceeds going to the night's charity of choice!

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[Naomi]
[Naomi]
Hailing from Los Angeles, [Naomi] arrived on the scene as a fully-formed old soul, although in her early 20's. Weeks into learning how to play guitar, she began blending her experiences into powerful songwriting about her truth as a young woman in a strange and, quite frankly, f***ing crazy city. [Naomi] uses the perfect combination of grit and charm to bring angst to a music scene that could use more of it.

[Naomi]’s songs are kinetic in nature and lyrically pure, but her true super power is live on stage, where the intensity of her Joplin-esque vocals shines through with enough brightness to captivate everyone who experiences it.
Ruslan Sirota
Ruslan was born in Uman, Ukraine to a Jewish family on November 4, 1980. His father, Yefim, who was an active local guitarist, had introduced him to music at an early age. Picking up guitar around the age of four, Ruslan had transitioned to piano around the age of seven. In 1990, his family moved to Israel, where he continued to study piano at the Bat-Yam music school. At approximately 14, Ruslan discovered jazz, instantly showing imminent interest. By the age of 16, he was the "wunderkind" keyboardist for the then-popular Israeli jazz fusion band, "Confusion". With Confusion, he toured Israel and made several appearances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival.

At 18, Ruslan auditioned for the Berklee College of Music, where he received full tuition scholarship, and moved to Boston in January 2000. During his studies at Berklee, Ruslan displayed growing interest in R&B, funk and soul music, playing with local artists and eventually becoming the resident keyboardist in a club called "Wally's Jazz Café". Circa 2004, Ruslan joined the Stanley Clarke band and moved to Los Angeles, thus marking the beginning of his professional career.
Badflower
Badflower
A predatory catcaller. A tortured, addicted lover. A jaded, blue-collar bar band singer. A cold-blooded killer. With characters like these, you may feel as though you’re watching a film, not listening to a rock ‘n’ roll record.
These are just some of the compelling characters from the debut Hundred Handed Records EP from L.A.’s Badflower, a fledgling rock band of cinematic proportions.
The EP’s songs showcase an exciting young group of musicians and a star talent in frontman Josh Katz. Long fascinated with movie music, his dark lyrics reveal a storyteller sophisticated beyond his 24 years.
“I enjoy putting myself in other people’s shoes, and imagining their thoughts, expressing those hidden terrors and fears,” explains Katz about the roleplaying nature of his lyric-writing. “By acting them out, I try to stress how wrong these attitudes can be, but still show how easy they are to adopt.”
Badflower’s songs play like short-films, with Katz portraying the various characters. Some are sympathetic, and some are monsters. These moral contradictions create a tension supported and reinforced by the music beneath.
As his chief collaborator, lead guitarist Joe Morrow is responsible for much of Badflower’s signature sound: snaky, psychedelic guitar riffs, often building to powerful rock rhythms over the course of a song. Bassist Alex Espirtu and drummer Anthony Sonetti provide a strong backbone, and Katz’s tenor regularly turns on a dime from world-weary clarity to a violent snarl.
Despite the intricacies, this is music for large rooms and big crowds – a throwback to the days when rock music could reach the wide masses, shake up the status quo, even save souls.
“I’d like to change the world,” says Katz. “I still believe rock ‘n’ roll has the potential to do that. We are committed to building this into a mountain, a skyscraper. We’ve all pushed each other to get better.”
With their debut EP, Badflower seems up to the challenge.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/