Jackbenny (Single Release Party), Bad Wave, Willis Avenue

The Satellite Presents

Jackbenny (Single Release Party), Bad Wave, Willis Avenue

Tue, March 21, 2017

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

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

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Each night after they took a tandem bath in their quiet home in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, twin brothers Jack and Benny Lipson would dry while their father played Beatles albums on the vinyl player. Sometimes he liked to air-conduct to Tchaikovsky recordings too, even though he knew nothing of conducting. And during the daytime, they listened to their mother learning and rehearsing material for the musicals in which she performed, or their grandmother improvising piano arrangements of older showtunes. They could only satiate their musical curiosity further by beginning piano lessons themselves, which then developed into voice and musicianship training from their most inspiring and unconventional teacher, Gerald White.

Middle school introduced Jack and Benny to jazz idioms as well as new musical tools: Benny began to teach himself bass while Jack explored the drum set and all kinds of percussion. Then, the performing arts high school only piqued more musical interests; after he watched the school’s orchestra perform Holst’s The Planets, Jack consumed as much classical as he could, reading scores in the practice rooms at lunchtime and eventually focusing on writing his own. Meanwhile Benny dove deeper into jazz, playing bass with the school’s big band and singing intricately rich harmonies in the vocal jazz ensemble. Nonetheless they continued to rejoice in the music of their more distant childhood, jamming to Wings, Todd Rundgren, Yes, and more together, as well as regular trips to the theater and parties where their parents’ friends sang and reminisced through the night.

Upon finishing high school, Benny and Jack lived apart for the first time in their brief lives, Benny relocating to Miami to study jazz voice and Jack staying local in Los Angeles to hone his classical composition. Benny engaged deeper with the American songbook and the art of arranging, often reappropriating the songs of his new heroes Harry Nillsson, Paul Simon, and the Zombies for his jazz classes. He also found in playing guitar a new and more portable musical expression with which he could more easily share his favorite and original songs. Back home, Jack became entrenched in art song and opera, accompanying his friends singing Mozart, Verdi, Ravel, Britten, Sondheim, and everything in between. Even though he was writing exclusively contemporary classical music for dance pieces and chamber ensembles, Jack still turned onto recording artists new to him, especially Joni Mitchell, the Bee Gees, and Stevie Wonder. The craft of concise and poetic songwriting magnetized the brothers despite their couple thousand mile-distance, and affirmed Benny’s imminent return to LA after his studies.

Jack and Benny were never closer than now, however they still musicked separate of one another, Benny playing bass in a range of local bands and Jack musical directing and accompanying theater productions. They ruminated upon what kind of material they could create and share together, plagued by the postmodern search for an artistic voice that compounds myriad and perhaps disparate influences. After several months of religiously attending Reggie Watts’ residency in Silver Lake, at which he presents with his band an ever-changing eclectic menagerie of music and comedy glued by the members’ consistent finesse, Jack and Benny finally realized that their knack for dramatic melody and harmony coupled with meticulously provocative lyrics about more than hetero-love can too unify the gamut of artistic styles they continue to explore. They teamed with guitarist Chili Corder and drummer Nicole Marcus and thus birthed a new musical family: jackbenny. And together, in a compartmentalizing world insisting to preach fear, jackbenny strives to spread, through the music, happiness and a love of unconditional diversity over the globe.
Bad Wave
Bad Wave
Bad Wave are the band two best guy friends start when life's responsibilities become too great and they need to get nostalgic. Songwriter Tucker Tota and his production backbone Patrick Hart are really too young to be nearing midlife crisis but nevertheless started Bad Wave out of the trappings familiar to all 20-somethings in adulthood's early stages. “Patrick was randomly living with me and my girlfriend for about a year on and o in LA,” explains Tucker. “We really didn't know each other at all but he picked me up at the airport,” adds Patrick. “Then I was his roommate. Like a scene from Craigslist.”

Unlike most duos, Patrick and Tucker were not the yin to each other's yang. They bonded over similarities: a love for Weezer and other '90s alt rock bands they wore as badges of honor in Middle School – Patrick in Nashville, Tucker in Miami. They found comfort in each other's similar geekdom and love of isolation. So they worked together, separately, mostly via email. “Just to be clear,” says Patrick. “We live in the same building but we make Bad Wave over the internet. We're like the Postal Service.”

When physically together the pair enjoy building analogue synthesizers and talking about plug-ins. It's a tech-inspired bromance. Tucker found himself taken with Drake's 'Hold On We're Going Home' and wanted to write a similarly brooding R&B number. His solo attempts failed miserably. Patrick knew how to make beats, so he gave him a helping hand. Before long, Patrick was writing more electronic tracks for Tucker to write melodies and lyrics to. Their first single 'Look Out' – released on LA imprint Crazy Heart – was born from there.

New singles 'Runaway', 'Good Girls', 'Extraordinary' and '3AM' continue in the same sonic vein; like pop-punk shot through the filter of glassy '80s electronica. The angst is disguised by bounc- ing basslines and warped choruses. It's a sound that has been most surprising to the duo themselves. “I like to play the mandolin, not electronic drums,” says Tucker. 'Runaway' is about a girl, obviously. The lyrics conjure a Winona Ryder in 'Girl Interrupted' type character, a heroic but confused object of action. “It's not supposed to be understood but yeah, there's a girl and she runs away. Where she runs from and for what reason... Let's just say there's a liberation in the darkness.” Tucker laughs.

The name Bad Wave itself is taken from the Spanish phrase 'mala onda', which literally translates as “bad waves” but you can take it as meaning “bad vibes”. “We're trying to spread good vibes though,” reassures Patrick. By releasing their own anxieties through Bad Wave, these two only have great intentions.

—Eve Barlow
Willis Avenue
Willis Avenue
Willis Avenue is a Los Angeles-based folk duo: singer-songwriter Sami Posner and multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter, Matt Levy. The two came together through their mutual love of American jazz standards. Beginning with "Fly Me to the Moon," they realized their blend was something special and decided to collaborate.

Their collaboration quickly turned into their beloved project, Willis Avenue. Sami and Matt regard each other as their greatest musical asset. Their heartfelt songs marry story-driven lyrics to perfect chords.

Sami and Matt have an impressively fast-growing list of original material. They just released their debut single, "Poison", which is available on every platform from iTunes and Spotify to YouTube and Amazon Prime. Their debut EP is set to release within the next month with prospects of an album later this year.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027