Thomas Francis Takes His Chances, Frenchy and The Punk, Not Waving But Drowning, Viva

Thomas Francis Takes His Chances

Frenchy and The Punk

Not Waving But Drowning


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Thomas Francis Takes His Chances - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Thomas Francis Takes His Chances
Frenchy and The Punk - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Frenchy and The Punk
A sultry, graceful, powerful French-born singer, percussionist and a fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene blended their diverse talents to form Frenchy and the Punk in 2005. Imagine Django Reinhardt, Johnny Ramone, Siouxsie Sioux and Edith Piaf jamming together at an event hosted by Tim Burton. This is what it might sound like. The unlikely pairing has since releas
ed 5 full-length CDs, produced a live concert DVD and performed over 500 shows together all across the U.S. and in Europe. In May 2012, Yahoo Music called them one of the top 25 duos in the US. Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from Paris to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk cabaret with cleverly crafted songs, pop hooks, Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals and true DIY attitude.

Frenchy, Samantha Stephenson, whose roller coaster journey went from
artist to MBA graduate to full time performing artist, paints pictures
of lust, love, intrigue and unbridled joy. Whether singing in
French or English, her invitation to surrender yourself in the present moment is irresistible. As Frenchy and the Punk's lyricist she draws inspiration from art, dance and travel. She has lived in France, England, Brazil and the US and spent time in West Africa. She studied art at The National Academy of Design and Art Students League in New York City. She began her dance training at the Royal School of Dance in England and performed in dance troupes in Boston and New York and studied piano and voice throughout her teens.

Scott Helland is the Punk, whose serpentine guitar lines and creative
guitar looping technique perfectly complement the playfulness and
spirit of Frenchy's lyrics. Helland was co-founder and bassist of the
legendary Massachusetts hardcore punk band Deep Wound, whose members included future Dinosaur Jr. members J Mascis and Lou Barlow. Deeply entrenched in that 80s hardcore scene, Scott's follow up band, Outpatients, shared the stage with some of the biggest bands of that underground movement like Black Flag, Husker Du, GBH, Agnostic
Front and CroMags. The scene is now documented in two films, in which
both bands are a part, American Hardcore and All Ages. After 13 years
of touring in the US, Argentina and Canada, the band split up and Scott
heeded the call for musical experimentation and switched to acoustic
guitar and began his journey into folk, medieval, ambient, soundscape
and gypsy styles. From 1996 to 2005 he put out 7 solo CDs. In a
complete about face, in 2002 his Earthbound CD was in the New Age
charts and in 2004 his music was licensed to the Opera Winfrey show.
But the music that Helland and Stephenson started writing together in
2005 was to take on a more cabaret bent and bring back the intensity
of those early days. In their seven year collaboration as band mates they have poured their vast collective musical and life experiences to create a
theatrical and compelling sound and style. They are now one of the top
featured and sought after acts worldwide of the burgeoning cabaret and steampunk movements.

The duo's music and magnetic stage presence and charm has attracted a consistently growing and loyal fan base around the world evidenced by their fan’s outpouring of support in their Fall 2011 crowd funding effort garnering over $10,000 in fan donations. The result is their long anticipated new CD, Hey Hey Cabaret, the follow up to their break through 2010 release, Happy Madness.

Not Waving But Drowning - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Not Waving But Drowning
Not Waving But Drowning is a junkyard cabaret outfit from Brooklyn. Their distinctively tight harmonies, unexpected instrumentation, and infectious enthusiasm are on full display on Processional, the band’s second full-length release. This follow-up to 2008's Any Old Iron is a toe-tapping mix of homespun Americana reels, shipwrecked shanties, smoke-filled bordello blues, and gleeful rock and roll.

Things we bang on:
12-string Guitar, Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Angklung, Banjo, Banjo Ukulele, Bells, Bottle Cap Shakers, Brass Geese, Drums, Egg Beater, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Garbage Cans, Floorboards, Jack Daniel’s Bottles, Kalimba, Mandolin, Melodica, Musical Saw, Piano, Pots and Pans, Radiator, Spoons, Stroh Violin, Tambura, Trumpet, Bottles, Vibraphone, Viola, Violin, Watering Cans
Viva - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Viva plays guitar like a flaming sword, a screaming train, a ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like Freddie Mercury had been a woman. She is influenced by a diverse array of artists and styles including Dolly Parton, Fela, Willi Nelson, Jimmie Hendrix and Brazilian Carnival music!