Lizzie No “Vanity” Release Show opening act: Queen Esther Mercury Lounge 217 E. Houston St. NYC Tickets: $12 advance/$15 at the door Lizzie No: Building on the songwriting prowess displayed in her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Hard Won,’ Lizzie No is unsparing in the stories she tells on her new album ‘Vanity,’ out August 2. The nine songs on ‘Vanity’ are epic tales of ego, featuring narrative shifts within vividly crafted characters. No embodies characters ranging from a self-obsessed fuckboy in “Narcissus” (which Rolling Stone called a “crisp alt-rock gem”) to a broke songwriter waiting for her big break in “Pity Party,” to a bitter and isolated rocker on “Loyalty” who rants that the crowd has left him behind. Inventive arrangements written in collaboration with co-producer Nick Rapley elevate the record to shimmering heights, alternating between swaggering grooves and intimate clarity. Lizzie has showcased at Americanafest, SXSW, and as a featured soloist at the Louisville Orchestra’s Festival of American Music. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest. Queen Esther: Imported from South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the ATL respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther performs internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects — including a recent European tour with his iconic free jazz group Odyssey — as she forges her own sonic path. Paste describes her most recent Black Americana album The Other Side (2015) as – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year,” while Vanity Fair goes further, saying “This album […]
On the first day of Black History Month, we present… Queen Esther & Lizzie No Black Americana Show! The American Folk Art Museum Free Music Fridays! February 1st at 5:30pm Three Sets! FREE * FREE * FREE With the release of her debut album, ‘Hard Won,’ in March 2017, singer-songwriter, harpist, and guitarist Lizzie No established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary folk music. Billboard Magazine called the album “simultaneously understated and fervent.” She followed up the album with the release of “Sundown,” a benefit track for Black Lives Matter. * Lizzie has showcased at Americanafest, SXSW, and as a featured soloist at the Louisville Orchestra’s Festival of American Music. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest. She and her band are currently recording their second full-length album, due out in 2019. Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Queen Esther continues to perform internationally in various projects with her mentor harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer, including his iconic free jazz group Odyssey, as she forges her own sonic path with her jazz collective and her Black Americana outfit. Released in 2015, her critically acclaimed album The Other Side – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” (Paste) – is garnering airplay worldwide.