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Singer-songwriter Evangeline Joy recently shortened her name for her music to Evie Joy because she feels it matches her personality much better, and she’s right. Evie Joy, a current Manhattan resident, plays her set with her ukulele Ed, a keyboard, and with no shoes on for a more comfortable and grounded performance. She studied opera for twelve years but currently plays what she calls “ukulele rap” and has toured all across the globe, from London to Seattle, and even on Caribbean cruise lines. Evie gets the crowd laughing alongside her by adding funny one liners in between verses. “There is a sadness in everything,” she says in regard to her humor in her music, “but that’s where we should find humor. Songs to look out for are “Verbatim” and “I Pick You (The Flower Song).”
Zach Benson, an indie pop singer from Leesburg, Virginia, has music that can be described as a crossover of Jon Bellion, Troye Sivan, and The 1975. Regardless of the comparison, though, Zach Benson’s heartfelt and intimate songs put him in a category of his own. With the help of his friend Maggie on electric guitar, who also toured with him, Zach Benson performed songs which made you feel like a teen in the 80’s, which matches up with his newest EP titled “Prom.” Zach Benson wants to create music that takes you back to days when you snuck out of your parent’s house and felt in love in your youth, and he sure delivers those feelings in his music. Songs to look out for are “Best Friend’s Basement,” “Kissing As The Cars Past By” and “Running Back.”
Dudley Music is a Long Island native, who fuses jazz and hip hop together to create one sensational performance. Dudley used to rap over a DJ during his sets, but realized that he loved playing his own live music instead, and now incorporates all the instruments he knows in his sets, when he remembers to bring them. Dudley is a Renaissance man when it comes to music, playing the saxophone, keys, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet, and can both sing and rap. Dudley stays in touch with his Long Island roots by writing a song about going to a Long Island beach on a warm, sunny day, and a more meaningful song about an inspiring Brentwood girl who won an Intel scholarship and overcame adversity after everyone found out she was homeless. Songs to look out for are “Vacation” and “Even When You’re Down.”
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