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Sofar transforms everyday spaces - like a living room or retail shop - and turns it into a captivating venue for secret, live shows, creating an immersive experience that brings guests and artists closer together. Each Sofar is small, and typically features three diverse acts, with no headliner.

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8/26/18 - Social House, agronaut&wasp & Brett Miller | Greenport - Green Hell Kitchen

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8/26/18 - Social House, agronaut&wasp & Brett Miller | Greenport - Green Hell Kitchen

This Pittsburgh-native duo comprised of Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson got their start in the music industry writing and producing songs for artists such as Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lopez (the two have their hands in her latest single “Dinero” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B). Mikey and Scootie’s credits are well earned, as the two spent the beginning of their time in Los Angeles couch surfing. When the two finally paired up to make their own original music, magic was created. Social House soon found their way onto the charts with their single “Magic in the Hamptons” which features rapper Lil Yachty. Mikey and Scootie were recently on the VMAs to present an award. Social House also performed their song “Squad,” which is about the love you have for your friends.

8/24/2018 - Bobby Long, Marielle Kraft & Zach Reyes | St. James – Whisper Vineyards

Bobby Long was born in Wigan near Manchester, grew up in Wiltshire, and, at eighteen, moved to London. Years later, in 2008, one of the songs he wrote on made its way onto the “Twilight” soundtrack. A year later, Bobby moved to the United States and his career has taken off ever since. Bobby Long recorded with ATO records, toured with bands such as Iron and Wine, and performed at festivals, such as Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. He moved over to Compass Records for his last album “Ode To Thinking,” which was made possible by a hugely successful PledgeMusic Campaign, receiving support from over 750 pledgers. In between albums, Bobby also wrote two poetry books. Now, when he is not too busy singing “Moana” songs to his son, Bobby finds himself recording a new record and still playing gigs. Bobby Long lived in London when Sofar Sounds started there, but played his first show on Long Island, where he said “everyone here is as normal as me,” which he loved. Songs to check out are “Serpentine,” “Nautical,” and “Maserati,” which will be released on his new record.

7/27/2018 - Evie Joy, Zach Benson & Dudley Music | St. James – Whisper Vineyards

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.” 

Hey it’s Syke and I’m excited to share my experience of Sofar Sounds with you!

Sofar Sounds was started in 2009 in London, formed by two friends Rocky & Rafe. They were tired of going to concerts & dealing with all of the craziness. They searched for a few local artists looking to have their music heard, found a quiet place to have the show, & the first SoFar Show was born. The coolest part? You don't know the venue or lineup of performers until a day or two before your show. Could be a local, independent artist or even a worldwide star! (Ed Sheeran once performed at a SoFar Sounds show in Washington. True story). One thing guaranteed is that you’ll be the first to discover some of the best music on the planet in an intimate setting with your friends. There are many SoFar Sounds shows across the globe, including right here on Long Island.

Visit them here for a list of shows in your area & apply for your tickets today.

I host most of the Long Island shows. I hope that's an extra incentive to come out. ;-)

--Syke

 
 

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