• 149 WESTCHESTER AVENUE, PORT CHESTER, NY 10573-4549 · (914) 937-4126

  • Kopps

    A-Sides 5th Anniversary Concert Featuring

    Kopps

    Wise Old Moon, Faulkner, Whitney Tai

    Fri, February 24, 2017

    Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

    Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre

    Port Chester, NY

    $12.00

    This event is 21 and over

    Kopps
    Kopps
    KOPPS. Saying the name aloud conjures imagery of hope for some, oppression for others. Heroes. Villains. A nation divided. These are the realities of our times, where justice isn’t so black and white. Or is it exactly black and white? Depends who you ask, really. But if you ask Patricia Patrón, Kyle O, Drew York, or Travis J. Manson (a.k.a. KOPPS), you’ll find this is just one of a myriad of issues they’ve never thought about. In fact, they rarely think at all. Their song “Dumb” has amassed almost 2 million plays on Spotify with just a one word chorus (which is of course, “dumb”). Their biggest feature (Joywave’s hit, “Tongues”) is a recording session they slept through. They released their 2012 EP ('Fuck Jams') as a special condom (the ones used for sex) with a download code. This is a band determined not to care, and if you’re not careful, they might take you with them.
    Wise Old Moon
    Wise Old Moon
    Wise Old Moon has been showcasing their distinct brand of twang-infused indie roots/rock since early 2013 when frontman Connor Zane Millican returned from traveling the open roads of the American West after leaving his hometown of Hartford, CT at a young age. Upon his arrival to New England, Millican set out to form a band that would pay homage to the long-standing tradi-tion of folk and Americana music while breathing new life into the genre with a high-octane live energy and a unique brand of songwriting inspired by the desert planes and mountain ranges of the Midwest. Three years and over 200 performances later, Wise Old Moon is currently comprised of a cast of talented players from around the Northeast including Ian Meadows (The Meadows Broth-ers) on electric guitar who offers up a gritty twang that has become a staple of the Wise Old Moon sound. Drummer and percussionist Stephen Cusano (Broca’s Area) brings with him his own influ-ences, including modern hip-hop, conveying colorful rhythms and offering a huge sound and energy for their live performances. Typically Wise Old Moon will tap into the local talent in their hometown of Hartford, CT for bass players, horn players, vocalists and piano players. “I hope to continue creating original music and keeping things fresh by introducing new collaborators into the project as we evolve. We’re fortunate enough to be based out of a city that has a great music school; Hart School of Music at the University of Hartford, and we have worked with so many talented musicians on stage and in the studio to realize our sound over the years. We are constantly re-working our own material and challenging ourselves to create a memorable live experience, so you never know what we might do next at a show”, Millican says. Wise Old Moon has been featured on WPNR’s Where We Live with John Dankosky and has been nominated for numerous CT Music Awards as well as a New England Music Award for Roots Act of the Year in 2016. The band has self-released two full length studio albums and has performed at some of the most well-known venues in and clubs in the Northeast.
    Faulkner
    Faulkner
    “Someone’s naked, no one is listening, everything is smoke and haze,” sings Lucas Asher on the title track “These Kids Nowadays” for the debut Faulkner Ep “REVANCHIST.”

    “The starting point for this album was listening to Wu Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers on repeat in Brooklyn,” says Asher “Also, I’ve slept with the ’48 laws of power’ under my pillow for the last three years.”

    The result is six hypnotically subversive songs, with contributions from producers RZA, JP Bowersock (The Strokes) and Mark Needham (The Killers) recorded at Rick Rubin’s house.

    Since Faulkner emerged in 2013, the bi-coastal rockers landed an unfinished demo of their song "NY Anthem" in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, Faulkner captured the hip-hop God's interest, leading to their first major collaboration. As a result, the track can be heard at the New York Yankees home games last year. 

But New York isn’t the only place giving them love. Emphasizing the term “bi-coastal,” the rockers have also been featured on iconic L.A. radio station KROQ with their single “Revolutionary” at well over two million plays on Youtube.

“This record is a soundtrack from the times I lived on the streets in New York after running away as an orphan in my teens and experiencing the harsh realities of a dislocated childhood,” says Asher. 

    Lyrically, the ep balances revenge themes and overtones with soaring anthems (the defiantly charged "All I Wear Is Black," and the Machiavellian "Keep Your Enemies Closer," is a prime example).


    “We have a clear vision and consistent theme,” bassist Dimitri Farougias explains.“ Perhaps this vision developed because the band “organically came together as friends,” says drummer Christian Hogan. “the musical chemistry between co-producer and member Eric Scullin establishes an undeniable chemistry.

    All Faulkner members are hands on with all sides of the creative presentation, they direct their music videos (In monochrome) and have a vision for the images and theme as an extension of the music storyline.

    "Ideas are all we care about. Good ones and bad ones," Says Asher, "One of my biggest influences is Lou Reed, and he said, "you may be drawing a circle for the thousandth time, but maybe it's a slightly better circle." All Faulkner is trying to do is draw a slightly better circle.
    Whitney Tai
    Whitney Tai
    Whitney Tai is a singer, songwriter, entertainer and designer from New York City. Somehow Tai walks the cutting edge of pop and indie without sacrificing emotional honesty. The musical result is a moving, nuanced and yet still accessible blend that turns heads. Popular festival blog Spacelab.tv writes ,"Whitney Tai is not only one of the most soulful, forward thinking and productively positive people you may ever come across, she is a natural talent who has the huge range to match her ambition." In January 2014, Tai released her first pop single “To Be Loved,” and a remix by Adrian Buster shortly after.The song received Hot Shot of the week on two FM stations in the country of Holland gaining her recognition from DJ’s and producers worldwide.

    In April 2015, Whitney dropped her first debut pop alternative album, “Metamorphosis,” written and co produced with Billboard chart topping composer, Tim Janssens. Whitney opened up 2016 releasing her dream pop EP, Forever, produced by Billboard producer Spencer Garn of Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics & engineered by Morgan Ray Garcia of Upstairs Recordings (Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson). The track featured percussion by Grammy nominated producer and drummer, Mike Phillips (Janelle Monae, Ciara, Austin Mahone). Indie Band Guru raves, “Tai is known for her alternative dream pop music, but looking at her past, is there anything this musician can’t do,” referring to Tai as a “Musical Chameleon.” Pure Volume states in reference to her single “Falling” off her EP 'Forever', “The song accentuates the budding singer's promise and it is a strong sign of what should be a bright future for Tai.”

    In November of 2016, Whitney Tai and Belgian Producer, Sunfreakz (Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida), announce their collaboration on a new Electro Pop single, “Truth Be Told.” The release included a remix from Swedish producer, LA Rush (Justin Timberlake, Avicii, Gareth Emery). Her restless creative and entrepreneurial drive has expanded to include not just her colorful and vibrant personal style with smart yet accessible
    music, but catapulted the launch of her own visually creative lifestyle brand, GABB. I Am The Industry notes, "Tai’s grind is unmatched and she continues to demonstrate her talent and consistency as an artist." "Good At Being Bad", the namesake jazz pop track of Tai's new multimedia agency and lifestyle brand,
    is the first new music of the year from the budding artist. Spring of 2017 also sees Tai doing a video premiere of her upcoming organic pop ballad "How Was I Supposed to Know" filmed in the alluring forests of Belgium.

    "I want to inspire the inner rebel in everyone to take control of their dreams and creative pathways," Tai
    says. This is why another pending single, a new disco-pop Spencer Garn collaboration, is called "Grow". She elaborates ,"80's and 90's pop, they had every emotion and the authenticity was there. It wasn't sterile. I want to bring substance and human connection back, even in a digital world."
    Venue Information:
    Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre
    145 Westchester Avenue
    Port Chester, NY, 10573