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Adam Ezra Group with Special Guest Gracie Day

Infinity Hartford

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Fri, February 19, 2016
Hartford, CT
Show at 8:30 PM

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Price: $19 - $29

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Funk / Soul
Adam Ezra Group with Special Guest Gracie Day

Winners of New England Music Magazine’s “2013 Band of the Year” and “Album Of The Year”...they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to The Adam Ezra Group, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way.

ALL TICKET PURCHASERS RECEIVE a free download of the full explicit version of the Adam Ezra Group's song, "The Devil Came Up to Boston"!

Adam Ezra Group

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Artist Bio

The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. Through their non profit organization, RallySound, AEG helps people organize live music events that inspire communities and encourage grassroots activism.

The group’s live performances, sweaty, passionate affairs that have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records in 2010.  Ezra immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became Ragtop Angel.  Royal Avenue paired the group with multi-platinum producer Aaron Johnson (best known for his work with The Fray) who has helped hone Adam’s ramblings into finely tuned songs that still retain the power and conviction developed from Ezra’s years of “do it yourself,” grassroots work ethic.

Gracie Day

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www.graciedaymusic.com

Singing was always a sacred, private part of my life that I didn't share. I remember distinctly in sixth grade, my brother left for high school at 7am, which happened to be the same time that my parents left for work. However, MY bus didn't arrive until 8:30...  

My mom would kiss me goodbye, and I would feign grumpiness and roll over to resume sleep, but the second I heard the garage door close, I'd bolt out of bed, get ready for school as quickly as possible, and spend the next hour listening to music and singing in the kitchen.

It was a Motown box-set that captured my obsessive side at the time. My mom had given it to me as a random present - perhaps to wean me off the pop radio music I played repetitively. I often cite this gift as crucial in forming my overall music taste, and while I'm still retrospectively grateful, I recognize and appreciate the fact that this move was also self-serving on my mom's part. One can only hear an 'NSync record so many times. (Or so I assume. Dirrrty pop! Just can't stop!)

But before Motown, Christina, Mariah and 'NSync even made it to my ears, my heart belonged to folk music and 70's rock. It was less by choice, more by birth, but hey, it fit. My dad's music taste was such a soundtrack to my formative years, that as a two-year old, I thought my dad was James Taylor. Because he used to play his songs on guitar around the house, my mom said that once, on the way to pre-school, I heard James Taylor playing on the radio and I shouted, "Hey, it's Daddy!" **

I remember being so fascinated with the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkle, it was like magic to me. Then again, music is magic to me. It will never cease to be, despite what I learn about music theory. On long car rides as an 8-year-old, I’d listen over and over again to Sheryl Crow’s first two albums thinking, “How? Just How?” Pain, struggle, and story transformed into beauty is alchemy. However, at 8-years-old, I didn’t yet understand pain and emotional turmoil - that didn’t hit until after the Motown phase. 


If you’re still with me, you can see how easily I use music to mark milestones and moments in my life, a tendency I doubt is uncommon. The ability of a song to transport you to an exact time and place is a cliché at this point, but that doesn’t make it any less true or powerful. I still have a mix-CD (remember those? Anyone?) from a boyfriend in high school and you can bet your mp3s I know every word.

I met a folk musician early this summer who had been traveling on the road. She was writing and drawing intently in her notebook when she peaked my interest at a bar. After I discovered she was a musician too and I listened to her songs, I heard the influence of Conor Oberst immediately. Oberst used to be hailed as the next Bob Dylan. I’m not a fan of comparisons in general, but Oberst was my Dylan. He spoke to my generation of disillusioned, lost, America-centric, institutionalized teenagers raised by the idealistic generation Dylan spoke to. There is definitely a kinship I feel between another Bright Eyes (his band) fan because if that young, angsty way with words and lyrics touched you at all, it touched you a lot.

Obert’s lyricism hit upon my other passion hard – writing. My struggles as a teenager had me devouring music and getting lost in books. It was only the way to cope, to not feel alone, to not hate myself, to escape my existence. At this time, my Ipod was filled with Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Smashing Pumpkins, Azure Ray, Nick Drake, Death Cab for Cutie, Of Montreal, Ingrid Michaelson, Modest Mouse, Kate Nash, Radiohead, Regina Spektor… etc. At night, I would teach myself guitar while everyone was asleep, easing my troubles by singing and experiencing life through another’s words.  **

I had written poetry since third grade, but it wasn’t until I got my heart broken that I started to blend together my two passions – singing and writing.  It was even longer until I got confident, happy and healthy enough to start playing in public, just a few years ago. The response has been amazing and I’m so grateful everyday for the people who support, inspire and indulge me. My dream with music is to give people a happy escape or a happiness enhancer, or a sad song to relate and release to, or anything close to a fraction of what music has done for me. Thank you all for listening. Love to all! And please, follow your bliss.

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