Francis Farewell Starlite, the man behind the Francis and the Lights project, is a New York art-pop experimentalist with detectable influences like Prince and Peter Gabriel. After his prolific previous decade, Starlite had a momentous 2016, contributing to both “Summer Friends” on Chance the Rapper’s Grammy-winning Coloring Book and “Close to You” on Frank Ocean’s long-awaited opus Blonde. Inevitably, those appearances boosted anticipation for Francis’ debut album, last September’s Farewell, Starlite!, which smartly contrasted his soaring, otherworldly vocals with minimalist beats. In addition to the stunning Bon Iver collab “Friends” (Francis’ biggest song to date), other highlights, such as “It’s Alright to Cry,” which turns the clichéd titular statement into a powerful declaration, convey Starlite’s knack for intense emotion. Serpentwithfeet and Velvet Negroni open. RSVP and more info here.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Francis & the Lights / Serpentwithfeet / Velvet Negroni
A Red Bull Sound Select monthly showcase curated by local tastemakers and featuring great emerging music.
Known for mixing electronic beats with an edgy, soul spirit, Francis & The Lights is a progressive rock band from Oakland,CA that has toured with acts ranging from Drake to Kesha. Centered around lead vocalist Francis Farewell Starlight, the group has independently released a string of EPs and a debut album, Farewell, Starlite! to killer reviews
On a mission to revive gospel music, Brooklyn-based, Baltimore-born, serpent with feet’s Josiah Wise blends the sensual with the spiritual with his love for 90’s R&B. Velvet Negroni,formerly known as PonyBwoy frontman Jeremy Nutzman,has been working hard behind-the-scenes for years, writing and recording to prepare for his first album as Velvet Negroni, which offers up a pop masterpiece with enough inspiration for the next millennium with vocal chops and rhythmic control of uncanny proportions.
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