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Triple Play! With: The Ladybugs, The New Wonders, and Emily Asher's Garden Party

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Join us for some hot jazz to warm your soul in the cold days of early January! 

Monday, January 7
5-9 PM
Doors at 4:30, Music at 5 PM


Beginning at 5 PM, each band will perform a short set. We'll have an intermission, and each band will perform another short set after the break (starting at 7 PM). So, if you can only make it for half the time, you'll still get to hear all three artists!

Wine (by donation) and other refreshments will be available during the break!


*The Ladybugs*
The Ladybugs' music features the dreamy, dulcet tones of voices and trombones. Led by Martina DaSilva, their unique instrumentation of two lead singers (both doubling in percussion & ukulele), two trombone players, guitar, and bass allows for a lush sound that uplifts and attracts all audiences.

The Ladybugs repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, infused with country, blues, latin, and classical music. The band has received high praise for recent performances at the Kennedy Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the NY Hot Jazz Festival, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, and the Catskill Jazz Factory. With their charming presence and masterful musicianship, The Ladybugs effortlessly keep listeners smiling and moving. In September 2015, The Ladybugs released their debut self- titled album to rave reviews.

*The New Wonders*
This New York City based septet led by cornetist Mike Davis vividly invokes Americas Jazz Age during the 1920s, when jazz was the soundtrack for dramatic national changes and played a central part in people's dreams, adventures and romances. 

Exquisite attention to musical detail and the band's deep passion for the original recordings is evident in each performance. Named for the model of cornet played by the enigmatic genius Bix Beiderbecke, The New Wonders craft each song as if it were a 78 rpm record, and the result has been praised by Downbeat Magazine and the New York Times. The New Wonders perform regularly around New York city, chasing the echoes of bootleg liquor and dancing feet.

*Emily Asher's Garden Party*
Emily Asher's Garden Party is a versatile musical ensemble led by Asher's tenacious trombone and sweet vocals.  Called "red hot" and "very exciting" by the Wall Street Journal, this band of all-stars from New York City's vibrant early jazz scene performs coast to coast and internationally from the finest jazz clubs to the busiest swing dance halls. Drawing on the repertoire of Louis Armstrong's enchanting Hot Fives and Duke Ellington's sophisticated melodies to the funky and soulful music of New Orleans brass bands, Garden Party delights audiences of all ages and musical tastes creating fresh growth from vintage roots.

Earlier Event: December 26
Lindy Focus
Later Event: January 8
After-Work Jazz at The LoveLace