Sep
10

Jersey City Rocks: Debra Devi, James Calleo, Big Wake

White Eagle Hall

Jersey City, NJ

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Join us for an exciting sampling of Jersey City’s diverse, super-talented music scene.     

DEBRA DEVI (11 pm) mixes blues-rock, Americana and pop influences into a potent blend flavored with her masterful guitar playing. Devi jams with Gov't Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson on her 2020 EP, A Zillion Stars Overhead, "a collection of dreamy blues-rockers and blistering psychedelic jams" (Relix). Devi’s live-stream, “Jamification Station,” is hosted by American Blues Scene, and she recently contributed a track to a tribute album for Tedeschi Trucks member Kofi Burbridge. 

JAMES CALLEO’S WIDELY GROWN (10:15) is the new band from “one of Hudson County’s most engaging singer-songwriters'' (NJ.com). James Calleo’s Widely Grown is the inevitable sound that culminates with living a year without permanent home. Traveling cross country with his wife and a dog in a tiny Subaru. Camping in the Appalachian Mountains, starry nights in Big Horn National Forest, and swimming in the cold waters of the Northern Pacific Coast. The pull towards Americana became as natural as the moon tugging at the tide. Thoughtful storytelling accompanied by a widely grown band of musicians across New Jersey. It’s fast. It’s slow. It’s funny. It’s sad. It’s life at the surface and it’s meant to be shared.

 BIG WAKE (9:30 pm) is a “pulsating, feel-good ensemble” (Huffington Post) that strikes a thrilling balance between catchy, hooky songs and the explosive improvisational firepower of lead singer/guitarist Gerry Rosenthal. On 2019’s Why We Belong, Big Wake combines the melodic lyricism of singer-songwriters like Ben Folds and Conor Oberst with organic, virtuosic jamming reminiscent of The Allman Brothers and moe. Big Wake has shared the stage with artists ranging from Better Than Ezra to Rusted Root.     

BILliON MAN REBELLION (8:45 pm) is a hip hop group and artist collective of like-minded individuals, building upon the brand of hip hop they grew up on--with hard beats, sharp lyrics and a steady message. BMR’s core is hard-hitting lyricists and cypher brothers Constant Flow (C.F) and Dontique, who each have notable recording credits and have performed around the world. In March 2020, BMR released its powerful debut, The Static Files, produced by DJ Static. The album, NJ.com reports, “ranges from conscious, political material to East Coast hip-hop honed at battle-mics, reflecting pre- and post-gentrification Jersey City.” Look for the followup, Ghost Lineage, in 2021. 

JUNE AND THE PUSHAS (8 pm) fuses experimental soul, jazz and hip-hop into a deep, reflective sound anchored by Junestar Blackman’s warm baritone and drummer Orion Toray’s rich jazz pedigree. Focused on love, humanity and positivity, the band functions as an ever-evolving creative collective, often inviting area rappers to join in, as on The Art of Navigation, one of NJ.com’s Top 10 Hudson County albums of 2020, and the band’s new release The Great Reset: anxiety or anticipation. 

Making a donation to SpotJC Foundation, which is affiliated with TheSpot JC, a hub for creatives and youth programming in Greenville.

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White Eagle Hall

337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

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Jersey City Rocks: Debra Devi, James Calleo, Big Wake

Debra Devi / James Calleo Band / Big Wake / Billion Man Rebellion / June and The Pushas