Seventeen Sisters / Handgrenades / Honeybabe / Bronze Mambas
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am
Seventeen Sisters: For Sarah, Gracie, Angel, Faith, Hannah, and Cecil Scarbrough, the term “living with purpose is more than just a clever phrase; it’s a true representation of who they are.
The Scarbrough siblings are a truly unique story of talent, perseverance, hard work, and never letting anything stop them! Born and raised in Mississippi and now living in Chicago Illinois after losing their home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and as a result being homeless for over a year and a half. They know hardships, days after getting their house in Champaign their father suffered a major heart attack, then another more severe one 6 months later. Thankfully their father survived and the experience made them understand the value even more of making every moment count! These siblings are a tightly woven fabric of family, learning early that sticking together is their strongest asset. Being six extremely talented siblings that actually do get along 100% of the time is something you don’t see often, maybe even never!
As young siblings they were self starters. Having no knowledge of the music industry and parents who didn’t know either, they dived into learning how to book shows, write contracts, and manage. They quickly learned how to promote and negotiate, with their first music project a kiddie Rock group called “The Lady Bugs” they successfully booked a tour every year that would take them on the road up to 9 months out of the year. Performing at special events, malls, fairs, festivals, theme parks, children’s museums, etc.
The siblings then took that knowledge and started Seventeen Sisters around three years ago. Seventeen Sisters was born out of a desire to make an impact with their music. Socially conscious, they wanted to write songs that enabled them to share their life experiences of struggle and triumph. There is a depth to their music that is far beyond their years.
Seventeen Sisters sound is full of emotion, it’s energy, it’s who they are. Never worrying about stereo types of what a “female rocker” should be or sound like, they just do. Being genuine is what shines, they don’t shy away from doing things differently. They don’t care that they don’t fit a mold or template, they are just truly themselves.
Seventeen Sisters music is a melding pot of their life, growing up in the deep south there is influences of classic rock, blues, soul, and gospel. There’s also their love of vintage music everything from the Rolling Stones, Who, Jefferson Airplanes, Heart, and even early Joan Jett punk. They don’t over complicate their music, they are old school rock n roll and play whats in their souls, making the most out of harmonies at just the right moments.
Handgrenades: “It’s no easy task for a band to progress their sound while retaining the distinctive elements honed in their early years. But Detroit’s the HandGrenades have pulled off this feat with aplomb, undergoing an evolution in both their physical makeup and sonic composition since forming in 2008. With 2011’s debut EP Three Cheers For the Wonder Years, the group established their trademark Beatlesesque melodies and three-part vocal harmonies, served with some garage rock edge and a bit of Motown flavor thrown in for good measure. The paradigm continued in a more refined manner with 2012’s full-length The Morning After, singer-songwriters Nick Chevillet and Andrew Pawelski (also on guitar and bass, respectively) alternating and merging vocals, Tom Pawelski on second guitar and vocals, and Joby Kaslowski manning the drum kit. Two years on, Jesse Shepherd-Bates stepped in when Tom moved on and Joel Sanders joined to add keys to the mix. With 2014’s Zach Shipps-produced 52 EP, the newly configured quintet’s guitar-driven structures surge with galvanizing immediacy while displaying some more some ethereal, experimental tones. Their latest video — for 52’s closing track, “Wrapped in Plastic” —premiered on PopMatters and the group is eying a sophomore LP on the horizon. In the meantime, catch them live to be privy to one of the mitten state’s most energetic group of ruffians.” – Cole Waterman
Honeybabe: Founded in 2013 inside a suburban basement of Metro Detroit, Honeybabe has since grown in the technical aspects of music as well as the ethereal. With the premature album of Creatures of Circumstance (2014), our music has certainly progressed with the newest EP Velvet Glum (2016) which takes on a more vibrant, eclectic sounding groove. Inspirations for each member comes from a swelling spectrum of genres and musicians, hence establishing ourselves as something like pyschrockjazzbeachpunk is not just a gag, but an approximate definition. Yet, we can’t necessarily define ourselves nor contain ourselves, so we’ll let the audience determine what they hear on our recordings or at our live shows. Primarily playing shows in and around the Detroit area such as The Loving Touch, The Old Miami, and the Majestic Cafe, we hope to put our stamp in the musical history of Detroit and become graciously familiar among local venues and music enthusiasts alike. And after an era of certain stagnation, Honeybabe is moving forward, aspiring to cover as much musical ground as humanly possible.
Bronze Mambas are a psych-rock trio driven by wide-ranged vocals, thick guitar tones, and hard hitting drums. Their signature style is an aggressive blend between high energy indie-groove and explosive psychedelia.