Nat Osborn Band

Nat Osborn Band

Akie Bermiss

Thu, July 6, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY

$12 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Nat Osborn Band
Nat Osborn Band
Nat Osborn Band is an international touring act based in Brooklyn, New York. Osborn “writes smart, punchy tunes that blend old-school Gershwin-era songcraft with decidedly modern sensibilities” (Popdose). The band around him is comprised of some of the best musicians New York has to offer, each of whom bring their own unique voice to Osborn’s inventive songs.

Nat Osborn was born and lives in New York City. The city’s relentless energy is in his blood and in his music, something he carries with him regardless of whatever part of the world he’s performing in. Nat’s style is, like New York, an eclectic mix of influences. A heap of soul and strong doses of funk, jazz, and indie-rock are blended into an exciting and vibrant original sound. Joining Nat on tour this summer are long time collaborators Dustin Carlson on guitar, Thomas Hartman on drums, and Stu Mahan on bass guitar. Horn virtuosos Bruce Harris, Matt Garrison, and Dan Linden round out the seven-piece powerhouse ensemble.

Formed in 2012, Nat Osborn Band released their debut album, The King and The Clown, in April 2013 to a sold out crowd at the famous venue Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Following the release, the band toured tirelessly playing over two hundred concerts a year between the United States and Europe. The band has been a feature of Jazz and Pop festivals on both sides of the Atlantic and been featured on television in eight different countries, all while operating as a hard-working independent act.

In 2015, Nat Osborn Band released a three song EP on legendary Philadelphia based label Rope-A-Dope. The EP, along with debut album The King And The Clown, is on Spotify, iTunes, and anywhere you want to find music.

The band released their first live album in September 2016, for sale exclusively through https://natosbornband.bandcamp.com.

Visit www.natosbornband.com or facebook.com/natosbornmusic for tour dates, video, and more information about the band.

“The Nat Osborn Band has a rare knack for existing simultaneously in several different places at once” – The Deli NYC

“Eclectic, smart, high energy, Osborn gets his fingers into a whole bunch of different pies here and comes up with something good every time” – New York Music Daily

“Wow! What a sound” Artie Lange, live on the Artie Lange show

“The inability to label Osborn with any one specific genre lent greatly to his appeal. Dramatic vocal runs, rolling exotic and ghostly horn melodies, and even blues fueled guitar binges; Osborn fit it all into his tightly packed arrangements. With vocal theatrics likened to Muse, and playful horn runs a la Beirut, Osborn folded different genres into his compelling repertoire.” -Flush the
Akie Bermiss
Akie Bermiss
Akie Bermiss with his affable disposition, glasses, and healthy do of cascading dreads that drape down to his shoulders, is unabashedly a self-professed nerd to the nth degree. Since early childhood Akie has been an obsessed science fiction aficionado. Yet he does have an artist-friendly façade and has managed to cultivate and live a double-life as a thriving music protégé, pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and emerging solo artist. Akie kicked off his 2017 touring schedule playing keyboards and providing backing vocals for veteran indie multi-genre band Lake Street Dive’s national concert tour (February 17 – March 21) in support of their latest CD, “Side Pony.” Akie will be back on tour with LSD Summer 2017.
Akie is a Brooklyn native raised in a musical household full of jazz and politics fueled by his former- activist mom and dad. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, enroute becoming somewhat of a musical chameleon. His raucous, guttural and soulful vocals are a delectable fusion of Donny Hathaway, Macy Gray and Tom Waits. He’s equally adept singing neo-soul, funk, contemporary jazz, alternative rock, and hip hop. Over the past half a dozen years, he has become a visible contributor to the fertile Brooklyn music scene as a musician, songwriter or featured vocalist with a collective of upstart groups such as; FutureSoul band Aabaraki, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Miri Ben-Ari (the Hip Hop Violinist) and Rap sensation Soul Khan. He also birthed the Akie Bermiss Trio, independently released his first self-titled solo EP (via Rockwood Records in 2014) and continues to mine a loyal fan base performing frequently at cutting edge venues like Rockwood Music Hall, The Falcon, BAM Cafe and The Apollo Cafe, among others.
Akie cut his teeth in music the old-fashioned way; he went to college and earned a degree in music composition at Bard College, a reputable liberal arts college located in the Annandale-on-Hudson hamlet in upstate New York. While there he also studied American Music (read: Tin Pan Alley, Broadway musicals and jazz) and writing (read: wrote some bad poetry and called it good). To his friends, he is considered a musical snob of the highest order; to his enemies — a musical charlatan of the basest variety. Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick” — out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction and fantasy novels, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat.
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249