The Bowery Presents
City of the Sun

City of the Sun

Michael Blume, IRO

Fri, February 23, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Steel

Brooklyn, NY

$17.50 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 16 and over

City of the Sun
City of the Sun
New York's City of the Sun is a worldly, genre-bending instrumental trio whose sound combines their love of indie rock, flamenco, and post-rock. Formed in 2011 by guitarist John Pita, COS also features guitarist Avi Snow and percussionist Zach Para. Having honed their sound performing on the streets of New York City, the group first gained wider attention after playing a 2013 TED conference.

Since then, City of the Sun has headlined and sold out NYC venues like the Gramercy Theater and Brooklyn Bowl; they played SXSW, Firefly, CMJ and CBGB music festivals, among others. The band supported Charles Bradley and Gregg Allman, and have long-standing collaborations with Sofar Sounds and Godin Guitars. "The C Word" documentary, directed by Meghan O'Hara and narrated by Morgan Freeman, featured a score worked on by John, Avi, and Zach.

In 2016, City of the Sun released their debut LP 'To the Sun and All the Cities in Between,' debuting at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. The lead track "Everything" hit #2 on Spotify's US Viral 50 chart and #5 on Global Viral Chart and has garnered over five million plays to date.
Michael Blume
Michael Blume
Michael Blume has quickly established himself as a powerful new voice of progressive R&B in New York City. His debut single "Manufactured Love" repeatedly hit Spotify's Viral Charts and earned him a New Artist feature on iTunes as well as high praise from prominent music blogs. Blume’s brand of conscious songwriting, soulful vocals, and charismatic performances has lead to sold out shows at many of NYC’s top venues. His music centers on themes of the relationship with the self, critique of money­obsession, and shifting youth identity. Blume is currently writing and recording his first full­length project.
IRO
IRO
Born Ori Rakib, the name IRO, which is Ori backwards, is symbolic for his act of moving forward in life while being "backwards".
IRO grew up in California but spent the majority of his teenage years in Tel Aviv, Israel. He began making music in his early 20's, where the first song he wrote was for his father's birthday. This birthday was also where he sang on stage for the first time, it was in that moment he knew that a life in music is what he had always wanted.

He began writing more songs, collaborating with producers, and involving himself in a number of projects; then IRO was introduced to Noam Akrabi, one of Israel's most successful producers.

After Noam and IRO met, they became close and began working on his sound. IRO brought his song "Sun" to Noam, which he had previously written, which was an answer he had found without looking for one. It’s the translation of his life experience all of which led up to one of the biggest lessons in his life. The lesson being that happiness is truly a choice. “Sun” became IRO’s first single.

The people he meets in everyday life inspire his music, they are the notes in his harmonies and IRO is grateful to be sharing his music with them. Along with the different people in his life, his travels have also inspired his music. Every place he visits is another color in his pallet, making his music diverse and unique. Ranging from folk, to pop and hip-hop while the core of every song remains true to IRO.

When Ori became unafraid of change, and when he realized that within the chaos of life, there was beauty and inspiration for his music, he became IRO. Residing in Brooklyn IRO is currently working on new music with many local talents whilst spreading his music daily on the worlds biggest stage, NYC. Although being signed to Universal IRO still takes his voice directly to the people and has a strong and rapidly growing fan base as a result of it . He hopes his music will inspire people to create and not allow fear come in the way of their dreams.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Steel
319 Frost Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
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