The Shadowboxers and Kopecky

9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall.

The Shadowboxers and Kopecky

The Walking Sticks

Friday Jun 26

6:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

The Shadowboxers - (Set time: 9:00 PM)

The Shadowboxers are an American pop band discovered by and signed to Justin Timberlake's Villa 40 artist development
company. They are currently recording new music, including a new, unreleased song called, “Timezone.” This is the inspiration
for their upcoming dates across the country, coined The Timezone Tour.

The Nashville Scene describes The Shadowboxers as "a harmony-driven, funk-footed quintet, which combines elements
of modern pop, '70s-style AM radio folk...and classic R&B." Founding members Scott Tyler, Matt Lipkins and Adam
Hoffman, have a passion for captivating lyrics, tight harmonies and soulful vocals. Together bassist Carlos Enamorado and
drummer Cole McSween, they have forged a cohesive sound based on a shared reverence for the strong, taut harmonies of
Simon & Garfunkel, D'Angelo and The Beatles and the rhythmic pop funk of Prince, Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Originally gaining online buzz from their YouTube cover of Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl, the band is quickly building a loyal
fan base. Their original demos have garnered over 3.3 million streams on Spotify to date with the most current single, Build the
Beat, reaching #5 on the Spotify United States Viral 50 playlist and #10 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 playlist.
Kopecky - (Set time: 7:45 PM)

The second album from six-piece Kopecky, Drug for the Modern Age takes the many shake-ups the band's endured over the past few years and turns them into inspiration for groove-driven, melody-heavy alt-pop that's intensely emotional and strangely exhilarating. "The album was written in this weird time of so much pain but also happiness, and that really informed the writing and recording," says vocalist/guitarist Gabe Simon, who co-founded the group with vocalist/keyboardist Kelsey Kopecky in 2007. "Our goal was to talk about all these very serious things we were dealing with, but in a way that felt nothing like wallowing and more like standing triumphantly, or even dancing our way through it."

In achieving that dynamic, Nashville-based Kopecky (whose lineup also includes guitarist Steven Holmes, bassist Corey Oxendine, cellist Markus Midkiff, and drummer David Krohn) offer moments of symphonic grandeur alongside edgy, electronic-leaning innovation. Meanwhile, their daringly intimate lyrics both unsettle and engage, asking questions and encouraging reflection on the part of the listener. "The idea behind the title Drug for the Modern Age is that we're all trying to find the drug that helps us get through life and deal with the pressures and challenges that almost everyone in our generation faces," says Gabe. "Whether it's love or real connection or even an actual drug, we're all looking for something that makes us feel like we're a part of something good and meaningful."

Formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band, their 2012 debut Kids Raising Kids, had them teaming up with producer/engineer Konrad Snyder. This time around they worked with Konrad again, but took a more slowed-down and deliberate approach that allowed them to bring a new level of sophistication and soulfulness to their songcraft. When it came time to record, the band divided up their sessions between several different locations, including EastSide Manor Studios (an East Nashville facility complete with an old indoor pool converted into a reverb chamber).

Drug for the Modern Age serves up its share of intricately layered love songs, revealing Kopecky's endless grace in merging sweetness and melancholy. Throughout the album, they also consider the more shadowy dimensions of the human heart. "One of the main things we wanted to address on this album is the fact that, in a time when we're all so wired in and constantly staring at our phones, we're not engaging and hearing each other's stories the way we should be," says Gabe. Not only essential in helping certain band members cope with major life changes, that telling and hearing of stories went a long way in elevating the band's songwriting. "We made a point of taking a step back and being real with each other and opening up, rather than just trying to hash our way through songs," says Gabe. "It really helped us to voice our feelings in our lyrics in a more candid way than we ever had before."

With the band forever bound by their shared passion for purposeful songwriting, all that revelation and sometimes-painful truth-telling ultimately fulfills something central to Kopecky's mission: a deeper and stronger connection with each person listening.
The Walking Sticks - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
The Walking Sticks

The Walking Sticks is the outfit of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and their soulful beyond her years lead singer Chelsea Lee. The group from Silver Spring Md took off in 2011 as a vehicle for deep roots grooves and harmony but the Sticks have recently taken a few leaps into much different territory. After touring the more meditative and heavily acoustic debut album World So Bright, the twins began accumulating an arsenal of old synthesizers from around town. More importantly, they signed on their long time friend and collaborator Chelsea Lee in 2012.

The brand new EP Send the Night preaches a newfound love for saw waves and modern production but maintains a compositional approach more inspired by Laurel Canyon than Hollywood. The Ernst boys years of crooning CSN&Y in the bar is irremovable from the dreamy harmonies that weave through the mix. And with a new set of gadgets to accompany her, Chelsea Lee's classic rasp stands out as something entirely its own. While the new songs demand a little more sweat from the audience, the band's initial focus remains the same: to make great pop music.

"The Walking Sticks' new single, "Send The Night," is a refreshing and breezy ride into a care-free three minutes and 36 seconds of dream pop bliss." - Indie Shuffle

"WOW. The Walking Sticks blow me away. One of the best live performances I've seen yet in DC. The lead vocalist has such talent." - DC Music Download

"This is a band that has the ability to mesmerize." - Bob Waugh, Program Director 103.1 WRNR-FM
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009