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GRAHAM ALEXANDER
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 - 8:00 pm, $15.00



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Stellar Young

Graham Alexander, 23, began carving his name in 2000 when he formed his backing band "Roadrunners" while in school. While building a following in the Philadelphia/New York club circuit and touring with the group for half a decade, he wrote and recorded two albums of original material and penned the soundtrack material for ten-time Emmy Award winning director, Kenneth Sheil (NFL Films) and his feature "Friends of Ken."

The group began a hiatus in 2005 while Graham went on to write and produce music for other artists as well as for his own solo record. During this time he remained on the road for five years playing alongside artists such as Badfinger, Blood Sweat and Tears, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, America, James Taylor, and Norah Jones. It was also during this period that he also lent his production or performance skills to a number of music videos, television shows, films (Splinterheads, New Year's Eve), and video games (Rock Band).

In 2010 and 2011, Graham debuted on Broadway as the lead in Rain in New York City. During the show's run, he released his first solo E.P. that made its terrestrial radio debut on WXPN Philadelphia in July 2011. After appearing over 150 times on a Broadway stage (first at the Neil Simon Theatre and in 2011 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre) and winning a Drama Desk Award for his performance, Graham departed the production to meet the growing demands of his songwriting and solo music career.

In December of 2011, Graham Alexander's self-titled, full-length album was finally released to worldwide acclaim. Within weeks, the song "Biggest Fan" was featured at #6 on Spotify's "Top Tracks from 2011 - Picked by Users" playlist which generated buzz and strengthened his already strong following. Soon after, he and his band embarked on a solo tour in support of the album performing to packed houses, standing ovations, and further acclaim. This touring resulted in a radio campaign which landed Graham and the band regular rotation for the album on radio stations across the country, which in turn led to his performance at NonComm alongside John Mayer, Willie Nelson, and Brandi Carlile. With over a decade of experience, Graham shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to compose for a new project (slated for release in early 2013) in addition to the ongoing tour in support of his solo music career. With his hard work, Graham Alexander has created a foundation for a future with seemingly endless possibilities and an unending love for what he does.

Special Guests - Stellar Young

Stellar Young (formerly The City Never Sleeps) is based out of Albany, NY. Originally from the Hudson Valley area, these five guys -- ironically, all with four-letter names -- have already shared the stage with the likes of Paramore, Badfish, Weerd Science, and The Features. Guerilla Magazine called Stellar Young a "refreshingly hard-to-categorize rock outfit...unsigned, relatively new on the music scene, but undeniably catchy."

Curt Mulick became a drummer after a telltale twist of fate, when his first 4th grade clarinet test resulted in being handed a pair of sticks and a practice pad. It's okay, though -- the only reason he wanted to play the clarinet in the first place is because a cute girl was playing it too. A few years later he met guitarist John Glenn (not the astronaut), who doubles as the band's vocalist. Originally from Austin, Texas, his roots gave him a well-rounded background of film, theater and music. Along the way the two guys crossed paths with another great guitar/vocalist, Erik Flora, who -- early on -- had a similar musical fate as Curt. He was dying to be a saxophone player, but the instructor insisted his hands were too small and handed him a trumpet. Curt and John were already in a band with a bassist, but the triad joined forced with Erik in 2004 to form the band.

After their bassist left the band for a career in law enforcement, Curt asked his friend Kyle Hatch to fill the newly vacant spot. Kyle tried many different instruments from an early age: from piano, to trombone, to guitar. Along the way, he found he had a real knack for improvisation. The final piece to the puzzle was found with Dave Parker, who happened to catch an acoustic set by John, Erik and Kyle when he was new to Albany. Dave was able to take over the bass position full time, allowing an easy transition for Kyle to switch to guitar and John to focus on vocals. Dave's touring experience with bands such as Coheed & Cambria and producing/performance credits with Weerd Science have since brought such a wealth of knowledge and insight to the group.

Albany is no stranger to Stellar Young, recently naming them "Best New Band" and voting them the "#1 Indie Rock Band" in the region according to the Metroland 2012 "Best of" issue and 2012 Readers Poll. The guys have secured regular rotation at many local stations (WEXT, WEQX, and WRPI) as well as other stations around the Northeast (WONY, WSUB-LP, and WFNP). Around the city, they have played 50+ shows and acoustic performances and have made strong connections with the local promoters. The band is currently expanding into the greater northeast in areas such as NYC, Montreal, the Hudson Valley, Oneonta, and Plattsburgh.

Between finishing their newest album "Everything at Once", successfully raising funds on Kickstarter for a mini shuttle bus, and releasing their sophomore album "Madison", touring; Stellar Young are hardworking DIYers that will continue to grow.

 

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