Led by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda move fromsamba to jazz manouche, from Greek dance rhythms to samba beats. Their songs, sung in French (withforays into six other languages), hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematicarranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background.Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. Thisgroup of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spotwith Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivalssuch as Celebrate Brooklyn, Joe’s Pub, The Jefferson Center, The Kennedy Center, and Webster Hall.After the success of their brilliantly colorful debut album - Amour, t’es là? – (Top 10 Billboard WorldMusic Charts, NPR’s All Songs Considered, First Listen, NPR’s 10 favorite World Music Albums 2013)the band is releasing album #2 in September 2014 under GRAMMY Award-Winners Michael League'sgroundUP Records.
Rusty Gates is a Chicago based band with members from all over the country. When the group formed in August 2013, the idea was to combine each member's unique musical background and collaboratively create songs that stand apart from any single genre. The result is original music loaded with intricate arrangements, funky back beats and powerful improvisation. Inspired by Funk, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Soul and World, Rusty Gates strives to make music that will keep you dancing. Keep your eye on their upcoming schedule to see when they will be playing a show near you!