Note: $15.00 is the day of show price.
Born and raised in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, identical twin brothers Amiri and Rahiem Taylor do not make the type of music that their borough of origin is usually associated with. Growing up surrounded by hip hop culture and all it’s glory, the Taylor brothers had more exposure in their house to pop, funk and soul music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. When they began writing songs in high school, they taught themselves how to play guitar and write songs based off of the Beatles. After high school they formed Blac Rabbit, bringing in former metal and church drummer Patrick Jones, followed by resident shredder Josh Lugo on bass (and sometimes guitar) to play their original psychedelic rock tunes.
In order to make some pocket money, Rah and Amiri decided to start performing music on the NYC subway. They soon discovered that people really enjoy hearing them sing Beatles songs, so they kept doing that, slowly building a reputation around the city while also performing their original material at some of New York’s best venues for up and coming acts. They maintain that sort of dual life to this day.
On December 23, 2017, the band released their debut self-titled EP, which was also self-recorded and self-mixed. On January 26, 2018, they were filmed performing Beatles songs on the train by New York Nico, the self-proclaimed “Unofficial talent scout of New York City,” who posted the video to his 121K followers on Instagram. Since then, the band has seen their fan base increase significantly and will be releasing new music and hitting the road in 2019.
SEABERG & THE BLACK VELVET PUNKS
Black Velvet Punks are a hip-hop, jazz punk, and neo-soul band fronted by black genderqueer guitarist, Taylor Seaberg with drummer/vocalist, Traiveon Dunlap and bassist, Roderick Glasper. Often soulful and punk driven, the group carries a vibrant energy.
Under their former name of “People Will Dance,” Seaberg’s in-studio performance of their song “Vibes” was featured in City Pages’ Local Frames and the Local Current blog’s Friday Five music video roundups. Seaberg has also performed at an MPR sponsored album release show for Chastity Brown’s Silhouette of Sirens at The Fitzgerald Theater, a Greenroom Magazine sponsored show for Oshun, as well as Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Third Thursday Art + Lit events.