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CEG Presents

A PHISH After-Party, ChillFam Allstars Play Michael Jackson featuring Elise Testone & members of Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Puppy, and more!

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Dec 28 Fri
A PHISH After-Party, ChillFam Allstars Play Michael Jackson featuring Elise Testone & members of Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Puppy, and more!11:59 PM | Doors: 11:30 AM
127 East 23rd Street, New York, NY
All Ages
Tickets $22.00 - $43.50

11:30pm Doors
12:30am Show

General Admission: $22-$25
Loge Seating- 1st Four Rows: $36-$40
Gold Circle- $43.50-$47

Chillfam Allstars include:

Elise Testone

Eric Gould - Bass (Pink Talking Fish)

Richard James - Keys  (Pink Talking Fish)

Zack Burwick - Drums  (Pink Talking Fish)

Danny Mayer - Guitar (Eric Krasno Band)

Natalie Cressman - Trombone (Trey Anastasio Band)

Rob Volo - Trombone (Deep Banana Blackout)

Mike Maher - Trumpet (Snarky Puppy)

Matt Wayne - Sax (Bobby Deitch Band)
 

Line-Up Subject to Change

 

Elise Testone

A powerhouse vocalist whose incredible stage presence and vocal maturity rank with the best, Elise Testone is the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone’s range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits. Her first original album, 

In This Life, released last year received rave reviews, celebrating her ability to “wail the blues, rock like a bitch and purr sexily” (Goldmine Magazine), however Elise is anxious to share her new music which is more focused in the Funk/Rock/Soul genres. Growing up in New Jersey with a father who collected juke boxes, Testone knew she was a singer even as a young girl. Exposed to music that ranged from Motown and the Beatles to Queen and, later, Nirvana, she began studying privately at the age of 5, excelling and performing publicly at local coffeehouses through her teens. Eventually graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a Vocal Performance degree, Testone came of age as a professional performer and private educator in Charleston, SC, becoming one of the most seasoned and well respected musicians in town. At the age of 27 she was approached by a scout from television reality show American Idol and decided to use the opportunity (urged on especially by her students) as a stepping stone to propel her career, ultimately becoming a finalist on the hit show.

In the wake of her appearance on American Idol, Testone has toured extensively and has appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Ellen DeGeneres ShowLive with KellyAccess HollywoodGood Day New YorkGood Morning America and others. While she enjoyed her time on Idol, Testone is excited to bring her own unique brand of music to the world, a brand that owes more to artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Lauryn Hill than to today’s disposable hit-makers. She has opened for B.B. King, Snoop Dogg, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and Dumpstaphunk, and has performed with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd members, and Soulive and Lettuce members to name a few. 

Currently, Testone has begun a new chapter of her career living in Brooklyn, NY where her guitarist Adam Fallen and her are constantly creating new music for their future tour, performing at venues such as The Cutting Room, The Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall, Irving Plaza, and Brooklyn Bowl to name a few.    

 In a world full of vocalists who seem to be acting, Elise Testone’s performance is anything but that. Her heart more exposed with every note, it’s not uncommon to find her on her knees and out of breath at the end of a hard-driving soul tune – all in service of the music.

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Snarky Puppy

The once Texan, now New York-based, Grammy award-winning quasi-collective Snarky Puppy has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still "underground" in many respects, the band has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village Voice, Guardian, and Boston Herald, and has performed at some of the best venues and festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.

The band has always used live performance as its chief form of evangelism, and maintains a more intense tour schedule than almost any band in the idiom. Over the course of 2013, Snarky Puppy gave almost 200 performances and workshops on four continents, including North Sea Jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz á Vienne, Blue Note Tokyo, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Their most recent album, “Family Dinner - Volume One,” earned a Grammy for Best R&B Performance with featured guest Lalah Hathaway, as well as charting #1 on the ITUNES Jazz Charts.

Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience. The convergence of musicians from white and black America (who also perform regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Roy Hargrove, and Marcus Miller among others), which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.

The group is led by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, whose creative grass-roots approach to a tougher-than-ever industry has created a new model for independent artists. Snarky Puppy is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously- an original music ensemble. Second- a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly- Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach. Working with groups like ROAM (Roots Of American Music) in inner city Cleveland and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, as well as giving clinics at hundreds of colleges, high schools, and middle schools worldwide, the band has made a strong commitment to spreading their love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to be inspired b

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