Knitting Factory Presents
Starbenders, Idgy Dean, A Shadow of Jaguar, The Midnight Hollow
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Starbenders are the half way home for misunderstood misfits, fringers and glam punks. Front-woman, Kimi Shelter and her gang have conc...octed a perfect alchemic blend of androgynous rock and roll power with "stuck in your brain" pop melodies. Imagine David Bowie playing 7 minutes in heaven with Debbie Harry.
Shelter began working with producer, Nico Constantine (Lady Gaga , Program The Dead, Institution Records) in 2014 who encouraged her to start a band. Aaron Lecesne was the first call Shelter made. The duo were best of friends and had intense music crushes on each other. The genesis of Starbenders took form. Guitarist, Kriss Tokaji, entered the scene in early 2015 after the band witnessed him laying waste to a guitar at a shitty house party in the middle of no where. "We couldn't believe our ears and eyes! Our prayers had been answered!", beams Shelter. The dream line up crystallized in 2017 with the entrance of drummer, Emily Moon. "It was the final piece to the puzzle. The band was in the middle of a transition and I thought to check craigslist of all places when I came across Emily's ad." shared Lecesne. After responding to the band's cryptic email, Moon met up with them that same night. It was love at first site.
A Shadow of Jaguar is a gritty rock and roll band, and that’s really all you need to know. Listen to a song and then come back to read this. (Did you pick one? Which one? Say it out loud. Prove yourself!) Okay, now:
Brian Hubbert and Andrew Oakley got together in early 2015 in Boulder, CO to make the kind of music they weren’t hearing on the local scene. Within weeks, the pair had begun writing and recording original material while honing their sound playing shows throughout the country. A Shadow of Jaguar released their first single, “Mama Needs the Bottle”, in late 2015, and all the while they have been cultivating their debut album Raw.
The duo is fronted by Brian Hubbert who’s homemade slide guitar fills their sound with a monstrous tone that can only be described like that scene in Space Jam, where the Monstars get their powers and grow 40 feet. Drummer Andrew Oakley provides the backbone for the duo. His high energy, thunderous drumming gives the band a heavy rock edge and a deep groove. Also akin to Space Jam. Their sets are almost entirely original songs; but the natural dynamic of the two piece leads to improvisation that involves the crowd, making every show unique. A Shadow of Jaguar is gaining a reputation as an energetic live band, that no longer leaves tears out there; just blood and sweat. Together, the chemistry between Hubbert and Oakley is undeniably similar to the dynamic duo of Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny in Space Jam.