Benefit for Nepal

help nepal!

Tonight Diwas will be joined by Dan (Photoreal), Dipesh (Sangharsha), and meee ūüôā for a set of Nepalese folk with some English covers and Rungs songs mixed in.

6PM Playwright Celtic Pub 732 8th Ave, New York, New York 10036

Open Bar is from 6-8 for $40 and music begins at 8:30PM.

All proceeds are going to earthquake relief in Nepal.

Hope to see you there!

benefit help nepal

2016 Winter, I like you after all!

2016 is shaping up to be a music filled year! We’ve been busy recording our next song which I can’t wait to share with everyone. It will be released very soon as a single.

This year marks our first official¬†winter in NYC and it is not so bad. Nothing slows down this city – we’re playing more shows now in winter than we did last fall! It’s been great to get out to different areas of the city to explore new venues even in the cold weather.

Silvana in Harlem is one place we played at recently for the second time and we hope to plan a third! It’s such an amazing restaurant/bar/venue. Delicious middle eastern food, hookah lounge, friendly staff and great beer selection.

Next week on 2/18 we’re playing at Hill & Dale which I have never been to, so let’s see how it goes! All info about that show can be found here:¬†http://on.fb.me/1zN0HhP

Friday 12/26 at Sacred Grounds Coffee, Tampa FL

The last time Diwas and I were in Florida was just before we formed something that could be called a band. If I remember correctly, it was springtime a few years ago. We were hanging out in the kitchen of my mom’s house having a lazy vacation morning and I checked my email, or facebook messages, to find a show invite. Diwas had been playing solo shows in Ithaca that year, and I jumped up to sing with him every now and then. Whatever it was when we did songs together, our friend was inviting us to play a show with other local bands and wondering what name he should use for our act on the bill.

Flash forward to now, we’re ‘The Rungs’ and we’re back in Florida to play a show this Friday!!!

Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop is where we will be Friday 12/26 at 9pm.

…..So obviously that is where you should be too ūüôā Here is the FB EVENT

rungs sacred grounds

Happy Hour at Hazlitt

Hazlitt Winery on Seneca Lake hosts a¬†happy hour every Friday from 5-8 where folks can sip on delicious wine while enjoying the beautiful view of vineyards, the lake, and live¬†music by local bands. Even though we moved out of Ithaca, I still feel¬†local to the finger lakes region, and I was so happy when we were invited to play the Hazlitt Happy Hour last weekend. We blended a mix of Rungs songs with Diwas’s Nepalese songs and a long list of our favorite covers. It was quite refreshing to play a nice long set. After playing so many of those ‘hurry up and get on stage you have 5 minutes to set up and 30 minutes to play and then you gotta breakdown fast!’ it felt really nice to be able to just keep playing. The happy hour takes place in a large covered outdoor deck called ‘The Oasis’ which houses a bar, seating area, restrooms, and a place for bands to set up. Having grown up in Florida, I couldn’t help but feel like I was on a beach deck that somehow landed¬†in the middle of upstate NY. It was awesome.

Here is a pic our friends caught of us, thanks guys!

The Rungs at Hazlitt

Rockwood and Leftfield

I don’t know what I like more about being in a band, ¬†playing shows, writing music,¬†recording songs… I love it all!¬†Recently we’ve been playing more shows than anything else.¬†The show a few weeks ago at Rockwood was a lot of fun and we had the pleasure of meeting up with some of our¬†out-of-town friends who happened to be in NYC that night.

Last weekend we returned to  the lower east side to play a gig at Leftfield joined by our friends Beloved Binge on tour from North Carolina. They are another guy girl duo and like us, they are married! They had such a powerful energy in their performance of songs about their own personal life experiences, the aging of relatives, eating a vegan diet, and funny life lessons.  Find their music here: http://belovedbinge.bandcamp.com/album/pockets-2

Every¬†new venue we play here has its own charm. ¬†Getting to experience that is something I love about shows and I really like the crazy music filled lower east side. We’re trying to stick to one show a month right now, but finding it hard to resist playing more! ¬†I was not able to get video from the past two, but¬†we do have pictures! ( thank you friends for taking these ūüôā )

 

the rungs at rockwood 7/25

rungs at leftfield 8/8

Interview w/ Azltron Music Blog

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of meeting the man behind the¬†Azltron Music Blog at the Ithaca Festival.¬†Today he shares an interview covering the formation of our band, how we write songs and what’s in store for us this summer. Check it out¬†here!

Hailing from Oswego, Azltron is a major supporter of the upstate NY music scene. The blog covers photos and reviews of live shows in nearby cities, band interviews, and music reviews. June marked the beginning of a music series organized in partnership with ZINC Shirts, a screen printing shop and live music venue in Oswego. We will be heading up to Oswego to participate in the series this fall and we are super excited!

Now, since I’m a plant science nerd, let’s say that music blogs today are the soil and all of the unsigned indie bands are the plants. Without the support of blogs like Azltron, we¬†would just be shriveled seeds!

That is why we are super thankful for this interview and the other bloggers that¬†have supported us since the release of our EP in January.¬†(aka nurtured our root growth, if you know what I mean – winky winks ūüėČ )

Now where you come in –¬†you can be the water. Tweet this interview, or support Azltron music blog however which way you desire, and let’s keep this little music ecosystem alive!

Photo of Mandy by Azltron
Photo of Mandy by Azltron

 

Upcoming Show: Friday 6/20

Cameo Gallery

We’re opening for¬†our friends coming all the way from North Carolina,¬†Schooner! We played with these guys last year¬†in Ithaca and¬†became instant fans. With¬†combined influences¬†of grunge, pop and indie, Schooner produces an inventive sound, yet still maintains a familiarity that instantly drew us in.¬†And their¬†live performance is rippling with energy. Bam. Instant fans! Come on out to Cameo Gallery 6/20 to catch the show!

Here is a link to the Facebook event, and line up below:

Schooner (10:30)
on Neighborhood Veins:
This gauzy, blown-out, beautiful pop record is the crowning achievement for Schooner and singer-songwriter Reid Johnson…an album that doesn‚Äôt ignore the past, doesn‚Äôt ignore the yesterdays good and bad that brought on today, but it also never falls into over-sentimentalizing loss and avoids the all-too-obvious trap of nostalgia. Pop Matters (8 out of 10)
http://schoonermusic.com/

Air Waves (9:30)
Critics have labeled Air Waves as everything from sparse pop to folky punk, a sign that Air Waves does what every great band in their time has managed to do ‚Äď find a way to be both comfortable and compelling in being themselves while creating a body of work beyond genre classification. Already in a short time span Air Waves have not only made a name for themselves in Brooklyn, but elsewhere by touring extensively down both the East and West coast sharing the stage with such notable acts like Cat Power, Songs: Ohio, Beach House, Dan Deacon and The Rapture to name a few.
http://airwaves.bandcamp.com/

The Rungs (8:30)
A duo you won’t want to miss, The Rungs bring you sparkling synth pop, unique guitar play and feel good vocals. Reminiscent of synth bands from the early 80’s, and with a discernible reference to Southeast Asian instrumentation, it is catchy, inventive, and bright!


Pre War (7:30)
Pre War formed at the height of the financial crisis, and the bottom of the housing market in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Fuzz rockers fresh from the exhilarating break up of their former outfit, Conversion Party, reconvened and decided to keep going, start over, write new songs.
http://prewar.bandcamp.com/

Motown at The Bitter End

So many artists came together to rock Motown songs Thursday night at The Bitter End! The Leave a Lasting Mark event raised over¬†$1900 for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and was sponsored by Noble Steed Music and Funkadelic Studios.

The ladies of the night really made this event special for me. With so many beautiful and talented female musicians there was definitely some strong girl power in the air! Performing covers of Motown’s girl groups, like the Marvelettes and the Supremes, you gotta bring the GP!

Here are some shots from the practice the night before the show. I want to introduce you to some of these lovely ladies and their music!

 

From left to right

Amy Rivard Singer/Songwriter, she has performed on Broadway and in over 30 countries with shows like Celtic Woman, Riverdance and The Roy Orbison Story.

–¬†Ebonee Reigne¬†New York based¬†singer and model with a voice that dazzled everyone at the show!

–¬†Jenn¬†Summers¬†Singer-songwriter with the indie record label Noble Steed Music, she brings a feel good beach vibe with her upbeat¬†songs¬†and has a cd release show coming up 6/18 at Rockwood Music Hall.

Jenni Alpert Pop songstress with haunting, powerful, and sultry voice. She has independently performed in over 14 countries and her music has been featured on many major Network Television shows.

–¬†Kate¬†Steinberg She¬†is a composer, performer, songwriter, session singer, music supervisor, vocal and piano instructor, musical theater enthusiast, and multi-instrumentalist based out of New York.

– and who is that last weirdo all the way on the right?? hehe ūüôā

 

 

Now above we have Jonatha Brooke here on the right. She has been writing songs, making records and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story on Elektra Records. She currently has three musicals in development: Quadroon, with legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample; Hopper, and Death and Venice, both with playwright Anton Dudley.

And on the left is¬†Michele Zayla, an amazing vocalist who has performed with Pink Floyd cover band The Machine. Her vocals will mesmerize you,¬†whatever ‘it’ is, she’s got it!

I didn’t get photos of them, but¬†Wendy¬†LaManque¬†is another talented vocalist who nailed her Supremes cover.¬†And¬†Annie¬†Halo rocked the bass! She is also a sound engineer based in New York.

(PS: to all the guys, you rocked too!)

Now how could I not have an awesome night in the presence of all this talent?! I’m looking forward to the upcoming Leave a Lasting Mark events. There will be a¬†Motown encore in Central Park on July 10th and back to The Bitter End on August 11th!

Oh and last but not least, there is video of each song on Leave a Lasting Mark you tube channel!

Here we (the rungs) are with our¬†‘Please Mr Postman’ cover!

 

 

 

 

 

Get Down with MOTOWN!

Tonight at The Bitter End 7pm, we will join a huge group of talented musicians for the “Leave A Lasting Mark” Concert Series presents: MOTOWN! – a tribute to “Hitsville, USA.” The event will celebrate the songs & artists that live forever in music history and all proceeds will go to benefit the¬†Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

More good music for a good cause, now that is something I dig!

Leave a Lasting Mark Concert Series Presents - MOTOWN!
Leave a Lasting Mark Concert Series Presents – MOTOWN!

 

 

Stage Bouncing at Ithaca Festival 2014

The Rungs at Ithaca Festival 2014 - photo by Yuko
The Rungs at Ithaca Festival 2014 – photo by Yuko

A clear sky, warm sun and cool breeze combined to form the perfect¬†weather for this year’s Ithaca Festival. The annual summer celebration is notoriously hit with downpours, but that never stops the town from enjoying the festivities. With our set scheduled for 2 PM on Saturday, I was thrilled to see such a positive forecast! No rain boots needed?? Yay!!

So many friends came out. Some folks I haven’t seen in a while and even some from out of town! It was mega fun to see everyone. I always get a little tickle of happiness to look up after singing a song and see someone smiling.
Diwas had an exceptionally busy day. Right before our set, he joined Luke G & The Candy Hearts to play guitar.¬†¬†Luke is known around town for his performances of classic doo wop songs. He is such an energetic performer and the addition of a full band to back him up took the catchy doo-wop renditions to the next level. The crowd was a’dancin left and right!
Luke G & The Candy Hearts
Luke G & The Candy Hearts
After our set, Diwas raced over to the beer garden stage to join Gabe Taveras and Sisu Powder the Moon. He played the madal, a tradition Nepalese drum. The specific sounds he can get out of it¬†blend well with¬†Gabe’s unique folk guitar style.
Gabe Tavares & Sisu Powder The Moon
Gabe Tavares & Sisu Powder The Moon
While Diwas ran¬†around the stages swapping instruments, I ran back to help my sister and good friend move out of their apartment. Music day plus moving day. And that it is¬†only part one of our Saturday! Part two was all the way back down in Brooklyn for a launch party at the Greenpoint Gallery, which I’ll cover¬†in my next post ūüôā