Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Coming up 11/1/23 9:30am - Greta Valenti, multi-talented musician with Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse, performing at Making Memories festival November 12th!



BEAUX GRIS GRIS & THE APOCALYPSE

Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse (pronounced \bo\ \gree-gree\ ) California-based blues rock americana soul band created by Louisiana-born-and-raised musician Greta Valenti (Well Hung Heart) and UK British Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Robin Davey (The Hoax, DVL, Well Hung Heart). Joined by the talents of musical heavyweights: Tom Rasulo (Dave Matthews, Gerard Way) Drums/Production in the UK & USA OR Alex Thomas (Anna Calvi, Bat For Lashes, Squarepusher) (UK) on Drums; Emma Jonson (UK) & Sam Robertson (USA) or DANIEL KIRKPATRICK (USA) on Keys, plus Stephen Mildwater (UK) and Chris Cunningham (USA) on Bass in the UK/USA respectively. PLUS VARIOUS OTHER PLAYERS AND GUEST APPEARANCES AT VARIOUS SHOWS.

LISTEN to today's show featuring Greta Valenti.

To fully understand Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse is to experience the band live, a mix of soulful songs, intense energy, and world-class award-winning musicianship. RhythmBooze summed up the show finale as “A mind-boggling, blistering finish with everything thrown in including the kitchen sink...truly memorable”. When LouderSounds preaches “Let Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse twist yer melons and remind you of the wonder of life” it might be because the band vibe is easier to pin down than their unique take on the roots genres. Rockshot Magazine elaborates “This extremely entertaining collective is a New Orleans-inspired, American blues-folk-soul band, who refuse to be pigeon-holed”.

Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse debut album Love & Murder spurned Top 10 hits in genre charts across Europe. The albums wide-reaching appeal earned it a #13 placement in the “Top 50 Albums of the year” by Classic Rock Magazine, describing it as “A sensual, vibrant cocktail“

Guitarist Robin Davey was the youngest ever inductee into the British Blues Hall of Fame. He spent time as an artist on Atlantic and Interscope Records, and has recorded with a wide spectrum of artists from Mick Jagger to Katy Perry. Multi-award-winning vocalist and songwriter Greta Valenti is Louisiana-born-and-bred creative with generations of her family dating back before the Louisiana purchase. Her rock outfit Well Hung Heart (OCMA’s Best Live Band) toured the USA opening for the likes of Fitz & The Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots, Foreigner, and Offspring.

Having headlined festivals across Europe, including Upton Festival (UK), The Great British R&B Festival (UK), Moulin (Netherlands) and Blues Alive (Czech Republic), the band were nominated for Band of the Year at the European Blues Awards. THIS YEAR, THE BAND WILL BE WORKING ON THEIR THIRD ALBUM AND TOURING EXTENSIVELY ACROSS UK, EUROPE, and the US.

While Beaux Gris Gris is the musical arm of their creativity, the pair have also established their own multi-award winning CREATIVE agency, Grow Vision, SPECIAILZING multimedia content and development. Daryl Hall INVITED them to direct / produce his show “Live From Daryl’s House” for Viacom for two yearS. Helping to bring the show from a 30 min syndicated TV show to a 1 hour, dolby surround premium mainstay on VH1/MTV Live. Their feature documentaries “THE CAMARY EFFECT” & “The Unbelievable Plight of Mrs. Wright” haVE won over 50 film festival awards, and secured distribution through Gravitas Ventures. Their visual work FOR MAINSTREAM BRANDS, LIKE Taco Bell, HAVE secured them MULTIPLE ADVERTiSING AWARDS & CLIENTS ACROSS VARIOUS industries.



Here's where they will be performing in November:


WHO | Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, the oldest community-based organization serving families living with Alzheimer's in the greater Los Angeles area.

WHAT | 3rd annual Making Memories Festival

WHERE | L.A. State Historic Park

WHEN | Sunday, November 12th @ 12 pm – 6 p.m.

WHY | This event raises awareness in the greater Los Angeles community and helps people access programs and resources. 100% of funds raised stay local, and provide free care and support for individuals and families.

PERFORMERS | Ozomatli, J.Rocc, Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse, La Misa Negra, DJ Monalisa, UCLA ACA Lion Dance troupe, local native artists, etc



BEAUX GRIS GRIS & THE APOCALYPSE RELEASE 28 TRACK LIVE ALBUM,
“LIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 2023” RECORDED LIVE ON TOUR ACROSS THE UK.


PRESS RELEASE JUNE 12, 2023

Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse had no idea if their seasoned sound engineer, Jerome Bach, hit record on a multitrack recording as they took the stage on a Tuesday night in May 2023. The venue, Arlington Arts in Newbury, was wired to record live shows, and thanks to Jerome’s quick thinking, most of the performance was captured with full multitrack capabilities, becoming the first 14 tracks on their first live album, “Live in The United Kingdom 2023”.

The 28 track double album was recorded during the band’s 3 week UK tour in April and May of 2023. The collection includes songs from the band’s first two albums, ’Love & Murder’ and ‘Good Times End Times’, plus some choice covers including “Make It Wit Chu” by Queens of The Stone Age, and “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. For fans of Robin’s former band, The Hoax, there is also a cover of “Fistful of Dirt” as well as multiple guest appearances by former bandmate and songwriter/guitarist, Jon Amor. The set also includes a new song “Penny Paid Rockstar” which is previously unreleased.



A Beaux Gris Gris show is never the same twice, if there is a setlist it is rarely fully adhered to, and this is reflected on each disc. The first 14 tracks are from “The Theatre Show” is a more considered affair. Recorded on May 2nd at Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury, UK, the bands mellower songs ‘Bungalow Paradise’ and ‘Alone’ get an outing. During the delicate piano intro and stellar vocal performance by Greta Valenti in “Baby Baby”, you can hear a pin drop. However, on Disc 02, “The Club Shows’, it’s a far more rowdy adult affair. The rooms are tightly packed and sweaty. The audience is up close and personal; songs are bent and stretched to go with the flow. Recorded in Brecon, Edinburgh, and Poynton. Not originally intended to be an opportunity to record a live album, by chance guitarist Robin Davey, used a simple 8 track set up to run his personal in-ear mix that also had the ability to record. After the band started listening back to each show, it became apparent these recordings would be a perfect accompaniment to the full multitrack theatre show.


Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse “Live in the United Kingdom 2023” is out on all streaming platforms worldwide and available via shows as a double album 6 panel CD set starting June 23rd, 2023. Physical albums available for order online starting July 14th.

CREDITS: BEAUX GRIS GRIS & THE APOCALYPSE - “LIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 2023” IS:

Greta Valenti: Vocals/Percussion (USA), Robin Davey: Guitar/Backing Vocals (USA/UK), Emma Jonson: Piano/Keytar/Backing Vocals (UK), Stephen Mildwater: Bass/Backing Vocals (UK), Tom Rasulo: Drums/Backing Vocals (USA)



Recorded live on tour April & May 2023 across the UK. Recorded by Robin Davey & Jerome Bach. Live sound by Jerome Bach. Mixed & Mastered by Robin Davey. Produced by Robin Davey & Greta Valenti. All photos by Rob Blackham. Album design by Greta Valenti.
A GROW VISION Production. © & ℗ MMXXIII GROW VISION™. A GROW VISION + DEVIL HILLS ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE.


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