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Empire Beats
Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00 PM
The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY
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Glamorous jazz chanteuses and gutsy blues shouters front Mark Boquist’s five to nine piece band as they explore an expanding book of old-school Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Jazz, and Pop music ~ familiar and forgotten hits from the past and funky new originals. With songs from every side of the love equation, Empire Beats' energetic revue recalls showcases of another era. It’s great music that makes you wanna dance & shout! Empire Beats bandleader Mark Boquist has been drumming for over thirty years playing all kinds of blues-based music on stages large and small, on recordings and broadcasts, on tours around the United States and Europe, and in slick private clubs and public dives. Beginning in Minneapolis in the early 1980s, with forays to Kansas City and then Seattle in the ‘90s, he made the move to Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1997. The son of a Jazz man, his affinity for real American music led him to start up Empire Beats in 2011. Showcases and residencies at venerable Manhattan music halls and lounges, as well as distinguished Brooklyn venues, have solidified Empire Beats’ reputation as a rocking dance band featuring top quality musicians and New York City’s most impressive young singers. In niteclubs and dive bars and at festivals, fundraisers and weddings – and much, much more – Boquist and the band deliver authentic and exciting music that energizes audiences of all ages. Singers of note: Chicago native, A'shanti Tyree has been bringing her sultry, spunky style to the stage and wowing Empire Beats' crowds with her classic sound and modern instincts since 2015. She’s a powerfully dynamic performer that can go from gravelly blues shouter to sugar sweet balladeer – sometimes all within the same song. Her past musical projects run the gamut from theater productions to session work and niteclub appearances all around New York City. Now living in Brooklyn and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she claims the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight as major influences. New York City’s own Chloe Thompson has been singing with Empire Beats since 2017 and every single time she does she just leaves it all on the stage. She’s a spirited performer that brings infectious joy and fun to songs whether she’s singing lead or backgrounds. With the Harlem Gospel Choir, she’s performed several times on network television and at awards shows behind Sza, Moby, and many others. Her dance choreography and willingness to bring it to the people on the dancefloor keeps the show fun and loose. For Chloe, music is life and she’s making mom proud. Hailing from the boogie-down Bronx, Seydurah Avecmoi’s big voice betrays her petite stature, she’s been shouting the blues loud and proud with Empire Beats since 2015. Seydurah was raised on a steady musical feast of Motown, Stax, Ike & Tina Turner, and Koko Taylor and it shows in her wild and sexy performances onstage. She’s a graduate of the famed Northside School of Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia and has put that degree – and her NYC pedigree – to work all over the world. From holding down a residency at the legendary Arthur’s Tavern in Greenwich Village, to funky one-niters in niteclubs in Harlem, to international residencies in China and elsewhere, Seydurah delivers her rockin’ blues to the people.


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