The Observers release debut disc steeped in indie-folk and Americana
The Observers release debut disc steeped in indie-folk, Americana
on April 17, 2014 - 12:01 AM
The Observers take you on a journey of human experience. Their music allows you to travel through a myriad of emotions from tear in your beer ballads, remain in your brain melodies, and even down home, foot stompin' hootenannies. They have established a sound that transcends their given genre.
"...Ever since developing their indie folk off the city’s west side, the Josh Gage, Allen Greystone and Ben Perrello-led sextet have been one of the region’s hardest working bands—and one of its most talented." -The Buffalo News, Michael Farrell - January 9th, 2015
"Refined songwriting skills are matched with clever acoustic interplay, pointed vocal harmonies...all culminating in a sound that is rooted in folk but with a leash full of slack." -Buffalo Blog, Mathew Polowitz - May 6th, 2014
"...emerged as a harmony-heavy acoustic-based ensemble boasting both instrumental chops and songwriting smarts." -The Buffalo News, Jeff Miers - April 17th, 2014
"Born out of the artistically immersed Allentown neighborhood, The Observers blend original Folk, Indie and Americana compositions to form original pieces that have quickly become regional favorites." -Buffalo Rising - March 24th, 2014
Marty at Mohawk Place has put together a show for the local acts that submitted videos for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest. The Observers, along with tiny rhymes, Appelenium, Folkfaces, Tom Stahl and others will be playing. 8pm
Check it out here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU_MiRnncHA
Michael Farrel dd a nice write up about us for tomorrow's show at Nietzsche's!
The Observers, 10 p.m. Jan. 10 at Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.)
At this point in their existence, it seems less likely that you haven’t seen the Americana-driven Observers than you have. Larkinville. Hot Mama’s Canteen. Dinosaur BBQ. Babeville’s Ninth Ward. They’ve seemingly canvased Erie County barrooms with tracks like the sublime “Barbara and John” or the boot-stomping “Movin’ On.” Ever since developing their indie folk off the city’s west side, the Josh Gage, Allen Greystone and Ben Perello-led sextet have been one of the region’s hardest working bands—and one of its most talented. If you haven’t seen them yet, get down to Allentown on Saturday for an introduction.
Before you go, listen to: “Good Enough For Me.”
Venue and show info: www.nietzsches.com
Can't say too much now but come January we should have something pretty awesomer to report about a potential team up with a local staple. Stay tuned!
Proud to announce that we are playing at the 9th Ward with our very talented friend Jen Whitmore!
Well we have had a long summer full of gigs! We plan to take a little break but stay posted for upcoming shows and events in the fall!
We have awesome shows coming up at Babeville's 9th Ward and Elmwood Festival of the Arts to name a few! Check out out Show tab to see where we're playing next!
Hey All! We just want to thank all of our friends, family and all of our fans for coming out in force and selling out the 9th Ward this past Saturday! We are very grateful for all your support, thank you!
The Observers release debut disc steeped in indie-folk, Americana
Like a homegrown hybrid of influences including Yonder Mountain String Band, the Decemberists, acoustic Jethro Tull and Bon Iver, the Observers grew out of a musical meeting of the minds between Allentown-based musicians Josh Gage, Allen Greystone and Ben Perrello. All three are songwriters, singers and multi-instrumentalists, with a common core formed from a shared love of indie folk and Americana.
The group has expanded to include the talents of fiddle player Jonas Gage, flute player Jeannine Giffear, banjo player Tyler Wetcot and bassist Matt Eppolito. In the process, it has emerged as a harmony-heavy acoustic-based ensemble boasting both instrumental chops and songwriting smarts.
The band has labored to capture the rootsy and rustic nature of its ensemble interplay in the recording studio, and the result is a self-titled debut disc. The Observers, along with friends Savannah King – another bright, young hopeful on the Buffalo singer/songwriter scene – and Fredonia-born roots-soul outfit Lady Lush & the Vinyls, will take over the Ninth Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door (box office, Ticketmaster).
A blend of folk and indie rock, the Observers epitomize the idea of an Allentown band. Holding banjos, flutes, acoustic guitars, an upright bass, and the occasional mandolin, fiddle or ukelele, the seven-piece band has hit their stride on their latest full-length record. The self-titled record ranges from worldly folk-guitar pieces like “Headin’ West” to what the band likes to call “tear in your beer ballads” like “Sad Cabaret,” led by precise vocal harmonies and rhythmic guitars. On the flip-side, they have no problem transitioning into up-tempo sing-alongs like “Movin’ On.” The Observers will celebrate the release of their self-titled record this Saturday (April 19) at Babeville’s Ninth Ward with support from the lovely and talented Savannah King and Fredonia soul-pop band Lady Lush and the Vinyls.
- cory perla
8pm Babeville’s Ninth Ward, 341 Delaware Ave. (852-3835 / babevillebuffalo.com) $8 advance, $10 day of show
Our album is in the process of being printed and we will be relerasing it online through our bandcamp page on April 19th! We will be doing a live release sometime between the end of April and May so stay tuned!
We raised more then our goal and are in the process of ordering shirts, posters, stickers and our debut cd! Thanks to everyone for their support!
We got the final, mastered copy of our album today.It's great! Can't wait to share it with you! We will have an album pre-sale any day now through bandcamp and a cd release party in April! Stay tuned fellow observers...
We played at The Burchfield Penney Gallery last night and had a blast! Big ups to Sonny Baker for hooking us up with the Show. It was awesome to play in such a beautiful gallery to so many people. Ben even signed his autograph for an energetic fan!
We have a kickstarter page up now to help us fund the production of our Debut Album that will be coming out in April! Help if you can and please share the page! Thanks, you rock!
27 Riley St, East Aurora, NY 14052. 7-830 pm
376 Grant street. Buffalo ny
2655 South park ave. Buffalo ny
1300 Elmwood ave. Buffalo ny
522 Elmwood ave. Buffalo ny
58 Main St. Tonawanda NY 14150
Mardi Gras party at Birdhaus at 925 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY. The Observers start the show off at 8:30, followed by The Folkfaces at 9:30.
We are playing the Showcase at 8pm for Josh's Birthday!
248 Allen St, Buffalo, NY
946 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo ny
Supporting our block club for this great party!
Milkie will be putting on his tradiotional light show as we play with Lady Lush and the Vinyls, fresh off our sold out cd release at 9th Ward!
A celebration of things Co-op at The North St. House!
We will help bring in the first weekend of the Lancaster Farmer's Market. Shop for great food and get your fill of The Observers!
Our first time at Sportsmen's! Looking forward to playing on their new stage!
Celebrating the life of Buffalo Music Legend Emile Latimer.
We are proud to be opening for Annie Girl and the Flight who are coming through town on a national tour. Doors at 7pm. We go on at 8pm. Annie Girl at 9pm. $5 presale at Tickets.com, $7 the night of.
Doing our monthly gig at Milkies. Opening band to be determined.
Doug Sitler's Night Lights with The Observers out in Ellicottville!
We will be live on 91.3 WBNY at 7:30 pm. Can't make one of our shows? Listen live!
Psyched to be playing this show with our good friend, Joe Donohue and his band The Albrights, one of Buffalo's best! We should go on around 10pm.
We will be doing a live set of a few of our tunes on 107.7fm!
We will be playing the back stage at Nietzsche's during the Allentown Art's Festival. Will be a blast!
An entire evening of music and art at the Silo's!
w/ Crows and Jays
49 Illinois St, Buffalo, NY 14203
This is a can't miss show! Mutual Benefit, the brainchild of Jordan Lee has been getting a lot of attention from famed music outlets like Pitchfork and Stereogum. Couldn't be more excited about this show! $10 presale, $13 the night of.
Lady Lush and the Vinyls release their debut cd and we will be opening the night. They played with us for our cd release and if you are a music lover, you will dig this soul-pop group!
We will be the entertainment for The Bison's Party area where you can buy wine tasting packages!
3 day festival, August 29th-September 1st. will update with the days and times we are playing when we know!
Contact us for address!
w Kothen and The Danny Lynn Wilson Acoustic Band. 9pm doors, 930 start.
Andy Pothier's cd release show. w Damien Webber, Sonny Baker, Tapered Creek and Andy Pothier
w, wakos, Kothen and The Leone's. 9pm doors, 10pm start
w/ Kothen and The Danny Lynn Wilson Acoustic Band. 9pm door, 930 start. $5
Tiny Desk Concert Show w other acts that submitted videos for NPR's contest.
Come celebrate Mardi Gras with us at Hot Mama's Canteen!
w/ Jeremy Quentin, tiny rhymes and Andy Pothier.
Come celebrate Josh's Birthday as we do a set from 8-9pm for the Monday Night Showcase. Open Mic to follow immediately after.
We love our block club! Come support the VETTE Block club and hang with us!
On All WNY Radio. Will post the link after taping!
3 Piece, 2 sets
w Kothen and Danny Lynn Wilson Acoustic Band
w The Younger Gang and Pine Fever. 10$ presale, 12$ the night of. Details on our facebook page
3 Piece, 2 sets
w kothen and Danny Lynn Wilson Acoustic Band
w Blue Moon Soup and Folkfaces! $7 cover.
Yes!!! We get to play the Blue Heron! In the Dance Tent!
Ellicott St. at Virginia, Outside, Tunes in the Tent lunch series by the Buffalo Medical Campus.
Clarence, Main St.
Two sets starting at 930 pm
w Pine Fever!
w, Pine Fever and Haint Blue
Opening for legendary Bluegrass and Folk artisit, Peter Rowan. Founding member of Old and in the Way.
National touring act, Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers, visit Nietzsche's.
6 Market St, Oswego, NY 13126 - 5-830pm, No Cover
526 Westcott St. Syracuse, NY
189 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052 - 9pm, No cover!
335 Franklin St, Buffalo NY, 14202. With Ten Cent Howl and the Rearview Ramblers. 9pm - 5$
149 Swan St. No Cover - 8pm
341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202. The Observers 3 (Josh, Allen and Ben) play the Cafe Taza Party. No Cover
248 Allen St. Buffalo, NY 14201
35 Wilber Avenue, Kenmore 14217
321 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13202
153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604
w/ Grayak, 10pm start, 9pm doors, $5 Cover