February 21st, 2023 10pm Stage 2
Originating from the lush backdrop of mountains that the Hudson Valley refers to as New Paltz, Art Thief is a Sci-Fi Rock and Roll band that puts entertainment over everything. Approaching music with the mindset that opposites attract, they bring a punk rock energy to the bandstand while honing it in with a respect for the language that jazz and popular music has brought to our ears. Or is it that they are bringing a jazz vocabulary to the bandstand, and honing that language in by bringing a punk rock energy to the stage? Regardless, Art Thief has a consistent goal of bringing the best party and listening experience they can to wherever they perform, while challenging themselves to push boundaries at every opportunity presented. Chronogram describes Art Thief as having an : “Impressive mastery of prog, fusion, and other genres aplenty, anchoring the group’s explorations into startlingly pop-song length compositions,” Bass Magazine gave Art Thief's most recent album, “Tough Crowd,” this description : “Combined with lyrics that are part Claypool, part science fiction, harmonies layered with color, and a James Brown enthusiasm, “Tough Crowd” is an instant earworm, and Art Thief is a musical force to be reckoned with.” And Ron English says : “It’s like a great stunt pilot is flying the plane. Art Thief has that rarest of things in art, a unique voice.” Who knows, maybe they're all wrong, but Art Thief thrives on living up to these descriptions and enlightening naysayers.
LINKS is a 10-piece electrofunk futureband that plays progressive soul, fusion, and fun songs to sing along with! Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, LINKS is the brain-child of leader Andrew Links. The group is an absolute powerhouse collective of instrumentalists, producers, engineers, and arrangers featuring Mike Craig on drums, mixing and engineering, Nick Trautmann on bass, Abe Nouri on vocals, trombone, and keyboard, Anna Paloma on vocals, Josiah Lamb on trumpet, Luke Norris on tenor sax, Mike Bliss on alto sax, Mark McIntyre on guitar, and Eric Juberg on EWI and sound design, and Andrew Links on synths, songwriting, and vocoder.