Julia Bhatt // Moon Kissed // Strawberry Launch

August 26th, 2021 9pm   Stage 2


As of June 16, 2021, New York State has lifted all COVID-19 related restrictions that apply to a venue of Rockwood’s size. In accordance with these revised guidelines, vaccination records will no longer be checked and entry will be permitted for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Social distancing and masks will not be required, although masks will remain recommended for non-vaccinated individuals.

Strawberry Launch

We are an NYC-based indie-psychedelic-rock band, bringing you fruity tunes and sweet melodies. Indie-psychedelic-rock band, Strawberry Launch, was formed on the lower east side of Manhattan in late 2018. They flip between up tempo, fruity tunes to spaced out, aqueous ballads. Their genre-bending influences include Crumb, Pinegrove, Tame Impala, Harry Styles, and Khruangbin. Check out their newest single, "Sweet Basil", as well as their live "Moon Village Pocket Sessions" EP, which includes their top releases, "The Sun." and "In the Water" - even a Beatles cover! <3[/vc_column_text]

Julia Bhatt

“I definitely wouldn’t say it’s proper music writing,” says 19 year-old singer/songwriter Julia Bhatt coolly.  “I genuinely just fuck around on the guitar until I play a string of chords that makes me feel good, I guess.”  Born in Boston, MA but living practically the whole of her young life in Miami, FL, Julia was raised on a stimulating and expansive musical diet – her first musical memory is of being overwhelmed to tears at a Shakira concert in 2006 when she was a wee 4 years old. She grew up listening to everything from classic rock, American songbook standards and bossa nova beats. It was this variety of rhythms and melodies that helped shape the wide-ranging music she creates. With a powerful voice reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Regina Spektor, Julia writes engaging, fun hooks with great beats, juxtaposed with honest storytelling that reflects observations about teenage life in the melting pot of Miami, as well as reflections on her on-going struggles with depression. Absorbing all this musical knowledge into herself and bursting with creativity to write and record more new music to build upon her exciting fresh batch of songs. Julia Bhatt is showcasing her witty personality and disgust for social media hierarchy within the music industry in her newest single “1:30" (titled to honor the track's "1:30" time stamp).

Moon Kissed

Emily, Khaya, and Leah met at a New Year’s party on the lower east side in New York City. Their self-released debut album, aptly named, I Met My Band At A New Year’s Party, draws upon themes of youth, heartbreak, and the quiet power behind vulnerability. It features infectious hooks, virtuosic synth lines, and unique drum melodies. Khaya produces and sings, Emily plays synth and malletKAT, and Leah plays drums. 
 This band is sheer, unadulterated energy. the connection between them is palpable in the air when they perform. Since forming, they have played 100+ sweaty, intense shows all around Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the East Coast. The purpose of their shows is to create a moment; to hone the magic that occurs between audience and performer. It is cathartic, exhilarating, and intimate. Plus, Leah falls in love with someone in the audience at every show, which adds an element of surprise. 
 moon kissed faq: 
 q: are you guys sisters? 
 a: mayyyybe 
 q: *directed at emily* are you the drummer? 
 a: no, but it’s okay we all look the same 
 q: *directed at leah* are you the synth player? 
 a: yes 
 q: so like do you guys have a manager? i want to help you out... 
 a: hello security can we get this guy outta here