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      July 24, 2019

      Wednesday   8:00 PM

      702 Willow Avenue
      Ithaca, New York 14850

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      Juice

      with Stephen Day
      Theres strength in numbers.With seven distinct personalities, Juice distills rock, r&b and hip-hop into a signature sound witha distinct kick of electric violin, rich harmonies, honest lyrics, and festival-worthy choruses. The Boston septetBen Stevens [lead vocals], Michael Ricciardulli [guitar], Rami El-Abidin [bass], Christian Rose [violin, vocals], Kamau Burton [acoustic guitar, vocals], Daniel Moss [guitar], and Miles Clyatt [drums]perfects this mix on its 2018 independent project. There are so many colors when we play, explains Michael. The chemistry is there in the studio and on stage. When we play to a crowd, its all organic. The reactions... the faces... the experience, what you see is what youre getting, people know that, they can tell. Weve learned to listen to each other and to what the music has to say. At the same time, we channel our youth, theres no bottling that up. Were always searching for something tangible our listeners can thoroughly feel at the core of the music. Were trying to create an atmosphere much bigger than the seven of us on stage.It was evident from the bands beginnings that this collective potency could contribute to something far greater, and something truly different. After meeting as freshman at Boston College, Juice became unified upon winning their schools Battle of the Bands in 2014. Soon after, things got serious.Through constant gigging Juice honed their live performance, displaying an original raw energy. Soon, Juice went from frequent gigs at the citys famed Middle East to selling out East Coast hotspots such as Brighton Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and more. Releasing their full-length debut in 2016, the band landed a viral hit in the form of Gold, which popped up on countless Discover Weekly playlists and cracked over 386,000 Spotify streams without any traditional promotion.Hitting Summerfest Milwaukee for the first time in 2016, Juice impressively won the grand prize at of the festivals Land The Big Gig Competition. Graduating from college a year later, the musicians returned to the annual festival and opened for pop juggernaut DNCE. Along the way, they carefully sharpened their style, merging virtuosic musicianship and vivid songwriting. The hardest question for us to answer is always who do we sound like. We have so many influences from so many different places. When it all falls together, we end up with songs that are honest, songs that we love, songs people remember...but songs that dont sound like anyone else explains Michael. Its a combination of so many things, says Rami. Everyone hears their own impression, first you might hear the violin, then the soulful, dynamic vocals, and then the melody driven guitars, all of which is anchored by our prominent rhythm section.After meeting GRAMMY Award-nominated producer Johnny K at Summerfest, the band headed to Milwaukee in 2017 to record their upcoming project. Now, they introduce this collection with the soaring single Sugar. Hummable funk guitars lay over a steady groove before the chantable hookI cannot get by without you honeytakes hold. Airtight raps and radiant chorus harmonies drive the song into the bridge before an old school rock n roll guitar solo gives way to stomping handclaps and gospel-style backing vocals. On the surface, you can think of Sugar traditionally like buying into lust, its an insatiable feeling explains Michael. It does go a little deeper though. At our age, we experience elements of this vanity culture in high concentration. It speaks to that. There are also elements of temptation in there, but at its core, its some youths taking a crack at a bright rock n roll record.Clean guitars unfurl amidst flourishing violin and delicate crooning on the heartfelt Workin On Lovin, which culminates on the admission, I need someone to love. Dreamy piano shuffles into a young love confessional on September Told Me. Then, theres Heartbreak In A Box. An honest statement about holding onto feelings after theyve left your life. Michael adds, Sometimes sorrow and pain are the medium in which we recall feelings of joy. Its a good feeling to give listeners something honest, it teaches you a lot. Michael leaves off. You hope someone gives your music a chance, you hope that they might feel something you once felt and make it their own, have their own sensations. We work hard to deliver that.Ultimately, Juice possesses a power to captivate and move audiences everywhere they go. Something different, moving fast.

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