Evan Wize / Nalani & Sarina at Boot & Saddle @ Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia [5 August]

Evan Wize / Nalani & Sarina at Boot & Saddle

20:00 - 23:00

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Boot & Saddle
1131 S Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
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Evan Wize
Evan Wize is an indie/electro pop artist comprised of singer/writer Evan Wisneski and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Josh Lerner. The two have been writing music together since high school, and began making music under the name Evan Wize in February of 2016. With varying musical backgrounds, they first wrote and covered alternative/rock music together, but have evolved their sound over the years to incorporate their many influences. After moving to Philadelphia and linking/playing with many of the talented musicians the city has to offer, Evan Wize has developed a unique spin on indie/electro pop music; incorporating elements of r&b/soul and alternative.

Nalani & Sarina
Getting music fans to agree on anything is next to impossible. That's why the quick rise of twin sisters, Nalani & Sarina — from a small town in west-central New Jersey to national notoriety and recognition — is such an astounding story. These two audacious young artists have developed a distinctive blend of traditionalist soul-rock and modern pop, and their stylistic alchemy is likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come. Legendary music critic and Sirius radio host Dave Marsh, recently called their latest EP, Scattered World, the singing duo's latest set, «some of the best music being made in 2016», and fans, critics and taste-makers have echoed his praise. The pop marketplace can be fickle and fractious, but Nalani & Sarina have all the elements in place for success and stardom.

You might say that Nalani & Sarina were born in stereo: they're identical mirror twins. Nalani plays her guitar right-handed; Sarina is a lefty. When they're both singing and strumming, it feels like the song has come to greet the listener with arms wide open. Their captivating look is on display in the video for «Get Away», a propulsive cut from Scattered World that recently won The Freshmen contest on mtvU, and remains in regular rotation on the channel. In the clip — and in their stage show, too — Nalani & Sarina present themselves with the swagger and confidence of established stars who know they've got something essential to share.

Of course, their good looks wouldn't matter at all if they couldn't back it up with musical accomplishments. The sisters have been writing and singing together since they were kids — they've had a lifetime to refine the act, and on Scattered World, their skills are apparent. Nalani & Sarina play several instruments, including guitar, piano, and ukulele, and their singing voices are simultaneously forthright and alluring. Songs like «We'll Be Free» and «Runaway» demonstrate a deep understanding of the architecture of classic pop and soul, and the rapid-fire delivery of «Get Away» suggests mastery of contemporary sounds, as well. Their smart, kinetic live show has made the sisters favorites on the Northeastern club scene: they've graced stages at Philly's World Cafe Live and Milkboy, the City Winery, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Bitter End in New York City, The Saint in Asbury Park, and at regional music festivals like Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Black Potatoe Festival (Clinton, NJ), and Ladybug Festival (Wilmington, DE).

They've got the support. Dave Marsh is hardly alone in his admiration for Nalani & Sarina. David Bianculli of NPR's Fresh Air lauded their charisma, their musicianship, and their songwriting. The Philadelphia Daily News noted the pair's musical flexibility and predicted great things for the act. And New Jersey's notoriously discriminating music press has embraced Nalani & Sarina: The Aquarian, NJArts, and CentralJersey.com have all run glowing features, and the Star-Ledger / NJ.com recently named the sisters one of the top new acts in the state. They've earned the enthusiasm of industry insiders, too. Scattered World was produced by Julian Herzfeld and Greg Drew, long-time music business veterans. They helped assemble an experienced band to back Nalani & Sarina that includes Oscar Rodriguez of chart-toppers A Great Big World on guitar, Tommy Mandel (Bryan Adams) on keyboards, Jim Hines (Brian Wilson) on drums, and the legendary Will Lee of the David Letterman Band on bass.

They've got destiny working for them. Nalani & Sarina are young, but they've already displayed an impressive social conscience. «We'll Be Free,» the standout cut from Scattered World, is a bold statement made on behalf of sexual equality, and it's won the duo the applause of the LGBT community. «Scattered Girl» is a generational anthem that addresses the difficulties of young adulthood in frank, immediately identifiable language. In a pop landscape largely bereft of Asian-American voices, the twin sisters' perspective is welcome. Their songs are catchy AND meaningful, their look is dazzling, their message is courageous, and the sky is the limit.

Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
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