Eagle Rock Gospel Singers with BALTO, Malachi Henry & The Lights

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers with BALTO, Malachi Henry & The Lights

Performers:
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
Balto
Ages 21+
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers at The Hi Hat with BALTO and Malachi Henry & The Lights

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers (LA): The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers began as a collective of friends getting together in the summer of 2010. A choir of up to 15 revived the old Gospel spirit with songs like “I Shall Not Be Moved”, “12 Gates”, and “In My Time of Dying”. Slowly they evolved into a band of 6, committed to embracing the richness found in early 20th century recordings. Influenced by past Gospel musicians such as The Dixie Hummingbirds, Washington Phillips and Sister Rosetta Tharpe as well as current bands like The Black Keys, Wilco, and Calexico, the band creates a unique style drawing from rhythm and blues, alt-country, indie rock and folk.A rousing celebration of traditional Americana music has always been the hallmark of The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. A full length album released in 2015, Heavenly Fire, brims with fiery melodies and country moods, highlighting the band’s notoriety for crafting original Gospel material. Their debut album laid the foundation for two successful North American tours, including appearances at prestigious festivals such as Winnipeg Folk Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Austin City Limits, and Voodoo Fest of New Orleans. The album also garnered high-profile song placements (MTV, Showtime, Amazon, Discovery Channel), as well as popular playlist spots.

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Balto (LA): "Balto sound like the kind of band you’d want playing in the background as you cruise down the highway with a road soda clutched in your hand." - What Youth

Balto plays unbridled American Rock and Roll - steeped in both the mythology of the great folk storytellers and the legendary Motown groovers. Biting cynicism, instant classics, rip-your-heart-out live energy, a willingness to swagger, shred hard, and live behind the beat. Seattle-based curators Artist Home describe 2017's LP Strangers as “a tangle of beautiful, messy emotions, wrapped up in a sound that’s warmly familiar yet brimming with soul and tiny details that are touched by magic.” Now living in Los Angeles, the band has begun releasing a series of singles off of 2019's forthcoming record and are touring all over the western USA.

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MALACHI HENRY AND THE LIGHTS (San Diego): San Diego-based, Malachi Henry and the Lights is an alternative rock band deeply rooted in the raw and haunting sounds of early gospel and Southern soul, tempered with synth and sampled electronics.

When lead singer and songwriter, Ben Hernandez, left his home in California for North Carolina he eventually walked away from professional music as well. He continued writing though, crafting new songs that reflected his life in the South. They spoke of longing for the company of old friends, his time as a traveling salesman, and wrestling with spirituality. As he drove the stretches of highway and long-forgotten main streets through places like Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee, the sounds of Malachi Henry and the Lights began to emerge.

“I had come to a turnrow of sorts,” says Ben. “I looked back at the music I had done in the past and realized that so much new and different music lay ahead me. So, after some heavy contemplation I turned back to the ‘field’ and went to work.”

After returning to California, Hernandez assembled a band that would draw his songs off the page and give them a life of their own. And the timing was finally perfect. Ben recalls, “Each musician I reached out to, because of current or past band situations, all told me pretty much the same thing; that they were ready for something different, ready for music a little outside their comfort zones. I was ready for a change as well. Moving back to San Diego after living in North Carolina for so long, with new songs and new perspective on my music, was definitely humbling. I use this analogy a lot: that you need to prune a tree once-in-awhile to promote its growth and bear good fruit.”

Malachi Henry and the Lights is the sound of well water flowing up from dry land. It’s the shout from the back pew of a Wednesday night church service. It’s the metallic hiss of thousands of cicadas pulsing from the trees. Twitter | Instagram | Website | Bandcamp

Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042