Newcomer, 11-year old rock n roll prodigy, Kjersti Long will headline Friday, March 23rd at 6pm at The Bitter End on Bleecker. Accompanied by Nashville's Born Crooked; Hunter Wolfe (guitar, vocals) and Are Wolfe (drums), Kjersti, pronounced 'care-stee' will perform classic rock and original songs at the iconic club.
Long's rendition of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is mind blowing and solely her own. One performance is all anyone needs to want to see and hear more. A style and presentation beyond her years, you will wonder how this is even possible.
Dean Kaelin is credited with discovering Long and developing her talent. Kaelin's students have been Star Search and American Idol winners (David Archuletta, Dia Frampton, PJ Schwartz, and many others) He has performed with Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Peter Gallagher, Leslie Ann Warren, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, Bobby Kimball of Toto, James Ingram to name a few.
Kjersti's repertoire includes covers by Heart, Lindsay Sterling, Benatar, and Joplin along with popular music written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Her originals, a collaboration with Frankie Vinci, are based on real-life experiences and remain tightly wrapped in a 'rock' package.
Multi-platinum songwriter, producer and fIlm composer, Frankie Vinci has shared the stage and worked in the studio along side some of the biggest names in the music business such as: Aerosmith, Van Halen , Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roberta Flack, Dino Danelli & Gene Cornish (Rascals), Wally Bryson (Raspberries), Sam & Dave , Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey ), Robert Lamm (Chicago), Will Lee, Bootsy Collins (James Brown , Funkadelic), and Waren Zevon to name a few. Working in the recording studio with Vinci has helped kick Kjersti's music into high gear with originals Cry, Not Helpless, and Love Blind soon to be released on her upcoming LP.
Born Crooked will perform their single, May the Best Man Win which has been featured at multiple sporting events for the NHL. The duo who opens regularly for The Band Daltrey will not disappoint. They recently performed their original song, Sugar on Nashville Today on NBC.
New Jersey's Brian Gallacher on piano and NYC native, Trevor Brown on Bass complete the band with featured vocalists Hannah Bonnett (PACE University's Musical Theatre Class of 2021), Justin Lopez, Ryan Apgar and Jessica Schuchardt. Audrey Kreitner, Hailey DeStefano, Lila Pfefferle (Erik's Wish Feinstein's 54 Below) and Megan Simonelli complete the chorus on Stairway to Heaven and the finale.
Leesa Csolak (Madonna's MDNA 2012 World Tour) and LBC Talent NYC produces with proceeds to benefit ASTRA, a non-profit software development company dedicated to building products that solve problems and promote better health and safety for minorities in the areas of anxiety, panic attack, and depression. Tickets are available at the door; $10 adults and $5 students.
Photo and Videography credits to Solarc Productions. Based out of New York City, Solarc Productions is a full-service, boutique creative content company that specializes in producing film, photographic, and graphic content for various commercial, corporate, music video, industrial, editorial, and narrative projects.