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LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES: BANKOLES'S CHOICE FEATURING BRIDGET BARKAN

2010-01-15
Showtime: 12:30AM
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Bankole's Choice feat. Bridget Barkan
FEATURING:
Bridget Barkan, vocals
InjeraSoul, vocals
Other musicians, TBA

BRIDGET BARKAN is a vibrant young artist born and raised in New York City, a storyteller with an urban yet earth child, raw sense of truth, vision and a message to deliver. She resonates a provocative sound in the spirit of classic soul diva’s Etta James, Teena Marie, Janis Joplin and contemporary artists, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, and Lauryn Hill. The jazzy melodic content of her music is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and the passion of the 70’s love revolution. Her lyrics are poetic, unique, uplifting, at times tragic and even humorous. It’s her old school, bluesy sarcasm that fills the room with laughter and her search for meaning and wisdom that brings the crowd to tears. Bridget Barkan’s music dances on the middle ground with lessons learned from joy and pain. She illustrates her evolution through relationships, as in her song “Mistress” where she states, “Always the mistress never the wife/Always the bridesmaid never the bride/Always the rebound/never the touchdown/you won’t take me home to mama/cus I don’t mean nothing to you” to her self-discovery in “Alright Alone,” where she realizes, “There was a hole before you got here/and you or nothing’s gonna fill it up/I better get lost/before I get found/I better shut up/before I make another sound” Bridget’s music is not only the voice for women everywhere, but a social commentary, as in her song “For What,” she questions the war and state of the world, “For what/For who/Not for me/Not for you,” and answers, “For them who want to keep their bellies full/for them who rather build jails than schools.” Her music is honest and hopeful, telling tales of love lost, love found, love for the world, but most of all love of self. She interprets and illustrates Mary J. Blige’s song “Real Love,” with the journey for this love. Bridget makes every cover song her own with soul, passion and excitement and every original an explosion of emotion.

This red haired siren began her career as a child actress, but her musical skills were also apparent, when cassette tapes were filled with story songs at the age of 3. Her father Mark Barkan, an accomplished songwriter, who has written for Cissy Houston, Luther Vandross, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole and Rod Stewart, was a great influence and supporter of her creativity. Bridget’s success ranges from the stage to the big screen, some of her accomplishments include; the HBO original film "Everyday People" in which she was nominated for a Gotham Film award, along with her cast for Best Breakthrough Performance; co-starring with Golden Globe nominee Maggie Gyllenhall in "SherryBaby”; "Stateside" with Rachel Leigh Cook, various guest starring roles on Law and Order and other series; and the controversial war film “Redacted” directed by Brian DePalma. She appeared in rock musicals such as the Broadway hit "Spring Awakening,” in one of its first Off-Broadway productions; "Princesses" with music by pop songwriter Mathew Wilder; and the original production of "Dog Sees God" the Off-Broadway hit.

Bridget has worked with various different producers/artists, including Hip-Hop legend Q-tip, Chris Sholar, The Beatnuts, The Burrell Brothers, Mark Wilson, House DJ legend Todd Terry and Melvin Van Peebles. She was featured on the Ginger Rose album "Afternoon Delight” that went to #2 on itunes in Japan this year. Bridget has played packed shows at Rockwood Music Hall, Drom, Public Assembly, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, 169 Bar, The Cat Club in LA and performed as an Official Artist at the Sundance Film Festival 2009. She continues to grace stages solo with her guitar or with her band in NYC and Los Angeles, spreading her soulful music and vision.

 

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