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Saturday, March 19 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Family Of The Year

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Channeling Fleetwood Mac’s musical stylings with a hint of late-era Beatles, Family of the Year braid catchy melodies, stellar male/female vocals and personal folk tales to create some of the happiest and saddest music you’ve ever heard. The band’s classic musical style has been integrated with a modern fanbase that the band continues to create and release new music for. Family of the Year self-released their debut EP Where’s the Sun on their Washashore imprint in September 2009. The EP showcases a variety of Family’s music, and includes "Let's Go Down," "Castoff," "Summer Girl," "What a Surprise," and "Psyche or Like Scope." Where’s the Sun is available for digital download at FamilyoftheYear.net for an optional donation. Contributions went directly toward the release of the band’s debut full-length album and continue to fund their collective life on the road. In October, Family was handpicked out of 700 artists by Ben Folds and Keith Lockhart to open for Ben and The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Shortly after, the band flew west for California shows with Bell X1 before returning east for the CMJ Music Marathon, marking Family Of The Year’s New York debut. SPIN.com selected the band as one 25 Must-Hear Artists from the 2009 CMJ Festival. In November, Family hit the road with Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros in support of Family’s debut album, Songbook, also available for optional donation. In January the band announced the release of an exclusive song every month through their e-mail list in 2010 and followed that with the digital release of their sophomore EP Through the Trees on March 9 under their own imprint, Washashore Records. The band retains their signature folk-inspired style while pushing the musical genre exploration for which they're known on the new EP, which also features friend and fan Willy Mason. Singer Joe Keefe and the rest of the band blend seamless harmonies in the Beach Boys-esque ballad, “Summer Girl,” while “Stupidland” and “Let’s Go Down” are upbeat, catchy folk tunes. Crossing boundries, Through the Trees features the traditional Family sound, but will also include "The Barn," a synth-heavy rock song, as well as "The Princess and the Pea," which embodies a laid-back yet catchy reggae sound. Like most American families, FOTY come from all over. Brothers Joe and Sebastian Keefe grew up in Wales before staking their claim as locals on the rustic country island Martha’s Vineyard. Christina Schroeter is a misfit of Orange County, CA while across the country southern gentleman James Buckey grew up in Jacksonville, FL. Musical veterans Joe, Seb, and James enjoyed local Boston success in their raw rock ensemble Unbusted. The Keefe brothers switched gears when they created the up-tempo indie-pop band The Billionaires, while James pursued a career in sound engineering. Christina, who spent five years of her childhood trying to weasel out of piano lessons, recently resigned from an entertainment PR firm, where she often rushed clients down red carpets before heading to band practice. Joe, Seb, and Jamesy met Christina in LA. Even when they're not practicing, you can bet that this tight-knit group are hanging out. Whether it’s playing board games at the practice space or mellow nights sitting by the backyard fire pit over a jug of wine, FOTY truly consider each other family.
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To say that Family of the Year has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time would be an understatement. The list of artists that FOTY has played with over the years is notable - fun., Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Walk The Moon, Good Old War, Grouplove, Belle... Read More →


Saturday March 19, 2011 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Emo's Jr 603 Red River St

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