Escaper, Pleasure Train – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – May 16th, 2019

Escaper, Pleasure Train

Gypsy Sally's Presents


Pleasure Train

Thu, May 16, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$8.00 Cash at the door

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

$8.00 Cash at the door

The literal definition of Escaper is "one who escapes confinement". Named an "On the
Verge" artist by Relix Magazine, this Brooklyn-based space rock band strives for sounds
and grooves without limits.
Escaper’s live shows are known for keeping the funky dance parties going strong. You
may have caught the band at festivals such as DiscJam (where they were joined on
stage by members of Turkuaz), Elements, Bear’s Picnic, as well as headlining Grateful
for Spring. They have played venues across the Northeast ranging from BRYAC to
Brooklyn Bowl, and shared bills with such acts as Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Electric
Beethoven, Cabinet, The Mallett Brothers Band feat Jon Fishman, Aqueous, and more.
Prior to joining Escaper, members of the band have performed with various other
groups including Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and The Funk Ark, appearing at
festivals such as Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Catskill Chill and more.
The band released their first album, “Skeleton Key” with Ropeadope Records in May
2017 to critical acclaim including being named one of three "Release Day Picks" by
JamBase. Live for Live Music said, “Their sound is a reckoning force of funky fusion
music...there’s no telling how high this band can climb."
The 2nd album, “Edge Detection” was recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, and
released in February 2018. Their live sets tend to be open with many in-the-moment
improvisational aspects, and this essence was not lost during the studio recordings.
Bandleader and guitarist, Will Hanza, expresses, “The term ‘jam’ can be a loaded one,
but the idea of having some concrete ideas, while still allowing the music to be open to
take advantage of the moment is really important to us.”

“With multifaceted, oftentimes soaring jams, Escaper’s opening set of tunes set a
groovy and rocking vibe for the rest of the evening.” - Jambase (regarding opening for
The Mallett Brothers, featuring Jon Fishman of Phish, at Brooklyn Bowl on 4/12/18).
"A mind blowing set filled with psychedelic guitar virtuosity, tight grooves, and
impressive musicianship." - The Jamwich
“This up-and-coming juggernaut blends together effortlessly with each member adding
his own unique flavor. The band’s music alone draws you in, but it’s their connection to
it and to each other that truly completes the package. Their passion oozes out of each
and every note they play as they seamlessly take turns controlling the stage.” - Music
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Johnny Butler – saxophones
Jay Giacomazzo – bass
Will Hanza – guitar
Phil Kadet – keyboards
Wayan Zoey - drums
Pleasure Train
Pleasure Train
Pleasure Train is a 5-piece rock band hailing from the Washington DC area. Comprised of Valerie Vega (vocals), Rich Fiegel (guitar), Mike Paquette (keys/synth), Will Berger (bass/vocals), and Andrew Gabor (drums/percussion), the band’s influences include psychedelic rock, house/electronica, soul, R&B, jazz, and pop. Pleasure Train has made a name for itself as a behemoth of a live band, combining the indomitable vocal presence of Vega with swirling psychedelic soundscapes that surge into urgent passages of frenetic funk and synth-driven dance pop. The band has contributed memorable sets to music festivals including Yonderville Music & Arts Festival, Not Fade Away Festival, Clarendon Day, and Celebrate Fairfax Festival, and has shared stages with nationally renowned artists including Aqueous, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Midnight North, and Zach Deputy.
The band’s 2017 EP “Volume II” is available on iTunes and all online streaming services, as well as physically in CD form at all live performances. A series of online singles will be released in stages in early 2019. Recorded at Ivakota studios in Washington DC in Autumn 2018, the singles showcase the evolution of the band into a more mature, focused style of songwriting.
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007