Hear what venues all over New England already know – LUX is a funky / jazzy / quirky / entertaining / engaging quartet from Newburyport, MA and will be the band that you invite back time & time again – no matter what the season.
They are the perfect blend of fun and intelligent music; performing wide-ranging covers and well-crafted originals. They are a blast to see live; and are equally at home playing a private party, an indie festival, an art house, all the way to a trendy nightclub. LUX can easily transition to an opening band, a complementary double-bill, or standalone entertainment.
Although the term “jazz” is in their description, the LUX approach is closer to Trombone Shorty than to Miles Davis. With cover songs from artists as diverse as Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, AC/DC and Amy Winehouse, along with their well-turned originals, they entertain across the spectrum! This was unmistakable on their latest tour as they played with bands of different genres such as folk/roots, rockabilly, hard rock, soul, and even shared a bill with 4 heavy metal bands! Unique, fearless and sprightly, LUX will take your favorite tunes, smash them to smithereens, and reassemble them into a sublimely entertaining performance. Their anti-homages have earned them radio play in Europe and Australia, and headlining spots at music festivals in Philadelphia and Lowell.
Who says guitars should only have 6 strings?
Who says alto sax can’t play metal?
What the hell is a “genre” anyway?
These are the burning questions LUX has been posing to audiences all over the North East with its raucous and rapacious rabble-rousing. For the past lap and a half around the sun, this quixotic quartet has been making daring forays into the catacombs of category, the seams of style and the fringes of idiom! Whatever that means! All I know is that in any given set you’re bound to hear anything from the Gorillaz to Maurice Ravel to ESPN ditties to Nirvana a la an acid-tripping troubadour blundering down Bourbon Street.
They are comprised of the lovely and talented Blair “Bonk” Leavitt on sax and lead vocals, Todd “TC” Clancy on 8-string guitar (yes that’s a thing), Jared “J-Hard” Holaday on alto/tenor sax and PJ “P-Nutz” Holaday on drums.
Did I mention they all sing?! There is something for everyone in this group. Small enough to put on a show in your grandmother’s armoire, yet wielding a big enough sound to induce spasmodic gesticulation in even the densest of concert-goers. LUX wants to bring its bottled lightning to you today! You can find them all here and on all manner of social mediaishness.
Todd Clancy – 8 String Guitar
The creative force behind LUX. Graduate of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music with a Masters in Jazz Performance. Offstage, Todd is a professor of Music at Salem State University. He gives lessons across the North Shore of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire and takes great pride in paying it forward. He’s worked hard to make music his life; and his 8-string, an intriguing mix of bass and guitar, sets the stage for the band’s style and sound. Guitar aficionados and casual listeners alike marvel at the distinct fullness of sound produced by the instrument.
Blair Leavitt – vocals/saxophone
She gives soulful voice to what could formerly only be instrumentals. She’s received such honors as Best Alto Jazz Vocalist (All State) as well as a featured vocalist in All State jazz choirs. She brings a vibe and energy to LUX that can’t be found in anyone else. Her passion for the art is evident in her saxophone as well. While singing was her first love, learning the saxophone allowed her to serve her country in a way that permitted us to share her talents stateside as well (a great story of determination). She is currently serving in the U.S. Army National Guard where she performs with the 215th Army Band, touring and playing at venues such as Symphony Hall, Bruins/Celtics/Patriots games, for Generals, for the Governor, among others; and we thank her for her continued dedication and sacrifice.
PJ Holaday (the cute one) – Percussion … or do we say Drums
Jared’s favorite brother comes with a remarkable pedigree. Grew up in the Boston music scene with accomplished parents and a knack for hitting things. Knack became hobby, hobby became passion, passion became career. Lacking in taste but redeeming in energy, P-nutz’ only hope of salvaging any shred of artistic integrity from his craft is the translation of his Ritalin immunity into percussing.
Jared Holaday (the smart one) – Saxophone
PJ’s favorite brother. They’ve played music as a family since they were 10 years old. While mastering different instruments, they bring a synergy that is rare and is clearly evident in everything they play. Even when they’re arguing over who’s cuter or smarter.
When it came to recording our new “album” we knew we had some great, energetic songs, and we didn’t want to lose the energy by over polishing them in the studio. This idea came from a Todd Rundgren quote, ” if it’s a great song, very little production is needed, case in point ‘Louie, Louie’…”
With that in mind, we recorded live, and made minimal over dubs. Songs such as our singles Lemme Guess and One Mistake hold their respective dynamics and energy by this minimalist approach, and stand out more when played on the radio after songs with high production.
We are extremely proud of this record, as it encompasses everything we do as a band musically, and to us, it’s a fun record and even though we have elements of jazz, its more entertaining than cerebral.
released August 1, 2015
5th – Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain MA
15th – Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington VT
4th – St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts; Berlin, NH
25th – Starlite Gallery, Southbridge MA
Aeronaut Brewing – Somerville, MA
Amity Center – Woodbridge, CT
Arlene’s Grocery – Manhattan, NY
Back Page – Lowell, MA
Bourbon and Branch -Philadelphia, PA
Bungalow Bar and Grill -Manchester, NH
Club Groove – Manhattan, NY
Dusk – Providence, RI
Electric Haze – Worcester, MA
Elements Books, Coffee, Beer -Biddeford, ME
Firehouse Theatre – Newburyport, MA
Gulu Gulu Cafe – Salem MA
Hard Rock Cafe – Boston, MA
Hi-Hat Mill #5 – Lowell, MA
Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
Jimmy’s Saloon – Newport, RI
Legends Sports Bar – CT
Loretta – Newburyport, MA
Mama McDonough’s – Hillsboro, NH
Manhattan Pizza and Pub – Burlington, VT
Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Mill City Ballroom – Lowell, MA
Molly’s Tavern – New Boston, NH
Muggs on Main – Doylestown, PA
Newburyport Brewing Company – Newburyport, MA
News Cafe – Pawtucket, RI
Northern Soul – Hoboken, NJ
Once Lounge – Somerville, MA
Otto’s Shrunken Head – Manhattan, NY
PA’s Lounge – Somerville, MA
Perfect Wife/Other Woman Tavern – Manchester, VT
Piano’s – Manhattan, NY
Press Room, Portsmouth NH
Radio Bean – Burlington VT
River City Blue Club, Harrisburg, PA
Riverwalk Cafe – Nashua, NH
Saint Kieran Community Center – Berlin, NH
Shillelagh Tavern, Astoria, NY
Silvana – Harlem, NY
Snowshoe Inn – Montgomery, VT
Spotlight Tavern, Beverly MA
Starlite Gallery – Southbridge, MA
The Bowery Electric – Manhattan, NY
The Brighton Bar – Longbranch, NJ
The Grape Room – Manayunk (Philadelphia) PA
The Pittsburgh Winery – Pittsburgh, PA
The Rusty Nail Tavern – Ardmore, PA
The Tavern – Framingham, MA
Thirsty First – Lowell, MA
Thunder Road – Somerville, MA
Toad – Cambridge, MA
Turismo Tavern – Hillsboro, NH
UnchARTed – Lowell, MA
Zorba Music Hall – Lowell, MA
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I don’t like my jazz unless it breaks some rules of the genre, and this CD sounds like LUX is a fantastic party quartet: raucous, fun, inventive, and delicious. They’re definitely a lot more than ordinary jazz or funk. And, amazingly, all the bass and keyboard parts are neither; it’s actually just one guitarist(!), Todd Clancy, playing one of those crazy 8-string guitars with the weird frets, accompanied by a great drummer and two great sax players. One of their sax players, the only gal in the band, also sings on a few tracks, and her voice is incredible, like a more mature Suzanne Vega maybe. (Musicians, listen up: your vocalist makes or breaks a band. This is not an area to trifle with.) Great singers are very rare, but this gal is fantastic. Interesting lyrics … (bands, you can never sing dumb stuff like “wanna whole lotta love” unless you have some special chops) … interesting song titles, like “Larry The Lanechanger” … (bands, would it kill you to come up with titles that aren’t dull?)… this is the rare CD that makes me want to see the band live. (But this band would shine at a warehouse party, where everyone can get crazy and dance, rather than some uptight venue.) (Shauna Erlbaum)