The Lobbyists (Tommy Crawford, Eloise Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner, Tony Aidan Vo, and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman) formed in 2012, and take their name from the lobby of The Flea Theater, where the group first started playing and writing music together. Drawing on folk, roots, and a host of other influences, the band has been noted for their lush harmonies, “marvelous” songwriting (The New York Times), and “impressive musicianship” (Entertainment Weekly). The New Yorker calls their music “terrific,” and The Village Voice lauds them as “undeniably talented.”
One part band and one part theater company, the group of hybrid actor-musician-composer artists partner with playwrights to create non-traditional musicals. Their music for SeaWife, a haunted tale of the American whaling trade created with playwright Seth Moore and director Liz Carlson, was nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Musical alongside Steve Martin, Sara Bareilles, Michael John LaChiusa and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
They have played some of New York’s favorite concert venues, including Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, 54 Below, Pete’s Candy Store, Ars Nova, Mercury Lounge, and more. Their music has been workshopped and developed with NY Stage & Film, Cape Cod Theater Project, Ars Nova, and Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat. SeaWife was originally produced Off-Broadway by Naked Angels in partnership with the South Street Seaport, and subsequently premiered regionally at Nantucket’s White Heron Theater. Their debut full-length album, Songs from SeaWife, was released January 9th 2017 and is available widely online.
New England’s Juston McKinney returns with lots of new material!! It’s been a busy year for Juston having just released his new special
“Parentally Challenged” on Amazon Prime. Last year he filmed a Showtime Special with Rob Gronkowski, “Unsportsmanlike Comedy”, and performed at the TD Garden with Denis Leary and Jimmy Fallon as
part of “Comics Come Home”. Juston is consistently selling out theaters, has two Comedy Central Specials, both; a one-hour and half-hour, multiple appearances on the Tonight Show, and on Conan O’Brien, but there’s no place like home!
When NH magazine named him “Best of NH” they wrote, “The
Granite State may have more famous comedians than you can shake a stick at (Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman and Adam Sandler to name a few) but no one really “gets” New England humor like Juston McKinney .” His Youtube/facebook channels have millions of views, which include NH favorites such as “Clark’s Trading Post”, “Live Free or Die” and “Live Freeze then Die!”.