PigPen Theatre Co.


PigPen Theatre Co.

Morningsiders, Kindred Queer

Wed, August 24, 2016

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


New Haven, CT

This event is 21 and over

PigPen Theatre Co.
PigPen Theatre Co.
PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. Their debut album, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview sending PigPen on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, “The Way I’m Running”, in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. In 2015 PigPen released their sophomore album, "Whole Sun", performed at Mumford & Sons' return to the Gentlemen of the Road Festival, and made their feature film debut in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash" starring Meryl Streep. They are currently writing their debut children’s novel and performing Shakespeare's Pericles directed by Sir Trevor Nunn at Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn, NY.
Morningsiders are a NYC-based alt-folk group, consisting of Magnus Ferguson (lead vocals/guitar), Reid Jenkins (fiddle/vocals), Cody Gibson (bass/vocals) and David Su (drums/vocals).

Based in New York City, Magnus and Reid formed the group in 2012 as sophomores at Columbia University. The band's debut live music video, "Empress," quickly went viral around campus, and soon after, Morningsiders performed with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Columbia's 2013 spring concert.

In May 2014, the group released their first two singles, "Empress" (studio version) and "Welcome Rain," the first of which was broadcast nationwide in Starbucks' Mother's Day commercial featuring a voice over by Oprah Winfrey.
Their debut project, 'unfocus,' released in February 2015, demonstrates an impressionistic Americana sound derived from their acoustic influences. With an emphasis on story-telling, the group combines lush harmonies, folk instrumentation, and unconventional percussion to create an intimate listening space.

In the summer of 2015 "Empress" was synced in the pilot episode of Amy Poehler's Hulu show, "Difficult People," which propelled the song to #1 and #2 on the U.S. and Global Spotify Viral Charts, respectively.
Kindred Queer
Kindred Queer is a New Haven based experimental chamber-folk band comprised of Xavier Serrano (lead vocal, guitar), Olive (cello, vocal), Derrik Bosse (Bass) and Quinn Pirie (drums). Their complex song structures marry classic folk with rock and jazz elements, providing a modern take on longstanding genres.

Each member's personality is crucial to establishing the band's sound. Serrano's lyrics navigate introspectively the tricky terrain between the personal, political and spiritual, never allowing any of these facets to overwhelm another. His guitar never sits still, moving freely within a conscious framework allowing for both consistency and surprise. But don't call Derrik's Bass or Olive's cello a backing instrument. It at once leads and accentuates each song's movement, wringing out each track's feeling and adding weight to every composition. Its effect is both visceral and grounding. Quinn's approach to the drums is noticeably unique. His style is instantly recognizable: arrhythmic and complex, it is far more than an accent. It constantly reshapes songs, stripping out convention and suggesting new forms. Together, they take steps into something new. Over their three years as a band, Kindred Queer have played shows with successful acts such as Waxahatchee, Plants and Animals and Kishi Bashi. They are currently preparing their debut EP, 'Child'.
Venue Information:
254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT, 06511