$7 in advance / $10 day of show
Multi-cultural Genre-bending NY Duo Frenchy and the Punk: Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. One part Dresden Dolls, Sonny and Cher and one part White Stripes. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folk punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting…fun with a capital F!
The product of a 1998 office romance, the two left their temp jobs, traveled as a solo musician (him) and artist (her) selling their wares until 2005 when, Stephenson, the sultry French born singer jumped onstage and joined, Helland, the fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene, and Frenchy and the Punk was born. Along the way they became the ‘jewel of the steampunk scene’ and were named one of the ”Top 25 duos in America’ by Yahoo music.
The unlikely pairing has since released 6 full-length CDs, produced a live concert DVD and have performed all across the U.S. and in Europe. Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from the Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk steampunk cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals.
Frenchy, Samantha Stephenson, whose roller coaster journey went from artist to MBA graduate to full time performing artist, paints pictures of lust, love, intrigue and unbridled joy. Whether singing in French or English, her invitation to surrender yourself in the present moment is irresistible. As Frenchy and the Punk’s lyricist she draws inspiration from art, dance and travel. She has lived in France, England, Brazil and the US and spent time in West Africa. She studied art at The National Academy of Design and Art Students League in New York City. She began her dance training at the Royal School of Dance in England and performed in dance troupes in Boston and New York and studied piano and voice throughout her teens.
Scott Helland is the Punk, whose serpentine guitar lines and creative guitar looping technique perfectly complement the playfulness and spirit of Frenchy’s lyrics. Helland was co-founder and bassist of the legendary Massachusetts hardcore punk band Deep Wound, whose members included future Dinosaur Jr. members J Mascis and Lou Barlow. Deeply entrenched in that 80s hardcore scene, Scott’s follow up band, Outpatients, shared the stage with some of the biggest bands of that underground movement like Black Flag, Husker Du, GBH, Agnostic Front and CroMags. The scene is now documented in two films, in which both bands are a part, American Hardcore and All Ages. After 13 years of touring in the US, Argentina and Canada, the band split up and Scott heeded the call for musical experimentation and switched to acoustic guitar and began his journey into folk, medieval, ambient, soundscape and gypsy styles. From 1996 to 2005 he put out 7 solo CDs and just released his latest CD, Never End the Rocket Century, in June 2017. In a complete about face, in 2002 his Earthbound CD was in the New Age charts and in 2004 his music was licensed to the Opera Winfrey show.
Fast forward a few years and the music that Helland and Stephenson started writing together in 2005 was to take on a more cabaret bent and bring back the intensity of those early days. In their nine year collaboration as band mates they have poured their vast collective
musical and life experiences to create a theatrical and compelling sound and style.
The duo’s music, magnetic stage presence, charm and exhilarating performances have attracted a consistently growing and loyal fan base around the world. The most recent CD is Bonjour Batfrog, for which they toured both in the US and Europe. Helland also released his Feast Art Book in 2015 loaded with over 50 pen and ink drawings.
Be sure to check out their earlier releases, the French-centric Cartwheels EP (2014), the Taiko meets Rio drumming and exhilarating guitar of the Elephant Uproar CD (2013), the frenzied fun of the Hey Hey Cabaret CD (2012), and their break through 2010 CD release, Happy Madness. http://www.frenchyandthepunk.com
Boom Boom Shake:
BBS began as a collaboration between Elizabeth and Shane in 2010 in an effort to create fun drum solos and drum duets. Since then it has grown and evolved into a multi instrumental music and dance performance project featuring several guest musicians and dancers.
A bellydancer, artist and musician, Elizabeth is the “Shake” in Boom Boom Shake. Elizabeth has travelled the east coast extensively sharing the stage with many brilliant musicians and dancers performing and teaching at various festivals and venues. She has shared the stage with Cu Dubh, Raquy and the Cavemen, Liron Peled, This Way to the Egress and Frenchy and the Punk (formerly the Gypsy Nomads.) Elizabeth has been featured in the Gypsy Nomads Live at Bube’s Brewery DVD as well as Cu Dubh’s Woden’s Hunt DVD with Petite Jamilla. In 2014 she had the pleasure of performing on live television on the ABC/Disney Fusion channel for “Fusion Live”, Telemundo’s “Buenos Dias Miami,” as well as the CBS evening news. Elizabeth likes to shake it ancient!!
A professional musician that has been playing around the world with local and national acts since 1995, Shane is best known for his work with the renowned rock band ‘The Ataris’. He did extensive touring with them worldwide, and performed with them on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS Late Night). He has also played with Jermaine Paul (winner of The Voice Season 2) and progressive indie bands ‘Joshua and Park Ranger, and drum and bagpipe sensation Cu Dubh. Shane was featured on Cu Dubh’s Woden’s Hunt DVD and performed on live television on the ABC/Disney Fusion channel for “Fusion Live,” Telemundo’s “Buenos Dias Miami,” as well as the CBS evening news. After joining forces with the insatiable bellydancer, Elizabeth Muise, in late 2009, Shane discovered a new passion for Middle Eastern music and percussion. This is the “Boom Boom” foundation of Boom Boom Shake.