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Funk 'n Waffles presents: LAWRENCE
Fri November 22, 2019 9:00 pm (Doors: 8:00 pm )
Funk 'n Waffles
All Ages
Lawrence
The brother/sister musical phenomenon you need to hear.”
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Affinity
“Lawrence is already a force to reckon with
and they’re only getting started.”
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LadyGunn
“Each [song] was keyboard
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driven, energetic and featured the mind
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blowing
vocal arrangements o
f Clyde and Gracie.”
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Pancakes and Whiskey
“If this groovy corner of the New York City scene is going to take the world by
storm, Lawrence may well be its best bet for the future.”
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Live For Live Music
“The rich nine
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piece arrangements pay tribute to M
otown, Muscle Shoals, and
everything in between...”
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Relix Magazine
“Soul
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Pop duo on the edge of a breakthrough.”
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Popdust
“Lawrence is carefully carving out a place for themselves in pop music and
redefining the genre along the way.”
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Femme Riot
As NPR writes, “siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence are not your typical pair.”
Clyde Lawrence, 26, and Gracie Lawrence, 22, have been writing songs and
listening to countless Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and Aretha Franklin
records in their family’s New Yo
rk City apartment since they were little kids. After
years of playing together, they officially created Lawrence, an eight
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piece
soul
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pop band comprised of musician friends from childhood and college. The
band has since gained a devoted following for its h
igh
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energy, keyboard
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driven
sound, which features tight, energetic horns, explosive lead vocals, and fully
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live
arrangements.
In June 2019, Lawrence became the first band to sign with Beautiful Mind
Records, the label of
Grammy
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winning producer/songwrite
r/artist Jon Bellion. In
the weeks following the signing, they released the Bellion
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produced single
“Casualty,” and embarked as support on Bellion’s Summer 2019 Glory Sound
Prep Tour.
The signing followed the release of Lawrence’s sophomore album, Living
Room.
Upon its release
in September of 2018, Living Room promptly reached #2 on the
iTunes R&B/Soul chart, earned a featured placement on Spotify’s “New Music
Friday” playlist, and led the band to its late
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night television debut on NBC’s Last
Call with Ca
rson Daly. The album ranges from R&B/funk feel
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good pop songs to
 
soulful and cinematic ballads. Co
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produced by bandmates Jordan Cohen and
Jonny Koh, as well as Brooklyn
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based producer Eli Crews and Clyde and Gracie
themselves, Living Room chronicles the tr
ials and tribulations of growing up,
including break
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ups, make
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ups, a family loss, and the attempt to find harmony
between excitement, anxiety, melancholy, and empowerment. Sonically, the
album combines elements of Lawrence’s old and new influences by mixi
ng live
with electronic, analog with digital, and meticulousness with spontaneity.
Lawrence first rose to prominence in 2016 when they released their debut LP
Breakfast (2016), which received attention and praise from a variety of sources
ranging from
NPR’s All Things Considered to Stephen Curry’s social media.
Produced by Grammy Award winner Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Tedeschi
Trucks/Soulive), Breakfast includes guest performances by NYC soul/funk
mainstays Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Cory Henry & the
Funk Apostles,
Snarky Puppy), and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Anderson .Paak, Tedeschi Trucks
Band). In the past three years, Lawrence has sold out headline shows across the
country and appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Firefly,
Okeech
obee, Hangout, and many more. The band has also opened for notable
acts such as Lake Street Dive, Vulfpeck, Jon Bellion, Soulive, Jacob Collier,
Blues Traveler, O.A.R, Bernhoft, and others.
In addition to the band, Clyde and Gracie have also amassed cons
iderable
resumes with other artistic pursuits. Clyde has written songs and score for film
and television, including Miss Congeniality (2000), Music and Lyrics (2007), The
Rewrite (2015), Landline (2017), and the forthcoming Disney film Noelle (2019).
Graci
e is an accomplished actress, appearing as a series regular alongside John
Caroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr., and Sturgill Simpson in the CBS All
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Access
murder mystery One Dollar. Gracie has also appeared on Broadway in Brighton
Beach Memoirs (2009), in films
such as The Sitter (2011) and Did You Hear
About the Morgans? (2009), and in tv shows including The Good Wife (2012),
The Americans (2014), and Younger (2015).