Some great local music is dropping this summer, from a group and two solo artists who are recent graduates, or about to graduate from Mamaroneck High School.
Charlie Bikes is a cross-genre, five-man band that got together in 2018; all are recent (or soon-to be) MHS graduates — Charlie Groninger (Guitar), Kerr Rudge (Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Eli Gottsegen (Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Noah Freedman (Drums), and Sacha Meytin (Bass & Guitar). The band’s catalog of original music is written by Rudge and Gottsegen.
“Some of our inspirations are John Mayer, Dawes, and James Taylor,” says band member Kerr Rudge, an MHS graduate.
Charlie Bikes recently finished their homemade, remotely recorded album “Time Well Spent.”
The second track on the album, “Summer Days” is about “how Covid affected us and how our summer this year will be completely different than last,” says Rudge.
Have a listen:
Charlie is enlisting in the U.S. Army, Kerr is a Music Industry major at Drexel University with a concentration in Recording Arts & Music Production, Eli is going to Northwestern University where he will study Musical Theater, Sacha is a Studio Production Major at SUNY Purchase and Noah is going to The University of Texas at Austin for Navy ROTC.
more at www.charliebikesband.com
Sara Velazquez is an 18 year old singer songwriter, graduating from MHS this year, writing RnB music and who says she is “heavily inspired by Amy Winehouse and Ella Fitzgerald. “
I love to play gigs around town where I get to collaborate with other local artists,” like Eli Gottsegen and Noah Freedman from Charlie Bikes (above).
Sara has released a new single recorded from home during the quarantine called “Nothing at All.”
“It’s really unique because unlike a lot of my other music it’s very jazzy- and most importantly all funds made from the single until 2021 will go to the Equal Justice Initiative. I’m so excited to get to use my voice as a musician to speak for the Black Lives Matter movement and to get to contribute in such a deeply personal way.”
Sara will attend Tufts University.
Her songs downloadable for free at: saravelazquezmusic.com/music
Eliana will attend the University of Michigan.
More at elianamay.com.