9:00 pm

September 14, 2019

Drawing inspiration from alternative country and traditional country & rock, Brooklynbased Empire of Light brings together members of seminal Upstate roots-rockers Subduing Mara – frontman Peter Hutchison & guitarist Brian Wilkens – with veteran studio and touring sidemen Dan Green & Keith Robinson, to distil timeless, original New Traditionalist Americana.
A constant presence on college radio and the CMJ charts in the 90’s, Subduing Mara reached their nadir in 1997, with 2 hits in regional commercial radio’s Top 100. They built a name for themselves, however, through their electrifying live shows – earning them critical praise as “The best band you never heard of”, and “enough to justify belief in Rock’n’Roll”. Music critics have credited the band as an influential voice in the Alt Country/Roots Rock revival – echoing the work of contemporaries Uncle Tupelo (Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy & Sun Volt’s Jay Farrar) and Ryan Adam’s Whiskeytown.
Following the demise of Subduing Mara, Hutchison released a string of criticallyacclaimed albums – including the Village Voice Music Critics Year’s Best/Top 10 Album “No Cure for Life” with Miracle Legion founder Mr. Ray Neal (featured in the Barry Levinson film “Bandits”). His output has been graced by contributions from a host of NY session luminaries, who’ve worked with the likes of The Georgia Satellites, Paul Westerberg, Hem, Ryan Adams, The Band, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Greg Allman Band, Spyro Gyra, The Mingus Big Band, Ray Charles, Dr. John, David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, The Silos, Graham Parker, John Dee Graham and Syd Straw.
Guitarist Brian Wilkens – seasoned session sideman, engineer, and producer – was an instrumental member of Folk-Americana outfit The Carbondale Shafts, as well founding as a his own project, Steerhead.
Austin, Texas-born drummer Keith Robinson toured extensively with Marcia Ball (performing on her Grammy-nominated “So Many Rivers”), as well as Texas charttopper and singer/songwriter Charlie Robison (including an Austin City Limits appearance). More recently Keith has recorded & performed with Brandon Rhyder, Charlie Sexton, Rich Brotherton, Jimmy LaFave, Joe “King” Carrasco & David Grissom.
Brooklyn-born multi-instrumentalist Dan B Green (here, on bass) has backed countless artists – including Oscar winners Vincent D’Onfrio and Sam Bisbee, and award-winning songwriters Mike Viola, Arlan Feiles, Ari Hest and Andrew Vladeck. He was a member of actor Adrian Grenier’s (of Entourage fame) band The Honey Brothers, and is a recurring member in Ween’s Claude Coleman Jrs’ solo project, Amandla.