The Marías w/ August Eve & Tillie

The Marías w/ August Eve & Tillie

August Eve, Tillie

Wed · September 20, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Marías
The Marías
Formed in Los Angeles in late 2016, The Marías are the psychedelic-soul lovechild of LA native, Josh Conway and Puerto Rican-bred, María. A smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos, there’s something undeniably sensual in the group’s dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge.

With María on lead vocals and Josh on drums, the couple is joined by three of their closest friends and fellow musicians. On keys, Edward James, a New Orleans raised and self-taught blues pianist. On guitar, Jesse Perlman, born and bred of LA, with ‘tones that can melt steel,’ say his bandmates. On bass, Canadian born and Berklee trained Carter Lee.

Drawing inspiration from both their vastly diverse backgrounds and the intimacy of their mystic Hollywood Hills commune, the band often writes, records and produces within the walls of their own home. Though Josh takes the lead as producer and architect to the The Marías’ overall sound – ‘The front man behind the scenes,’ María calls him – what listeners hear is the vision of the group. Their creations seamlessly dance between synthetic and analog tones, weaving in an old-school, vintage aesthetic with a progressive touch. Says Josh, ‘The production is as much about layering as it is about minimalism.’

First hitting the airwaves last year after an early Soundcloud demo was spun by Chris Douridas on KCRW’s Eclectic 24 and the Anne Lit Show, the group began their foray into the LA music scene with KCRW’s School Night. They have since built tremendous momentum, utilizing the freedom of independent operation to build an eclectic catalog, unrestricted by any one genre.

As they take to the stage, dressed like a dream from another era – María at the forefront, eyes closed, swaying rhythmically in a floor length smoking jacket and bright red lips – it’s clear why fans cheekily compare their sound to ‘having sex in the 70s’ or like ‘pouring cream into coffee.’ Watching them, you feel transported, taken over by a sultry tranquility as you drift into a timeless space.

They will be releasing their first EP, titled ‘Superclean Vol. I,’ in the fall of 2017, followed by ‘Superclean Vol. II’ in early 2018.
August Eve
Nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter August Eve learned to play piano by ear, got recruited to join Grammy-nominated conductor Paul Salamunovich’s nationally acclaimed choir at nine, and in her early teens began writing, recording, and self-releasing her own moody and melancholic breed of pop music. After spending the past few years shaping her sound and collaborating with songwriters such as Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Sia, Bat for Lashes) and Linda Perry (Alicia Keys, P!nk, Gwen Stefani), August is now turning her bedroom recordings into a fully realized collection of songs that reveal her natural-yet-refined musical finesse and hypnotic, otherworldly vocal presence.

Written entirely by August (a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar and bass along with piano), the Los Angeles-based artist’s upcoming EP centers on her deep but ethereal voice, a powerful instrument that August delicately maneuvers to capture every nuance of feeling.
Venue Information:
Moroccan Lounge
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012