Marc A Montfleury

TurnStyle Music Group Presents

Marc A Montfleury

Useless Beauty, ViZion, The Serpent and the Apple

Fri, February 1, 2013

7:00 pm

Ella Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Marc A Montfleury - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Marc A Montfleury
Born in the slums of Port au Prince Haiti, and uprooted to NYC at the age of 6. Marc found music as a refuge from the ever changing world around him. Most of his childhood was scarred with violence, moving state to state and group homes . he never could quite fit in anywhere . So he decided to bury himself even deeper into his art until it became a large middle finger to anything that stood in his way. Giving him hope and strength in the face of a million downward spirals. Armed with his vocal range and an utter disregard for the rules of any genre , he has given birth to 6 solo albums .
Each one a divergent path from the last . Expressing a whole range of human emotion. He has gone under many names such as Eloh, Jonny Roastbeef and Shadows .
Yet we all know him as Marc. One time singer for Torus , Black Pearle and Chill Right quick . His live shows are magnetic and his energy seems boundless . This is his lifes blood .
Useless Beauty - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Useless Beauty
Useless Beauty started with two friends -- songwriter/pianist/producer Nam Choi and vocalist Katie Boone -- who met in NYU’s Music Technology program and paired up their common musical interests to begin a journey that has led them through the streets of New York City and beyond, spreading their music and good cheer. You may have discovered them performing at the Sidewalk Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, the Bitter End, Fontana's, Don Pedro, National Underground, or Otto's Shrunken Head, among other venues. This dynamic duo's creations defy categorization -- they encompass a bit of many genres (Pop, Rock, Brazilian, Irish, Folk, Metal, Classical, Nordic, etc.), adding large doses of originality and sincerity.
ViZion - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Growing up in Barbados, ViZion was surrounded from an early age by the sounds of Jamaican Dancehall and Reggae music. Inspired and influenced by these genres, he began to write and sing songs at age 13. Upon graduating from high school in 2005, ViZion took a yearlong break from his studies to focus on his music, writing daily and performing at private parties in his home country. It was during this time that he met and collaborated with Hit Island Records to create his first studio recording and music video, "Girl I Need You". The song and video became a smash hit single and was played on TV stations around the world.

With the success of “Girl I Need You”, ViZion found himself performing at major festivals in Barbados including “Reggae on the Hill”, “Reggae on the Beac”’ and a “Bob Marley Tribut”’ concert held at the world famous Kensington Oval stadium. These shows had audiences of up to 15,000 people and were headlined by some of the biggest names in Reggae and Dancehall such as Sizzla, Stephen Marley, Everton Blender, Third World, Konshens and Buju Banton.
In 2006 ViZion moved to Bristol, England to study at the University of Bristol. Living in this vibrant music city he played the role of student by day and performer by night as he was booked at Hip Hop, Reggae and Dubstep shows throughout the UK. In his time in England, ViZion shared stages with Hip Hop artists such as Tinchy Stryder, Laid Blak and Buggsy and demand for his music grew until it was playing on radio in England, Europe and the Caribbean.

In 2008, his country recognized this success when ViZion was nominated at the "Barbados Music Awards" in three categories, "Best New Artist", "Best Reggae Artist" and “Best Reggae Single”.

2009 was also a significant year for the artist. Attending college and singing all over England at the same time led to a situation where ViZion almost dropped out because of the conflict between his career and studies. He decided to persist with his business degree however, and ended up graduating with honors.

Following graduation, ViZion made the decision to pursue his career in music full-time. He focused on further developing and refining his unique style, and his Caribbean vocals, fused with Hip Hop, RNB and Pop beats, now create a sound that may be best described as Hip Hop/Reggae. His lyrics, inspired by his own life and what he has seen in the lives of others, combine with his vocals to create a unique, yet mainstream style that is sure to grab the listener’s attention.

In 2011, ViZion began to work on his first album of all original music. He released a single called “Hustle Hard”, which received heavy airplay in Barbados and has since also released a music video to accompany that single. “Hustle Hard” was followed up with more music as the year progressed and the point has now been reached where music is in rotation on every major mainstream radio station in Barbados and also on some in the region and the UK and USA.

ViZion also made great strides regionally and internationally during 2011. In Trinidad, the artist recorded on PengCo Music’s “Kush Riddim” and was featured as the only international artist in the medley music video. This move was quickly followed up in the autumn when investors flew him to Nashville, Tennessee where he was invited to record at the Platinum Award-winning 'Sound Kitchen Studios' where he worked with Grammy Award winning producer Alex Orozco of Master Studios. He, and Barbados Country singer Malissa Alanna, also recorded a Hip Hop/Pop song called "Over This Line”.

2012 has been and will continue to be the year that many great things are accomplished. During late March ViZion's video “The Beach House” was selected by Tempo TV to be on their Cross Caribbean Countdown Top 10. In only one week it reached the #1 spot and stayed there for the maximum period of two months:

“ViZion is one of the hottest rising stars out of Barbados and the Caribbean. From his catalogue of previous singles, current mix tape that's getting buzz in the streets to his Reggae/Hip Hop/Bajan style, ViZion is a fresh unique voice and also adds a new spin on the quality of talent coming out of Barbados for 2012." ~ Jeanille Bonterre, Tempo TV Networks

The same single and music video also went on to reach the #1 spot on, climbing 500+ positions in one week with thousands of votes.

With a strong team around him, multiple upcoming bookings in the USA, an acclaimed album in “Dream or Die”, his first ever mixtape “#SolAR” set to be released in October, 2012 and airplay growing everywhere, expect great things from ViZion as he takes the world by storm.

“One of the most exciting young prospects to come out of Barbados since Rihanna.”
~ Mikey Hulsmeier, Producer/CEO, De Red Boyz
The Serpent and the Apple - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Serpent and the Apple
Joanne Togati (Lead Vocals,Lyrics, Composition, Keys) and Eric Lemberg(Guitar,Production, Composition, Harmony,Keys) first started plotting their musical career in 2010 when they came together to work on Joanne's original material. They soon realized they had a knack for inspiring each other's creative sides and a new collective sound was born that was bleeding with pop infused melancholic angst. With melodic vocals that soar and that have been compared to Siouxsie Sioux, and many tracks that feature psychedelic guitar at a DnB tempo, the Serpent and the Apple are uniting the elements of electronic with some mean guitar, highlighted by the sweet yet powerful voice of the lead singer. The lyrics touch on subjects of altering one's perception and throwing light on both the dark and light sides of human nature. Both members have vast musical backgrounds behind them. Joanne had been trained in musical theater, opera and jazz from the early age of ten, and Eric started playing guitar from around the same age and went on to master all the instruments one would find in a rock band, as well as having the ability to play anything by ear on the spot. They honed their sound and in 2011 put the band together. Josh Pikulin (bass) and Ray Belli (drums), both NYU graduates, gave the band their first legs in playing the local music scene in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Steadily gaining new fans through local music festivals, famed NYC clubs and VFW Halls, they continue to hone their sound and their craftmanship. They self financed their first EP, Heartless to the Cruel and have gained the support of artistic directors and producers who are helping them get to that next level all future rockstars aspire to.
Venue Information:
Ella Lounge
9 Avenue A
New York, NY, 10009