The Asylum Chorus to celebrate latest release with 3 shows, 11/17–11/20

I use the word supergroup a lot. I’m not the only one. But, one could argue that the Asylum Chorus is a super choir. Featuring eight vocalists, the group has a new EP called “Take A Piece” which features six original songs. They will be playing at the Maison tonight (11/17), performing an in-store set at the Louisiana Music Factory on Saturday (11/19), and playing at the Spotted Cat on Sunday (11/20).

“Take A Piece” features songs by five different members of the roots-soul ensemble and was recorded at Esplanade Studios. They enlisted an A-list of musicians to play the music. The backing band on the EP features Danny Abel on guitar, Joe Krown on organ, Doug Belote on drums, and Ryan Clute on bass. Band member Amy Trail handles piano and Wurlitzer duties.

The singers in the Asylum Chorus are Lucas Davenport, Mike Camarata, Melanie Gardner, Hannah Kreiger-Benson, Ashley Shabankareh, Sybil Shanell, Roan Smith, and Amy Trail. They each bring their own strengths to the project and the songs, which the group has honed on stages over the past year, veer all over the place.

The opener “Make This World Better” is a funky rave up with Abel ripping on guitar. “Sway You” is a soulful love song and “Livin’ In” is an a capella cry for peace in these troubled times. All of the songs feature complex vocal arrangements and compelling harmonies.

The show tonight at the Maison is from 7:00–10:00 PM. The in-store performance at the Louisiana Music Factory is from 2:00–2:45 PM on Saturday, and the set at the Spotted Cat is from 2:00–6:00 PM on Sunday.

All three shows are free and open to the public. But please tip the band and/or buy their music—it’s part of the audience/performer contract.

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