with Chris Ayer and Lesley Pike

Songbyrd Presents
Vinyl Lounge, All Ages

DOORS: 8:00 PM // SHOW: 8:30 PM


Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Songbyrd Presents
Vinyl Lounge, All Ages
Free w/ $5 Suggested Donation at the door.
The message that Brooklyn singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben has been spreading through his music is simple and direct. I can. You can. We Can. When Jesse originally wrote his song "We Can", he had just run the NYC Marathon and hoped to inspire people to start running. As it turns out, his message was meant to be much more universal. A few months after he released the track, a Vancouver elementary school reached out, saying they had been playing it to inspire their students. They asked Jesse to fly in and perform the song for their school, and so began "The We Can Project", which now spreads across North America. Jesse began touring the country, visiting schools and helping students come up with personal goals and ways to give back to their community. Amazing things began to happen. Playgrounds were built. Gardens planted. Cancer walks organized.
Just as things were taking off, life threw a curveball. Jesse had just headlined and sold out his entire East Coast tour and was writing new music when he became incredibly ill. It took 9 months and more than a dozen doctors before he got his diagnosis: Lyme Disease. Jesse was so sick, he didn't think he would ever play music or lead a normal life again. Suddenly, the message he had been spreading to students over the past year rang truer than ever before. I can do this. It took two full years to rebuild his health. It's an experience Jesse won't easily forget.
In fact, it's changed his perspective on life and writing. Jesse had always wanted to inspire people through his music, but now has a mission and an even bigger message: No matter what you are going through, you're not alone, and it will get better. Now, he is healthy and more motivated than ever to build his career and pursue his dreams. One big dream came to fruition this year, as "The We Can Project" received national news coverage with a live performance by Jesse on The Today Show. And the dreaming doesn't stop there.
Next year, Jesse will release his EP A Reply to Violence. The title is inspired by a Leonard Bernstein quote he stumbled upon on the side of a school while walking through the East Village:
This will be our reply to violence, that we make music more intensely,more beautifully, and more devotedly than ever before.
Chris Ayer is an artist that has both a rawness of performance and a sense of poetic lyricism that, when combined, create something socially urgent and uniquely timeless. Between his sharp pop sensibility and his strong heritage in the American singer-songwriter tradition, the Los Angeles-based Ayer continues to defy genres and inspire generations.
Born in California, and raised in Virginia, Chris has built a reputation for uplifting and emotive solo shows in and around New York City’s Lower East Side, as well as inspiring collaborations with other up-coming artists – including longtime tour-mate Matt Simons (‘Catch & Release’, ‘With You’) and most recently with acclaimed DJ and producer Palm Trees (‘Casanova’, ‘You Were the One’).
Over the past few years Chris has played over 1000 shows throughout North America and Europe. In early 2017 Chris completed a national headlining tour of the United States, he performed for a crowd of 5,500 at AFAS Live in Amsterdam supporting Matt Simons, and he was added to lineup for this year’s Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands – where he will be sharing the bill with the likes of Green Day, System Of A Down, Martin Garrix and Kings of Leon.
Ayer’s last single, ‘On The Blvd’, was released in 2016 and has since racked up more than a million streams on Spotify alone. The single received some major radio airplay throughout the Netherlands and Belgium.
Chris has released his followup single, ‘Stay Another Night’, worldwide on May 19th via PIAS.
Lesley Pike has been described in the press as having the uncanny ability to translate half a minute of life experience into a profound musical statement.Having cut her teeth in the Toronto folk scene after earning a degree in Classical Music at Ontario’s Wilfrid Laurier University, this small-town Canadian gal retains her has since been embraced by major cities around the world. Initial forays to the UK, which included invitations as Gibson’s featured performer at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival two years in a row, led to the recording of her 2015 album November in London with legendary Canadian producer/guitarist/songwriter James Bryan (Philosopher Kings, Prozzak, Nelly Furtado) at Kensaltown & Abbey Road Studios. “November” earned features on Spotify’s home page, Canada AM, Global National, The BBC, The CBC, The Robert Elms Show (BBC London), and Sirius Radio amongst others, and saw Pike touring in Canada, America, Ireland and the UK.
Known for her engaging and often-times hilarious live shows, Lesley is most at home on stage and has toured extensively, sharing the stage with Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker, Jon Allen, Cowboy Junkies, Dar Williams, the Dunwells, The Devlins, Joan Osborne, Hawksley Workman, Jeremy Fisher, Stephen Kellogg, and many more. She also once almost fell into Lake Okanagan while performing for a boat-load (literally) of celebrities during a charity golf tournament. So there’s that.
Teaming up with Tim Abraham (Royal Wood, Peter Katz, Jadea Kelly), Pike’s latest work is an emotional coming of age album of sorts, which features nine original tracks including collaborations with the UK’s beloved Jon Allen, Canada’s Peter Katz, Reigning Days frontman Daniel Steer, and American 2017 Grammy nominee Ari Hest. The album releases Aug 31, 2018 via Fontana North / Universal.