Live Concert Photography: Vinegar Mother at Piano’s 11/30/16
Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past 6 weeks or so, you would have come across a couple of posts featuring the up-and-coming, Brooklyn-based neo-soul/indie soul/progressive soul quintet Vinegar Mother. Comprised of Connecticut-born, Brooklyn-based founding trio Julia Zivic (vocals), her brother Jason Zivic (drums) and Itamar Gov-Ari (keys, guitar vocals), along with Mike Roninson (bass) and Chris Stelluti (saxophone), the act can trace its origins to when its founding trio started writing and performing together as Julia Zivic and The Brothers. The trio received a bit of local and regional attention as they played the 2014 Greenwich Town Party Festival on a bill that included the likes of George Clinton, Santana, Buddy Guy and Dr. Dog, and they finished second in that year’s International TalentHouse Jimi Hendrix Competition for their rendition of “Red House.”
As the trio began to increasingly expand upon their sound, they decided it was time to start anew — and they recruited Zack Slaughter and Stelluti to flesh out their new project’s sound and to help them record their debut EP as Vinegar Mother; however, shortly after the project’s formation and the recording sessions, the band went through al lineup change in which Mike Roninson replaced Slaughter, who joined the Marines. In any case, as Vinegar Mother, the band has developed a reputation across town as they’ve played an increasing number of shows at some of the city’s most renowned venue including The Knitting Factory and The Studio at Webster Hall — and along with a CMJ appearance last year, the band has opened for the likes of The Lonely Biscuits, Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band, Joanna Teters and Mad Satta.
The band recently released their latest EP The Sunny Seat, and based on the strength of their easy-going neo-soul and jazz leaning single “Sunny Seat,” which was inspired by Julia Zivic’s own observations and personal experience and the sultry, slow-burning “Slow.” I caught the up-and-coming band at Piano’s at the end of last month. Check out photos from the show below