Pushing the limits of both genre and musicality, Brooklyn’s Cousin Earth delivers catchy tunes with a progressive spirit. Featuring both an original repertoire and a vast array of covers, the band delivers a wide tonal palette that has as much a sense of humor as it does a sense of purpose. From shredding ukulele solos and 4-part vocal breakdowns to interweaving themed medleys, Cousin Earth is sure to catch the attention of any music lover. Presenting a multitude of styles including Rock, Funk, Ragtime, Latin, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, and even electronic, no musical style is off-limits for this otherworldly live act.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Cousin Earth plays both originals and covers. Cover-heavy performances can be requested, but the band always likes to include a selection of original material. You can expect big vocals, shredding solos from both a ukulele and guitar, as well as an assortment of nostalgic songs, themes and/or medleys.
Cousin Earth has the ability to bring professional sound, but the preference is that this is taken care of by the client. The band would request contact with the sound services at the time of hiring to ensure that the preparation and needs were fulfilled before agreeing to any performance. If Cousin Earth provides sound, the quote price will be higher, and quotes with and without sound can be requested.
Cousin Earth is a Brooklyn-based Progressive Ukulele Rock band. With both an original repertoire and a vast array of covers, Cousin Earth brings both a sense of playfulness and technical ability to the music they perform. From shredding ukulele solos and 4-part vocal breakdowns to interweaving themed medleys, the band is sure to catch the attention of any music lover. Presenting a multitude of styles including Rock, Fusion, Ragtime, Funk, Latin, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, and even Electronica, no musical style is off-limits for this up-and-coming live act.
Cousin Earth was formed in 2013 by Joey Calfa (Ukulele/Guitar/Vocals) and Nate Searing (Drums). The two met while playing in a Frank Zappa cover band in college called the Mothers of Intention. Before founding Cousin Earth, Calfa and Searing went on to play together again in the progressive jam band Mercury Landing. It was in this group that they met the rest of the band: Tara Lawton (Vocals, Melodica, Keys, Percussion), Corey J. Feldman (Ukulele Bass, Bass, Vocals) and Terry Brennan (Vocals, Kazoo, Percussion).
Having played over 200 shows throughout the Northeast United States, Cousin Earth has built their fan base from the ground up. From Maine to North Carolina, the band has played with notable acts including Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Future Folk, Andy Frasco, Rustic Overtones, and many more. The group has also cultivated a strong internet following through their fun posts and consistent attention to fans. With over a quarter million views on Youtube, their channel pulls in thousands of visitors from around the world every month. Their music video for “Universoul” has been added to Hard Rock Café’s video library and plays at all their domestic and international locations. The band has also striven to be creative in providing the best experience for their fans including things like “Color-Me-In” t-shirts, choreographed dance moves, and a tap-dancing / light-saber wielding dinosaur mascot who randomly appears at shows and in videos.
On November 20th 2015, Cousin Earth released a self-titled debut EP. The release embodies the intricate musicality, sense of humor, and tight vocal harmonies that have become a staple of their live act. While the band has become known for making big sounds with tiny instruments, their EP also showcases their roots with more traditional instrumentation including guitars and horns. The genre-bending album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CDBaby, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Pandora Radio. The group is currently in the studio working on a full-length album set to be released in 2018.
Additional Booking Notes
The band requires a clear performance area, free from hazards (i.e. water, open flame, etc) approximately 18'x10' minimum
Our instrumentation/input list includes: Ukulele, Guitar, Bass/UBass, Drums, 4 keyboards, 4 vocals, and an optional percussion mic.
Other technical requirements can be worked out upon hiring.
Original Repertoire is approximately 40 songs.
Cover repertoire includes (but is not limited to):
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Dancin' Fool - Frank Zappa
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Hey Ya - Outkast
Under the Sea - Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Friend Like Me - Disney's "Aladdin"
Thriller - Michael Jackson
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Possum - Phish
China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider - Grateful Dead
SOB - Nathaniel Ratliffe and the Night Sweats
Scuttle Buttin - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Obladi Oblada - the Beatles
My Guitar Gently Weeps - the Beatles
Jump Around - House of Pain
Master Exploder - Tenacious D
Hang On Sloopy Medley (w/ Louie Louie, Summer Loving, Wild Thing, and Twist and Shout)
Rainbow Medley (w/ Rainbow Connection, Reading Rainbow, Rainbow In The Dark, Double Rainbow, Over the Rainbow)
Star Wars Medley
Video Game Themes: Super Mario, Tetris, Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong Country, Zelda, Zelda: Lost Woods
Cartoon Themes: Animaniacs, Duck Tales, Tale Spin, Inspector Gadget, Pink and the Brain, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Influences & Inspiration
Frank Zappa, the Muppets, Phish, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Daft Punk, the Beatles, Incubus, Tito Puente, Umphrey's McGee, the Cat Empire, Bruno Mars, the Beastie Boys.
Sound system with minimum 16 channels and 3 monitors