The DigiTour presents: DigiFest NYC

The DigiTour presents: DigiFest NYC

Pentatonix, Allstar Weekend, Tyler Ward, Kina Grannis

Sat, June 1, 2013

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$35 advance / $40 day of show

This event is all ages

Support Artist(s):
Gregory Brothers (Autotune The News), Clara C., Improv Everywhere, TheComputerNerd01, Steve Kardynal, Keenan Cahill, Savannah Outen, Joey Graceffa, Ahmir, FoodForLouis, Eleventh Gorgeous, Dormtainment, Nick Pitera, Jackson Harris, The Scary Snowman, Nick Tangorra, Poppy, Rusty Clanton

Pentatonix
Pentatonix
A cappella sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC's The Sing-Off, Pentatonix are taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Named after the world's most widely recognized five-note musical scale, this vocal quintet has transformed one of pop music's purest and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with limitless sonic possibility. Pairing their intricate arrangements with cleverly re-imagined pop songs, Pentatonix have quickly cultivated a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.

Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying, Kristie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola and, while the individuals would maintain that each of their fellow band members is irreplaceable, the fact remains that 24-hours before their audition for The Sing-Off they still hadn't all officially met.

A freshman at The University of Southern California, Scott decided to audition for the show and enlisted childhood friends and fellow Arlington, Texas-natives Kirstie and Mitch. As a high school vocal trio, they had found success both locally and online thanks to their cover of Lady Gaga's "Telephone." Determined to add depth and a distinctive dynamic to the group, Scott set out to add more vocalists, first adding Avi, who'd built himself a reputation as one of the most talented vocal basses in Southern California, and eventually took to YouTube where he found the video for "Julie-O," featuring Kevin's cello-boxing (simultaneously beatboxing and performing the song on his cello).

Finally a fully formed group, Pentatonix perfected their sound (and their chemistry) throughout the season, naturally developing a signature style and a knack for arranging songs that pulled equally from the five individuals' strengths. Despite drawing from a dizzying eclectic set of musical genres – the group cites pop, jazz, r&b, indie, folk, dubstep and electronica as just a few of their inspirations – the quintet seemed to mesh magically, evident in their modern interpretation of The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star," or their epic adaptation of Florence and the Machines' "The Dog Days Are Over." Before long, Pentatonix had become a legitimate musical force, armed with a collective confidence and swagger that would eventually propel them to win the competition.

Now six months removed from The Sing-Off, Pentatonix – who have all relocated to Los Angeles – have continued to build upon their already fiercely loyal fanbase, introducing a slew of new material via their YouTube channel, including covers of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" and Fun's "We Are Young." The two videos – featured by Perez Hilton, The Huffington Post, RyanSeacrest.com and Nightline – have eclipsed 8 million views, collectively, while the channel has quickly reached 13 million views, buoyed by its nearly 120,000 subscribers.

On June 26, Pentatonix will release their debut EP – PTX Volume 1 – courtesy of Madison Gate Records. The release is a celebration of their musical diversity and sonic proof that the right five voices can effectively and expertly deliver a pop song. The EP includes 4 covers, highlighted with the group's Gotye track, as well as Nicki Minaj's "Starships," Imogen Heap's "Aha!" and Jasmine Sullivan's "Love You Long Time." Additionally, the EP also includes two original songs.

Pentatonix will be supporting PTX Volume 1 on the road and online throughout the summer and fall, as well as continuing to create new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what a cappella music is and just how big it can be.
Allstar Weekend
Allstar Weekend
Even though Zach, Nathan, Cameron and Michael are still in their teens, they carry themselves like stars. So why not call themselves Allstar Weekend? The Hollywood Records quartet may be young, but they have the talent, nerve and off-the-chart charm needed to go all the way. And don't worry. They will.

Beyond their exceptional musicianship and stage presence, these guys write great pop songs: melodic, smart and edgy. Zach and Nathan do most of the writing (though Cameron and Michael weigh in). Moreover, they wield a mature craftsmanship beyond their years. It's unmistakable in songs like the synth-hook-laden "Dance Forever" and the introspective "Journey to the End of My Life," available as a download on iTunes."I'm a kid," says lyricist Zach, "so I feel issues a kid my age would listen to. I try not to write every song about a girl." Adds Nathan, "When we first came to this band, we just felt we had to write all the time. That's all we did. We just developed this cool writing process, and people started liking it."Currently Allstar Weekend is in the studio working the likes of Howard Benson, Eddie Galan, Charlotte Caffey, John Feldman and Dave Bassett. But long before that, San Diego band's homegrown demos were good enough to wow siblings Richard and Stefanie Reines, founders of Drive-Thru Records, and now managers of the band. "We don't freak out about bands too often, and we never insist every band we work with is destined for Top 40 success," says Stefanie. "Allstar Weekend is one of those rare instances where we just know they're going to be huge."The son of a working musician, Nathan credits his dad for teaching him the finer points of music appreciation. Zach was raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, artists he credits for inspiring his artful approach to songwriting. Cameron fell in love with his parents' 80's pop classics, from Prince and Michael Jackson to Duran Duran, later graduating to Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King.
Tyler Ward
Tyler Ward
Passion is what drives Tyler Ward to write, produce and perform music; however, music wasn't always his focus. Encouraged by his father at a young age to pursue athletics, Tyler spent his time working towards scoring touchdowns and winning football games rather than chasing his musical dream.

After completing high school, Tyler was accepted to the United States Air Force Academy where he started his collegiate football career. Tyler never adjusted to the military lifestyle, "I smiled too much," he said. It was because of his excessive smiling and creative expression that Tyler found himself scrubbing toilets and cleaning floors on the weekends.

Despite the intensive janitorial experience, Tyler decided to move on. He transferred to the University of Northern Colorado and once again played football. Several concussions later, he decided to leave the sport and follow his passion for writing music.

Tyler's realization of becoming a successful national artist arose when he first started playing with national acts such as The Fray, The Jonas Brothers, Gavin DeGraw, Augustana and Ryan Cabrera. "After that first big show with The Fray, I was sold on doing music for the rest of my life," Tyler says. Playing shows for thousands of people fueled Tyler's drive and creativity. It drove him to write and record several demos that have attracted attention throughout the major music industry.

Now, you can find Tyler writing, recording and performing music all over the state of Colorado. Tyler has become a well known local artist who is heavily pursued to perform live. "I love playing and it's by far the best job I've ever had." Tyler credits his musical talents to his mother Susan Ward, who is a classically-trained musician. Tyler notes, "My mom rocks."
Kina Grannis
Kina Grannis
Kina started playing shows at the age of four in front of her stuffed animals. Now she plays in front of people, though it wasn't the quickest transition for the admittedly shy songstress.

While attending college at USC, Kina often retreated to the secluded stairwells around campus where she could write and sing without being heard. Protected by their quiet confines, she found a safe haven and a creative outlet for her music. Armed with a guitar and a cup of tea, Kina wrote in every stairwell she came across. And it was within these stairwells that she developed her confidence as a songwriter and her poise as a performer.

In 2007, Kina joined YouTube, made a music video and entered herself into a contest. A few months later, her video for "Message From Your Heart" aired during the Superbowl and its 97 million viewers (or 194 million eyeballs, depending on how you're keeping track) and she walked away with a record deal. Since then, Kina has regularly posted her songs on YouTube, amassing many millions of views, and toured throughout North America. Her songs have been heard on television shows such as ABC's General Hospital and MTV's College Life.

Kina independently released her first full-length album, Stairwells, on February 23, 2010. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but always filled with hope. She'd want you to know that she saves drowning honeybees from pools whenever she gets the chance.
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019
http://www.terminal5nyc.com/