The line between band mates and family can no longer be seen, and this has in many ways created our identity as a group. It's been quite an awakening. Not many people in life get to add family as they live, not like this, and we are very grateful. At times it's bigger than the music. At times it's bigger than anything.
Portland, ME (Vocus) February 16, 2010
The musicians from Portland-based band Marion Grace have teamed up with local eco-fashion designer Meredith Alex, aka “madgirl”, for an unbelievable CD release event and fashion show called “Marion Grace Unleashes the MADness!” On March 20th Port City Music Hall will be transformed into part Bryant Park during fashion week and part rock concert mecca as Marion Grace release their debut record “Lying Down, Looking Up”. “Madgirl” will kick off the evening with an energetic runway show promoting her latest streetwear fashions for men. Also performing will be Maine music’s most popular funk/soul band Sly Chi and the current buzz of Boston, acoustic-rock band The Adam Ezra Group.
“This is going to be an amazingly mad show,” said Meredith Alex, President of madgirl world. “I am so lucky to be working with such a talented group of musicians who are going to take this CD release party to whole new level of creativity by bringing my funky fashions and their superb sound together on stage.”
Meredith’s streetwear is part of her super “G” (super green sustainability) line of clothing that has an edgy, cosmopolitan appeal with a message of sustainability.
“We wanted to celebrate the release of our debut record, by creating a new and amazing experience for art lovers of our great city of Portland,” said Ralph Marion, lead singer of Marion Grace. “It has been a little over a year from the day that our band woke up and decided we wanted something real, something greater then us. It was that day we decided, I would sing more like I talk, Aaron would forget the metronome for a while, Clara would open her eyes while she sang, and Josh would start to transition from hired gun to family. It has made all of the difference.”
Marion Grace has been hard at work in the local music scene for several years and now has created the band’s first full length release, “Lying Down, Looking Up” produced by local music super-talent Adam Frederick. This highly-anticipated debut record weaves deep through varied intense emotions and experiences, all the while maintaining their soulful, alternative folk rock sound. Keeping along with the concert “experience”, the band will be joined on-stage with many well-known local musician-friends, as MG incorporates horns, strings, a full-on choral section, along with a few other surprises in the works.
“Marion Grace Unleashes the MADness” begins at 8 p.m. on March 20 at Port City Music Hall located on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 day of show. Tickets will be on sale at all Bull Moose Music locations and at the PCMH Box Office.
For madgirl world, contact:
Angie Helton aka Buzzalicious of Northeast Media Associates
About madgirl world:
madgirl, aka Meredith Alex is an eco-fashion designer and installation artist based in Portland Maine. Meredith graduated in 1990 from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Performing Arts, Design & Technology with a focus in Costume Design. Her installations, streetwear and one of a kind "artful" fashions have infused the masses with green aesthetics and whimsical style. The Mad House studio is located at 275 Commercial Street in Portland, Maine. Please visit the madgirl’s online store at http://www.madgirlworld.com .
Marion Grace contact info:
Billy Lynch of DeepIntheBelly Management
About Marion Grace:
Marion Grace began as a remembrance of a person that none of us have met, but who all of us will remember. Marion Grace consists of four band mates (Ralph Marion, Clara Junken, Aaron Cloutier, and Josh Prescott), one producer, one manager, and many, many supportive and creative friends. The idea behind Marion Grace is to be real, be steady, be human. We are who we are and we do what we do. It's an amazing feeling to share music with the world, whether it be in a small cafe in Portland, Maine, or on a large New York City stage.
“The line between band mates and family can no longer be seen, and this has in many ways created our identity as a group. It's been quite an awakening. Not many people in life get to add family as they live, not like this, and we are very grateful. At times it's bigger than the music. At times it's bigger than anything.” - Ralph Marion (lead-singer of Marion Grace)
Marion Grace’s debut record “Lying Down, Looking Up” is set to be officially released on Tuesday, March 16th in all Bull Moose Music stores and soon after on iTunes. Websites: http://www.mariongracemusic.com & http://www.myspace.com/mariongrace.