Meet Devon Sedona Ghode, our Writer and Editor! Devon is currently studying Journalism and a minor in digital film making at Ramapo College. As a part of Gig-less, Devon will be sharing and writing articles, interviewing artists as well as working on her podcast Media Hovel. Devon has a passion for writing and has been published in multiple publications both online and in print. Get to know her more in this episode!
Folk-infused singer-songwriter. Solo but increasingly band- and collaboration-oriented. Mostly acoustic but electric-curious. Host of the Ridgewood Coffee Company Open Mic Night. Veteran of thousands of local shows and open mics. Hardcore fan of Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Tom Waits, and Conor Oberst. Flattered to sometimes be aurally mistaken for John Darnielle, Colin Meloy, and Jeff Mangum.
A podcast showcasing the works and talents who lost their gigs due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This podcast will feature a range of creatives from the tristate area who are young visionaries and contribute to their craft despite the recent events that have happened. Join us today as our host Remi L. speaks with Andrew Nieporent, A singer Songwriter, Music therapist and Cohost of the Ridgewood Coffee Virtual Open Mic. In this episode, Andrew discusses his work as a Music Therapist through Telehealth, his experience as a singer songwriter during the pandemic as well as shares insight from his years of experience as a performer. His newest release, The Second Renaissance is currently being released on a weekly basis and can be found in the show notes of this episode. Enjoy
Laura Morillo, a New Jersey Based artist who works are influenced by her heritage, culture and anime. Her main goal as an artist is to help represent the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities in her work while inspiring the younger generations to connect to them as heroes and role models. Her work can be viewed at her instagram which is featured in our show notes.
Jonathan Edmondson (he/him/his) is the Artistic Director of The Strides Collective, a Philadelphia-based theatre company that produces and develops work by emerging playwrights that embraces the queer experience through authentic, modern, and innovative storytelling. As a playwright, his work has been produced with Frigid NY, Revolution Shakespeare, The Jersey Fringe Festival (2018 and 2019), The College of New Jersey, Langhorne Players, The Ritz Theatre Company, and The Venice Island Performing Arts Center. His directing work has been seen on stages throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Up next, he will be writing and directing “The Diamond Peak Studio Sessions,” the latest project from The Strides Collective that combines digital storytelling with original music.
Eccentric composer and performer ædan (b. 1993) (BMI) writes music that has been described as “quirky,” “whimsical,” “other-worldly,” and “honest.” A lover of all music, ædan (they/them) is influenced by electronic, pop, rock, folk, indie, new age, world, jazz, and experimental music. Their unique interpretations make them a sought-after composer, songwriter, and collaborator. They are a keyboardist, harpist, vocalist, and songwriter of their original music and perform throughout the tri-state area. They have studied under great composers and performers such as Duo Scorpio’s Kathryn Andrews, Columbia University’s David Fulmer, Manhattan School of Music’s Mark Pakman, and Dr. Kyle Blaha and Tim Muathe of The Juilliard School. From 2013-2015, Ædan participated in the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program, and has been invited to numerous composition festivals and conferences. In 2016, they were commissioned by Morris Arts for the original score of The Gateway Totem Project, and two pieces throughout 2017-2018 by the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar in Ohio and Georgia. In 2019, Ædan was honored with a grant from American Harp Society, Inc. to write for both world renown musicians, harpist Merynda Adams and violinist Christopher Collins Lee. Ædan has their Bachelor of Music in Theory & Composition from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and is a member of the New York Songwriters Circle and American Harp Society. In 2020, they released their debut album “caged” with Boston-based producer Mike Davidson of Plaid Dog Recordings. They have collaborated with countless amazing musicians and artists throughout the country and strive to unify relatable, thoughtful, accessible music through composition, performance and education. They currently reside in north New Jersey.
“My name is Lex (they/she). I am a freelance photographer and journalist currently based in Boston (but also work in NYC and South Jersey). Currently, I am a graduate journalism student and MLK Fellow at Northeastern University. I’m also interning for GBH’s Frontline Impact department and helping out the Associated Press as an elections stringer. I specialize in community coverage, arts, culture, and photojournalism. I’m a straightforward empath that values ethics, relationship-building and trust.”
Joe Billy is an Acoustic-Punk Singer-Songwriter from Clifton NJ. His music is energetic, honest, and invites introspection upon its listeners. With his current releases, new comedy single, and album to come, his songs provide a little something for everyone!
Manny was born in Ghana Africa and Moved to the United States on May 2006 at the age of 13, to pursue a better life and education. He comes from a family of hard-working blue-collar It came to them as a huge surprise when he decided to pursue a career in the arts. But to his surprise, Manny was met with more encouragement than disapproval to pursue my passion. At the age of 19 he joined the United States Marine Corp Reserve to help finance his college education. With hard work and dedication, he won many awards. He won the scholastic American Vision Award in his senior year of high school, and the SUNY Best in Show award 2x his freshman sophomore year in college. He received his BFA in Visual Arts and a minor in Art history while receiving the President’s Award of Achievement for the School of Art+Design at Purchase College. In 2019 he became a member QueenCity 15 gallery in Poughkeepsie NY.
Named after their frontmans first car a Chevy Astro Van, ’89 Astro Van is an emerging indie/alternative band originating from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Comprised of four members (20-25 years old) Justin Hall, Dylan Hall, Jake Dillon, and Luke Chopper, ’89 Astro Van is quickly making waves in the scene with their unparalleled sound and style. With each of the members bringing a unique perspective to their writing process, the band seeks to bring back human connection through music. The quickly rising band is no coincidence, as their music will have people hooked. Influenced by the likes of Modest Mouse, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Cage The Elephant, and many more, ’89 Astro Van seek to blend the nostalgic rock sound of the 80s/90s with today’s style.
The talented band strives to push the envelope with their sound and bridge various elements from different genres to make a well-rounded, dynamic style. With every release, the Pennsylvania natives will have listeners engulfed into the musical world they create with their no-frills approach and realness. ’89 Astro Van is a band to keep an eye on and ear out for as they are set to cement themselves in the music industry for years to come.