The Academy Blues Project is a powerhouse multi-genre band founded in 2005 and based in New York City.
The ABP falls in a lineage of brazen New York showbands, and their tunes pack a punch - blending funk grooves, dynamic storytelling and the bluesy wail of frontman Mark Levy for an irresistibly eccentric sound. Their propulsive live shows tend toward the outrageously theatrical, while lyrically they spin offbeat narratives about everything from witches' hats to shipwrecks to the mysteries of the Hollywood Hills.
The ABP performs regularly in NYC, most recently at Brooklyn Academy of Music, C'mon Everybody, Rockwood Music Hall and Joe's Pub. The band's first single, "A Long Walk," was released in summer 2016 as both a digital download & a series of custom-grown succulent plants; its follow-up, "Witch Hat," is set to be released on Halloween inside servings of limited-edition ABP m&m candies.
The Academy Blues Project is currently recording its debut album at the venerable Moon Lab Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Mark Levy - Vocals, Guitar
Ben Easton - Keyboards
Brian Barone - Guitar
Trevor Brown - Bass
Jim Bloom - Drums