The Academy Blues Project is a multi-genre band founded in 2012 and based in New York City.
ABP falls in a lineage of brazen New York showbands, and their tunes pack a punch: blending funk grooves, dynamic storytelling, elements of prog & classic soul, and the bluesy wail of frontman Mark Levy into an irresistibly eccentric sound. Their propulsive live shows skew toward the outrageously theatrical, lyrically spinning offbeat narratives about everything from witches' hats to shipwrecks to the mysteries of the Hollywood Hills.
ABP released its debut recordings in 2016 in a series of pioneering physical formats. The band’s first single, "A Long Walk," was put out as a series of custom-grown succulent plants; its follow-up, "Witch Hat," was shared on Halloween of the same year inside servings of limited-edition ABP branded chocolate candies. The band released its inaugural EP, Upwelling, as both a digital download and a run of homemade model ships in April 2017.
ABP performs regularly in all boroughs of New York City, most recently at Brooklyn Academy of Music, C'mon Everybody, The Shrine, and in-residence at LIC Bar and Rockwood Music Hall. ABP celebrated its debut EP release with a performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and recorded a live album at Joe's Pub, the venerable East Village nightclub where the band has performed annually since 2014.
The Academy Blues Project is currently recording their debut album at the venerable Moon Lab Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Mark Levy - Vocals, Guitar
Ben Easton - Keyboards, Vocals
Trevor Brown - Bass
Jim Bloom - Drums