The Academy Blues Project (ABP) is a multi-genre quartet based in New York City.
ABP falls in a lineage of brazen showbands -- blending electric storytelling, elements of prog, funk & classic soul, and the bluesy wail of frontman Mark Levy into an irresistibly eccentric sound.
Since 2012, ABP has cut its teeth performing live, averaging 40 shows annually in venues like Brooklyn Academy of Music, C’mon Everybody, Union Hall, and in-residence at The Shrine, LIC Bar and Rockwood Music Hall. In 2017, the band marked its EP release with a performance at The Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C. and recorded a live album at Joe's Pub.
ABP’s early singles were released in a series of physical formats: custom-grown succulent plants, limited-edition chocolate candies and a run of homemade model ships. Their EP, Upwelling, was released through the band’s own Witch Hat Recordings.
The Academy Blues Project is set to release its debut album, Evil Mubla, in early 2018.
Mark Levy - vox, guitar
Ben Easton - keys, vox
Trevor Brown - bass
Jim Bloom - drums