If Tom Waits and Patti Smith made a musical lovechild, then sent that kid train hopping until it was old enough to come back home and form a band…… sure enough that band would sound quite like EGRESS.
Whether you know them as the “dance band to ring in the end of the world with” or by their “raise a glass and drop a beat” attitude, EGRESS will leave their mark on you. They are known to catapult the audience with their rambunctious stage show while generating enough energy to light up a small city. This electrifying M.O. has gotten to share the stage with amazing acts like The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Dresden Dolls, World Inferno Friendship Society and their otherworldy-ness has gifted them with the ability to perform everywhere; from 2nd line parades through the French -Quarter in New Orleans, to festivals throughout the US & the UK, all the way to tiny pubs nestled in back alley’s and to sold-out crowds at prime music venues like the 9:30club in Washington D.C.
Formed in 2008, This Way to the EGRESS is a 6-piece accordion led ensemble hailing from the Tri-State area (Pennsylvania, NYC, NJ) comprised of Taylor Galassi(lead vocals, accordion, piano); Sarah Shown(vocals, piano, violin); John Wentz / Jesse Leahey(tuba); Jaclyn Kidd(guitar, banjo) and Dave Best(drums) and an ever-rotating cast of horn players. With a wide variety of musical backgrounds and a diverse array of influences, EGRESS crafts intricately arranged audible cocktails which will be sure to make you move. Together they form a tapestry of worldly influences and an alchemy of sounds modern and past, familiar and forgotten.