Machine Concert Schedule
The disco-era Machine is back on tour and will be playing everyone's favorite song, "There But for the Grace of God Go I" in concert. Don't miss your chance to see the band perform it live. It will be a phenomenal experience to see this disco-era band play its dance-inducing music before you. Machine was formed in New York when disco had reached its pinnacle in the music world. At the time, the band consisted of lead singer Clare Bathe, singer and guitarist Jay Stovall, bassist Melvin Lee, drummer Lonnie Ferguson, and keyboardist Kevin Nance.
The goal of the band was to utilize the popularity of the catchy disco beats with politically and socially infused lyrics. As machine started to release its music, it began to takeover the airwaves. The band has now become a cult classic and will bring joy to many who have waited years to see them return to the stage. If you didn't have the opportunity to see Machine perform in its heyday, make sure to get your tickets now to see them in concert at a venue near you. One of the upcoming shows is at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York. Get your tickets now before it sells out. A band with a cult following like Machine will most certainly sell out its venues.
The disco band, Machine, took form in 1977. It was the brainchild of Jay Stovall, who was convinced that he could encourage social and political change through strong lyrics embedded within the R&B songs of the disco movement. The band released its first self-titled album in 1979 and it birthed the band's first hit song, "There But for the Grace of God Go I." Still to this day, the band is known for having written and performed this song, which shares the story of a couple that moved to the Bronx to protect their child. As a Latino family, the child is cut off from her culture and eventually becomes the kind of person from whom her parents had attempted to protect her. The song had a powerful presence among diverse communities and reached the 77th slot on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for ten weeks.
By 1980, Machine released its sophomore album, Moving On. Unfortunately, it was not long after when the band decided to go its separate ways. Many years later in 2009, the band's original lineup decided to reunite for a tour and has now decided to play together once more. This lineup consists of Jay Stovall, Kevin Nance and Clare Bathe. There may not be too many more times that Machine will take off on the road, so get your tickets to see them on tour now.
Interestingly, the band seems to have remained together much longer than it did when it started in 1977. After Machine disbanded, August Darnell left to form the band, Kid Creole and the Coconuts. His band covered Machine's hit song, "There But for the Grace of God Go I."
Machine's Breakthrough Album
When Machine released its debut album, it was definitely in the right place at the right time. The disco era was peaking and Machine impressed fans with its unique take on the genre. The first hit single charted here and there and made it possible for the band to release a second album only one year after its first.
The band signed with RCA Victor and RCA, which both released some of the band's singles. Still to this day, some of the singles are considered the best dance songs to exist. Even Pitchfork included Machine's breakthrough song on its Top 500 list, which shows the influence it has had on future generations.
The title of Machine's hit song, "There But for the Grace of God Go I" originates from the mid sixteenth century. According to some, John Bradford said these words to a prisoners being led to execution. It is interesting to consider what the lyricist intended to be taken from the title, considering the story expressed in the lyrics. Machine was definitely a vehicle through which the band thought it could inspire others both politically and socially while catching their audiences attention with funky dance beats. These are the same beats that will get many dancing when they get their tickets to see Machine perform in concert.
Machine Live Show Experience
There will certainly be dancing at a live show of Machine, as fans from the band's heyday will be transported back to the time when disco was at its height. Machine offers some funk and strong lyrics backed by an impassioned songwriter. The power behind the lyrics and the music can still be felt today as it could in 1979. Don't miss out on seeing the band play in person after all of these years. It will be an unforgettable experience.
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