Mondo.NYC 2021 Showcase Artist
Andrew Weiss and Friends
October 15, 2021, 11:00:00 PM
Drom Live-Friday 10/15: 7PM
Virtual Live Stream-Tuesday 10/13: 9PM
Music is a tie that binds us. In these trying modern times, real, honest music and art can draw people of vast backgrounds and cultures together for understanding and empathy. Singer-songwriter Andrew Weiss clings to and cherishes moments of intimacy, hard conversations, and emotional currency through his songwriting. A classic glow silhouettes Weiss’s storytelling. He fuses such a throwback warmth and charm right into the work, while offering new perspectives on tried and true subjects. His influences run the gamut -- from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Cheap Trick to Buffalo Springfield to The Byrds.
Self-taught on the many instruments he plays, Weiss’s journey sprouted from early exposure to The Beatles, which recently came full circle after a spontaneous run-in and 20 minute conversation with Paul McCartney. He began picking guitar and writing songs at only seven years old, and he would later play in various bands throughout his youth.
A Long Island native, Weiss earned his undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition at New York University. During his studies, he wrote music for films and various ensembles. In 2016, Weiss was on a quest to offer a fresh take on the sound of early 1970s Laurel Canyon folk rock, blended with the sound of late '70s power pop. Soon enough, Andrew Weiss and Friends was born. The band’s debut album The Honeymoon Suite was released in late 2018, culminating in an album release show opening for The Spin Doctors at Long Island’s famed venue My Father’s Place. Andrew Weiss and Friends also performed at The Outlaw Roadshow festival alongside Counting Crows and Rob Thomas.
In 2020, Andrew Weiss and Friends released their second album The Golden Age of Love & Chemistry, along with four singles ("Before the World Broke," "The Other Side of the Rock," "Spare Me, Blue Mind"), and an EP (Lookout Mountain). Weiss is currently working on new music for release later this year.
Andrew Weiss and Friends, whose moniker honors music’s essential pairing with camaraderie, never takes itself so seriously as to be distracting, and the work certainly speaks for itself. Weiss’ observations on love, life, and happiness are vital reminders that music is, in fact, a healing agent for us all.