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New Orleans record label United Bakery hosts a two-day revue 

The label presents two shows at Marigny Recording Studio

click to enlarge Galen Cassidy Peria (left), Liam Conway, Lauren Miller, Daniel Grey and Shane Sayers founded United Bakery Records.

Photo Courtesy Liam Conway

Galen Cassidy Peria (left), Liam Conway, Lauren Miller, Daniel Grey and Shane Sayers founded United Bakery Records.

Keeping the name of the building that housed the longtime local bakery that closed following Hurricane Katrina, the United Bakery Gallery carved out an intimate space for art shows, theater and live music during its brief run on St. Bernard Avenue. Founded in 2015 by a group of friends — photographers Liam Conway and Daniel Grey, painter Lauren Miller, and musicians Galen Cassidy Peria and Shane Sayers — the gallery also was the starting point for its next iteration as a locally based record label, United Bakery Records.

  The label hosts an inaugural two-day revue — featuring artists who performed at the label's namesake venue — at Marigny Recording Studio May 2-3. The performances will be recorded and released on a compilation later this year.

  The gallery became "somewhere we could just say 'yes' to anything and hook up all of our friends and people we knew," Miller says from inside the WHIV-FM studios on Orleans Avenue, where the crew hosts a radio show at 11 p.m. Fridays. "You didn't have to apply to get your art on the wall or send us your music to be played."

  "The gallery went from a place to show our artwork and a place to have a collective in many different forms to being this great space for the art community, the music community — this huge range of art in the city," Grey says. "It was pretty magical how that happened."

  Though music wasn't the initial draw, Conway says, "it very quickly developed into what got people out there and getting people excited about our events. I remember seeing Shane perform there and talking to him afterwards about how unique of a space it was to play as a musician, and how incredible it was to have an entire audience engaged and listening to every one of his lyrics."

  "When I met these guys, it was this perfect key," Sayers says. "They're coming from a place — and I found it pretty quickly after meeting them, and playing there — with a very similar vision for this city and really caring about this city and caring with sincerity for creative integrity, and providing a platform for that."

  Following the label's launch in 2015, United Bakery released Play the No Counts from folk-country outfit The Tumbling Wheels and Higher Ground from Peria's Duke Aeroplane & the Wrong Numbers. The group channeled the gallery's mission into the label, joining a small but growing number of locally based independent record labels aiming to publish uncompromised artistic expression from people who believe in the same.

  The label formally introduces itself with a two-day revue beginning May 2 with Julie Odell, Anna Pardenik, Maggie Belle Band, The Salt Wives, Up Up We Go and Toonces. On May 3, the lineup includes Sayers, Keisha Slaughter, Tasche and the Psychedelic Roses, Duke Aeroplane and the Wrong Numbers (as Duke Aeroplane and the Filthy Trumps), Garden Marbles and The Tumbling Wheels. There's beer from Urban South Brewery, and recordings of the performances will ultimately appear on the label's inaugural compilation due later this year.

  Conway hopes the showcase offers a "window into the diversity of new music coming out of New Orleans."

  The shows "pay homage to the bands that supported the spirit of camaraderie of music and community while operating out of United Bakery Gallery," Grey says. "This is a big hat toss to them."


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