Shana Cleveland plays with The Curious Mystery, our April live music residents at Ace Hotel New York. She also pays homage to old record covers, publicity shots and good wholesome fun from the likes of Stax, Motown and other old labels and bands. Read on for more about Shana, and come see she and her band this and every Sunday evening in April.
(You can also read a round robin interview with TCM and Lightyear here).

I’m from the midwest. My parents are both musicians, they met when my dad was on tour with a Texas Swing band. They were in a band together when I was a kid and they both still play in bands. I’m deeply influenced by musicians and bands in general, I was obsessed with the Monkees as a kid and I’ve watched Spinal Tap dozens of times. I like bands because they seem like small tribes or packs. Traveling with a band, going through the same highs and lows, feels really natural to me.

For the last 10 years of so I’ve been doing a lot of portraits of musicians and bands, mostly rock and soul groups from the 50s and 60s, the promo shots were so cool back then, lots of close-ups. I usually start out in pen and ink and then shade with black gauche. I’m also really into silhouettes lately and have been doing a bunch of hand shadow portraits. I have a dancing hot dog character. 

Right now I’m working on a deck of trading cards with portraits of obscure guitar players for the Tompkins Square record label. I’m on tour with the Curious Mystery for the next couple months, so whenever we have a day off I camp out at a cafe with my paints and draw those dudes. 

Now I live in Seattle, I love the people there but mostly I find the Northwest to be kinda boring. I’m thinking about moving to the Southwest, maybe Tucson, I like big skies and dramatic weather.

Shana Cleveland plays with The Curious Mystery, our April live music residents at Ace Hotel New York. She also pays homage to old record covers, publicity shots and good wholesome fun from the likes of Stax, Motown and other old labels and bands. Read on for more about Shana, and come see she and her band this and every Sunday evening in April.

(You can also read a round robin interview with TCM and Lightyear here).

I’m from the midwest. My parents are both musicians, they met when my dad was on tour with a Texas Swing band. They were in a band together when I was a kid and they both still play in bands. I’m deeply influenced by musicians and bands in general, I was obsessed with the Monkees as a kid and I’ve watched Spinal Tap dozens of times. I like bands because they seem like small tribes or packs. Traveling with a band, going through the same highs and lows, feels really natural to me.

For the last 10 years of so I’ve been doing a lot of portraits of musicians and bands, mostly rock and soul groups from the 50s and 60s, the promo shots were so cool back then, lots of close-ups. I usually start out in pen and ink and then shade with black gauche. I’m also really into silhouettes lately and have been doing a bunch of hand shadow portraits. I have a dancing hot dog character. 

Right now I’m working on a deck of trading cards with portraits of obscure guitar players for the Tompkins Square record label. I’m on tour with the Curious Mystery for the next couple months, so whenever we have a day off I camp out at a cafe with my paints and draw those dudes. 

Now I live in Seattle, I love the people there but mostly I find the Northwest to be kinda boring. I’m thinking about moving to the Southwest, maybe Tucson, I like big skies and dramatic weather.


INTERVIEW : THE CURIOUS MYSTERY x  LIGHTYEAR
Round three of our Sunday Night Live music residency interviews — a tag game of bright minds performing in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York during March and — in this case — April. On the 25th, you’ll find the svelte voice of Lightyear filling the rafters, and then The Curious Mystery takes the reins every Sunday night in April. See our previous posts with Hallways x Drew Victor and Melaena Cadiz x Ryann, and read on.
LIGHTYEAR:
Band member hidden talents? (Not related to playing the instruments you play in the band.) ……Go!
THE CURIOUS MYSTERY:
Ok, Nic makes really good salsa and guacamole. Not so much of a hidden talent because he will for sure let you know if the subject in any way comes up. Marian is good at table sports (but not Air Hockey). Johnny will beat you at Pac-Man if you are drunk. Shana’s good at volleyball she thinks, but it’s been a long time.
If you could only listen to one band for the rest your life who would you choose? What about for the rest of the week?
LIGHTYEAR:
For the rest of my life: predictably, The Beatles. 
For the rest of this week: Phantogram. Currently obsessed with latest EP, “Nightlife.”
Next question: What is the story behind the name, The Curious Mystery?
THE CURIOUS MYSTERY:
I suppose The Curious Mystery would be life. Or death. 
The story behind the band name is much more mundane. We were scrolling through old radio show titles from pre-TV days and “the Curious Mystery of…” was a common beginning, we just liked the sound of it and thought the redundancy was funny.
Question for Lightyear: Can we sleep at your house?
LIGHTYEAR:
Sure you can sleep at my house, all that’s required is that you like sassy females and felines. All house guests must bring whiskey.

INTERVIEW : THE CURIOUS MYSTERY x  LIGHTYEAR

Round three of our Sunday Night Live music residency interviews — a tag game of bright minds performing in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York during March and — in this case — April. On the 25th, you’ll find the svelte voice of Lightyear filling the rafters, and then The Curious Mystery takes the reins every Sunday night in April. See our previous posts with Hallways x Drew Victor and Melaena Cadiz x Ryann, and read on.

LIGHTYEAR:

Band member hidden talents? (Not related to playing the instruments you play in the band.) ……Go!

THE CURIOUS MYSTERY:

Ok, Nic makes really good salsa and guacamole. Not so much of a hidden talent because he will for sure let you know if the subject in any way comes up. Marian is good at table sports (but not Air Hockey). Johnny will beat you at Pac-Man if you are drunk. Shana’s good at volleyball she thinks, but it’s been a long time.

If you could only listen to one band for the rest your life who would you choose? What about for the rest of the week?

LIGHTYEAR:

For the rest of my life: predictably, The Beatles. 

For the rest of this week: Phantogram. Currently obsessed with latest EP, “Nightlife.”

Next question: What is the story behind the name, The Curious Mystery?

THE CURIOUS MYSTERY:

I suppose The Curious Mystery would be life. Or death. 

The story behind the band name is much more mundane. We were scrolling through old radio show titles from pre-TV days and “the Curious Mystery of…” was a common beginning, we just liked the sound of it and thought the redundancy was funny.

Question for Lightyear: Can we sleep at your house?

LIGHTYEAR:

Sure you can sleep at my house, all that’s required is that you like sassy females and felines. All house guests must bring whiskey.


The Curious Mystery plays tonight at our weekly live music series at Ace Hotel New York with Brooklyn-based songwriter and tinkerer Matthew Steinke, who fronts a hand-built robotic musical menagerie he has dubbed Octant. Steam, bellows and clockwork comprise the ghostly powers directing his orchestra.
Catch both of these rare acts tonight in the lobby. Music curator and artist Chris Tucci plays some of the best bands from Coachella this year before, during and after sets. The Curious Mystery just released a new album in March on K Records, so pick one up while you’re there.

The Curious Mystery plays tonight at our weekly live music series at Ace Hotel New York with Brooklyn-based songwriter and tinkerer Matthew Steinke, who fronts a hand-built robotic musical menagerie he has dubbed Octant. Steam, bellows and clockwork comprise the ghostly powers directing his orchestra.

Catch both of these rare acts tonight in the lobby. Music curator and artist Chris Tucci plays some of the best bands from Coachella this year before, during and after sets. The Curious Mystery just released a new album in March on K Records, so pick one up while you’re there.


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