Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hot Bijouxx Releases First Full-Length Recording

By Christina Georgiou

The Easton-based band Hot Bijouxx officially released its first full-length recording, "I've Found a New Baby", just over two weeks ago at Philadelphia's L'Etage on April 28, and the band is celebrating again on Friday with an all-ages CD release party at Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall tomorrow evening, Friday, May 17.

The CD includes eight tracks, and while none are written by the band, Hot Bijouxx has put their unique signature sound, which they describe as "hot French accordian aggressive musette post-ironic djingo django hot swing gypsy jazz" on each of the diverse selection of tunes, which ranges from Lady Gaga to classic blues.

Photo by iMiJ shop, contributed image.

The group began recording their first CD about a year ago, says singer Kristen Jasionowski, and the process was not only exciting, but helped the four musicians grow as a group as well.

"It's helped us define ourselves," she said, adding that the collection on the CD is "kind of a musical conversation between different genres."

Along with Jasionowski, Dallas Vietty on accordion, guitarist Ryan McNeely, and drummer Kevin Ripley comprise the band.

Hot Bijouxx has recently played a number of gigs in Easton and Bethlehem night spots, as well as in Bucks County, but as the group's fan base grows, so have the scope of their gigs.

Hot Bijouxx at L'Etage in Philadelphia on April 28.
Contributed photo.

After the Friday night gig, the group is scheduled to play on Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Easton Main Street's "Live in the Square" concert series, at MusikFest on Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. at the Steelstacks venue, and on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Easton's Riverside Festival of the Arts at 4 p.m.

Another date in Easton is yet to be confirmed, Jasionowski said, but is likely to happen in June.

Until the group finalizes CD licensing and distribution issues, their new release is only available at shows, though Hot Bijouxx hopes to be able to allow their fans, which span from young hipsters to seasoned adults, to order music online soon.

Of the immediately upcoming performance, Jasionowski says,"This is a good opportunity to see live music in a non-bar setting. There was interest in student pricing so there are $10 tickets available that will be held at will-call so they can show student ID."

Admission for non-students is $23. To purchase or reserve tickets, call 610-432-6715 or visit

The Allentown Symphony's Miller Hall is located at 23 North Sixth Street in Allentown, and the first set begins at 7:30 p.m. Hors d'oevres will be served, and a cash bar is available.

To listen to tracks from "I've Found a New Baby" and learn more about Hot Bijouxx, visit the band's website or check out their Facebook page.

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