Youth Night


Damon Smith

Damon Isaac Smith is a New York City / Boston based pianist, singer, songwriter, composer. He’s a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and performs often with the legendary “Losers Lounge” series at Joe’s Pub since 2014, with his brother Brendan Smith. He started his career at the Paul Green School of Rock, performing with Jon Anderson of Yes and Napoleon Murphy Brock. He’s played at the Stone, Highline Ballroom, the Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, and the Bitter End, along with festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Zappanale. Damon is a founding member of two bands: The Jacobins and Cricket. Damon Smith’s debut album was released Fall 2017.

Stella Branstool

Stella Branstool is a 17 year old Brooklynite who has been playing drums ever since she can remember. She is a senior at the Institute for Collaborative Education, where she is involved in the Subway Moon Songwriting class lead by jazz legend, Roy Nathanson. She takes part in writing, singing, playing piano, and playing drums on all of the songs created in this elective, as well as writing her own songs in her free time. She has performed with Subway Moon at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Wayne State University in Detroit, Rockwood Music Hall NYC, and Shapeshifter Lab Brooklyn. Additionally, she has produced two albums featuring her original songs where she plays guitar, ukulele and sings. This past September, she performed four of these originals at the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival.

Lila Hasenstab

Lila Hasenstab, 14, lives in Brooklyn Heights and is a freshman at St. Ann’s High School. She has been pursuing music for many years, including songwriting, voice and guitar. She is a member of the Concert Ensemble of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Within the last year, as part of the Chorus, Lila has sung backup to Sarah McLachlan on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, performed with The New York Philharmonic, performed at BAM and toured an original work by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire). Lila studied songwriting last summer at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.