Calendar

Jun
30
Sat
Shrek The Musical
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Triple C Brewing
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Jul
2
Mon
Shrek The Musical
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Jul
3
Tue
Shrek The Musical
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Jul
5
Thu
Shrek The Musical
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Jul
6
Fri
Shrek The Musical
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Jul
7
Sat
Shrek The Musical
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued. This hour-long adaptation of the award-winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come! All sales final; no refunds.

une
27 – 10:00 AM
28 – 10:00 AM
29 – 10:00 AM
30 – 10:00 AM

July
2 – 10:00 AM
3 – 10:00 AM
5 – 10:00 AM
6 – 10:00 AM
7 – 10:00 AM

Jul
8
Sun
Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Thomas St. Tavern
Jul 8 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 9 @ 11:30 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Jul
19
Thu
The Roosevelts
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Alt-pop band, The Roosevelts, formed in Austin, TX and moved to Nashville, TN in 2015. After releasing their debut album in 2016, they packed their schedule with a run of at-capacity tour dates with acts like Johnnyswim, Robert Earl Keen, Green River Ordinance and Grace Potter, a featured spot at the BMI Songwriters Festival in Key West, and spots at tastemaker festivals South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits Festival. They kicked off 2017 with a 50 date headlining tour all over the United States. With the addition of new lead singer, Mitchell Kilpatrick, the band has been writing and working on new music.

Their show provides a rousing, dance-worthy compilation of songs, but also features poignant tunes that scale the depth of their personality and communicate their story with remarkable power. Having a charismatic ability to connect with fans and a genre-spanning set of songs, concert-goers can’t help but smile and dance – making The Roosevelts a band that music fans of any genre can’t afford to miss.

www.wearetheroosevelts.com

TBA
Start time: 8:00

https://www.facebook.com/events/413406745757942/

Jul
21
Sat
Jupiter Coyote
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In the course of their 27 year history, Jupiter Coyote has played over five thousand shows, traveled everywhere and done just about everything a touring band can do. The innovative group has independently sold well over half a million CDs, tens of thousands of downloads, and who knows how many bootlegs loose to fans for free. JC is brand name and still trucking along, despite today’s ever-changing, increasingly unpredictable music scene.
JC plays it the way they feel it — with little regard as to where they fall between the cracks of what is considered trendy and fashionable. A band prolific in its writing, skilled in its musicianship and congenial in its nature, they remain the prototype of the truly independent band.
Coyote has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, String Cheese, The Radiators and Kansas just to name a few. They have played large festivals from coast to coast, including: High Sierra Music Fest in California, Charlotte’s Center City Fest, Atlanta’s Mid-Town, Birmingham’s City Stages, Asheville’s Bele Chere and The Magnolia Fest in Live Oak, Fla.
The group traces its roots to Brevard, N.C., where childhood friends Matthew Mayes (guitar, guijo, vocals) and John Felty (vocals, guitars) decided in 1990 to pursue a career in music. The duo headed to Athens, Ga., where they joined forces with bassist Sanders Brightwell. Steve Trismen (vocals, fiddle) joined the fold in 1999. A native of Boulder, Colo., Trismen’s playing melded neatly into the band’s sound and gave Coyote a new on-stage dynamic. Tasteful and intense, the group’s jams extend higher and the melodies — combined with Mayes’ guijo (banjo neck, Stratocaster body) and Felty’s slide guitar — create a revolutionary sound truly all their own. Lot’s of vocal harmony and clever song writing set these guys apart from the rest of the banal, jam band pack. There is no band that sounds like Jupiter Coyote.
In essence, Jupiter Coyote is a musical stew with members adding their own individual flavor to the mix. The band is the new twist in southern rock and they deliver it with a relaxed, worldly view. Their sound has been labeled “Mountain Rock” — a mixture of Southern Appalachian boogie, bluegrass-infused, funk-rock.
www.jupitercoyote.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/337565130091145/

Jul
23
Mon
Fantastic Negrito
Jul 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth — despite his playing hand being mangled.

After taking a long break, Negrito returned to music in 2014, performing in front of BART stations in Oakland and San Francisco to test his songs in front of ‘people who didn’t want to hear them.’ He realized if he could connect with them and get them to stop, he was on to something.

From there things started to move — winning NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Contest in 2015; performing with Sturgill Simpson, Solange, Chris Cornell and Temple of the Dog; and ultimately winning the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album in 2017, for his debut full-length album The Last Days of Oakland. The first single from his new album Please Don’t Be Dead will be released March 23.

When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction. For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn’t, this is your music.
www.fantasticnegrito.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1884315541865332/

Jul
24
Tue
Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Brazwell’s Premium Pub
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Jul
27
Fri
Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Piedmont Social House
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Porch 40
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Porch 40 delivers a hip take on modern Rock & Pop with funky undertones that highlight their clever arrangements. The band formed in 2012 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Word of their unforgettable live performances quickly attracted regional attention and and a loyal, growing following.
In 2014 Porch 40 recorded their first album “Spread It Heavy” at Reflection Sound Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Mark Williams (Southern Culture On The Skids) engineering, Jamie Hoover of the legendary Spongetones producing, and the renowned Dan Millice mastering. They were the last band to record in that historic studio.
Most recently, Porch 40 wrapped up the recording of their highly anticipated sophomore album, with a release date yet to be set. This album showcases a diversely talented band always pushing their boundaries. The album is produced by Robert Mercurio from Galactic; mixed/mastered by Count aka Mikael Eldridge (Radiohead, Blink 182, The Revivalists, Portugal the Man) and was tracked at Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA.
From festivals such as the famous Bele Chere in Asheville and the highly touted Sweetwater 420 Fest in Atlanta, to clubs across the southeast including The House of Blues in New Orleans, The Orange Peel in Asheville, and The Fillmore in Charlotte, the band has a committed and wildly dedicated fan base.
Porch 40 is especially known for their extraordinarily intense live shows and high level of musicianship. They have shared the stage and performed with Blues Traveler, Galactic, The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, REO Speedwagon, Leftover Salmon, Jackie Greene, Tauk, Big Something, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, The Suffers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more.
One of the most original and talented bands to come out of North Carolina, Porch 40’s engaging songs and energetic shows make them favorites everywhere they perform.
Porch 40 is: 
Scott Burr – Vocals/Saxophone, Andrew Duncan -Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Carter McDevitt -Vocals/Bass, Mitchell Metz – Vocals/Violin and Brett Wilson – Drums.

Aug
4
Sat
Big Mammas House of Burlesque Presents Make A Merkin Great Again
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Big Mammas House of Burlesque
8/4/18
Visulite Theatre

Big Mammas House of Burlesque is the Largest, Longest Running, Award Winning Burlesque and Variety show in the Southeast USA. Founded in 2006 by Deana Pendragon,the show and its performers have won multiple awards, crowns, and accolades for performances and costuming throughout the years making it: ‘Not Your Average Thong and Dance.

www.bigmammasproductions.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1703123673105241/

Aug
11
Sat
Natalie Prass
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

8/11/18
Natalie Prass
Visulite Theatre

The songs were written, the band was ready, and the studio was booked. Fans and critics alike were eagerly awaiting the follow-up to Natalie Prass’s 2015 self-titled breakout album, a collection hailed by NPR as ‘a majestic debut,’ but perhaps no one was more eager for record number two than Prass herself. She’d waited what felt like a lifetime to release that first album and then toured the world relentlessly behind it, sharing bills with the likes of Fleet Foxes and The War on Drugs on her way to becoming one of the year’s most talked-about artists. By the time recording sessions were scheduled to begin, she was absolutely dying to launch the next chapter, which made what happened next all the more shocking: she scrapped the whole thing.
‘The record was ready to go, and then the election happened,’ explains Prass. ‘I was devastated. It made me question what it means to be a woman in America, whether any of the things I thought were getting better were actually improving, who I am and what I believe in. I knew I would be so upset with myself if I didn’t take the opportunity to say some of the things that meant so much to me, so I decided to rewrite the record. I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk, one that would hopefully lift other people out of theirs, too, because that’s what music is all about.’
The result is ‘The Future And The Past,’ a stunning work of art and a powerful feminist statement from an artist who’s only just begun to tap into the full range of her considerable powers. Reuniting Prass with producer and long-time friend Matthew E. White, the album is at once celebratory and defiant, capturing all the joy, frustration, fear and hope inherent in modern womanhood as it synthesizes the influence of everything from vintage gospel and 80’s pop to 90’s R&B and Brazilian Tropicália. Prass displays a rare gift for transcending time and place in her songwriting, tapping into age-old struggles for autonomy and equality that resonate profoundly in the present.
Though she’d been honing her craft and paying her dues for years, Prass first emerged to international acclaim in 2015, when her debut record earned its rightfully rapturous reception. Rolling Stone swooned for the Virginia native’s ‘beguiling voice and refined taste,’ while Pitchfork praised her album as a ‘smoldering perspective on passionate romance,’ and The New Yorker simply called it ‘timeless.’ She appeared on the Martin Scorsese-helmed HBO series Vinyl, performed on the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland, and CBS This Morning, and racked up more than ten million streams on Spotify. Before long, she was headlining dates around the world and playing festival stages from Bonnaroo and Rock En Seine to End Of The Road and Forecastle.
Once touring for the album had wrapped up, Prass took a stab at writing in new cities with fresh faces, spending time in London, LA, and Nashville, but it only served to reinforce the feeling that she belonged back home in Richmond. There, she holed up with White for intensive creative sessions as she attempted to work through the difficult existential questions she found herself facing in a country that expected women to be seen and not heard.
‘I went over to his house every single day, and we’d work from 10am to 5pm straight just writing and listening and talking,’ she explains. ‘It was very therapeutic for me, and I think it actually helped Matt to understand my point of view as a woman, too.’
Recorded once again at White’s Spacebomb Studios, the album showcases both a new political depth to Prass’s songwriting and a bold willingness to follow her muse wherever it leads. While her debut was marked by elaborate horn and string arrangements, ‘The Future And The Past’ finds Prass stripping her songwriting back to its most essential elements. Groove reigns supreme as she channels Dionne Warwick and Janet Jackson and lets her dazzling vocals dance across funky instrumental arrangements. Album opener ‘Oh My’ sounds like a lost slice of 80’s gold, complete with off-kilter Talking Heads-esque guitar, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a song that’s pure 2018 as Prass sings, ‘Seems like every day we’re losing when we choose to read the news.’ Losing’s not an option, though, and Prass makes it abundantly clear that women won’t even entertain the notion of moving backwards. On ‘Ain’t Nobody’ she confidently promises that there ‘ain’t nobody can take this from our hands,’ while the soulful, swaggering ‘Sisters’ plays out like a mission statement for the entire album, as Prass and a chorus of female backup singers proclaim, ‘I wanna say it loud / for all the ones held down / we gotta change the plan.’
‘I didn’t want to point any fingers, and I didn’t want to sound desperate or defeated,’ she explains. ‘I wanted to stay positive and joyful. The world’s obviously not perfect, but there’s nothing we can’t do if we love and support each other. It was really important to me that these songs make people feel that way.’
It’s a principle that guides Prass throughout the album, no matter her subject material. On ‘Short Court Style,’ she taps into Diana Ross disco and reflects on the bliss a healthy relationship can bring, while the hypnotic ‘Hot For The Mountain’ assures all the outcasts and misfits that they’re not alone, and the playful ‘Never Too Late’ conjures up a world where a wish upon a star can bring back lost love. Even in the album’s darker moments, like the Karen Carpenter-inspired ballad ‘Far From You’ or the cooing pop gem ‘Nothing To Say,’ Prass refuses to let go of her rebelliously optimistic streak. ‘I will never kneel when power is in fear and aimed upon me,’ she sings on the South American-influenced ‘Ship Go Down,’ adding ‘no no I am never drowning’ in a breathy delivery that’s light as a feather and tough as nails.
Ultimately, ‘The Future And The Past’ is a record that’s about neither of those things. Instead, it’s about womanhood and the modern world and the things we can do right this very moment to make them both better through love and support and camaraderie. The album may have been born out of deep doubt and disappointment, but it insists on faith and optimism, and it succeeds because Prass leads by example, embracing her femininity on her own indomitable terms. ‘Music’s supposed to make you feel better,’ she reflects, and in that respect alone, she’s created a genuine triumph.

https://www.facebook.com/events/215312265939997/

Aug
17
Fri
Red Barchetta
Aug 17 @ 9:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cam Homesley..Guitars, Bass Pedals and Vocals
Rob Buff..Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Bass Pedals
Ron Asbill..Drums and Percussion
Dante Patterson..Sound, Lights, Electronic Engineer
John Elliot…Stage and Guitar Tech

Aug
18
Sat
Abbey Road
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You loved Beatles music when you were a kid. Now it’s time for YOUR kids to experience the magic of the Beatles LIVE in concert, as Abbey Road LIVE! plays a special all-ages ‘family matinee’ show.

Abbey Road LIVE! is well known in the Southeast for their energetic concerts at clubs, theaters and festivals. This time, the focus will be on the kids. Expect fun classics such as “Octopus’ Garden”, “Yellow Submarine”, and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”. Does your child have a favorite Beatles tune? Abbey Road LIVE! loves to take requests, and has often been known to invite kids on stage to sing along.

This rare event will be big fun for the whole family!

Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Aria’s Tuscan Grille
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Aug
22
Wed
Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Aria’s Tuscan Grille
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Aug
31
Fri
Courtney Lynn and Quinn at Piedmont Social House
Aug 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that’s all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn’s debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances. 

Guitar, Vocals / Courtney Lynn
Vocals, Percussion / Quinn Henderson
Drums / Steven Cornacchia

Sep
11
Tue
Joseph
Sep 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Joseph
9/11/18
Visulite Theatre

I’M ALONE, NO YOU’RE NOT
There is nothing like the sound of siblings singing together. Whether it’s the Beach Boys or the Everly Brothers—or, more recently, First Aid Kit—absorbing the same breathing rhythms and speech patterns adds an element to vocal harmonies that can be pure magic. With the release of I’m Alone, No You’re Not, the mesmerizing, hypnotic sound of the trio known as Joseph—made up of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner—joins this elite company.
“It’s just second nature, like a fifth limb that’s already on you,” says first-born Natalie. “There’s an ability to anticipate what’s going to happen and blend with it. When Meegan and Allison sing, they know exactly what I’m going to do and when.”
But the Closners didn’t actually start singing together when they were growing up in Oregon, the children of artistic parents (their dad was a jazz singer and drummer, their mom a theater teacher). Natalie was the performer—“the older sister who stood on the edge of the fireplace and told everyone, ‘Watch me!,’“ she says. Twins Meegan and Allison stayed out of her lane, joining in for their mother’s musical theater productions but otherwise avoiding the spotlight.
When Natalie was in college, she began pursuing music more seriously. The summer before her senior year, she went to Nashville to check out the scene and work on her guitar playing and songwriting. She had recorded an EP and done a few rounds of touring when a friend sat her down one day.
“It was kind of dramatic,” she says, “He took me aside and said, ‘I don’t think you really believe in this.’ It stopped me in my tracks.” She thought deeply about the music she was making and had a curious epiphany; she decided to ask her sisters if they would consider singing with her.
Initially, they didn’t really get it. “We thought she was asking us to be background singers, so we didn’t take it that seriously,” says Allison. “It was more commitment than I was expecting—I even tried to leave at one point, but after a while, I was convinced.”
A transformation occurred when the Closners were in the process of recording their first album, Native Dreamer Kin. At the time, they were calling themselves Dearborn, but their producer felt that the name didn’t fit the strength of the music. They went to visit their grandfather Jo, in the eastern Oregon town of Joseph. Allison made a playlist for the trip and called it “Joseph,” which is what influenced the band’s name.
“Once she said it, it just hit us all—that’s what this is and who we are, these are the sounds of the land that we’ve lived on,” says Natalie.
With this new sense of themselves, Meegan and Allison began taking a more active role in the group’s songwriting. Meegan notes that while the process was a “totally new journey” for her, it felt similar to the candor and vulnerability of her long-time journaling—just “pulling out the gold and arranging that into neater lines.”
She and Natalie both point to the song “Honest” as a keystone for the development of I’m Alone, No You’re Not. “We were trying really hard to write a song, but nothing was coming,” recalls Natalie. “One night, Meegan was working on some lyrics and getting frustrated, so she wrote in the margin of the page, ‘I can’t say a true thing. It’s hard to be that honest.’ Immediately after that, her most honest sentence spilled out—‘There’s always two thoughts, one after the other: I’m alone. No, you’re not.’ And she thought, ‘Oh, there’s the song.’ “
Meanwhile, the group was cultivating a devoted fan base in the most traditional ways possible: touring the Western states playing living room shows, backyard parties, and secret house party gigs; reaching an audience directly through such platforms as Noisetrade; selling their self-released CD and building a loyal following step by step. By the time they were approached by ATO Records, Joseph had already built a strong community of fans on its own.
As they moved toward making their second record, the project took an additional turn when the Closners decided to work with some other songwriters in Los Angeles. “We were afraid of it at first because the songs were more pop than we were used to writing,” says Meegan, “but as we internalized them, they started becoming super-important to us.”
They point to “More Alive Than Dead,” co-written with Ethan Gruska, as an example of these contributions. “That song describes an experience with a partner where you have hard things in your combined past,” says Natalie. “You’re haunted by them until you realize that those things are dead, and as long as you dwell on them, you’re missing the real live person in front of you.”
She adds, though, that Gruska was critical in clarifying and sharpening the nuanced emotion of the lyric. “When Ethan sent us back the demo, I lost it, He was able to see the heart of the song and bring it out, cut to the core of what I was trying to say.”
Finally, the women of Joseph recorded the album with acclaimed producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, First Aid Kit) at his studio in Omaha. He was able to open up their expansive, evocative vocal sound with powerful and striking arrangements, adding depth while highlighting their haunting intensity.
“This was our first time doing a recording like this,” says Natalie, “and we learned so much about creativity. Mike is a genius, and he’s just a total maniac as a musician, so he took these bare bones songs and brought them to life with lush, gorgeous textures and sounds.”
The initial reaction to the music on I’m Alone, No You’re Not has been remarkable. Joseph was selected as a #SpotifySpotlight artist, and booked for festivals including Bonnaroo, Pickathon, and Sasquatch even prior to the release of the single “White Flag,” a song inspired by an article predicting a massive earthquake for the Pacific Northwest.
“Reading that created a heaviness that was making us jumpy, scared, and miserable,” says Natalie. “It became clear we had two options: be scared and cowering, backing away from the world into paralysis, or keep moving and live. Defy fear. Wear peace. Find better ways to love the people in our lives instead of huddling together like frightened sheep thinking about earthquakes.”
Most rewarding for the Closner sisters has been feeling the audience response to the new songs, as they tour supporting such artists as James Bay and Amos Lee. “This is really when you learn what’s special about a song, or if it’s special,” says Natalie. “It’s this crazy firecracker thing that happens—‘Am I feeling something? Is anyone? What is this song, what does it do, which parts make the most sense?’
“It really is about connection with people, and we’re so grateful we’ve gotten the chance to do that. This has been a totally wild journey, and we’re constantly blown away with possibility of what could be.
Photo Credit *Ebru_Yildiz

TBA
Start Time: 8:00

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Sep
14
Fri
Nevermind
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NEVERMIND is a tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time… NIRVANA! Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta four guys from the local scene decided that their town needed more Grunge! Specifically… Nirvana. 

Coming from other bands and tributes they knew how to make this work. You need a serious love for the music, a strong work ethic to get it right and most of all you had to be as close to the real thing as possible!

We are dedicated 100% to bringing you the full Nirvana experience! You want hits? We have them! You want deep cuts? We have those too! You want the gear and sound of the actual band? We’ve done the research and tracked down the equipment!

NEVERMIND plays all over the country and we’ll see you all soon!

Sep
19
Wed
Noah Gundersen with Harrison Whitford
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Noah Gundersen
Harrison Whitford
September 19
Visulite Theatre
In America today, anyone can engage in spiritual surrender. Performing the rite is simple: one first gathers with their community in a room of mirrors (in peripheral vision these mirrors appear as windows). Next, the agendas, hopes, and grievances of each individual are written down and cast along pulsed radio frequencies to data centers. From here they are automatically sifted through a neural network of graphics processing units, and contributed to an artificial intelligence engine. The principal aim of the ritual is to preserve the cosmic movement of collective perception. Secondary aims include catharsis, prosperity, and (occasionally) procreation. Because of the persistence of social stresses and mounting political dread, the ritual’s cyclic performance is necessary (twice daily, once at dusk and once at dawn).
Paradoxically, even those who question the efficacy of this tradition must do so from within the same framework, in the form of status updates, tweets, or blog posts. In the early part of 2017 Noah wrote:
“This is our voice. The Aether. An invisible platform. A maze of wires and boxes safely containing our proclamations… While white men with pens close their doors, stuff their ears with cotton, and break the world… we piss in the ocean… we drown in white noise.”
(Once upon a time, Noah Gundersen poetically sang that the storms which make us tremble also “fill our organs up with air,”…allowing us to sing “honest songs”. What of our songs now? Are they just piss in the ocean? White Noise?)
A longtime fan responded via Facebook, referring to the entry as “a goddamn dumpster fire of a post”.
“Your early records are masterpieces,” he commented, “…but this scramble to be anything but what your parents are is killing your authenticity.”
Authenticity can be a fickle mistress it seems. Noah has been peddling sincerity and introspection in musical form for almost a decade; songs that give listeners a taste of the emotional nectar in the pit of another human’s gut. He’s been dredging up viscous fistfulls of his own being and shaping them into little waxen votives, candles meant to illuminate the territory between shameless confession and hopeless redemption, for all of the other twenty-somethings who’ve been groping around in that long existential shadow.
At some point this whole process must have lost its charm. It was two years ago that Noah, like some artistic ouroboros, began to sing the words “Am I earning the right to live by looking in a mirror? There’s nothing more sincere than selfish art?” The cyclic ritual of self-induced nausea, staring in the mirror mouth agape, waiting to wretch new words and sounds, was catching up with him. Not long after, in the early part of 2016, he sat down for a show and felt like he was dying.
“Instead of my life up to that point flashing before my eyes, it was my future. A future playing songs I didn’t believe in… pouring my soul out into a vehicle I no longer recognized or loved.”
Noah turned to a fellow songwriter, who shared this mote of reassurance from dancer and choreographer Martha Graham:
“No artist is pleased… There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
This crisis was an opportunity for the serpent to relinquish hold of its own tail, for forward motion. To turn his gaze away from reflection, and maybe instead at the mirror itself, alternate voices and distorted perceptions that throw their weight onto the human psyche in powerful ways, but evade expression in introspective storytelling.
So, that’s White Noise, I think: the fluorescent glow of queer divine dissatisfaction. The distorted buzz manufactured by dumb metal phalluses thrust into a vacuum of waves and signals. It doesn’t dwell on (and in fact seems uninterested in) introspection. Not a guiding light. Not the reasoned problem-solving of the ego, but the muddled demands of the id. It’s a myriad of interpolated signals, symbols, and voices, like a tube-TV greedily flipping through channels on auto-program:
“Heavy Metals” is cosmic dismay that’s been pasted over with a sugary synth veneer. “Cocaine, Sex, and Alcohol (From a Basement in L.A.)”, like a messy public broadcast, leverages a din of drunken band sounds and disoriented muttering, “I’ve got all this alcohol… do you wanna see my show?”
The decadent yearning of “Bad Desire” sits between the other songs of dissolution like a soap opera broadcasting alongside the evening news. Just as Noah finishes crooning the final honey-sweet chorus, “…and I wanna see you tonight, one last time,” we transition into night sweats, the frantic yelling of sleep terrors, all heralding the cathartic industrial funeral dirge of “Wake Me Up, I’m Drowning”.
Noah is no longer lighting votives, but dumpster fires—big, bright, symbolic and chaotic. Musical vignettes of combustion, rubbish, degeneracy and, perhaps most comfortingly, warmth; because sometimes overlooked in the mad grasping for heady, introspective Authenticity is music that’s heartfelt. In “The Sound”, Noah scourges a source of entitlement that is entirely ambiguous, but does so with a sort of exasperated conviction that is only ever reserved for one’s nation, one’s God, or one’s self. The words “How many times will you shit on what you’re given? How many times till you shut up and listen?” escape his throat with a desperation that (bafflingly) surpasses even his most vulnerable songs about heartbreak, addiction, or loss of faith.
Whether the voices he channels are symbolic or literal, paralyzed with fear or pushing a manic brand of salvation, each amounts to something laced with warm, ruddy veins (I have a feeling that Noah’s music always will). If you listen closely you’ll hear the spiritualist, who takes solace in the fact that when he’s gone, the water in his body may be the beginning of something new. There’s also the doomsayer, certain of his fate, but still so afraid, who can’t help but ask of his own violent trembling, “Are these my feet attempting to dance?” Then there’s mortality, trying to shout through all of the noise, “Send my love to everyone.”
White Noise was produced by Nate Yaccino and features long-time band-members and collaborators Abby Gundersen, Jonny Gundersen, and Micah Simler. It will be released into the Aether on September 22nd, 2017
www.noahgundersenmusic.com

Harrison Whitford
Start Time: 8:00
Harrison Whitford is a musician and songwriter based in Los Angeles. He has performed as a guitarist for the likes of Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, Robert Randolph, Hubert Sumlin, Jonny Lang, Willie Nelson and Phoebe Bridgers. Harrison’s own debut solo album, ‘Afraid of Everything’ was released in January, 2018 and is available on all digital platforms.

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Sep
22
Sat
David Britt ‘Singin’ For A Reason’ Benefit
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

BENEFIT FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

Born October 1, 1975, in Charlotte, North Carolina, David Britt is a Country Music Recording Artist and Singer Songwriter. Although he began playing violin at the early age of three, David did not start writing music until he was thirty-five. Up until that point David was a top national junior tennis player, an ACC Tennis Champion at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and briefly, a Professional tennis player on the Men’s Pro Tennis Circuit. After hanging up his racquet, David started in the world of Commercial Real Estate. Several years of stellar success had been under his belt when the market crashed in 2008. Although Charlotte, North Carolina was somewhat insulated, the crash still took a toll on many brokers and developers. David, like many in his field, all of sudden had a fair amount of time on his hands. That’s when he began to write music. It was a life-long dream that found its way back into David’s life. After teaching himself to play the guitar, David booked his first studio session with Producer Jason Scavone, and put together his first album, self-titled, DAVID BRITT, which was released in 2012. Since that time David has released 2 other albums, COUNTRY FLOW, and IT”S ON NOW, along with several other singles. David’s 4th album LOVE SONGS & LULLABIES will be released February 14, 2018. David has written over 2000 songs. Over the years David has made national news due to his philanthropic work in and out of the music world, and does many charitable concerts a year. He is also written and published three books. In October of 2017 David traveled to New York City to perform at Gretchen Carlson’s book launch for her Best Selling book, ‘Be Fierce.’ where he performed his hit tribute song to Gretchen, ‘Be Fierce.’ All proceeds from the song benefit Gretchen’s ‘Gift Of Courage Fund,’ which helps underserved women. David’s mentor, and one of his closest friends, is Joe Bonsall of the Country Music Hall of Fame group, The Oak Ridge Boys. Although David is full time in music, he is still heavily involved in commercial real estate with his company, David Britt Real Estate, LLC, where he is a broker and developer. David has two beautiful children. They reside in Charlotte, NC.

www.davidbrittmusic.com

www.singinforareason.com

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Oct
2
Tue
Mt. Joy
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

On Sale Now!
Mt. Joy
10/2/18
Visulite Theatre
‘These dreams are more than paper things,’ sings Matt Quinn on Mt. Joy’s infectious folk-rocker ‘Astrovan,’ a warm, yearning bit of road-trip philosophy that posits the existence of a Deadhead Jesus cruising the dusty highways of the countryside, nursing a roach on his way to only He knows where. It’s an auspicious line from a band predicated on the revival of teenage dreams.
Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar). Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad. They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam’s childhood home, and together, with Byrnes’ roommate Caleb Nelson producing, they recorded three songs and sent them out into the world, hoping for the best. ‘I knew I still wanted to write songs, but the realities of life made that dream seem pretty impossible,’ Quinn says.
Much to the band’s amazement, ‘Astrovan’ accomplished the impossible. Without initial promotion or fanfare, the song took off on Spotify, racking up 5 million streams to date. ‘The irony of ‘Astrovan’ was that song was really about being stuck in a life and wanting to have the opportunity to pursue a dream, and in an instant it gave us that opportunity. ‘ Quinn says. Mt. Joy quickly transitioned from a part-time calling into a full-fledged band rounded out by Byrnes on bass, Sotiris Eliopoulos on drums and Jackie Miclau on keyboard.
Come 2017, Mt. Joy hit the road, and hit it hard: They played tour dates alongside the likes of The Shins, The Head and The Heart, The Lone Bellow, and Whitney, and popped up at some of the summer’s biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Made In America. ‘We were put on some big shows very quickly,’ Quinn says. ‘The growth for us has been exponential – we’ve really just become a family that’s constantly pushing each other and the live show to be great.’ They eventually caught the attention of Dualtone Records and began work on their debut album.
Steeped in folk-rock tradition and powered by the intuitive creative connection between Quinn and Cooper, the songs on ‘Mt. Joy’ depict Quinn wrestling with his own conscience, where the mundane and the fantastic collide as he processes tragedy, society, and love. Opener ‘I’m Your Wreck’ describes ‘monsters in (the) closet, using up the wi-fi’ as it cycles from its desperate, spiraling verses to its swinging, stubbornly optimistic coda, while the loping, plaintive chords of ‘Younger Days’ meditate on a frayed psyche and the fear of choosing the wrong path. ‘Sheep,’ with its collapsing, hoarse-voiced cry of ‘freedom was paid in blood,’ is a post-Trump salvo on the responsibilities of the fortunate to overcome political and social despondency. And on ‘Silver Lining,’ perhaps the album’s brightest moment, Quinn surveys the damage of hard drugs and the vicious cycle of addiction, as the song’s melancholic sentiment kicks into its fervid, defiant chorus, all shout-along vocals and trilling guitars.
Taken together, the self titled ‘Mt. Joy’ LP is a startlingly open document, wracked with the anxieties and fears that come just as life seems to start working out. It’s a natural reaction from a wary band like Mt. Joy – the result of a sort of professional vertigo, as they’ve gone from virtual unknowns to hot young commodity in little over a year. But there’s a sense of hope underlying everything, girded by the fact that the Mt. Joy LP is an impressive, honest portrayal of a young band facing that moment where dreams become reality, and finding beauty in the exhilarating uncertainty of it all.
www.mtjoyband.com

TBA
Start Time: 8:00

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Oct
7
Sun
Roots of A Rebellion w/ Little Stranger & Jahlistic
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm

Roots of A Rebellion are a jam band from Nashville, TN playing heavy Reggae-Rock-Dub music for the soul. The band is known for their dynamic live performances showing their progressive sound and energy. 

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Oct
9
Tue
Welshly Arms w/ The Glorious Sons & Charming Liars
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm

It could be an actual place or just a feeling, but we’re all searching for home in one way or another. In times like these, it’s a state of mind that remains harder and harder to come by as the world gets crazier and crazier. Welshly Arms most definitely attest, and that search drives the group’s 2018 full-length debut, No Place Is Home [Republic Records]. 
Lacing daring alternative rock with gospel-size scope and bluesy heart, the Cleveland, OH six-piece—Sam Getz [lead vocals, guitar], Brett Lindemann [keys], Jimmy Weaver [bass], Mikey Gould [drums], Bri Bryant [vocals], and Jon Bryant [vocals]—cook up thirteen anthems that welcome listeners to chant along everywhere

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Oct
10
Wed
Bass Physics, Eliot Lipp
Oct 10 @ 9:00 pm

Bass Physics is a Denver-based producer named Arja Adair who has one objective in mind: to spread positive vibes through the power of music. His impassioned sound emulates a revolutionary style of electronic music which captures the audience on an emotional level while cultivating a live instrumental experience. With stylistic variations of electronic rock, soulful funk, hip-hop and melodic bass, Arja unceasingly executes a unique and captivating performance that leaves you wanting more.
 
Bass Physics has made waves in the national music scene with appearances at Electric Forest, Euphoria, Decadence NYE and at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. Bass Physics currently touring the Pacific Northwest in Spring 2018 with Edamame and LAPA (Ilya Goldberg of Emancipator).

ELIOT LIPP

Eliot Lipp is a producer, DJ and sound designer. After more than a decade living in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York (but equally home on the road), the intrepid producer has landed in beautiful Austin Texas. He’s been spending most of his time collaborating with musicians, DJing, performing and grinding in the studio. Theres no particular style of electronic music that takes the focus but theres always a good amount of hip-hop and funk influences. Over the years Lipp has developed a palette of electronic beats & soulful samples while crafting a unique style.

Oct
11
Thu
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm

Funk has a new spokes band, and that band is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure.

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band formed in 2002 and went through a few incarnations before culminating into the dynamic ensemble it is today. Mary Frances “Mama Funk” creates a sultry platform for her keyboard and keytar playing with her powerhouse vocals. Laying down the bottom is Ben Bjorlie on bass, Derrick ‘Dr Ock’ Johnson on trombone and Jonathan Cole on saxaphone. JP “Smoke Machine” Miller soars on guitar, and Lee “Insta Funk” Allen drives it all forward on drums. The six-piece funk rock outfit fuels their high-energy show with original compositions, triumphant horns, laid-back grooves and heavy backbeats.

Oct
12
Fri
Big Something, The Wormholes
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm

A 6 piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, Big Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. It’s no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the  Southeast. Soaring guitars, EWI (electronic wind instrument), synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered stalwarts as Umphrey’s McGee, Moon Taxi, Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s, who have all tapped Big Something as direct support. 

Recently, the band released their 5th studio album The Otherside on April 20th, 2018 as a follow up to their 2017 album Tumbleweed. The Otherside was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC with the help of Grammy-nominated producer and Carolina Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient- John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity) who has produced all 5 of the bands albums. On The Otherside, Big Something continues to build upon the post-apocalyptic peyote trip imagery from Tumbleweed, concluding the story of a nomad who has made it to the other side of his journey wandering through the night towards a desert sunrise. The album also showcases a different musical side of the band with a heavier, more focused and soulful collection of 8 songs including ‘Smoke Signal,’ and ‘Wildfire.’ Big Something is Nick MacDaniels (vocals, guitar), Casey Cranford (sax, EWI), Jesse Hensley (lead guitar), Ben Vinograd (drums), Doug Marshall (bass), Josh Kagel (keys, trumpet), and Rhett Huffman (keys).

As Ambassadors of Cosmic Propaganda, The Wormholes fuse art and music to explore the symbiotic nature of the universe. This curated experience is an opportunity to transport minds to a realm where the illusion of ego is shattered.

The band consists of multi-instrumentalists Ben Verner, Chris Dameron, and Chris Walters. Blending guitar, bass and drums with synthesizers and sequencers, The Wormholes experimental vibe is a tasty blend of heavy, melodic, and mellow. Space Pop.

Oct
18
Thu
Emanuel Ax
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Emanuel Ax is a Grammy-winning American classical pianist. He is a teacher on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

 

Black Joe & the Honeybears
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears return with their most subversive record to date: an exploration of the sordid trappings of ego; isolation, consumption, waste and war. Sonically inspired by the hill country blues of Junior Kimbrough, cowpunk style of The Gun Club, and the southern soul of Stax, the album charts new territory with a heavy stream of lyrical consciousness. This is ?The Difference Between Me & You.

Recorded in their hometown of Austin, Texas, with Grammy award winning producer Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse) this familiar environment provided a “hands-on style of production with, open, creative interaction between the entire band [for the first time]” Lewis said.

The band’s fifth studio album works to explore the human condition through an impassioned and introspective lens. Mining his first decade of experience on the road,? ?The Difference? is influenced by a deep repertoire of sounds: the heavy grooves of Albert King, punked-up blues of R.L. Burnside, the storytelling of Bobby “Blue” Bland, and the soulfully layered horns of the Stones, are all omnipresent throughout.

Oct
19
Fri
Patrick Davis — Solo
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm

Patrick Davis is a singer, songwriter, artist & storyteller originally from Camden, South Carolina who has spent the last fourteen years making his musical mark in Nashville, TN.  Patrick learned the finer points of music & performance growing up in a household that not only included a talented guitar playing father, but also an extensive record collection always readily available for his absorption.  At the age of 16 Patrick joined his father Rusty on stage for his first ever performance and since that initial “gig” music has been the only job Patrick has ever held. 

After graduating from The University of South Carolina in 2000 Patrick moved to Nashville, TN where for almost 15 years he has continued to build his songwriting, artist and touring career.  Patrick has released four well received full length albums, toured the US & Europe as both a headliner & support act for Darius Rucker, Jewel & others while also being employed as a staff writer for Warner Chappell Music Publishing & having over 50 songs recorded by artist like Jimmy Buffet, Lady Antebellum, Imelda May, Darius Rucker, Jewel, Robert Randolph, Guy Clark and many more. 

Patrick Davis and his Midnight Choir
Oct 19 @ 9:30 pm

Patrick Davis is a singer, songwriter, artist & storyteller originally from Camden, South Carolina who has spent the last fourteen years making his musical mark in Nashville, TN.  Patrick learned the finer points of music & performance growing up in a household that not only included a talented guitar playing father, but also an extensive record collection always readily available for his absorption.  At the age of 16 Patrick joined his father Rusty on stage for his first ever performance and since that initial “gig” music has been the only job Patrick has ever held. 

Oct
20
Sat
The Breakfast Club
Oct 20 @ 9:00 pm

The Breakfast Club® is the longest running, most recognized ’80’s tribute band in the United States. Formed in 1993, the group was the first of its kind. The mission was simple: create an entertainment group that embodied the enigmatic, creative, and buoyant spirit of music and live performances of the original MTV generation of the 1980’s. That mission remains today.

This is NOT some wig wearing, mall fashion version of an ‘80’s cover band, lip syncing to tracks while pretending to play an unplugged guitar. This is real hair, real 1980s clothes, real vocals, and real musical talent. The Breakfast Club® is the real deal, performing live ‘80’s pop “better than the original artists” – Wilmington Star News. 

Oct
25
Thu
The Dude Ranch
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm

Formed in 2016, The Dude Ranch (fka Dude Ranch and the Girl at the Rock Show) has been bringing the best of Blink 182 to crowds across the country. They have headlined some of the country’s biggest rooms, and even performed at the 2016 Firefly Festival, earning them a nod from Billboard. The band, consisting of Zach Falkow, Gerard Canonico and Micah Cowher, regularly features a rotating cast of members and guests, including members of Betty Who, Pronoun, Panama Wedding, and more. 

Oct
26
Fri
Interstellar Overdrive – A Saucerful of Pink Floyd
Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm

Based in Charlotte NC, comprised of some of the city’s most noteworthy musicians, ISO is committed to bringing the full Pink Floyd audio/visual experience

Oct
27
Sat
Songs From the Road Band with Steve McMurry
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm

Songs From The Road Band is a North Carolina powerhouse group featuring Mark Schimick, Charles Humphrey, Ryan Cavanaugh, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres.  They will be touring heavily in support of the fourth studio album, Road To Nowhere, is due out in the summer of 2018! 

Humphrey is an IBMA award & Grammy recipient. He has also garnered a spot in the NC Music Hall of Fame.  Schimick has soared to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements, and Tony Rice.  Cavanaugh has made his long-awaited return to bluegrass after 10 years of touring the world with jazz great Bill Evans and his Soulgrass project.  He has been acknowledged by Bela Fleck as an acoustic pioneer on the 5 string banjo.  James Schlender, 2 time National Fiddle Champion has shared the stage with Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, and George Benson.  Sam Wharton is an award winning guitar picker and singer who refined his chops in the bluegrass halls of Telluride, CO!  The Road Band delivers a high energy show full of original material from their 4 studio albums, unmatched instrumental prowess, and creative covers

Oct
31
Wed
Tropidelic + Bumpin’ Uglies
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm

TROPIDELIC

“Every single second is a blessing if you count them all,” sings frontman Matthew Roads. You can hear the sincerity in his voice; the joie de vivre that oozes from everything Tropidelic does is apparent. When they take a stage, their synergy flows member to member—horns blow, knees kicked high and grins are passed from one man to the next. Almost immediately it spreads to the crowd, lifting hands in the air as their feet begin to move and the pulse collectively becomes that of one.
The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. But each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”

For their forthcoming 2017 release, “Heavy is The Head”, Tropidelic carefully vetted what songs made it to the record, and featured songwriting efforts from members James and Darrick. Sound engineer Cary Crichlow, who has worked on the last four releases from the band, returned to get the job done. “Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music” says Roads. “There’s certainly a lot that needs said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions.”

These seasoned road dogs can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper and The Wailers. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Werk Out Festival, Reggae on the River, Night Lights Music Festival, an appearance at Warped Tour, SXSW and supporting Badfish through the East and Midwest. In 2017, the band is focused on headlining tours as well as performing at Electric Forest, Burning Foot Festival, Surrounded By The Sound, Bragg Jam, Shadefest and much more. Stay tuned for more from Cleveland’s home-grown, Tropidelic.

BUMPIN’ UGLIES

For nearly a decade now, Bumpin Uglies have been playing their brand of groove-heavy jams – a curiously fun mix of ska, Reggae and good ole’ punk rock – all while putting strong lyrics at the forefront of the music. It’s a formula that quickly took them from local favorites, playing around Annapolis, to a national stage. With a wildly infectious sound, tattoo-worthy lyrics and an itch to take their music to the masses, the band piled into the van years ago and have rarely seen home since.

When they aren’t on the road, they’ve been camped in the studio, churning out four full-length albums, two acoustic albums, three EP’s and a Live record. Their latest, 2018’s Beast From The East came out on Space Duck Records and is proof that the band has found their groove. The album consists of a dozen stand-out tracks, any one of which could be considered instant classics for the band. The album also features some big names in the East Coast reggae-rock community including Ballyhoo!’s Howi Spangler, the Movement’s Gary Dread, Passafire’s Ted Bowne, Tropidelic’s Derek McBryde, Matthew Roads & Young James, Zach Fowler of Sun Dried Vibes and Oogee Wawa’s Jesse Lee. Buzz magazine raves “Beast From The East IS A CAREFULLY CRAFTED PUNK-REGGAE GEM.”

The Bumpin Uglies’ origin story begins with singer/guitarist Brandon Hardesty playing open mics around Maryland. He met bassist Dave Wolf not too long after and Bumpin Uglies was born. With a proper set of wheels and TJ Haslett on drums, they went off to spread their music across the country like modern day Johnny Appleseeds. The group recently added Chad Wright on keyboards, expanding on their sound.

Raised on everything from Bad Religion and The Beach Boys to Sublime and Reel Big Fish, Bumpin Uglies have managed to take inspiration from some of the best out there, run it through their own distinctive filter and end up with a truly original take on the various genres creating an original hybrid. With a unique sound that’s nearly impossible to ignore, the band has gotten everyone from dreadlocked kids to PBR-fueled tattooed punks moving their heads to their music at festivals and on headlining tours across the country.

Nov
2
Fri
Mama’s Love
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm

Mama’s Love is an American Rock band formed in Athens, Ga. in 2007. Like the town where the band resides, the sound is progressive with hints of classic tones. Live energetic shows, definitive song craftsmanship, and a genre-defying sound have formed the buzz that follows the Mama’s Love experience. They maintain a strong sense of tradition in classic American music, while staying progressive with their improvisational segments and song structures. Catchy melodies, lyrical hooks, and layered harmonies are supported by a tight rhythmic foundation with a classic rock, funk, and americana flavor, harvesting their songs from the roots of time.
Continuous touring has built a devoted fanbase across major music markets throughout the country. With influences like Little Feat, The Grateful Dead, and The Band, they play with rare maturity and integrity. The demand to play in clubs, theaters, and college events across the country has been increasing with the rise of their musicianship, and the reception of their rowdy and loyal fanbase. The success of Mama’s Love today springs from strong creative chemistry, energetic live performances, and an ever-growing arsenal of classic songs.

Nov
3
Sat
Boy Named Banjo
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm

Born and raised Nashville, TN

Barton Davies – vocals, banjo
William Reames – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Willard Logan- vocals, mandolin acoustic/electric guitar
Sam McCullough – vocals, drums
Ford Garrard – vocals, bass

Long before Boy Named Banjo, two of the founding members of the genre-breaking band grew up a mile down the road from each other in Nashville. William Reames and Willard Logan both picked up the guitar at an early age, took lessons from the same teacher in town, went to the same school, and even played in the same middle school band together. 

A shared love for bluegrass, folk, and singer/songwriter music sparked a different musical friendship for Reames between him and banjo player, Barton Davies. Before long, the two youngsters enthusiastically bounced songs off each other and discovered some of their favorite bands like The Steel Drivers, John Hartford, and The Infamous Stringdusters together. In no time at all, they were writing and performing songs of their own, an at the age of 16, they formed their own band. Only, they needed a mandolin player. That’s when they called Logan – and the two longtime friends, and now, Davies, were bandmates once again. 

Nov
4
Sun
Nicki Bluhm, Gill Landry (from Old Crow Medicine Show)
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm

After nearly a decade spent with the Gramblers, and recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Infamous StringDusters, Ryan Adams), and a split from her husband and musical mentor, vocalist and songwriter NickiBluhm is stepping out on her own with her new album, TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL. The songs were written over a two-year period in Bluhm’s life and chronicle her fundamental life changes, which found the West Coast native living in Nashville, TN.

“These songs are the conversations I never got to have, the words I never had the chance to say, and the catharsis I wouldn’t have survived without,” she says. Recorded in Memphis, TN at legendary Sam Phillips Recording, Bluhm brought in producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell), for these live band, analog sessions. The studio band includes Will Sexton (guitar), Ross-Spang (guitars), Ken Coomer (drums and percussion), Al Gamble (Hammond B3), Rick Steff (piano), Dave Smith (bass), with Sam Shoup (string arrangements) and various special guests.  TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL tells the story of a woman searching for light among darkness and reveals her emergence as a powerful songwriter and vocalist of great depth and immediacy. 

Nov
15
Thu
The Black Lillies with Laura Rabell
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm

The Black Lillies’ story is one of hard work and highway miles … a story that traces their evolution from a group of friends making music in songwriter and frontman Cruz Contreras’ living room into what is now one of Americana’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz.

More importantly, The Black Lillies’ story is still unfolding, with the band’s sharp, southern-influenced songs — including Americana radio hits like “Hard to Please,” the kickoff single and title track from the band’s most recent album — leading the charge. Centered around multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Contreras (Robinella and the CCstringband), and featuring a rotating cast of incredible musicians including bassist and vocalist Sam Quinn (the everybodyfields), drummer Bowman Townsend (Jill Andrews), and guitarist/vocalist Dustin Schaefer (Micky & The Motorcars), The Black Lillies enter this chapter as one of the most visible, viable groups in contemporary roots music.

Hard to Please, produced by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt and recorded at Nashville’s legendary House of Blues Studio D, earned praise from Rolling Stone Country, NPR, American Songwriter and beyond, debuting at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers and #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Country Albums. 2013’s Runaway Blues and 2011’s 100 Miles of Wreckage both fared similarly well, with outlets like Entertainment Weekly praising the band’s “strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit.” The Black Lillies promoted each release in the blue-collar tradition: by hitting the highway, racking up 230 gigs in 2014 alone and averaging 175 during the remaining years. That road-warrior work ethic has become as integral to the band’s success as Contreras’ songwriting, taking the band from coast to coast, border to border, and even country to country.

Proudly independent since their formation, The Black Lillies were one of the first independent bands to play the Grand Ole Opry and have since returned dozens of times – sharing that stage with big-budget bands and major-label mainstreamers. They’ve chased down success on their terms, ignoring the trends of Nashville and focusing on a sound that, as Vanity Fair notes, “continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and…a touch of the Dead, for good measure.” With a reimagined lineup, new songs and the same dedication to touring, the Lillies continue to sink their roots deep into the Americana landscape.

Nov
23
Fri
The New Familiars & Friends: A Tribute to Levon Helm
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

The New Familiars formed in 2005 and immediately took to the road for years playing 150+ shows and countless festivals annually alongside of some of the industry’s big players (Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Infamous Stringdusters, Del McCoury). Pioneers and innovators of the ‘acoustic/americana’ they’ve performed at festivals throughout the region like Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots and more with an extensive catalog of original music and interesting and unexpected covers of songs they love.

In 2010 The New Familiars were honored to open for legendary musician Levon Helm. As the drummer for The Band, Helm was extremely influential to The New Familiars and needless to say, this was a absolute dream come true for the guys.

When Levon passed away in April of 2012 the Familiars began a ‘Last Waltz’ type of tribute show the Friday after Thanksgiving to preserve the musical legacy of Helm. With the help of The Midwood Horns and special guests to perform songs from Levon’s catalogue the show has grown into an annual celebration of Levon Helm & The Band. Now in its seventh year, the Levon Helm tribute show is a fun night of singalongs and good times remembering an american icon of rock’n’roll. Past guests have boasted band members from Muddy Waters (Bob Margolin), Doc Watson (Jack Lawrence), The Black Lillies, The Mantras and more.

Nov
24
Sat
Simplified, Cap’n YumYum, Flat Tire Trio
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm

Simplified:

We all look forward to those moments in life when we can spend some quality time together and show our appreciation for the people we love. It’s important that we step away from our busy schedules so we can express our gratitude for the things we are thankful for. With that said, we are extremely grateful for being able to share a great night of music with you, with each other, and with our extended family of friends!  

Along with your favorite Simplified tunes, this night promises to be filled with spontaneous sit-ins and jams with our friends from Cap’n YumYum and Flat Tire Trio. Cap’n YumYum, an acoustic quartet mashup, is comprised of Clee Laster and Chris Sheridan of Simplified along with Cameron Brown and Joey Vachon Charlotte band Of Good Nature. Fat Tire Trio, an acoustic-based improv jam trio also from the Queen City, consists of Justin Powell of Simplified on upright bass along with Cito Giulini and Matt “Shorty” Miller. I am personally excited for a great night of music and fun at my favorite hometown venue.  

This will be one for the books. Tell your friends. Tell your family. We will see you at the Visulite Theatre on Saturday, November 24th. Life is good!  

Thank you,  
Chris Sheridan  

SIMPLIFIED is…  
Clee Laster  
Chris Sheridan  
Drew Cyphers  
Justin Powell  
Adam Mann  
Marcus Harmon 

Nov
29
Thu
Ghost Light
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm

Ghost Light is a true musical collaboration; five personalities, five perspectives, and five unique approaches towards one common sound.

Foregoing current traditions, rather than initially focusing on live shows, the band played together for the first time in a recording studio in Philadelphia.  This decision gave the band’s members – Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen and Scotty Zwang – the ability to come to the project with fresh ears and no pre-conceived notions. They developed the songs as they developed their musical communication which led to trust, creativity and an adventurous take on the process.  Scotty Zwang explained it thusly, “It’s a unique and interesting approach we get to take…” “we are being patient with each other and figuring out what the song needs”

While the recording project has been the beginning point for Ghost Light, the live experience is what will define this band. “In the parts of the sessions where we have had a little more room to just let things go, there have been these little glimmers of what the improvisation will feel like live. That’s a whole other thing and it’s very exciting,” notes Holly Bowling. Tom Hamilton adds, “with this new band, we felt super comfortable going in any direction, knowing that with our new bandmates, the songs will get to where they needs to go. And in the live setting, that confidence is just as strong.”

The first half of 2018 will see the band playing major venues in major markets coast to coast, followed by heavy rotation on the festival circuit.  The debut record will be released in the second half of the year and will be supported by an extensive tour.  In 2018 you will get to know Ghost Light, and the future could not be brighter.

Nov
30
Fri
Cosmic Charlie – Dark Side of the Dead
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm

Cosmic Charlie has taken the Grateful Dead experience to a new level with ‘Dark Side Of The Dead’.

Dark Side Of The Dead is a hybrid show featuring the music of both the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd. The centerpiece of the show is a live performance of Pink Floyd’s legendary ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ album.

The album is performed start-to-finish, by the Cosmic Charlie ‘big band’ that includes two drummers, 4 keyboards, backup singers & saxophone. Before and after the Dark Side album performance, Cosmic Charlie will offer up two heaping helpings of it’s signature high energy Grateful Dead.

Cosmic Charlie was born in the musical Mecca of Athens, Georgia. From its summer 1999 inception, the band has swiftly cemented its reputation as a band that puts a unique and personal twist on the Grateful Dead catalogue, a Dead cover band for folks that are ambivalent about Dead cover bands. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, Cosmic Charlie chooses to tap into the Dead’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition, and both the band and its audience are taken to that familiar edge with the sense that, music is actually being MADE here tonight.

Dec
5
Wed
Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm

Back in January, worn out from having spent a year on tour and facing a new album’s release and another year spent mostly on a bus, away from the comforts of home and family, I decided to try to write a book. I had made a couple of stabs in that direction before (as well as a couple of screenplays) but had so far failed to complete one. The thing is, I love to write on the road. I write most every day out there. It’s usually not songs, as completing a song amid all of the noise, distractions and music blasting on the bus is very difficult (I do often start songs there that get finished later) but writing non-musical compositions comes pretty easy for me out here and it sure passes the time. Beside, I had an idea for a story I wanted to write and it started coming very easily. By our third month on the road I already had a pretty firm outline of what I wanted and several chapters that I felt really good about.

I was calling my book “Slam Dancing in the Pews”, named after a cassette that Virgil Kane had recorded in 1992 when Cooley and I were playing shows under that name after the break up of Adam’s House Cat. The book was basically half-assed fictionalization of that very turbulent period of my life. I was 27, my band broke up, I got divorced and left my hometown to live in Memphis. My car got stolen, our band’s truck got stripped and I fell in love. I fell out with my family (who I was very, very close to) and had my heart broken. I seriously pondered killing myself several times but instead wrote literally over 500 songs in a three-year period. A time when I reinvented myself artistically and experienced a sort of rebirth that led to a lot of the things I have done in the last two decades.

My book would sort of tell that story, but interspersed with lyrics from that period of my life, as well as new song lyrics either set in that time or from the point of view of various characters from the book. The structure would be chapter / song / chapter / song and so on. If the book was coming fast, the songs were coming even easier. Then the booked stopped coming. Someday I may want to tell that story, but timing is everything and this just isn’t the time for it.

The songs, however continued to pour out, taking a few left turns and then morphing into its own thing. Most of this album comes from that short period of time between February and June of 2011. The songs begin in the period that the book was set in, but don’t end there, as they really just were the impetus for writing about the life I am living now and contrasting it with the troubled times of two decades ago.

I called it Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance and decided that spring to record it as a solo album. I could clearly hear in my head exactly how I wanted every song to sound and made a list of who I wanted to play on each one. It is in some ways the most personal album I’ve ever made. There has always been a lot of me in all of the albums we’ve done, but usually semi-disguised as character sketches and stories, but the first person narrative in this one is pretty firmly rooted in autobiography, albeit in two dramatically differing time periods.

A Festival of Teeth – The making of Heat Lightning:

I have GarageBand on my computer so I decided to record a rough sketch of the album in my office, off from our kitchen at our house. The new songs nearly sequenced themselves into a near narrative and I started passing out my GarageBand demos to various friends and relations and received near unanimous positive feedback from it.

David Hood is a session bass player who played on tons of those great Muscle Shoals soul classics back in the day. He played bass on The Staple Singers’ classic “I’ll Take You There” as well as hits by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and Etta James. He is also my Dad and he came over to record with me last fall and absolutely outdid himself. His playing on the title cut is just stunning and we had an amazing time working together.

David Barbe, who has partnered with me on almost everything I’ve done for about a decade now, co-produced and played bass on the rest of the album.

Kelly Hogan has long been one of my favorite people and I knew I wanted her to sing on my album. She has just recently recorded an album of her own and she and I had attempted to co-write a song for it. She sent me a set of lyrics to an unfinished song she was working on about our friend Vic Chesnutt. I loved her lyrics and set about re-writing it and turning it into a song called “Come Back Little Star” which I then sent back to her to complete, but alas she didn’t get it finished in time to make her album and upon deciding to do my album, asked her if I could finish it for my album and she agreed. She came down to Georgia and sang on it and on “After The Damage” which I also wrote with her voice in mind. Upon singing her takes she could see through the glass into the control room what she described as “A Festival of Teeth.”

As always, Brad Morgan played drums and just keeps getting better and better all of the time. As a lot of the songs were piano based (and since I’m just not a very good piano player) I was fortunate to have Jay Gonzalez playing Andy Baker’s grand piano (on indefinite loan to Chase Park Transduction) as well as Wurlitzer, accordion and Mellotron. John Neff came by to play some spot-on pedal steel and we even got Cooley in to play banjo on a couple of tracks.

My love for the Denton, Texas band Centro-matic is well known and once again I was fortunate to have Will Johnson and Scott Danbom in for a few days each to play with me. Will came in October, played some guitar and did some stunning singing. Scott came by in August and played upright piano on “Leaving Time”, then came back in early December and played the fiddle. I had always heard cello on some of these songs and for the first time got to play with Jacob Morris (Madeline, Moths and Old Smokey).

In the end, I think we made the most intimate and personal record of my career and I’m extremely proud of how it all turned out. I have put together a really good band, The Downtown Rumblers, to go out tour behind it and I’m really looking forward to taking this show on the road.

Dec
7
Fri
Yarn
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

Even the most dire circumstance can offer opportunity for new beginnings. Just ask singer/songwriter Blake Christiana or any of the other members of the once Brooklyn based Americana band called Yarn. At least that’s the conclusion they came to after a period of real life challenges that left the band splintered and unsure of their forward trajectory. Internal tensions were simmering. A new album was scrapped. A major move from Brooklyn to North Carolina added to the uncertainty. For a band that seemed forever on the verge of a big breakthrough, the future suddenly seemed cloudy. 

“We were dealing with real life issues,” Christiana explains. “Broken relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things — and people — behind us. That’s what I was writing about lyrically in the new songs and it became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didn’t have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.”

Christiana’s referring to the band’s album, the boldly optimistic This Is the Year. A seamless blend of vibrant, inspired, back porch melodies and narrative, descriptive lyrics that detail the challenges faced when one’s life is jolted off its bearings, the record documents in detail the band’s determination to move forward while balancing precariously on a line that forms a border between love and hate. It’s an album about re-evaluating relationships, making tough choices and sometimes skirting the rules, a tack that was inspired by musicians they admire — Waylon and Willie, Merle Haggard and other Texas troubadours with a distinctly renegade reputation.

For Christiana, bassist Rick Bugel, singer guitarist Rod Hohl and drummer Bobby Bonhomme, it meant taking a fresh look at where they were versus what they wanted to accomplish. Bonhomme had recently returned to the fold after an extended absence, while another longtime member was purged. “The tension suddenly dissolved,” Christiana says, giving an audible sigh of relief. “Suddenly we were free to express ourselves without having to look back over our shoulders. This album is our emancipation.” 

“I think this album is a stepping stone for us, one we desperately needed,” Bonhomme adds. “It marks a much needed change in direction. The title is appropriate. This is the year, because now we can look forward. This is who we are. For the first time in a very long time we’re not afraid of taking chances. The bond between each of the band members has never been better, and it’s that camaraderie that helped us move forward and created the kind of passion that is evident in this album.” 

“This is our best album yet,” Bugel adds. “This is also the happiest the band’s ever been. The chemistry we shared in the studio and on the stage is nothing short of amazing.”

That’s certainly no small accomplishment, especially for a band that spent two years honing their chops during a Monday night residency at the famed Kenny’s Castaway in New York’s Greenwich Village. In effect, it allowed them to rehearse onstage, mostly in front of audiences that often ranged in size from five to fifty people on any given night. Five studio albums followed — Yarn(2007), Empty Pockets (2008), Come On In (2010), Almost Home (2012) and Shine the Light On (2013). The band then took to the road, playing upwards of 170 shows a year and sharing stages with such superstars as Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, Allison Krauss, Leon Russell, Jim Lauderdale and The Lumineers. They performed at any number of prestigious venues — Mountain Stage, Daytrotter, the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Fox Theater in Boulder, the 9:30 Club in D.C, South by Southwest, the Strawberry Festival, Rhythm and Roots, Meadowgrass and more, eventually accumulating a total of 1,000 shows, half a million miles and performances in 32 states. They’ve driven nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and watched as their van caught fire. They’ve paid their dues and then some, looking forward even as they were forced to glance behind.

Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They received a Grammy nomination, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts, garnered airplay on Sirius FM, I Tunes, Pandora, CNN, CMT and Roughstock.com, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared song writing credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as “the Yarmy.” 

As odd as that might seem, it’s proof positive that Yarn have made their mark, and in their dealing with emotions, scars and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences with others who have sifted through similar sentiments. 

In an era of click-bait and sound bites, Yarn provides a real experience.  They’re not just a live band, they’re a band for people who want to live.

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