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Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm

Space Dog Booking proudly presents a bar room show at The Milestone featuring:
Princess Possum
Erik Button (of Dollar Signs)
Jordyn Zaino (of No Rope)
and Halloween Costume Contest (singer/songwriter/guitarist Josh Allen)


Violet Bell w/ A Different Thread
Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm
Violet Bell

Violet Bell

Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences. From Debussy to Neil Young, D’Angelo to Lou Reed, they reflect folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical. Their songs are otherworldly yet made from the stuff of everyday life, exploring questions of intergenerational change, our relationship to Earth, and the human emotional experience.

The live show is at the center of Violet Bell’s sound. They’ve played over 100 shows in 2017, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road. On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Their sound is true to the mutating nature of music as life on the road continually brings fresh inspiration into the mix.

Violet Bell keeps live performance at the core of their debut release Dream the Wheel. Ross sings and plays guitar, as Ruiz-Lopez adds violin, viola, cello, keys, guitar and vocal harmonies. The result is alchemical; emotionally evocative music that “sounds like a beautiful dream turned sudden nightmare.”(IW)

The album’s title track, “Dream the Wheel,” speaks to a fearlessly inclusive view of life’s cyclical polarities. “Sing, sing, everything/ Comes and goes and comes again/ Let it out and let it in/ Let it be your medicine,” “No such thing/ as too far/ or too deep/ or too dark.” In the modern era of rising seas and informational flooding, these lyrics are yours to interpret.

The album cover, a medicine wheel that Ruiz-Lopez and Ross crafted from local NC flora, speaks to the origins of the music. Violet Bell is rooted firmly in the natural world and the community from which they’ve grown. The September 15 release show for Dream the Wheel featured three members of the Durham Kidznotes All-Star string ensemble, whom Ruiz-Lopez has helped to teach since 2011. For Violet Bell, teaching and community connection are fundamental goals.

Prior to forming Violet Bell, Ruiz-Lopez honed his chops on the road with Jonathan Byrd and Crystal Bright, and composed original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ross is a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and winner of Floydfest’s On the Rise, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council.

As Violet Bell, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez become a dynamic musical force that’s greater than either one of them alone. Violet Bell is currently touring in support of their debut Dream the Wheel and recording their second album for release in 2018.

A Different Thread

A Different Thread

British/American duo, A Different Thread deliver an intoxicating amalgamation of Beatlesque folk rock meets Gillian Welch dark country.

From the rolling hills of Staffordshire to the Appalachian Mountains, A Different Thread’s original songs are inspired by the music that has crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean over the generations in true folk fashion. Robert Jackson (from Lichfield, England) and Alicia Best (from Durham North Carolina, USA) first met two years ago while busking in Galway, Ireland. They didn’t even know each others names, all they knew was that their voices fit together like missing pieces of the same puzzle. Their chance meeting sparked a musical journey across the UK, Europe, the US, and even to Guatemala and back; touring and living on the road while cultivating their own unique blend of country, blues and folk (or as they call it: British-Americana.)

Their debut album ‘On A Whim’ (release date September 13th 2018, Cat’s Cradle Carrboro NC) was recorded last May at Arbor Ridge Studios in Chapel Hill with producer Jeff Crawford (Mandolin Orange, Mipso, Josh Moore,) featuring local NC talent including Omar Ruiz-Lopez from Violet Bell and Rusty Smith who plays frequently with Four Tops and The Temptations, among others! Back in the states for their ‘On A Whim Tour’ they are gigging up and down the East Coast, (other NC shows include Isis Music Hall on the 3rd of October, The Kraken in Chapel Hill at Jonathan Byrd’s Shake Sugaree Americana Residency on the 10th of October, and the Haw River Ballroom on the 13th of October for ‘Oktoberfest’.)