Sunday night Ruby Deluxe put on a post punk show featuring two local bands and a third band, Natural Velvet, on an album release tour from Baltimore. If you missed the show don’t worry, these bands are three more reasons to get excited for Hopscotch this September, as they all have been booked. Jenny Besetzt, all the way from Chapel Hill, closed out the night. Their sound is both fluid and layered, with songs you can easily get lost in. Their drummer, Thomas McNeely, keeps up an impressive cadence that manages to stay balanced with the calm flow of the melodies. Konvoi the second NC band, coming down the mountains from Asheville, opened up the night with a high energy. In the middle we heard Natural Velvet on tour for the release of there new album Mirror to Make You. Corynne Ostermann, the band’s front woman, and her vocal range gave them a unique sound. Since the show I came across a music video Natural Velvet put out entitled Its All Mine. The production of their videos stood …
Moogfest 2017 was pure art, soul, and imagination–with every single artist bringing out a new way of expressing. This weekend illustrated the utter importance of music with purpose, music with movement, and music with a reach beyond the stars.
We went from the wettest possible Shakori Hills to perhaps the driest Shakori ever. After the incessant downpour that Hurricane Matthew brought to the festival last fall, Shakori Hills was in need of some good weather. That seemed to be a tall order for the festival, but the stars were aligned for an unprecedentedly dry Shakori. The only real rain we got this year was late Thursday night – just enough to quench Shakori’s usually insatiable thirst. This allowed for a good-sized crowd to show up on Saturday and for the festival to begin to make up for its losses last fall. Fortunately, the love found at the Grassroots Festival isn’t dependent on rain to blossom. The festival was full of the cheer and warmth of spirit I have grown accustomed to over the years. As crowds swelled and the forest grew dense with tents on Saturday, the sense of community only grew stronger. As always at Shakori Hills, among the numerous performances it was easy to find music for everyone – no matter what …
Future Islands hosted, not one night but four nights, in celebration of the release of “The Far Field” in their home city, Baltimore. I’m so proud to see this band get the recognition they have fought for. And I’m even more proud to see them represent and support artists from North Carolina and Baltimore (my two favorite places). Art is meant to be a community, it’s meant to be celebrated, and it’s meant to be shared. I’m so glad to witness successful artists living up to that standard. Here’s some pictures from the night. Baltimore’s own, 83cutlass and Drew Scott (my personal favorite beat maker ever), and Jenny Besetzt (the drums in this band are the dopedy dope thanks to Thomas McNeely) shared the stage with Future Islands. Give it up to all my favorites Purchase “The Far Field” and other Future Islands merch here!!
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (May 4th- May 7th) is right around the corner! With only 1 month away, you can still purchase discounted tickets HERE! This years lineup will be featuring North Carolina’s favorite, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who you will also see at Shaky Knees, Hangout, and Bonnaroo! Go North Carolina! As usual, the festival will feature 4 stages, with another 50+ bands. Additionally, there will be children’s activities, yoga, vendors, amazing food, and of course MUD! We recommend bringing comfortable shoes and proper rain gear. Remember, Shakori is a family friendly festival, so please be sure to bring something to conceal your alcoholic beverages and drink responsibly. Children 12 and under must me accompanied by an adult. In order to get the full Shakori experience, we suggest camping. You are welcome to tent camp, RV camp, or car camp. Keep in mind, camping is first come first serve and space fills up fast. See details for camping HERE! Below you will see the schedule. Peace and Happy Shakori!
Blush + Brews is a free monthly dance party that takes place at the Crown (Red Room). Last night, Gusher, Ace Manual, Movakween, and Native Sun took the stage. What separates Blush + Brews from any other curated event is an awareness of community and a motivation to put together an interdisciplinary lineup of artists, bringing together a diverse crowd full of positivity and a thirst for art (and alcohol). Below is a photo gallery of last night shenanigans:
Pink Rage, hosted at The Crown (Red Room) last night, brought together artists from Atlanta and Baltimore. See the photo gallery of the evening below: