Friday, September 29
Jeremiah McKinley Band
“Stop what you’re doing and listen. Jeremiah McKinley is a band of two brothers telling stories through a mix of Folk and newer Rock and Roll. With a lo-fi sound they give the listener a real grungy sound, mixed with really raw and gritty vocals.”— Artistsounds.com
Walter and his wife April perform music that ranges across the genre known as Americana but from my hearing tends closest to country. Walter is oft described as a troubadour which is a great way to indicate he is a writer of songs that are tales, and can be deeply personal tales at that.
Coming out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Heat Preacher blends the musical styles of alternative rock, soul, and indie, to create their own brand of modern music ... Up to this point, the guys have agreed that their time together is akin to being "a winning team in the local bowling league." While the team has the drive and talent to take Heat Preacher to the big leagues, they agree that they want to do that on their own terms and in their own time, especially since they are all very family-oriented.
The Cliff Wheeler Band
The Cliff Wheeler Band is self-described “outlaw country” and “multi-genre” but we prefer the term "roadhouse country" to describe their brand of sometimes dark themes and rough-and-ready sound. A North Carolina native, Cliff credits the band's sound to a variety of musical influences growing up, including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, The Doors, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Dwight Yoakam, Blackfoot and Led Zeppelin. You can hear threads of all of these greats, woven throughout the bands music.
Saturday, September 30
Sci Fi themed punk! A band's where is less important than its when. When Oort Patrol is from matters less than when they are – which is obviously always just right now.
The temporally ambivalent band claims their compositions – fuzzy pop punk gems which make you wonder if they really weren't there in all those alternate realities – are each gigantic hits that have repaired and even prevented total chaos in other timelines.
And our timeline, fraught as it is with war, strife, social injustice, celebrity trials, fraud and sorrow, has never been more in need of some hits. So here, and now, are Oort Patrol.
Farewell Friend is an indie folk rock band based in Greensboro, North Carolina, known for their unique instrumentation and poetic songwriting. Tom Troyer, leads the band as singer-songwriter and guitarist bringing a distinct touch to the band's sound.
The live band performance lineup may vary, but Evan Campfield on upright bass has been a consistent presence since 2016, while Zac Covington and Caleb Baer contribute their skills for live performances and as session musicians in the studio. Farewell Friend's music resonates with authenticity, vulnerability, and an unwavering commitment to the power of storytelling.
Reese McHenry came up swinging in Northern Minnesota and she didn’t sit still for very long. A true troubadour, her powerful voice has driven her from the fresh greens of Eau Claire to the dusty motels of Albuquerque and everywhere in between. Since settling in North Carolina, this prolific songwriter and jagged performer has lent her fire and talent to a number of recording projects and now turns her attention to her own damn show.
Her songs defy genre and, though one could still categorize them as straight-shooting “rock,” the real thread connecting these songs is a wry brand of humor mixed with an ability to catch a hook at just the right moment. McHenry’s true signature, of course, is her emotive blues voice that can change at any moment from soft sweetness to a torrential downpour.
Shirlette Ammons is a Black queer southern truth teller. She is a poet and musician who has also served as producer on Emmy and Peabody award-winning TV & film projects. An award-winning poet, Shirlette was a Cave Canem Fellow whose body of work includes two collections of poetry. Expect a compelling spoken word/rap performance that defies easy categorization.
Kara's music career began in a small suburban town of Sydney Australia and since then has taken her on an incredible journey throughout the globe. Combining slide guitar, soulful vocals and a heartfelt approach to songwriting, Kara's truly unique sound will leave you uplifted, inspired and always wanting more.
With her luminous voice and captivating songcraft, Skylar Gudasz has won the admiration of some of the most distinguished artists in music.
In the past few years alone, the Durham, North Carolina-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has shared stages with the likes of Ray Davies, Cat Power and Sharon Van Etten as part of the Big Star’s Third tribute concerts, opened for Television and toured from the US with Teenage Fanclub to Europe with the Mountain Goats, and appeared as a background vocalist on albums by Superchunk and Hiss Golden Messenger, making her TV debut with the latter on Late Night with Seth Meyers.