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Sunday
17 TH
Feb.
The Lazybirds
In the Upstairs at Avondale
The story of The Lazybirds is one of migration to these aforementioned mountains and of an impressive musical legacy built up over the last two decades. Playing a distinctive brand of jump blues, swing, country blues, classic country and early jazz, the music of The Lazybirds reflects the musical influences of this creatively-fertile region. The Lazybirds tale began when original members Jay Brown and James T. Browne relocated to the western North Carolina Mountains from Alabama. Brown, who sings, plays harmonica, keyboards and is an acclaimed swing guitarist and fellow multi-instrumentalist Browne moved to the mountains in the mid-1990s and formed The Lazybirds in 1996. Asheville, NC, native, tenor and resonator guitarist and mandolin player Brad Pope has been with the group for a year, and newcomer Asher Hill now plays the bass.
2:00 AM
Wednesday
20 TH
Feb.
Great Lake Swimmers
In the Upstairs at Avondale
2018 marks the 15thanniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. Over seven albums, multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their native Canada and beyond. The CBChas called them “a national treasure”while their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve deeper.It’s this contrast and evolution that brings them to their latest release, The Waves, The Wake–a metaphor for the future ahead, and the past trailing behind. Abandoning the acoustic guitar, this new collection of songs sees the group branching out to include newsounds such as harp, lute, pipe organ, woodwinds, congas and marimbas, alongside the more familiar flecks and chimes of the banjo, piano, and 12-string electric guitar. The stunning acoustics of the historic,145 year old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario lendthe atmospheric touch to the album, underthe guidance of co-producer Chris Stringer (Union Sound). This record is about the songs, first and foremost, and was made with many of Toronto’s most talented players, including arrangementsby Drew Jurecka and electric guitar appearances both atmospheric and spirited by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath). Long time collaborators Erik Arnesen (banjo,guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Josh Van Tassel (percussion) also contribute their considerable musicianship.“The Talking Wind”opens the albumsolely with woodwinds and vocals, setting the tone with its scaled back, minimalist approach. Similarly sparse arrangements on “Falling Apart”pair a meditative, layered piano with an appearance by renowned harpist Mary Lattimore alongside Dekker’s haunting, plaintive vocals. Bridging the album to the group’s past work, the lonely jangle of “Alone But Not Alone” is a study in song-craft; “Side Effects”matches lyrical substance to musical motifs with its expressive vibraphone, tempo variations, and vocal effects.But perhaps the album’s centerpiece is the entirely a cappella “Visions Of A Different World”with its ghostly, longing vocals nakedly bearing its message.Great Lake Swimmers have twice been nominated for Juno Awards, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize, and won a Canadian Indie Award for Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group. They have shared the stage as support for such musical luminaries as Robert Plant, Feist, and Calexico, and have appeared as headliners for many of Canada’s major Folk Music festivals. Their relentless touring schedule and countless live shows have helped them develop devoted fan bases across Canada, the US,Europe, the UK and many points beyond. Mojodubbed them “Ambient Zen Americana”and Exclaimhas describedthem asa“cherished blend of folk and orchestral indie pop.”
$10-$17
2:00 AM
Saturday
23 RD
Feb.
Earthbound
In the Upstairs at Avondale
Describing music, a non-verbal language, in words is always a difficult task, but the music of Earthbound can best be understood in terms of the diverse influences from which the band draws the inspiration and performance. The experience of witnessing the band perform may at times be a veritable schooling in rock'n'roll, certainly a multi-genre encompassing term. Our repertoire draws from and combines traditions such as Americana, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, psychedelia to create a sound attuned not only to the collective effects of these diverse genres but each members' unique contribution to creating music as a collective ensemble. This musical philosophy recognizes and celebrates the collaborative nature of playing music, but Earthbound is fortunate enough to consist of band members who share similar ideals, musically, which allows for a unified trajectory in their songs.
2:00 AM
Sunday
24 TH
Feb.
Sam Holt Band
In the Upstairs at Avondale
Ex-guitar player and vocalist in band Outformation. Currently band leader of Sam Holt Band.
$12
2:00 AM
Friday
1 ST
March
Davis Nix & Big Electric Country: Brent Cobb and Adam Hood After Party
In the Upstairs at Avondale
Davis Nix is an American alternative country music singer/songwriter born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Music has run in his blood since even before he was born with his father being a musician and songwriter. In fact, both of Davis’ parents played a role in Davis’ appreciation and love for music. Davis attended his first concert when he was only one year old to go see Gordon Lightfoot. Davis’ mother and Davis’ father taught him to sing his very first song, “Love Can Build A Bridge” by The Judds by the age of four. When asked about the memory of that profound song, Davis says “I sang it, or really we all sang it for weeks. It was my favorite”. He was playing guitar by the time he was ten, taught by his friend and mentor to this day, Michael Wright. When he was eleven, Davis’ passion for music was still growing strong. He became interested in drums and he remembers the first drum kit his parents bought him for five-hundred dollars. Nix recalls “I probably still owe them to this day for that drum kit”. Davis was playing gigs by the time he was twelve years old. He remembers his first gig was playing an office party for six-hundred dollars. Since then, Davis Nix was hooked and has been involved in the music scene in one way or another. Nix played drums for bands until he was eighteen years old and then decided to focus on using yet another one of his musical talents, his voice. He paired his singing with his acoustic guitar playing skills and quickly became a lead singer. Plus, the attention from the girls made him all the more eager to take on this new role! He had his first gig as being the lead singer and acoustic guitar player at 1048 Jazz and Blues Montgomery. Nix says that the bar fired him up because it wasn’t a country music loving bar. It gave him the opportunity to form a band called Davis Nix & The Wranglers with funk/jazz players who had never played a country lick in their lives. Davis says “Imagine P-Funk playing Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck. It was super cool but not country… and no one cared.” Growing up in lower Alabama, Nix’s style of music is heavily influenced by musicians such as John Prine, Clint Black, Allman Brothers, Peter Paul and Mary, and John Denver. You can definitely hear this grit and southern rock charm in Davis’ sound. Nix has had his hand involved in being a drummer, guitarist, bassist and even tour manager. Of all of these roles that Davis has played in the music business over the last decade and a half, being on stage and singing his songs is where he is most at home. The stage is where he belongs. Davis has had the amazing opportunity to share the stage with musical acts Adam Hood, Wayne Mills, Billy Joe Shaver, and Brent Cobb. With his new single “Travelin’ Heartache” being released on September 7, 2018, there is no stopping what will come next. Davis Nix is the type of musician that you want to get to know… and perhaps have a beer with.
$10
4:30 AM
No upcoming concerts at the moment.