If we had to boil down this evening's performances to a few words, we would simply say that this is a MUST-SEE show. We are honored that Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands have come down from North Carolina foothills to perform on our humble stage, and happy they brought their fun friends from Atlanta, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers. You are not like to see a concert like this all year long, and certainly not in such an intimate venue with free admission.
Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands
Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, led by singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, have played over 400 shows from Canada to Austin to New Orleans to Nashville over the past four years, sharing the stage with the likes of Beats Antique, Autumn Owls, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Love Language, Rising Appalachia, Larkin Grimm, Pearl and the Beard and many more.
Bright performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song "Toy Hammer" and has performed at various festivals around the country including SXSW, Savannah Stopover, FloydFest, DragonCon, Midpoint Music Fest, The Steampunk World's Fair, and Shakori Hills. She took Runner Up for On the Rise at Floydfest 2013 for a return set in 2014, and was named Best Songwriter 2014 in Greensboro's Yes Weekly.
Bright has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound, dubbed "kaleidophrenic cabaret." She plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic and soulful vocals and virtuosic command of her exotic instruments.
Her 2012 album Muses and Bones received glowing reviews in the United States & Europe, as well as radio airplay in the US, UK, & Canada, including NPR and BBC appearances.
The latest collaborative visual album, "The Absolute Elsewhere" was released locally Nov. 22, 2014 at the Carrboro ArtsCenter with a multi-media performance including aerials, acrobats, and other dancers and is scheduled for a national release on May 19, 2015.
Crystal Bright: Keyboards, Accordion, Saw, Adungu, Concertina, Taiko, and more
Jeremy Haire: Guitars
Seth Oldham: Drums
Jeremy Denman: Horns
Robbie Link/Aaron Bond/Sanders Davis: Double Bass
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
Crimmins brings The Hookers out to blast the room with Dixieland horns, rowdy ragtime piano and gypsy jazz guitar. Crooning and boozing the night away, he delivers everything you would expect from a man who claims to be possessed by the ghost of an old vaudevillian accordion player. Songs jump with a 1920's gaudiness, reminiscent of tawdry, dangerous jazz. While devious lyrics can mirror the sinister Charlestons they accompany, Crimmins also has a grab bag of unjaded torch songs at his disposal, spotlighting the loneliness of a life spent in the shadows.
$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders!