THE BALSA GLIDERS
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 7:00 - Headliner Begins: 9:00
Ten years ago The Balsa Gliders stopped listening to indie rock and started playing it.
The Gliders are a loose collective of North Carolinians who formed friendships in Chapel Hill during the 1990s. Their spirited live shows recall some of the anthemic indie rock from the ‘90s that made the Triangle famous. The melodies echo local bands from Let’s Active to Portastatic to even Archers of Loaf.
Now based in Raleigh, Charlotte, Philly and various other places The Balsa Gliders write and perform alongside an assortment of decidedly “non-indie” day jobs. Bassist Greg Jones is an Episcopal rector with fondness for Motown and Zeppelin. Ben Davis and Charles Marshall are media lawyers who trade Guided By Voices tabs over lunch. Mike Ferguson is a surgeon who loves Propellerhead tools. Chuck Price works at a big bank and admits to liking Better than Ezra. Russ Tisinger has some sort of PhD. They tour in a mini-van.
Come to the Visulite Theater to hear them play their latest album, Photographic Friends (available on iTunes and other digital outlets) and favorites from their early EPs.
Start Time: 10:30
Robert Long is from Atlanta Georgia and has been a part of various bands in Chapel Hill, NC, Atlanta, GA, San Francisco, CA and Jackson, WY. In Chapel Hill, he was a member of the notorious Aggressive Pedestrians, a band that was short-lived but well-loved (at least by the band members and some of the more discerning Chapel Hill music aficionados).
Robert is a terrible songwriter, and has only written two songs, both of which stole chord progressions from Neil Young and included lyrical gems like this one: "I've got a girl whose tongue is like a rose." After he wrote that particular line, he threw up a bit in his mouth, gave up on songwriting entirely, and decided to stick to re-interpreting songs by songwriters that were far better at it. He mostly fingerpicks acoustic guitar, sings, and accompanies with harmonica whenever it seems like the right thing to do. He's been playing a fair bit of Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch, and Leonard Cohen recently, but he's never gotten tired of playing Neil Young, John Prine, REM (if he can make it work on the acoustic), Bob Dylan, and the good ol' Grateful Dead.
Start Time: 8:00
Stephen Shealy - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
As i set out on a musical journey to write, create and record original music, my adventure has taken me from when lyrics and melodies ran rampant in my head without knowing how to get them out on paper, to the first time I wrote a song. Erasing half the lines while wearing down the head of the pencil eraser to the final draft in the wee hours of the morning, I felt like a musician, I felt like a song writer and yes, i did wake up at the crack of noon. Jb and Rage Kage would be proud!
While pigeon-holing is a consistently ridiculous method of describing music, my songs favor an alt country/americana sound. Some have said Folk Rock but quite frankly it just good honest music driven by lyrical themes of the heart. At least thats the way i see it!