HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 7:00 - Show Starts: 7:45
Tickets Still Available at Door
9 years, 3 genres, and 4 records into it, Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s sound has emerged as something different than anyone might have expected. The music, now filled with 3 and 4-part harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles in one section and Motown in the next. The drums, bass, and keys, now centered on a Stax-like groove, and the 3 electric guitars now tastefully breathe dynamics into each song. All-the-while, the organic horns don’t dominate but compliment, like the old Memphis soul horns or The Band in “The Last Waltz”.
Forming in a dorm room in 2007, the band chose its name after a picture scrolled across a computer screen – just a simple sign with the words “Holy Ghost Tent Revival” written on it. Someone saw the picture, shouted out those words and there was no going back. Birthed of a banjo-driven fireball of ragtime/swing energy, Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s roots were formed by getting people moving on a dance floor. With their latest EP release, Summer Jelly, HGTR proved to be advancing and adding a new depth to their sound, and the fans were digging it.
Now laced with female vocals, 4 part harmonies, synths, and a second trumpet, HGTR is marrying genres in a way that NPR describes as that of a “soul-rock horn band that recalls 60s and 70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers…”. This new sound has inspired amazing acts like Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Shovels and Rope, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band to share their stage with them and in turn has elevated Holy Ghost Tent Revival to a nationally touring, mainstage-ready band.
GRAND SHELL GAME
Start Time: 7:45
A confrontation with the impossible, in life as in art. This might be the idea that serves to best define the debut album Man on a Wire by the grand shell game. It was created by a group of musicians who realized they were a band within the first few notes of their first jam together. It was inspired in part by Colum McCann’s novel “Let the Great World Spin,” which itself drew inspiration from Philippe Petit, the artist who forever redefined the realm of what is possible with his famous, unauthorized tight rope performance between New York’s World Trade Towers in August of 1974. It is at times reminiscent of The Beatles or Fleet Foxes, Zappa or Neutral Milk Hotel, while still sounding unique in and of itself. It is an album that seems alive and breathing, speaking to each listener individually with musical and lyrical layers that continue to unfold with each visit.
Recorded in 2015 at Tarquin Studios (The National, Dispatch, Swell Season) with engineer Greg Giorgio, perhaps the greatest strength of the work is in its unconventional familiarity. Within very simple constructions there is a beautiful complexity. Whereas the tones are classic, the virtuosic arrangements are not. Emotional timbres of the lyrics are often contrasted by the moods of the music, even as one is complimented by the other. A pop aesthetic is threaded throughout that sticks with a listener; and while each song stands on its own, contained within each is a reflection of the others in such a way that the whole feels greater than the sum of the parts.
the grand shell game is composed of six players, ranging from 23 to 40 years old, who originally came together on a spring day in 2014. They are already working on a series of 7” singles and their follow up LP at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium studio, with producer Jeff Crawford. daniel fields (Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey, The Oblations) plays six stringed instruments. dylan turner (Bevel Summers, Speak of the Horse) holds down the bass line and sings. e-s guthrie (The New Familiars, Huge in Japan) plays acoustic guitar and sings. joe macphail (Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey, The Oblations) plays keyed instruments and sometimes drums simultaneously. rob j. davis (Dispatch, Des Ark) and rob j. dimauro (Luego, Kenny Robey) share drums and percussion duties and also sing. The band is based in Carrboro, NC.