The Wood Brothers
Huka Entertainment & 98.3 The Penguin Presents:
The Wood Brothers
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show starts at 6:30PM
This is an all ages event!
The cover of The Wood Brothers' gorgeous new album, 'Paradise,' is adorned with an illustration of a mule staring at a carrot dangling just inches in front of its mouth. The carrot, though, is hanging from a stick affixed to the mule's own head. "In some ways, he's already got it," explains guitarist Oliver Wood. "And in some ways, he'll never have it."
That paradox is at the core of 'Paradise,' an album about longing and desire and the ways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach. It's a beautiful collection, the band's most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking, with bassist Chris Wood playing electric on tracks for the first time. Recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye studio in Nashville, 'Paradise' captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band—and a family—navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music.
Dubbed "masters of soulful folk" by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, 'Ways Not To Lose,' on Blue Note in 2006. You'd be forgiven at the time for expecting it to be something of a side project. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his band King Johnson. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix added as a permanent third member, it's become quite clear that The Wood Brothers is indeed the main act. 'Paradise' follows the band's acclaimed 2013 release 'The Muse,' which was recorded almost entirely live around a tree of microphones in Zac Brown's Southern Ground studio. Hailed previously by the New York Times for their "gripping" vocals and by the LA Times for their "taught musicianship," the brothers found the live setting to be a remarkable showcase for their live chemistry and charismatic magnetism. But when it came time to record 'Paradise,' their fifth studio album, the band knew the music called for a different approach.
"For this album, we wanted to have a more up-close and dry sound," explains Chris. "I worked on another record at Easy Eye and I just loved the room. Dan's studio is cool because it's not old, but it feels that way when you walk into it. It reminds me of Sun Studios. It just has that feeling of a small room with natural compression, and I think you hear that in the sounds on the record." The decision to record in Nashville was no coincidence either, as this marks the first album written with the entire band living in Music City.
"Oliver and I spent a lot of hours just in a room together writing songs," says Chris. "That's really never happened before. All the music in the past was written long distance or over the course of touring. It's definitely the most collaborative album we've ever made." "It was kind of a luxury to be able to play together not just at a soundcheck," adds Jano. "It was a different starting point. Rather than people bringing in compositions that were relatively finished, we were starting from the ground up as a group."
The album opens with "Singing To Strangers," which sets the tone for what's to come both musically and thematically. "Singing to strangers is something we do every night," explains Oliver, "and there's some satisfaction about singing to strangers. It's this weird thing that I think we get addicted to. It's not that we need attention as much as we need connection. On a good night, when we're singing to strangers, everybody in the room bonds, and you have this amazing sense of connection."
That desire for connection permeates the album, from "Touch Of Your Hand"—a song about what Chris describes as "the most basic human need that there is"—to "Two Places"—a track about longing for home and family while on the road—to "Never And Always," which examines the fundamental emotional experiences of loneliness and belonging. "Snake Eyes" and "American Heartache" both explore the dark side of longing, how the constant need for more in our consumer culture can engender a perpetual dissatisfaction with never having enough, while on "Without Desire," they find the beauty and the magic that the titular emotion can bring into our lives.
"Desire gets a bad rap sometimes," explains Chris, "and people think it's the root of all of our problems. We wanted a song that said, 'Maybe it's not, maybe we need it.' What would it be like if we didn't desire all those good things in life?" In addition to Chris's electric bass, which appears on two tracks, the album also showcases Jano's "shuitar," a portmanteau for "shitty guitar." The name belies the instrument's complexity, though. It's actually an acoustic guitar that Jano has rigged up with noisemakers to function as an easy-to-travel-with drum kit.
"I made one in The Wood Brothers because we needed a portable drum set we could take to play on sessions and on the radio," he explains, "but then we've been using it so much live, we started writing for it and not wanting it to even sound like a drum set anymore. We wanted to let it be its own thing." It turns up prominently on "Heartbreak Lullaby," which also features guitar playing from Oliver inspired by field recordings of African folk musicians. There's more to Jano than percussion, though, as he sits down at the piano on several tracks on 'Paradise,' including album closer "River Of Sin."
"That song imagines how when people get baptized in a river, it's supposed to wash away their sins," explains Chris. "But what happens to the water? Where do the sins go? And what if you live downstream from all that baptizing?"
It's a fitting, lovely, gospel-tinged ending to an album that traces both the darkness and the beauty in our nature, the perpetual hope and the futility of it all. The quest for the carrot often blinds us to the fact that we already possess it, and that's the irony of desire. "He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have." Socrates said that. "I can't live without desire / If I didn't want anything / Why would I rise? / Why would I sing?" The Wood Brothers said that.BUY TICKETS
Singer Songwriter Session #2Singer Songwriter Session #2
Wednesday, October 10th, 2016
Doors at 6:00 PM
This month's lineup: to be announced
Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews and Carolina Pine Productions are teaming up to bring you the Carolina Pine Songwriter Sessions. Each month we'll feature a range of original songwriters - up to 12 musicians per month in the newly renovated Annex! Food trucks and full bars will be present every month. Come out to support local musicians, in a stunning local venue that supports community talents.
Tickets will be $5 in advance at Gravity Records and $10 at the door. The sessions will be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month - excluding December.
American Songwriter Presents:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show starts at 8PM
This is an all ages event!
Anderson East learned to sing and play guitar at 11 years old. He is the grandson of a southern Baptist preacher, while his mother played piano in the church. After spending much of his time touring and engineering records, he was discovered by Dave Cobb at Nashville's Bluebird Café.
His debut album on Low Country Sound / Elektra, entitled 'Delilah,' was released on July 10th, 2015. Before the release East started touring nationally in January 2015 as direct support for Sturgill Simpson. In addition to his own sold-out headline shows, he has toured with Brandi Carlile, The Lone Bellow, Jason Isbell, and John Butler Trio. "Satisfy Me" was the first single released off the record. It instantly went top 10 viral on Spotify and received regular radio airplay. NPR music called 'Delilah' an "eclectic, fully formed debut album." Daytrotter wrote, "It's one of those 10-song records that's damned near perfect, traveling through the old, smoky bars of older days and down the twisted back roads of love." On July 15th, 2015 East made his television debut on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," and also appeared on "CBS This Morning Saturday" in support of his album.BUY TICKETS
2016 Holiday Flea
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) is excited to announce “The Holiday Flea at BAC” on Friday, December 2, from 3 - 9pm, Saturday, December 3, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, December 4, from noon to 5pm
Renowned as the “ultimate vintage flea” and attended by more than 1,500 shoppers and dozens of vintage vendors from around the region, The Holiday Flea is a three-day event that will again be the go-to shopping experience of the season—with a wide array of vintage, retro, antique, and upcycled treasures—and tons of fun, with Wilmington’s finest food trucks feeding the crowds, a coffee shop in the courtyard, and the BAC cash bar serving liquid refreshments.
Admission to the flea is $5 at the door—good for all three days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about The Holiday Flea at BAC, please contact Rebecca at email@example.com.
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Precious Metal Show at the BAC
The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to team up with Cicada Metals and Jonkheer Jewelry Art Studio for another Precious Metal Show! Precious Metal: The Region's Best Handcrafted Jewelry Show, is taking place Sunday, January 22, 12 - 6PM.
In our efforts to create a well-balanced and diverse show, and due to the defining size of the venue, we can only accept a limited number of vendors. Please provide as much information as possible; the more information you provide, the easier it will be for us to evaluate how you will fit into Precious Metal. Please include any and all item/shop descriptions, press, websites, and photos. We will only be accepting fine metal crafted jewelry: enamelists, goldsmiths, silversmiths, platnium and glass bead artists, etc. The deadline to apply is October 31st. If you are accepted into the show, we will contact you by November 8th.
For more information about The Precious Metals Show please contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Concerts & Events
Brooklyn Arts Center is the most stunning and spectacular small-market, multi-use event venue in the region. We host weddings, concerts, fundraisers, art shows, upscale vintage flea markets, and other community-driven events.
There is abundant free parking in our neighborhood on North 4th Street or you can park in Historic Downtown Wilmington, two minutes away, and take the free trolley, which stops on North 4th Street in front of the church.
BAC is available to outside promoters. We offer state-of-the-art house sound and lighting systems and the finest event support service in the Southeast. If you'd like to bring an event to the Brooklyn Arts Center, contact Executive Director Richard Leder at email@example.com.
Unless otherwise stated, BAC is a standing-room-only venue. For some concerts, there is limited, first-come/first-served seating on the balcony, with the purchase of a balcony ticket.
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