Doors 8pm. Show 9pm. $7 ADV $10 DOS.
Justin Lacy & His Orchestra
Justin Lacy & His Orchestra + Ellis Dyson & The Shambles
Not your typical singer-songwriter, Justin Lacy is a lyricist, arranger, performer, and, music video filmmaker. In 2018, Lacy premiered “Weeds” — a construction-paper music video he stop-motion animated entirely by hand, frame by frame, for 2,609 frames. His oddball vocal delivery of imagery steeped in sweeping orchestral arrangements has earned him a signature sound that often stumps listeners reaching for any direct comparisons.
In April 2017, Lacy released his second full-length album, “Control Burn.” With a bright ensemble of synthesizers, glockenspiels and celestas fashioned around Lacy’s chiming nylon-string guitar, quirky voice and imaginative yet vulnerable lyrics, the album is at-times dark, but ultimately optimistic. As album art creator Jonathan Guggenheim put it, it’s the sound of “bittersweet blossoms that somehow seem to sting … It feels like a break-up album that pieced itself back together with bubble gum and baby bird eggs.”
Lacy has completed 3 EPs, 2 albums and 2 film scores. In 2010, he began performing regionally with The Swimming Machine, a nine-piece folk outfit utilizing all manner of odd instrumentation (there was even a tap dancer on some nights), and in 2012, he released his debut full-length album, “Overgrown,” an almost seamless album that, according to Encore Magazine, “frolics and bows, flits and exaggerates, whispers and screams.” In 2016, Lacy and vocalist/songwriter Sarah Royal formed “Slow Dance, a folk-infused duo specializing in almost uncomfortably intimate performances of songs spawn from improvisation. Today, he often performs with an orchestral ensemble of clarinets, mandolins, strings and voices, sometimes cramming up to 12 musicians on stage. He resides in Wilmington, NC.
Ellis Dyson & The Shambles
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from early New Orleans jazz to Piedmont murder ballads. The result: foot-stompin’ and eccentric original songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical live shows and dazzling musicianship. The original compositions evoke a bygone era while contributing to the vast tradition of storytelling through songwriting. The group released their 3rd full-length album “Greetings from Shambylvania” in April 2019. The album, deliberately written as a full group, is a series of whimsical vignettes from the fictional town of Shambylvania.
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles have performed hundreds of shows throughout the east coast and midwest and have shared a bill with national acts such as Lake Street Dive, Rebirth Brass Band, Pokey Lafarge, and Mipso, to name a few. The band consists of Ellis Dyson (banjo, vocals), Eli Wittmann (acoustic guitar), Butler Knowles (upright bass), Danny Abrams (soprano/alto/baritone saxophones, clarinet, vocals), and Danny Grewen (trombone, vocals). They came together through a series of fortuitous meetings in Chapel Hill, N.C. Beginning back in 2013 as a saxophone and banjo duo, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles has grown into a freight train string band with a flashy horn section.