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TGIF at The Kraken with our old friends, Jefferson Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State. They open the evening ready to please as always with their with their great musicianship and songwriting, bridging rock, americana and power-pop. Closing the evening we are pleased to showcase Asheville's Zuzu Welsh band and their tight mix of blues, rock and americana. Zuzu "Bob" Walsh returns to his old stomping grounds! The Zuzu Welsh Band The Zuzu Welsh Band brings tight rock, blues and americana to the stage with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted originals and a collection of cover tunes you are sure to enjoy. They've been playing relentlessly supporting last November's release, "The Road Less Traveled". Based in Weaverville/Asheville, NC, the musicians in the band have a combined sixty-plus years performing for audiences of all sizes. Zuzu Welsh has been playing guitar since the 1970s, performing in a variety of bands doing everything from traditional mountain music to hard-edged rock and roll, with artists as diverse as Dulcimer Dan, Harlequin Jones, Avatar, The Edible Wild, Coyote, Reality In Exile, Jigawatt, SouledOut, Southern Express, Saturday In The Park, The Zoodles, Pipapelli and now with his own band. The bands Harlequin Jones and Avatar were fun bands playing the Chapel Hill scene in the late '80s and early '90s when Zuzu was known as Bob. He also has guested with the likes of Chuck Berry, BB King, BJ Leiderman and Jeff Thompson. Most of the original material the band does was written by Zuzu, and comes from the most recent release, The Road Less Traveled, as well as from earlier projects. Johnny Haisman plays bass and comes from a background in hardcore metal music and confesses to an unusual fascination with aliens. Abbot Grivitch plays guitar bringing a country flavor to our music. He also plays keyboards, world-class cowbell, and lends his vocals to several songs, both on lead and harmony. Dana Koone is a former Marine who knows how to handle the traditional drum kit as well as cajon and djembe. Bobby Hicks delivers powerful vocals and contributes on acoustic guitar and hand percussion. When possible, Jen Wo rounds out the group with her passionate vocals. http://www.zuzuwelshmusic.com/home2.html http://www.reverbnation.com/zuzuwelsh http://www.facebook.com/TheZoodles Jefferson Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State "Jeff Hart has been on the Triangle scene since the late '80s, consistently plying tuneful, often folk-inflected rock with a bit of bluster. His early band, the Hanks, backed Arrogance's Robert Kirkland. Later, Hart played with Chris Stamey in the '90s, and those two connections are reflective of his own musical tastes. His lithe, laid-back baritone recalls Rhett Miller, while sharing a similar appreciation of Big Star's power-pop and bar-band swagger." -Chris Parker, Independent Weekly In 2013, after 23 years as Jeff Hart and the Ruins, the band renamed themselves Jefferson Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State (after the album of the same name). Jeff has also been playing solo under the name Jefferson Hart since early in 2013. Jeff plays guitar with Symen Blumenfeld on bass, Brian Yamamoto on guitar and John Flowers on drums. In 2014, Jeff Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State released, Corolla Ponies In The Snow, which was the culmination of a 12 week song writing project in which Jeff wrote a song a week for 12 weeks and posted them to SoundCloud. The title track was inspired by a YouTube video of ponies running on the North Carolina Outer Banks during a snow storm. “His prize possession is a guitar signed by over a dozen of his heroes including Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, Robert Earl Keen, and Matthew Sweet - with a combination of that foursome providing a decent description of Hart's sound ... and from a Byrds-eye view, the pre-Clarence White Byrds.” - Rick Cornell - No Depression “I challenge anyone to find a better in-the-wee-hours song than the exceptional 'From Now On' with such lines as "Colder than the backside of your pillowcase". Lesser artists have made careers of such songs. ” - Record Exchange Monitor Check out a video from one of their prior performances at The Kraken: http://vimeo.com/111212408 http://www.reverbnation.com/jeffhart http://www.facebook.com/GhostsoftheOldNorthState 9pm $Free, please tip bands and bartenders generously!
Jefferson Hart & The Ghosts of the Old North State play two sets starting a little after 7:30pm.
Doors 7pm - Show 8pm. Performers for this evening include: Dexter Romweber Taz Halloween Melissa Swingle Kenny Roby Steve Howell and Caroline Mamoulides Richard Boyd Michael Rank Sarah Shook Greg Hawks Daniel Snyder Jeff Hart Jay Brown
All Bob Dylan songs in honor of his 74th Birthday with performances by: Rod Abernethy Peter Holsapple Rob Ladd Robert Sledge Terry Anderson Mike Connell, Doug McMillan and Mike Ayers of the Connells Steve Howell, Chip Robinson and Greg Rice of the Backsliders Robert Kirkland John Custer Jeff Hart Jon Heames Bo Taylor
Sounds Like: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Big Star, Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, The Byrds
Bio: The new CD "Corolla Ponies In The Snow" is now available for download at iTunes, Amazon & CD Baby. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeffersonhart CDs available at upcoming shows & from selected Durham. Chapel Hill and Raleigh NC record stores. CD release party is June 27 at Cat's Cradle Back Room at 8pm....See Full Bio
““Built on a base of country twang but finished with touches of British Invasion rock, ’60s garage pop, ’70s Laurel Canyon and, of course, native North Carolina bluegrass and jangle pop, Ghosts of the Old North State reveals Hart as an equally fine collector and creator. There are too many highlights to list, like the plaintive Black Crowes-ish “I Won’t Stop At Anything,” embellished with tasteful strings and a reference to The Graduate, and the rich harmonies and jangly melody of “She Won’t Ever Be Happy.” The pretty two-minute psych-pop winner “Goodbye Anne Shore Goodbye” strikes a contrast with the aching waltz “Wayfaring Stranger.” Horns even aid “Put Out a Fire,” which could pass for a ’60s pop anthem.””