NIGHTLIGHT is turning 15 years old this month and we'll be celebrating with 5 special shows over 2 weekends showcasing SOME of our best buddies and SOME of the different types of shows that we do at the club. for us it's the beginning of our 6th year at the wheel and we're proud to be part of a chain of people keeping this excellent room for music (which has been serving the community for almost 50 years) going. long live the NIGHTLIGHT!
DWIGHT HAWKINS and the PIEDMONT HIGHBALLERS - obviously i've been asleep at the wheel a bit as i just discovered this excellent local performer of piedmont blues, hokum and jug band music, and other traditional folk music recently (thanks to Dwight's solo set at the Crowmeat Bob residency over at the Cave). Dwight will be performing with his band the Piedmont Highballers for this show. raw and straight-up traditional string music is important to us at Nightlight and i hope to be seeing more of this Raleigh musician in the future. check the links for a taste!
ALI DINEEN - Ali Dineen is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist based in New York City. she's on tour with my old friend Feral Foster and they'll be playing some of their own material in solo sets and then teaming up to play some gospel and early country favorites together. excited to host her at the club for the first time!
FERAL FOSTER - so i moved here 20 years ago basically because of indie rock. i stayed to put in work building a scene for dance music (disco, house, and techno) which had become my real passion. but about 15 years ago i happened to put on my mom's old copy of Doc Watson's first record and when i heard his foot dropping behind his version of Dock Boggs' modal "Country Blues" i had a moment where i was like, damn, this is pretty fucking techno too and i was launched into a rediscovery of the traditional music i'd heard growing up but never paid much attention to. i was learning everything i could about older music but i soon started using myspace to discover younger people playing the same material. locally, i discovered the Chocolate Drops and Joe Thompson. i found a pocket of kids in NOLA, the excellent Black Twig Pickers in VA, and a pocket of kids in NYC who came to be associated with the excellent Jalopy Theater and School of Music. the first traditional show i booked at NL, ten years ago last month, featured Dom Flemons of the Chocolate Drops. for the second show i booked at NL, Feral Foster and Hubby Jenkins (currently in the Chocolate Drops), both teenagers at the time, rode the bus overnight to play an overbooked show alongside the Black Twigs. ten years later, most of these people are going stronger than ever and remain my best buddies in the scene. so i'm very excited to have this NY native who's put so much into promoting traditional music up there back down to help celebrate our big anniversary. if you're in NY, check out Feral's "Roots N Ruckus" night, wednesdays at the Jalopy!
$8 / doors @ 7:30 / music @ 8:00 / seated show / all ages
note: All Day Records in Carrboro will be selling passes for the low price of $30 to encourage people who might like to sample each of the 5 nights (or people who'd just like to show their support for the space). we'll post in these events when those tickets are available.