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Cat's Cradle

Haw River Ballroom


  • Oct
    18 Fri
    Cat's Cradle Presents

    Atmosphere - The Traveling Forever Tour, with NOFUN!, Reverie

    Saxapahaw, NC
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    ADVANCED: $35.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 21, 2024 10:00 AM to October 18, 2024 8:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    For over two decades, Atmosphere has maintained a course of rigorous output, releasing over two dozen studio albums, EP's and collaborative side projects in as many years. In that time, the venerated duo have built a legacy out of bringing honesty, humility and vulnerability to the forefront of their music, continually challenging themselves to evolve without straying too far from their roots. Slug has proven masterful at storytelling and writing compelling narratives, leaving a trail of his own influence while paying homage to the rappers and songwriters that helped shape him. Ant has skillfully molded the soundtracks with inspiration from soul, funk, rock, reggae, and the wizardry of hip-hop's pioneering DJ's and producers, creating his own trademark sounds while providing the pulse for songs about life, love, stress and setbacks. At its essence, Atmosphere has been a musical shepherd, and with each new album comes a new journey as they guide generations of listeners through this thing called life.

     


  • Nov
    17 Sun
    Cat's Cradle Presents

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor, with Alan Sparhawk (of Low)

    Saxapahaw, NC
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    ADVANCED: $35.00
    DAY OF: $38.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 7, 2024 10:00 AM to November 17, 2024 12:00 AM
    DAY OF Public Onsale: November 17, 2024 12:00 AM to November 17, 2024 8:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor released a string of albums from 1997-2002 widely recognized as redefining what protest music can be, where longform instrumental chamber rock compositions of immense feeling and power serve as soundtracks to late capitalist alienation and resistance. The band’s first four releases—especially F#A#∞ (1997) and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (2000)—are variously regarded as classics of the era and genre. Godspeed's legendary live performances, featuring multiple 16mm projectors beaming a collage of overlapping analog film loops and reels—along with the distinctive iconography, imagery and tactility of the band's album artwork and physical LP packages— further defines the sui generis aesthetic substance, ethos and mythos of this group. GY!BE has issued two official band photos in its 25-year existence (the second, below, a 2010 recreation of the first from 1997) and has done a half-dozen collectively-answered written interviews over that same span. The band has never had a website or social media accounts. It has never made a video. Few rock bands in our 21st century have been as steadfast in trying to let the work speak for itself and maintaining simple rules about minimising participation in cultures of personality, exposure, access, commodification or co-optation.

    Following a seven-year hiatus that began in 2003, Godspeed returned to the stage in December 2010 (curating the UK festival All Tomorrow’s Parties) and the band’s post-reunion period has now lasted over a decade, marked by hundreds of sold-out live shows and three additional albums, all of which have been met with high acclaim.

    G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! – the band’s fourth post-reunion album (and eighth overall) – is out 02 April 2021.

    “What's political music? All music is political, right? You either make music that pleases the king and his court, or you make music for the serfs outside the walls. It's what music (and culture) is for, right? To distract or confront, or both at the same time? A thing a lot of people got wrong about us – when we did it the first time, a whole lot of what we were about was joy. We tried to make heavy music, joyously. Times were heavy but the party line was everything was OK. There were a lot of bands that reacted to that by making moaning ‘heavy’ music that rang false. We hated that music, we hated that privileging of individual angst, we wanted to make music like Ornette's Friends and Neighbours, a joyous, difficult noise that acknowledged the current predicament but dismissed it at the same time. A music about all of us together or not at all. We hated that we got characterised as a bummer thing. But we knew that was other people's baggage. For us every tune started with the blues but pointed to heaven near the end, because how could you find heaven without acknowledging the current blues, right?” The Guardian, October 2012

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  • Dec
    13 Fri
    Cat's Cradle Presents

    Jake Xerxes Fussell

    Saxapahaw, NC
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    ADVANCED: $20.00
    DAY OF: $23.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 12, 2024 10:00 AM to December 13, 2024 12:00 AM
    DAY OF Public Onsale: December 13, 2024 12:00 AM to December 13, 2024 8:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    This is a seated show.

     


    Reared in Georgia and now settled in North Carolina, Jake Xerxes Fussell has established himself as a devoted listener and contemplative interpreter of a vast array of so-called folk songs, lovingly sourced from a personal store of favorites. On his latest album, When I’m Called—his first LP for Fat Possum, and his first as a parent—Fussell returns to a well of music that holds lifelong sentimental meaning, loosely contemplating the passage of time and the procession of life’s unexpected offerings.

     

    The album was produced by James Elkington and mixed by Tucker Martine. In addition to Elkington, it features the playing of Ben Whiteley (The Weather Station), Joe Westerlund (Bon Iver, Califone), and others. Blake Mills contributes guitars on several tracks. Joan Shelley and Robin Holcomb provide backing vocals.

     

    “…Fussell is the rare contemporary to approach folk in its pure form, shunning self-penned compositions about bummer relationships to concentrate on material handed down from bygone, hardened times.” – The New Yorker

     

    “(Fussell) is one of the great magpies of American song, collecting forgotten, tarnished gems with a folklorist’s zeal… his renditions aren’t so much cover versions as composites…” – The Guardian

     

    “…maybe the leading interpreter of American folk music right now.” – Ann Powers, NPR


     


Haw River Ballroom

1711 Saxapahaw-bethlehem Church Rd
Saxapahaw, NC
United States