I’ll confess it was one of the best AltDaily days; the ones on which you’re aware why we are lucky to live here and play here.
It was Labor Day; a day when working ceases for a great many of you. A warm, coppery day on which I rode my bike from Colonial Place to the cobbled streets of Freemason and climbed to the top of The Botetourt to talk local music.
A few weeks prior, we had decided to throw a real good music show. The best local bands at a great local venue. The Attucks Theater was into it, they came on board, and we were off! Who do we book? What date? What do we call it? If it goes well, we can do more in the future! We can really grow our scene!
So on that Labor Day, Hannah, Jesse, Aaditya, Cassie and myself got together and put in hours of checking out Myspace pages and mp3s and YouTube videos and “too much indie rock” pitted against “but you have to see it live!” We made lists, and listened. And vied. And listened again. We categorized by genre, by gender, by God, we created a cat’s cradle in cross reference. And we listened yet again.
Eventually, we came up with The Rise Up! Six local bands, all rockin’ the 757 pride, but in unique and diverse ways. We believe in music and in all our local artists. We want to take the talent and inspiration our friends and neighbors possess and give it the recognition it deserves. We have as much talent here as Brooklyn or Detroit. We simply have to organize our scene. Hopefully with shows like The Rise Up!, we’re not just going to showcase local talent, but we’re going to meet you in the lobby, or on Facebook, and hear what local shows you want to see, what bands you’re listening to.
Norfolk and Hampton Roads: we like a lot of what you’ve got going on, but you’ve got to stop playing hard to get. Let’s get to know one another. Let’s take this relationship to the next level.
How bout a real date December 4 at The Attucks?
Oh yeah, our showcase goes a little somethin’ like this:
Phillip Roebuck is a Hampton-born, New York-bred songster and bare bones one-man band. With punk rock intensity, Roebuck stomps out beats on a classic, depression-era drum apparatus, while strumming the banjo with a fierce ragged-but-right style. Some might call it Roots music for the InInnew millennium. Although he has played over a thousand shows in venues and on festival stages in the U.S. and Europe, Roebuck can just as easily be seen performing on a street corner in New Orleans or New York City, where he has spent nearly a decade honing his skills as a one-man band.
The Norfolk-based indie band 1888 combine elements of “Beatle-influenced melody, Wilco-like experiments and rootsy grit.” [The Daily Press]. They formed in the early 2000s and had a great run as one of the area’s best local bands, including a successful debut album, Honey, I’d Kill. After a three-year hiatus, they are back to gigging with the welcome addition of Rylo guitarist Gordon Bradley, making this five-piece a must see for fans of indie or alternative-country.
Seamonster, from Virginia Beach, is a solo artist who delights the ear with a psychedelic folk-pop. “From warm, fuzzy psychedelics to gleeful Appalachian party-stompers, [Sea Monster] runs the gamut of poppy greatness.” [OMGVinyl] He is gearing up to tour nationally in November in support of his new EP Two Birds.
Long Division is a five piece instrumental rock band from Chesapeake and Norfolk. Incorporating a wide variety of influences, they have been compared with bands like Minus the Bear and Explosions in the Sky. Currently touring regionally in support of their ambient indie rock, they are quickly becoming one of the region’s most intriguing bands.
Norfolk State University graduate K Scott has been performing since the age of three, when she received her first toy keyboard. She’s been compared to Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman, but anyone who has had the privilege of hearing her knows Scott’s sound is all her own. We are very excited to introduce this soulful singer/songwriter to a larger Hampton Roads audience.
Ced Hughes is at the forefront of Hampton Roads’ underground hiphop scene, both as the leader of the Rebel E Crew and as a talented rapper/emcee. His unique brand of music combines hiphop with indie, frenchpop, and jazz, among others, and always keeps the crowd happy and dancing.
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