Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


Aug
20 Fri
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Yasmin Williams

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $14.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: August 20, 2021 12:00 AM to August 20, 2021 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 14, 2021 10:00 AM to August 20, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Yasmin Williams sits on her leather couch, her guitar stretched across her lap horizontally with its strings turned to the sky. She taps on the fretboard with her left hand as her right hand plucks a kalimba placed on the guitar’s body. Her feet, clad in tap shoes, keep rhythm on a mic’d wooden board placed under her. Even with all limbs in play, it’s mind boggling that the melodic and percussive sounds that emerge are made by just one musician, playing in real time. With her ambidextrous and pedidextrous, multi-instrumental techniques of her own making and influences ranging from video games to West African griots subverting the predominantly white male canon of fingerstyle guitar, Yasmin Williams is truly a guitarist for the new century. So too is her stunning sophomore release, Urban Driftwood, an album for and of these times. Though the record is instrumental, its songs follow a narrative arc of 2020, illustrating both a personal journey and a national reckoning, through Williams’ evocative, lyrical compositions.
 
A native of northern Virginia, Williams, now 24, began playing electric guitar in 8th grade, after she beat the video game Guitar Hero 2 on expert level. Initially inspired by Jimi Hendrix and other shredders she was familiar with through the game, she quickly moved on to acoustic guitar, finding that it allowed her to combine fingerstyle techniques with the lap-tapping she had developed through Guitar Hero, as well as perform as a solo artist. By 10th grade, she had released an EP of songs of her own composition. Deriving no lineage from “American primitive” and rejecting the problematic connotations of the term, Williams’ influences include the smooth jazz and R&B she listened to growing up, Hendrix and Nirvana, go-go and hip-hop. Her love for the band Earth, Wind and Fire prompted her to incorporate the kalimba into her songwriting, and more recently, she’s drawn inspiration from other Black women guitarists such as Elizabeth Cotten, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Algia Mae Hinton. On Urban Driftwood, Williams references the music of West African griots through the inclusion of kora (which she recently learned) and by featuring the hand drumming of 150th generation djeli of the Kouyate family, Amadou Kouyate, on the title track.
 
Since its release in January 2021, Urban Driftwood has been praised by numerous publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Wasington Post, NPR Music, No Depression, Paste Magazine, and many others. Williams will be touring in support of Urban Driftwood throughout 2021.

Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter
Sep
17 Fri
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An Evening with Jill Andrews

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $14.00
DAY OF: $17.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 17, 2021 11:00 AM to September 17, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 17, 2021 12:00 AM to September 17, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The stories of a woman often go untold. Her struggles are kept as secrets. Her victories, discreet. Her pain, polite and unobtrusive. History records the ones who break her heart and the ones who mend it, yet it forgets the life and truth born in between. On Thirties, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jill Andrews gives these unsung moments the voice they have always deserved.

From her days fronting lauded Americana group, the everbodyfields, to her successful solo career as a writer and performer, Andrews' music has taken her far from her East Tennessee home. She has collaborated and shared the stage with countless celebrated artists including the Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and the Secret Sisters, and her music has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, Nashville, Wynonna Earp and American Idol. Featuring emotional melodies, intimate storytelling and vocals that soar even at a whisper, Thirties is a deviation, it resists contemplating the big, loud questions of the world, and rather, invites listeners to look inward, keeping us closer to home than ever before.

Tenderly, hauntingly and without fear, Thirties chronicles Andrews' journey through a decade rife with both beauty and brutality. She explores the isolation and joy of motherhood, the loss not of a lover, but a partner, the experience of growing older in a world that expects you to stay young forever. With co-producer Lucas Morton and help from friends including Grammy winning songwriting duo Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, Natlie Hemby and Andrews' Hush Kids bandmate Peter Groenwald, Thirties is at once profoundly intimate and artfully infectious, evocative of greats Lucinda Williams, Chrissie Hynde and Brandi Carlile.

Andrews lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her children Nico, Falcon, and husband, Jerred. Along with a full-color, hard-cover companion book, Thirties is slated for release on March 27.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Sep
24 Fri
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Jordy Searcy

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 14, 2021 10:00 AM to September 24, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 24, 2021 12:00 AM to September 24, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
“Love? Songs” came out February 2020 and the world came to a halt the next month. My last show before the pandemic sold out one of my dream venues in Nashville- a hard won goal since I spent the previous 4 years touring nonstop with friends & barely making rent, while trying to figure out how to pay for recordings. So last year I took a break, built out a van and surfed up and down the west coast, and got back to my first love of writing songs. I’m writing like crazy, and a new record is on the horizon. :) til then, I’m posting an original song every day on tiktok/Insta if you wanna listen in. Stay healthy & safe!!


An intimate pre-show acoustic performance & hang is available as an add on here. Note - this add on experience does not include admission to the show.
The Pre-Show Acoustic Hang ticket includes: 
-Acoustic performance, Q&A, and photo opportunity with Jordy
-Signed exclusive VIP merch
-Early venue admission
-Event will happen 45 minutes before doors

Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music
Oct
19 Tue
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George Clanton, with Magdalena Bay

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $16.00
DAY OF: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 7, 2021 10:00 AM to October 19, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 19, 2021 12:00 AM to October 19, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
George Clanton first became a known in 2011 as an early leader in the sample-based subgenre “Vaporwave” using the anonymous moniker “ESPRIT 空想”. His 2014 release Virtua.zip is considered by many to be the first vaporwave album composed wholly of original compositions. In 2015, Clanton temporarily dropped the monikers and released an album of vocal-driven pop songs. This record, 100% Electronica was named one of top 10 albums of 2015 by Gorilla Vs Bear. In 2016, Clanton was invited to open for Sophie and Charli XCX at Gorilla Vs Bear’s 2016 SXSW showcase, which Yahoo Music called “the best thing we saw at SXSW all week.”

Following that performance George Clanton formed a record label with his girlfriend Negative Gemini, also called “100% Electronica.” They have been touring and releasing new music from other notable internet niche artists ever since. One of the most notable releases was Clanton’s own remix album 200% Electronica, which sold all 1000 copies within a month of its release in November 2017.

On August 18th 2018, George premiered his latest album Slide in front of a sold out audience at Brooklyn New York’s “Elsewhere”. Shortly after selling out all copies on pre-order reservations alone, Slide went on to receive positive reviews from Pitchfork and The Needle Drop where Anthony Fantano deemed it “orgasmic.”

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Oct
22 Fri
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Phangs

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 22, 2021 12:00 AM to October 22, 2021 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 30, 2021 1:00 PM to October 22, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Soundcloud
Dec
10 Fri
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Michigan Rattlers

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $14.00
DAY OF: $17.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 14, 2021 10:00 AM to December 10, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 10, 2021 12:00 AM to December 10, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (guitar), Adam Reed (upright bass), Christian Wilder (piano), and Tony Audia (drums) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. 

They regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more. 

After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super-producer Johnny K (Plain White T's, 3 Doors Down), and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.

This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, B3 Science, and Rolling Stone, who named the band one of their “Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know” in 2016. 

In 2018, following a massive summer tour that included stops at Bonnaroo, Firefly and Electric Forest; the band released their highly anticipated debut full length album, 'Evergreen,' on September 28th. "This is a band with solid songwriting chops and instrumental skills," says No Depression. "'Evergreen' shows this three-piece from Petoskey, Michigan making a stand, making their way."

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Apple Music | Soundcloud | Spotify
Dec
11 Sat
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An Evening with Steve Gunn & Jeff Parker

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
DAY OF: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 7, 2021 10:00 AM to December 11, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 11, 2021 12:00 AM to December 11, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
For over a decade, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gunn has been one the American music’s most pivotal figures - conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced).  Gunn is known for telling other people’s stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, The Unseen In Between, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the way—the work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded Unseen forces a reassessment of Gunn’s standing in the pantheon of the era’s great songwriters.

Getting to The Unseen In Between itself was not easy for Gunn. In the summer of 2016, Gunn released Eyes On The Lines, his winning and elliptical debut for Matador. It should have been a triumphant moment, but exactly two weeks later, Gunn’s father and namesake died following a two-year struggle with cancer. During his sickness, he and his son had connected as never before, listening to one another’s experiences and understanding one another’s perspectives; they became not father and son but real friends.

Steve Gunn Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jeff Parker (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut USA, April 4, 1967) is a guitarist and composer.

Jeff Parker is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers. With a prolific output characterized by musical ideas of angularity and logic, he works in a wide variety of mediums - from pop, rock and jazz to new music - using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental forms. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract.


His sonic palette may employ techniques from sample-based technologies, analog and digital synthesis, and conventional and extended techniques from over 40 years of playing the guitar.

Jeff Parker Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



Cat's Cradle

300 E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC
United States