by: Sarah Schmader
For those of you “in the know” Mercury Studio’s Listening Room is something you’ve kept your ear to the Durham dirt about for months now. But in this upcoming new year, the Listening Room will be revamping and coming back better than ever. [Ed. note: Much like Mercury Studio itself.]
I am thrilled to announce that I am hopping aboard as part of the marketing, promotions, and booking team for the Listening Room.
After celebrating and concluding a fabulous first year run on Mangum Street with DeFacto Thezpian, Toon, and The Real Laww, then Jessie James DeConto of The Pinkerton Raid, the premise will remain the same: on the last Friday of every month, a local musician(s) will play Mercury Studio’s Listening Room. Tickets sales will stop at a cap of 50 people. The best part, musicians will take audience Q&A afterward.
There are a couple of elements that will make the 2014 Listening Room experience even better than the in the past. First, Mercury Studio is relocating to the space behind MotorCo. The space where the Listening Room will take place is a much more natural music venue setting. Second, we’re going to try to feature a local brewery with each local musician. No promises yet.
We’ve already got most of the Listening Room artists booked for 2014, with the year kicking off on Jan. 31 with David Wimbish. Usually he plays as David Wimbish and the Collection. For the first Listening Room of the new year, Wimbish will play solo, and of course, ala “Inside the Actors Studio” do a Q&A session after his set.
Wimbish and the Collection have warm folksy feel with haunting, thoughtful lyrics and rich instrumentals that make you want to drive through a field in a pick-up truck at sunset. He hails from Greensboro and The Collection itself is made up on over fifteen musicians, playing instruments ranging from the glockenspiel to the trombone to the accordion. Seeing David solo, to me, would be comparable to seeing Connor Oberst without Bright Eyes. The lyrics and his voice are able to stand alone and shake you to your bones with an honesty anyone can relate to.
On their website, their bio describes the band as follows: “They bond with instruments and puns and play music that sounds a little like a train-hopping vagabond tripped over a drum-set and fell into the orchestra pit.”
Check out the event page for David Wimbish in The Listening Room here. To purchase tickets for the show, go here. If you’re interested in playing the Mercury Studio’s Listening Room, please visit us here. [Ed. note: ‘Cause maybe they don’t quite have all of 2014 booked yet. Wink, wink.]
On behalf of Mercury Studio and myself, we’re very excited to get The Listening Room 2014 rolling. We are looking forward to coming together as friends and fans in the new space!
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