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About the Event
Doors 6:30 PM
Music starts at 7pm with Sally Rose.
Melissa Carper Trio plays at 8pm.
"Not unlike Loretta Lynn, Melissa Carper is giving us scenes and stories and vignettes that kind of play out between home and the honky-tonk – NPR"
Melissa Carper's deep, old-timey music roots were firmly planted as a child, playing upright bass and singing in her family's traveling country band in rural Nebraska. After two years of college, wanderlust set in, and Carper hit the road in the family's 1980 Dodge Maxi Van, and landed in historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas. There, she was welcomed into the busking community, and found a new home base — a place to write, reflect, and rejuvenate in years to come. As she belted out the lyrics to "Ramblin' Man" life began to imitate art. Carper put a few hundred thousand miles on her vans and pick-up trucks, playing the streets and clubs of New Orleans, Austin, and even a stint in NYC as a founding member of The Maybelles. Magnetically pulled into the cultural heritage wherever she went, she immersed herself in the music of those who sang on those same street corners, and off the beaten path in times gone by. Along the way, she founded award-winning bands like power trio The Carper Family, the perfect outlet for her unique skills and style. The band brought her original work to life in a simple yet dynamic fashion that also served her inspirations — country, bluegrass, western swing, and old-style jazz, playing festivals and shows across the globe, and on shows like "A Prairie Home Companion." Carper also holds a spot in award-winning Arkansas foursome Sad Daddy, and founded roots duo Buffalo Gals with Sad Daddy bandmate and partner, award-winning fiddler Rebecca Patek. For more information on Melissa Carper, please visit https://www.teamwass.com/music/artists/melissa-carper.
With her first solo album in a decade, Sally Rose is getting back to their Americana roots. But don’t worry, they’re still a rock n’ roll riot grrrl at heart — and she’s bringing some much needed queer femme representation to the world of country music” - RVA MAG. Sally Rose (they/she) is a country-queer songwriter, performer and activist native to Nelson County, Virginia. They grew up in a small, rural town listening to a broad spectrum of musical stylings, cutting her teeth young with a debut album at just 16 years old. With an affinity for Stax era soul records, Dylan-esque lyrical imagery, and the big feelings of alt rock n rollers Wilco, Pixies, and Beck - Sally Rose’s songwriting has borrowed from a multiverse of genres. Between The SRB, Shagwüf and two solo records, Sally Rose has released 9 full-length indie albums and shared the stage with top tier acts Taj Mahal, All Them Witches, Jon Spencer, The Coathangers, Charles Bradley, HR of Bad Brains, Old 97s, Grace Potter, and Jeff Tweedy. SR has spent the last 10 years sharpening their teeth touring with their psych rock band, gaining attention from global publications like Spin Mag, “Shagwüf [is] arguably the best band ever to come out of Charlottesville”. The stillness of pandemic however, led SR to rediscovering their love of just vocals and a guitar. Off stage, Sally Rose is a second degree black belt, founder of nonprofit Fight Like A GRRRL Club, and teaches self defense to folx in need. Whurk Magazine says "Bassist, front woman, martial artist, and all-around badass, Sally Rose is a force to be reckoned with. Besides their eponymously named group, The Sally Rose Band, they are also one-third of the gutter-glam rock outfit Shagwüf...With a flair for the dramatic and a killer roundhouse kick, Sally Rose is taking the Virginia music scene by storm.