FALL 2009 LIGHTHOUSE LINEUP

Its here!  We’ve got a few more bands to add so please contact me if you’ve got suggestions! (jschnabel@elon.edu)

All shows are at Lighthouse Tavern

131 West College Avenue

Elon, NC, 27244

doors open at 9, show at 10.

$3 over 21, $5 under 21

(336) 584-7481

Friday, September 25

Red Collar with Shine River and The Tipsy Bacchanals

Red Collar

Red Collar

 

 
 
 
 
 
  
 

 

 

 

“There’s a feeling in the room when Red Collar is playing that is hard to describe. It is as though the club or room has been lifted from its foundations and pulled straight up–that we’ve been taken out of time, and transported to a time before ironic posturing became the norm. A time before we used terms like post-anything. I’m not talking about false nostalgia for a better time. Just a different time. When this band plays it is ALRIGHT to yell along and to clap your hands.” -Evan Rowe, Maple Stave, Des_Ark

 
Shine River is the ultimate, hardworking, all-American band. The mission is simple: write, record, and perform the best rock n’ roll music possible, while maintaining professional composure always. The music of Shine River is a golden portal to a wild shindig chock-full of adventures on the river bank. The captivating energy produced while listening to Shine River evokes imagery laden in southern roots and classic rock. Many musicians and bands seek their whole life to find that perfect recipe of sound, but few are blessed to have actually found it.
-myspace.com/shineriver
 
 
 
 
Friday, October 2nd
 
 
 
Shakermaker

Shakermaker

 
 
 
Puritan Rodeo

Puritan Rodeo

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 “SHAKERMAKER’s weightless pop floats on a strange breeze. It’s all wooden and rustic until the ’60s psych guitars whip through your hair, and those sunburned melodies take hold. Like a modest Shins, ‘verb bagged up and quirk transformed, Mitch Eubanks and Jesse Moorefield understand the understated but aren’t scared to add proper garnish or let a guitar shout when it should…” The Independent Weekly / Feb. 8, 2006
“Borrowing heavily from country’s string band tradition, Puritan Rodeo walks with a honky tonk swagger, a bluegrass rollick and a songwriter’s sincerity. There’s enough rock ‘n’ roll on the album’s seven tracks to convince the country-music-naysayers, but at the same time, Puritan Rodeo plays to the grand traditions of authenticity, simplicity and honesty. The songs are world-weary, but balance the rough-and-tumble life with an unwavering sense of hope and redemption. With a lo-fi feel to its production, We All Share The Same Secret gives listeners an almost participatory experience. The recording seems to capture the band as it would sound live, prompting the listener to feel more actively engaged in what feels like a truly organic sonic experience.” The Daily Tar Heel
 
 
 
 
Friday, November 6th
 
 
The Sammies

The Sammies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“The Sammies are what my college band should have been. Even better, they’re what the Kings of Leon should have been when everyone was calling them the “Southern-fried Strokes.” Plain and simple, The Sammies are a good band, and are shaping up to be an even better one when you take into account all the new material they played at PA’s Lounge.  Hailing from North Carolina, The Sammies released their self-titled debut (produced by heavyweight John Agnello) last year and are currently working on building a following outside of their southern comfort zone. Their songs, uptempo post-punk rockers, have gained national exposure in movies (Employee of the Month, Happily Never After) and television (“Friday Night Lights,” “Las Vegas,” “Wildfire”)….” (read more at www.the-sammies.com)

“Enter FLOREZ. a seamless merge of three distinct voices and personalities over a backdrop of driving guitar. The combination produces a fresh, saucy vibe, laced with enough charm to excuse a comparison of women to rabid puppies. Erik lays groundwork with a smooth bass heartbeat and solid background vocals, while Alex stirs the audience with spirited guitar licks and singing in English and Spanish. And with Justin laying down powerful grooves, FLOREZ combines solid musicianship with vocal charisma, giving voice to the kind of groovy, pop-rock you’d expect from these handsome boys next door.  Echoing the bluesy, guitar-driven pop of The John Mayer Trio, the quirky humor and driving energy of Weezer, and the raw simplicity of Gavin DeGraw (whom they opened for in 2005), FLOREZ has found their niche in the form of tangy, groove-driven rock. Lyrically, FLOREZ runs like an inner monologue: reflective and unapologetically candid. Their songwriting transforms snapshots of life into catchy melodies which leaves audiences humming along before they ever set foot outside a venue.” (read more at www.myspace.com/florez)

 

 

 Friday, November 13th

 

 
The Major Sevens

The Major Sevens

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Aminal

Aminal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Somewhere out in Appalachia, guitarist Brooks Forsyth and violinist Drayton Aldridge began playing together with the mind set of developing a sound combining bluegrass and folk with 60’s influences. The two began playing at barbeque joints around their hometown of Boone, North Carolina. They developed a small reputation for their covers of classic rock songs in the bluegrass genre. As the band made their way up in the community, they picked up a third member, Robert Hunt, contributing mandolin and backup guitar. Eventually the group became known as The Major Sevens based off of the mellow yet mysterious musical chord and the reflective metaphor to the music and the lives of the members. They have since been featured in festivals such as “Music on the Mountain” and events like the “Valle Country Fair.” They also frequently play social gatherings, large parties, and restaurants in various parts of North Carolina. They often have various musicians sit in to add to their sound such as an occasional back up piano, banjo, rhythm guitar, and percussion. The Major Sevens cite Doc Watson, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Band, King Crimson, Simon and Garfunkel, and Leonard Cohen as major influences. The Sevens Released there first full album, “Goodbye Baby” on the 16 of September. The album is available for sale online through itunes, CD Baby, and digstation along with cd shops around Boone and live shows. Dr. Dog is literally where it is at.” –myspace.com/themajorsevens
 
 
Friday, December 4th
 
 
American Aquarium

American Aquarium

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Live, American Aquarium is a big, roots-rock blunt object, a monolithic, acoustic guitar-based band, vicariously drinking behind the wheel and careening down a North Carolina country road via B.J. Barham’s major chord laments. It has its moments, but the band can be as guilty of overplaying as Barham can be of oversinging. On stage, American Aquarium tries to make everything an arena ballad with a Reidsville accent and a punk zest, and Barham sometimes sounds like he’s singing in the shower to old Whiskeytown EPs.

But attribute that to an ambition that makes the band feel as though it needs to save every soul in a room with its music. Oddly, it’s that same ambition—a grindstone determination to turn Barham’s songs into the things that kids depend upon to get over heartbreak and jump back into love—which causes the band’s long-in-coming debut LP, Antique Hearts, to work so well. Viola, mandolin, organ, guitars, drums, bass and harmonica finally give Barham’s songs leeway and room to breathe, moving from broad-shoulders rock to white-neck soul over 13 tracks.” – Independent Weekly

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