It’s getting cold in town—but that doesn’t mean you have no options for heating up your nights. Since the year is almost over, I would suggest checking out some local music showcases around town. Luckily, you can get a really good feel for what’s going down in the music scene next week at Track29. They are hosting a wide array of local shows—including some of my favorite acts. Here’s a rundown:
• Electronic Showcase with
Digital Butter, Flux 208, DJ K7
• Blues Southern Rock Night with Blueshammer Band,
Collins Brothers Band, WTM Band
• Indie Night with Land
Station, The Hearts in Light
All shows are 21-plus and $10.
I’m really glad to see that this venue shining some light on local music. There is such a wide gamut of music evolving and developing in this city every day. The electronic side of things has been getting more buzz in the media lately. There is so much of this type of music coming out right now that it’s hard to filter and find some of the really good stuff. However, Chattanooga seems to be filled with really talented people in this genre.
To be completely honest, it takes some serious skill and talent to move a crowd. You have the ones that follow the normal formulas—then you have the ones who use their skills to create something completely new. That’s why I love Digital Butter, because it is not a DJ, it’s a band that experiments with electronic production, blending in a good amount of soul music to create something unique. Digital Butter is Becky Riberio, Adam Stadaucher and Hunter White. The band has been around for a couple years now, but as they grow and grow, so does their sound. Adam Stadaucher deserves the props for being one of the most technical and skilled producers around. He loves to take samples of soul music classics and turn them into something completely new and exciting. Pair this with Becky’s vocals and Hunter’s amazing drum talent and you have created amazing.
Speaking of DJs, Flux and K7 do go beyond the normal skill set to move a crowd. Isaac and Phillip use their sharp insight on the turntables to present music that grabs your attention. The duo have hosted World Town and Sol Sessions at The Social and love to gather in the crowds to tune them in on some good music. This pair plays everything from world music to hip-hop to reggae to dancehall to dubstep. These guys really have their ears to the ground.
Blues & Southern Rock Night should prove to be a fun one for fans of good ol’ country rock—but, please, no requests for “Freebird.”
My favorite will be Indie Night watching local favorites Land Camera, Raenbow Station and The Hearts In Light. If you haven’t been paying attention, Land Camera has been around. Their music is really hard to describe, but it’s an eclectic experimental mix of funk, acoustic, and folk-rock that just sounds really, really good. Land Camera is Bob Stagner, Callie Harmon, Charles Allison and John R Lazenby III.
The Hearts in Light is another one of my favorite locals that is finally getting some of the attention they deserve this year. This is a two-piece band that consists of Kyle Malone and Stacey Sausa. They make beautiful-sounding pop music that tethers both the experimental and visual aspects. Having attended some of their more intimate shows, I can tell you that the band always thinks of how their music matches up with their visuals. Thus, to me, it will be really interesting to see how this translates onto a bigger stage at Track29. Stacey has really impressed me with her vocal skills, and Kyle has impressed me in the way he takes his psychedelic sounds to levels I couldn’t imagine. I can’t wait to see where they take the sound next year.