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Crystal Bright and the Silver hands with the Trojan Whores

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

Out in the woods she lived, all alone. At least that’s what it felt like, never belonging to any one group and having a penchant for the oppressed. Crystal did not come from a musical family, and unlike so many children who are forced into music lessons, at age seven she practically ran away to her piano teacher’s house down the street – books in her basket – pedaling as fast as she could down the gravel road – dust flying behind. When she was still young, a little demon told her that she shouldn’t sing, that it sounded better when she just played the piano, but she was determined to ignore the demon and sing her heart out anyway. But sometimes the influence of the demon rendered her silent and still, and her hands seemed to be void of life. As she grew up she traveled the world, dancing with the Romani people of Spain, residing in an “anarchist” collective, working in Yellowstone, and above all else learning about other cultures and their music. It was in Greensboro, NC in 2010 that she met what would become her first Silver Hand. Diego Diaz had witnessed her previous band that took him to another time and place, and he wished to contribute his haunting and ethereal guitar sounds. It was around this time that Crystal’s hands began to grow back. She began writing her own music again, and in less than a year collaborated with the North Carolina Symphony on an arrangement of her song "Toy Hammer" for their 2010 New Year's Eve program at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. She is constantly performing, has had two Northeast tours and has played alongside Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Larkin Grimm, Pearl and the Beard and many more. “Muses and Bones,” her second album, will cast you into an otherwordly, ethereal, hauntingly familiar yet strange landscape, ranging from deranged Cirque du Soleil to burlesque European Carnival. Within Crystal’s unconventional song structures, you’ll hear her inspiration from P.J. Harvey and Björk, and a deep love for Yann Tiersen and the Gotan Project. Her lyrics and melodies portray the world as a dark and strange (and often funny) place deeply connected to fables and imagination. Stories such as "Little Match Girl" and "The Misplaced Zygote" convey folklore lessons that address phases in women's lives where they need to be conscious of staying true to their intuition. Songwriting begins in many different ways, including inspiration from refrigerator magnet poetry or going to the movies alone at midnight, but is mostly a channeling process that happens late at night when the veil between reality and dreams is the thinnest. Expect the unexpected. Crystal’s songs reflect her educational background in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology and her experiences playing and singing various styles – Mariachi, Chinese, Balinese Gamelan, Ugandan, Samba and more. She is a mad multi-tasker who jumps around on accordion, musical saw (self-taught through YouTube videos), piano, adungu (a Ugandan harp), concertina and bombo (Argentine drum) – sometimes more than one at a time! She possesses astounding vocal range and power that descends on a dime to delicate subtlety. One moment she sings, she soars - and the next… a falsetto whisper that slyly peeks behind the curtain.

No Cover Age limit: 21+

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Heritage

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

The Heritage is a funk/roots band forged by three musicians living in Winston-Salem, NC in the summer of 2011. Though initially formed by; Andrew Lazare, Cass Copsey, and Marshall Bjorling, the band has had multiple incarnations, but one unifying mentality: a passion for live music and a desire to replicate what great artists have done for them, for the listener.

In their brief history, The Heritage has certainly made their fair share of noise in the South. They have played their unique spin on funk and rock from Winston-Salem to Raleigh, Boone, Savannah, Atlanta, Columbia, and many great venues and festivals in between with bands like Toubab Krewe, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Yonder Mountain String Band, some of their good friends like Big Daddy Love, BIG Something, The Broadcast, and many many more. The Heritage sound is a unique blend of the soul of classic funk, roots, and rock n' roll with a modern groove based, high energy execution, while the live experience is an intimate and exciting exchange of energy between both them and the audience.

The Heritage released their first full-length record, recorded at the esteemed Fideletorium Recording Studio, on November 1st and are now focusing new material and moving forward to bigger and better shows all across the buzzing southeast music scene.

$7 Age limit: 21+

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Jen Starsinic with Marium Bria

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

Jen Starsinic is an old-time fiddler, singer and award-winning songwriter. AKA "Little Jenny", fiddler in The David Mayfield Parade. Her voice has been described as "beautifully human" and fiddle playing as "driving, charismatic, and elegantly focused".

$6 Age limit: 21+

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The Spurgie Hankins band

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

Spurgie Hankins is a Veteran Staple of the Charleston Music scene. One of the best singer songwriters you will ever hear. We are Proud to host Spurgie Every Tuesday and hope you will come down and experience his wonderful Music.

NO COVER Age limit: 21+

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Karnevil Sideshow

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

Some claim vaudeville is dead, that the talkie and picture box killed the whole darned thing, and for nigh a century the throngs of humanity have been transposed from wild adventure seekers in search of entertainment, to a pair of eyes sitting complacently in the dark. "Come out! Come out!" the Karnevil cries! Leave the safety of your couch! The awe of magic, the wonder of the sideshow, the splendor of the circus beckon to you once again. It calls to you, begs to entertain you in ways that dull screen in your den never can. We offer you the best of that, indulge your imagination and allow it to run wild as feats guaranteed to astound you are performed LIVE before your very eyes. Vaudeville lives. You will be amazed...

Welcome to Karnevil.

Age limit: 21+

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TIME AND DISTANCE / MOTION THEATRE / DEAD FOR DECADES

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

TIME AND DISTANCE (freshly back from two months on tour all over the USA) Motion Theatre (beckley rock n roll, these guys haven't been to charleston in a while) DEAD FOR DECADES (new charleston rock)

10PM / $7 / 21+

$7 Age limit: 21+

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The Spurgie Hankins band

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

Spurgie Hankins is a Veteran Staple of the Charleston Music scene. One of the best singer songwriters you will ever hear. We are Proud to host Spurgie Every Tuesday and hope you will come down and experience his wonderful Music.

NO COVER Age limit: 21+

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The Spurgie Hankins band

The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV

 

Spurgie Hankins is a Veteran Staple of the Charleston Music scene. One of the best singer songwriters you will ever hear. We are Proud to host Spurgie Every Tuesday and hope you will come down and experience his wonderful Music.

NO COVER Age limit: 21+

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