2nd Fridays with South Hill Banks

2nd Fridays with South Hill Banks

Carver Commodore

Fri, May 11, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

The Camel

$8 ADV, $10 DOS

South Hill Banks
South Hill Banks
South Hill Banks – Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals), and Matt Eversole (upright bass) – have carved a niche for themselves in the Richmond music scene with their genre-bending psychedelic bluegrass sound. Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as Phish, Tony Rice, The Grateful Dead, and Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new.

Since the release of their debut album, Riverside Dr., South Hill Banks have taken central Virginia by storm, headlining a multitude of small- and medium-sized venues and working aside national touring groups with a devoted and ever-growing fanbase following every step of the way.

South Hill Banks are currently performers-in-residence at The Camel in Richmond, Virginia, appearing on the 2nd Friday of every month. Be sure to stay tuned, as the band has big plans to make a name for themselves throughout the rest of Virginia and beyond in 2017.
Carver Commodore
Carver Commodore
Carver Commodore Pruitt is standing on the back porch of his farmhouse in the outskirts Florence, Alabama, when he notices an orb of light falling from the sky. Upon its impact, Carver examines the orb. While doing so, the mysterious light rolls toward him and stops, as if to look right into his soul. After a few seconds of searching for a sane explanation, the orb rolls back to its point of impact and ascends into the Heavens. Carver then tells his brother what he had witnessed. He explains his belief that the orb was a premonition of sorts, warning him that his end is near. He asks his brother to tend to his wife and farm so he can attend church and accept Jesus into his heart. Three days after doing so, a car strikes Carver Commodore on his way home from work – and he is pronounced dead on sight.

Payton Pruitt and Phillip Blevins, founding members of the folk rock band The Bear & the Bride, felt the winds of change coming as they watched their other band mates' artistic visions and changing geographical locations begin to dissolve one of the Florence, Alabama’s most promising and energetic young acts. Deciding to lean into the creative tension, Pruitt and Blevins carried on the name for a season. But during this process, a new creative instinct beckoned them to journey in a different direction, and in turn, their new indie rock incarnation was birthed.

Enter Carver Commodore.

Taking the name of Pruitt’s enigmatic and superstitious great uncle, Pruitt and Blevins have christened their new vision with a sense of fun and brash southern charm to honor their band’s namesake. Where The Bear & the Bride was forthright and direct about matters of life and faith, Carver Commodore kicks down the abstract back door and lets the ghosts inside dance in the backyard as the cicadas pop quarters in the Rock ‘N Roll jukebox. Distilling their ever-rowdy live show into this new sound, they have simply used The Bear & the Bride as a launching pad for a brand new rocket that is steadily catching up to bands like Colony House, Alabama Shakes, and The Strokes. The band's Debut EP was released on September 22nd, and features the singles "Ring Ain't Free" & "Stars & Galaxies" as well as three brand new songs.
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org