Thursday! Nosferatu at UVa Chapel! Dark Meat at Tea House!!!

October 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments · By

Writing in a little early to let y’all know about the excellence going on this Thursday… another two events in one night, but it’s quite possible to see them both, and I heartily encourage you to do so.

Firstly, there’s a Bridge Film Series screening that night — but it’s not at The Bridge, it’s actually happening at the UVa Chapel. We’re showing the classic 1922 silent film “Nosferatu,” and Matt Marshall will be providing live accompaniment on the Chapel’s organ! It’s the perfect Halloween pre-game event (you guys are getting ready for Halloween, yes?) and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s at 7pm and the cover charge is $5.

Later that same night, Dark Meat is returning to the Tea Bazaar! with Stephen Steinbrink! Definitely not one to miss. Dark Meat are a huge band from Athens, GA. Like, as in, there’s 12 to 25 folks in the band, and somehow they all fit into the Tea House. Regarding the first time they played in town (two years ago) I wrote:  “Dark Meat were less of a band and more of an overwhelmingly intense and unstoppable maelstrom of sound. In truth they took up the entire front half of the Tea House’s music area, and I can’t even remember how many singers or guitarists or whatever they had. I seem to recall there were two keyboards, several basses, a trombonist, and a hippie-chick with a tambourine. Crammed into the tiny Tea House space, with an appreciative and enthusiastic audience, was a thrilling bit of cathartic over-stimulous. It was so loud that it became completely impossible to distinguish the sound of one instrument from the next, but the whole band was so tight and so together that they were able to pull off these totally magical shifts in sound pretty effortlessly. It was like riding a wave in the ocean with all of your friends, and you each crested over the crashing wave at the same time. It was one of the best sets I heard that year.”

There’s a totally crazy and epic story about that night (which included a second set by Dark Meat), and you can read about it here. Suffice to say, the band LOVED Charlottesville and were eager to play here again. They came back in June, with a slightly smaller line-up, but the same level of excellence and intensity. I was front&center, shrieking like an adolescent girl throughout the entirety of their set; the band re-affirmed that Charlottesville was definitely their favorite location on tour, and they’re trying to make it back to the Tea House as often as they can. BUT that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come see them Thursday night — it’s definitely a unique and worthwhile experience.

The openers are COLE, whom I’m not at all familiar with (although the folks Dark Meat brings on tour with them tend to be really excellent), and my friend Stephen Steinbrink! You might remember Stephen from the half-dozen shows he played here last spring; he was on tour with two other amazing folks, there was a gap in their touring schedule, and they ended up playing Charlottesville three days in a row (during which time we Nailgunners stayed up til 6am drinking whiskey with them each night; they were the coolest folks I’ve met in a while) — they came back and did something very similar about three weeks later, and the moral of my long-winded tale is that Stephen is a great dude and a solid songwriter and performer, and I’m excited to see him again, too. He does quiet, intimate indie-rock songs sung in a gentle falsetto; expect some Arthur Russell covers, and some brilliant comic books as well (his merch table is unequaled — you know that hat Jacob wears all the time? exactly.)

That Tea House show says doors at 8:30 (so it’ll probably start at 9pm), and the cover is $8 (less than $1 per musician.) So go watch “Nosferatu” at the Chapel, and then come hear this show! Probably two of the coolest events this season; you will regret missing these.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Oct 21, 2009 at 11:14 am

    anyone have any photos of Dark Meat at the Tea House? come one, there were a billion obnoxious Festival of the Photograph creeps hanging around that show… surely at least ONE of them must have snapped a good pic at some point.

    I have some ridiculous / incoherent disposable camera pics of their first show here, but I may not be able to scan them before Thursday…

  • 2 baconfat // Oct 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    i will regret missing these events LESS than i would regret missing the dirty projectors. therefore, i’m going to see the dirty projectors, in a regret-free fashion.

    and no, i’m not getting ready for halloween. i love candy, but hate the amount of effort it takes to get some this time of year.

    also: i’m not 8 years old.

  • 3 Jacob // Oct 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Yep, that’s one incongruous and awesome bill, if I do say so myself. It’s gonna rule.

  • 4 Andy // Oct 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    i took a decent enough photo on my cheap digital camera
    kind of wanted to mosh that night and not deal with taking a good photo

  • 5 gary // Oct 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    some dark meat videos from last night. not bad for a flipcam:

  • 6 Keejy // Nov 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I’d sweetie to ascertain that too!