Elephant 6 “Holiday Tour” tonight

March 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment · By

The famed Elephant Six collective will be making an appearance in Charlottesville at The Southern tonight; I’m assuming most of our readers are familiar with Elephant 6, the label/group of bands, formerly from Denver but now seemingly based out of Athens, that spawned Neutral Milk Hotel, the Apples in Stereo, of Montreal, and Elf Power…

The Holiday Tour sounds like an intriguing prospect; aside from the fact that I’m not precisely sure which Holidays are being celebrated here, the basic premise is that there’s a collective of Elephant 6 folks all touring together and performing each others songs in some kind of round-robin variety-show-type format; their website explains: “If you are familiar with the last tour they did in 2008, the show will follow a similar format with 11+ musicians performing in various configurations (sometimes everyone on stage at once), swapping instruments and playing each other’s songs. Last time the set was well over 2 hours long [… they will] play the music of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils, The Music Tapes, Major Organ and Adding Machine, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t, The Instruments, The Late BP Helium and Nana Grizol.” They add: “They’ll also be screening short films and Julian is going to conduct some audience participation games […] including a game played with a 12 foot snowman, short films by Brian Dewan and others, and there will be a limited edition, tour-only 7″ for sale by The Elephant Six Orchestra.”

As if that didn’t already sound like an overwhelming night of music and entertainment… there will also be a dance party afterwards hosted some DJs from WTJU, specifically Dave Moore, Shaun Cullen, Zak Krone, and Brian Chidester. Doors for the whole event are at 8:00pm and the cover is $12 (or about $1 per musician, I guess.)

There’s also a thing at McGuffey Art Center earlier in the evening, with those EMMI folks who are building all those music-performing robots over at UVA; that’s in McGuffey Studio #11 at 8pm; Moonrise Hernandez and Quux Duo are also on the bill, and they’re asking for a $5 donation.

Or, if you’re in the mood to get out of town for the night, there’s a cool show down in Roanoke (yes, Roanoke): the always-excellent Eternal Summers are returning home from SXSW, playing a gig with the charmingly anachronistic Young Sinclairs (seriously, these guys sound exactly like the Byrds, it’s spooky but also great) and a third band called Sad Cobras, which apparently also features Daniel who is both of the other bands as well. That’s at a spot called the Kirk Avenue Music Hall, which apparently doesn’t usually do shows of this stripe, but apparently the Bazaar (the Roanoke one, not the Cville Tea House)  talked them into it and it might be the beginning of new and wonderful things in Roanoke. (My own plans for this weekend seem to be changing minute-by-minute, but there’s a small chance that I may, actually, be heading down to catch this show. We’ll see!)

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  • 1 Erky // Mar 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Heard there’s an after-after dance party at Magnolia if you’re in it to win it.