2017
Kings & Apothecary Present:
Lonnie Holley w/ Villages, Christopher Paul Stelling
February
02
Thursday
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm - $12adv / $14
Tickets, please
Lonnie Holley
Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was never afforded the pleasure of a real childhood.

Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley’s sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. In January of 2014, Holley completed a one-month artist-in-residence with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida, site of the acclaimed artist’s studio.

Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley’s original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley’s music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.

Holley’s music caught the attention of Matt Arnett, whose father has been collecting Holley’s art since the 1980s. In 2006, Matt organized the first professional recordings of Holley’s music. In 2010, Arnett set up a performance byHolley at his home. One of the people in attendance was Lance Ledbetter, founder and owner of the record label Dust-to-Digital. Deeply moved by Holley’s keyboard playing and singing, Ledbetter signed Holley to his record label. Soon after, Holley found himself in the studio again, and in 2010 and 2011, a number of studio sessions ensued. The result was the album Just Before Music. More recordings are continuing to be made to celebrate and to document one of America’s most compelling musicians. In early 2014, Holley recorded again with Richard Swift, acclaimed musician and producer at his studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

In addition to the studio sessions, Holley began touring as a musician. In August and September of 2013, Holley toured the West Coast with Deerhunter. That tour was followed by a tour of the East Coast with Bill Callahan, and in November and December of 2013, Holley had his first tour through Western Europe (Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, and France). Holley has been joined on stage or in the studio by a variety of musicians, including members of Deerhunter, Black Lips, The War on Drugs, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Julia Holter, Megafaun, as well as Ben Sollee, Steve Gunn, Jenny Hval, Marshall Ruffin, Daniel Lanois, Laraaji, Brian Blade, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Bill Callahan, Dave Eggar, Kelly Pratt (Beirut/Arcade Fire/The Antlers), Sam Amidon, Aaron Embry (Elliot Smith/Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) and others. In 2013, Holley’s first records were named to a number of Top Records of the Year lists, including The Washington Post (#4) and The Chicago Sun Times (#2).

In 2014, Holley continued to tour, completing another tour of Europe (Belgium, Norway, England, Denmark, the Netherlands, and France) and a USA/Canada tour with Daniel Lanois. Also in 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that they had acquired three sculptures by the acclaimed artist and musician, through the generosity of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.
Holley played a number of shows in 2015, touring Europe again to audiences in England, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. That tour kicked off with a show at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival. In addition to his European tour, Holley played shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Hammer Museum in LA, The American Folk Art Museum, St. James Hall in Vancouver, The Charleston Music Hall, among many others, but the majority of the year was not spent performing live. In 2015, Holley recorded music for the film Five Nights in Maine, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and saw theatrical release in the summer of 2016. An exhibition of his visual art opened in the summer of 2015, titled Something To Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley, at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, accompanied by a monograph of the same name. In the winter of 2015/16, Supported By the Power: Lonnie Holley, an exhibition of Holley’s sculptures opened at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center.

Lonnie Holley continues to make art, record music, and tour occasionally, either alone or with collaborators. The songs and the shows are never the same, as Holley never performs the same song twice. In the summer of 2016, he embarked on a tour throughout the Southeastern United States, this time with a full band of frequent collaborators that included Ben Sollee, Stevie Nistor, Kelly Pratt, and Marshall Ruffin.

In late September, 2016, Holley’s music was sampled on the acclaimed third album (22, A Million) from Bon Iver. That same month, Holley was a featured visual artist at AfroPunk/Atlanta, where his found object sculptures were on display.

In November of 2016, Holley embarked on his fourth European tour, playing a number of festivals and music venues, culminating in a sold-out, two-night residency at the acclaimed Café Oto in London. He returned to the States in time for the premiere of the short documentary about Holley, The Man is the Music, at Doc NYC in New York.

Holley closes out 2016 with his final show of the year at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, sharing the stage with Bon Iver.

2017 promises to be a busy year for the artist. In January, an exhibition of his art will be shown at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. In May, an exhibition entitled Thumbs Up for the Mothership (a two-artist show with Dawn DeDeaux) will premiere at MASS MoCA. In the summer he will be collaborating with Lee “Scratch” Perry on a project that will include visual art and performance, and that same summer, the exhibition of his art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His next album will also be released in 2017.
Villages
villages is the solo recording project of asheville, nc resident ross gentry.
Chistopher Paul Stelling
There is a fearless quality to the music of Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style and lyrics that are both dramatic and intensely confessional. It's a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he's played over four hundred shows in just the past three years. It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to nurture one's character and art.

"It takes a lot of work to stay on the road," he says. "You learn to rely on your songs as a sort of resting place amidst all of the unfamiliarity. You fill your head full of places, and sounds, and ideas — and it all comes spilling out. When the things around you change constantly, you change too. And the things that stay the same become who you are. It's nurtured my songwriting, knowing that the inspiration is all around you. If you aren't seeing it, then look harder, and if you still don't see it, then turn the corner, and if you still don't see it then look at things differently, because it's right there in front of you."
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Feb
20
Monday
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Genki Genki Panic

w/ Ouroboros Boys, The Go Devils

9pm - $Free

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Feb
21
Tuesday

Davidians

w/ Naked Naps, KONVOI

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Feb
22
Wednesday

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Feb
23
Thursday

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Feb
24
Friday

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Feb
25
Saturday

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Feb
27
Monday
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w/ Brucemont, Impossible Vacation

9pm - $Free

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Feb
28
Tuesday

The Pop Up Music Co-Op



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Mar
01
Wednesday

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Mar
03
Friday

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w/ Giant Giants

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Mar
04
Saturday

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Mar
05
Sunday
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Mar
06
Monday
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Mar
08
Wednesday

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w/ Southern Racing Inferno

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Mar
09
Thursday

Ben Sollee (+ Jordan Ellis)

w/ Utah Green

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Mar
10
Friday

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w/ AJ Dávila, Missing Stares

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Mar
11
Saturday
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Axxa Abraxas (Record Release)

w/ Acid Reign (Members of Nest Egg), Eric Slick (of Dr. Dog), Shaken Nature

9pm - $Free

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Mar
12
Sunday

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w/ Flasher, Odd Squad

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

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Mar
13
Monday
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Black Mountain Hunger

w/ Veldtchasm, Pallor

9pm - $Free

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Mar
16
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Wonders)



7pm - $10

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Mar
17
Friday

Oathbreaker

w/ King Woman, Jaye Jayle

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv/14

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Mar
17
Friday
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w/ Waxahatchee, Kevin Morby, Mary Lattimore

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $18adv / $20

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Mar
18
Saturday

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Mar
21
Tuesday

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9pm - $8adv / $10

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Mar
22
Wednesday

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w/ 79.5, SadGirl

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Mar
23
Thursday

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w/ Shaken Nature, The Power

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Mar
26
Sunday

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w/ Emily Easterly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv/ $18

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Mar
27
Monday
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Albert Adams

w/ MANAS, The Tom Peters Theremin Odyssey

9pm - $Free

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Mar
29
Wednesday

Six Organs of Admittance

w/ Tashi Dorji, WNC String Ensemble

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Mar
30
Thursday
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w/ Little Lesley & The Bloodshots, The Go Devils

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Mar
31
Friday

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w/ Hannah Kaminer

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv/10

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Apr
01
Saturday

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w/ White Magic

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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03
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w/ Cube, Shawnthony Calypso, Acid Reign

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Apr
06
Thursday
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w/ Upland Drive

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $7

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Apr
09
Sunday

Shannon and The Clams



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Apr
10
Monday
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w/ I, The Supplier, A World of Lies

9pm - $Free

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Apr
11
Tuesday

Nervous Dupre

w/ Evil Sword, Ursula

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

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Apr
13
Thursday

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Apr
15
Saturday

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Apr
18
Tuesday

Acid Mothers Temple

w/ BABYLON

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Apr
19
Wednesday

New Rain Duets: Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan



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Apr
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Fresh)



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Apr
21
Friday

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03
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w/ Faye Webster

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May
14
Sunday

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May
18
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Karma)



7pm - $10

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23
Tuesday

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w/ Elf Power

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15
Thursday

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16
Friday

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