2018
Stephanie Morgan and the Mercurists (Birthday Show!), plus “Night of Bravery”
March
03
Saturday
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv / $10
Tickets, please
Stephanie Morgan and the Mercurists (Birthday Show!)
Stephanie Morgan is a singer/songwriter as well as an actor for voice and screen. She also has a fancy psychology-oriented degree and spent a bunch of time working with all kinds of people. She likes looking under things.

Steph fronted a band called stephaniesĭd for 13 years. Stephaniesĭd disbanded in May, 2016 with a sold-out last show at the beautiful Diana Wortham Theatre in Steph's hometown of Asheville, but Steph still makes music for “the darkness in you that's trying to find the light.” Or you could call it "unabashed soul music for seekers", or just "catchy, wrenching pop music", or something of that nature. Increasingly, she's getting more into layering harmonies, playing with textures from different genres of music, and getting downright groovy with the rhythm section.

Her band, whatever configuration, possesses all the proper tools needed to create wonderful live shows and beautiful recordings. The music explores both the melancholy and triumph of human life and love, and she chooses players with big skills, minds and hearts, so they tend to be equally faithful stewards of large, intoxicating swells and infectious, danceable grooves. Recordings affix crunchy guitars, weepy synthesizers, vibraphone lines, thick bass notes, horns, strings, and Steph's coquettish, curly female vocals. The live show is unabashed energy funneled through an Iowa-birthed and Texas-raised former gymnast.

Steph spends a lot of time in NYC and other pet cities, and also has deep roots in her chosen incubator, Asheville, NC, a city widely known for its musical soul, where stephaniesĭd sits in the Hall of Fame as "Best Rock Band" in the city's reputable Mountain Xpress poll.

Stephaniesĭd had songs featured on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie", NPR's "World Cafe" and "All Songs Considered", Team Ibex's "The Red Helmet", and The Weather Channel, and on numerous compilations. Steph's music was the subject of a rock ballet in Asheville, NC, and she founded the very first multi-venue music festival in Asheville, back in 2007, called POPAsheville.
"Night of Bravery"
“If I could get up on stage and ________, even though I’m scared, it would probably make my life more awesome afterward.”

Night of Bravery is designed to show the naysayer inside your head who’s boss. It's also an exercise in vulnerability.


Q: What is Night of Bravery?
A: A crowd-participation exercise hosted by singer/songwriter/voice actor Stephanie Morgan. Pre-
selected audience members are given up to 5 minutes each on stage in order to do something brave.


Q: Is this an open mic?
A: No. The spirit of NoB is a bit different. You must meet certain criteria and be asked onstage. However, it’s ok to perform something (e.g., song/dance/comedy), if your act of bravery requires it.


Q: What are the rules? How does it work?
A: NoB is strictly voluntary. Before you go on stage, you must have a pow-wow with Steph (email works fine - talktothemadmark@gmail.com). You must be able to answer YES, honestly, to 3 questions:
1. Is the act/task/performance one that would make your life feel more awesome afterward?
(You will be required announce what it is and why it would help your life.)
2. Would doing this task/act/performance, on the date specified, actually require bravery from
you? (Be ready to explain what fear you’re trying to bust by doing this.)
3. Is it important that this performance/task/act will be done publicly? (Please explain.)
When you get on stage, you’ll announce what you’re going to do and explain your process... i.e., answer the 3 questions above, and be clear. (Something like, “I’m going to _______ because I want to be able to _________, and I’m nervous because ________.”)


Q: What are some things people might do on stage at Night of Bravery?
A: That depends on what’s scary for that particular person.
• Someone who fears public speaking might read from a book or talk about something meaningful
• A shy singer might try a short a cappella tune (or play with a very simple instrument
• Someone might just want to confess some fears.
• A shy person who’s learning Spanish might speak in Spanish to a native speaker of that language
• A non-dancer might perform a dance, to feel more comfortable in her/his own skin.
• Someone might want to apologize to someone, and might feel that doing this publicly would be the most appropriate and considerate, and would require bravery.


Q: Are props allowed?
A: Objects are allowed as long as they are truly necessary for the experience. You will have access to one vocal mic, so any instrument must be played through that. Props should be very minimal.


Q: Are partners allowed?
A: NoB is designed to further one’s relationship with oneself. So, no partners. However, there may be someone in the audience to whom you’re directing your act of bravery. That’s ok. Just be sure you can justify why it’s appropriate to say what you want to say publicly.


More info: www.stephaniemorgan.com
Stephanie Morgan - talktothemadmark@gmail.com
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Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $20adv / $25

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

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

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

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Saturday

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w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Tuesday

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w/ Tomberlin

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $13adv / $15

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Wednesday

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w/ Space Heater, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

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

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w/ The Bridge City Sinners

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

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w/ Glove, Kitty Tsunami

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv/ $14

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Saturday

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w/ Mannequin Pussy

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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

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Friday

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w/ Young Jesus

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Thursday

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Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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w/ Harley Poe

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

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Friday

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w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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w/ TBA

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

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Tuesday

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w/ TBA

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $12adv/ $14

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

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Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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