The RAMKAT in Winston-Salem to Open March 9-10
The Piedmont Triad’s Newest Live Music Venue
Announces Initial Lineup of Concerts for March & April 2018
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2018) — The Ramkat (www.theramkat.com), a new concert hall and community performance space located in Winston-Salem’s Entertainment District, today announced the lineup for its opening weekend along with an initial lineup of concerts in March and April.
On Friday, March 9, The Vagabond Saints Society will present “The Music of Queen,” a celebration of the legendary British rock band. Doors are at 8 pm and the show will start at 9 pm.
On Saturday, March 10, the venue will host “Cash Bash,” a long-standing annual event founded and led by local roots rockers the bo-stevens in which each band on the bill covers at least one song in their set by the late great Johnny Cash. Doors are at 7 pm and the show will start at 8 pm.
“We’re excited to open The Ramkat with two nights of music featuring artists primarily from Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad but also from throughout North Carolina,” said Richard Emmett, a co-owner and managing partner of The Ramkat. “The Vagabond Saints Society has been playing shows in the area for years, paying tribute to legendary artists, iconic concerts and albums or specific eras and genres of music. We’re so happy that they’ve chosen to help us open The Ramkat by tipping their musical hat to Queen, one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
“And we couldn’t be more happy to continue the annual tradition of ‘Cash Bash’ with the bo-stevens,” Emmett added. “This will be the 16th ‘Cash Bash’ dating back to 2003, and Richard Boyd has once again assembled a great multi-band bill this year that would make Johnny proud.”
In addition to their opening weekend, The Ramkat also announced more shows in both March and April with a mix of local, regional and national touring acts.
“We’re excited to be bringing Hiss Golden Messenger, The Black Lillies, Deer Tick and John Moreland to town,” said Andy Tennille, a co-owner and managing partner of The Ramkat, “and complementing those nights with shows from a reunited Atheneaum, Possum Jenkins, Roy Roberts & The Quest Blues Band, The Plaids and a great showcase of local indie rock bands headlined by The Genuine. We’ve got more shows to announce in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media outlets.”
Friday, March 9: The Music of Queen: Vagabond Saints’ Society
Saturday, March 10: Cash Bash #16: the bo-stevens | Bonnie Montgomery | Straight 8s | John Howie Jr. & Rosewood Bluff
Friday, March 16: The Genuine | I, Anomoly | Scrub Pine | COMPANYON
(presented in partnership with The Garage Music)
Saturday, March 17: Possum Jenkins | Wurlitzer Prize | Skyler Drew Foust
Friday, March 23: An Evening with Hiss Golden Messenger
Friday, March 30: Roy Roberts & The Quest Blues Band
Saturday, March 31: The Black Lillies | Tyler Nail
Friday, April 6: Envision
Saturday, April 7: Athenaeum (20th anniversary of Radiance Reunion Show)
(presented in partnership with Greenfields Productions)
Friday, April 20: The Plaids
Friday, April 27: Deer Tick | John Moreland
Tickets for all announced shows are available now online at www.theramkat.com.
About The Ramkat
The Ramkat is a two-level, 11,670-square-foot entertainment venue located at 170 West Ninth Street in the Arts District of downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For more information, please visit www.theramkat.com.
About Deer Tick
The best art often challenges widely held preconceptions about performance and beauty. We’re moved when we find the sublime in the gross, entranced when crassness collides with grace. It makes poetic sense that one of this practice’s finest current purveyors is named after a blood-sucking survivor.
Deer Tick: undercutting expectations since 2004.
“I think a lot of my favorite artists have always done stuff like that,” Deer Tick front man John McCauley says from his home in Nashville, reflecting on his band’s love of unexpected mashups: tender lyrics layered over pissed off guitars; classical music flourishes delivered nearly naked and high. Deer Tick’s perfected it all, mostly as an outlier, revered by a legion of fans, respected by peers, but not part of any one scene. With their highly anticipated new project(s), two new albums released simultaneously titled Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2, the crew from Rhode Island prove that their punk-roots rock has only gotten better with age.
Ambitious and smart, the twin albums complement one another but also stand independently. Vol. 1 is classic Deer Tick: folk-rooted acoustic guitars and soft piano cushion out-front vocals. Vol. 2 commits wholly to the band’s longtime garage-rock flirtations for a triumphant foray into punk.
About John Moreland
The replay of John Moreland’s network television debut is…glorious and affirming and a sucker punch. He is announced by Stephen Colbert, lights dissolve, and the camera slowly focuses on the person midway across the unadorned stage, revealing him beneath muted blue lights.
He is a big man.
Seated, alone, cradling his acoustic guitar.
He looks like nobody who is famous.
Then he begins to sing, to caress the song “Break My Heart Sweetly,” and all that remains is to whisper, “Oh, my god.”
In Colbert’s studio everybody stood, like they were in church.
Big Bad Luv is the record John Moreland made after, after everything in his life changed. For the better.
He sings in one of those accents from flyover country that’s impossible to locate and implausible to mimic. (Texas, by way of Northern Kentucky, but mostly Tulsa, as it happens.) He sings directly from his heart, with none of the restraint and filters and caution the rest of us would apply for public protection. He sings with resolute courage.
And writes. Writes with simple eloquence about love and faith and isolation; the human condition; what every song and poem and novel is about, at the core: Life.
About Hiss Golden Messenger
Hallelujah Anyhow is the latest studio album from Hiss Golden Messenger, out on Merge Records. It’s ten new songs, penned by HGM principal M.C. Taylor, and recorded with Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Chris Boerner, Josh Kaufman, Darren Jessee, Michael Lewis, and Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Tift Merritt, Skylar Gudasz, Tamisha Waden, Mac McCaughan, and John Paul White provided vocal harmonies.
About Vagabond Saints’ Society
The Vagabond Saints’ Society is a loose collective of Triad-area musicians that gathers semi-regularly to pay tribute to the great – and sometimes the not-so-great – artists of the pop-music era. The VSS performs musical toasts to a continually changing list of subjects – sometimes classic albums, sometimes an artist’s greatest hits, and sometimes a particular genre or concept. Past shows have paid tribute to the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and “Rubber Soul,” Fleetwood Mac, Nick Cave, Spinal Tap, Boston, Tom Petty, R.E.M., the Hoodoo Gurus, John Lennon, Van Morrison, the early ’90’s “Madchester” dance rock scene, the “AM Gold” lite-rock of the mid-70’s, Woodstock, CCR, Joe Jackson, Game Theory, and Elton John.
About the bo-stevens
Having opened for acts as big as Dwight Yoakam and The Avett Brothers, the bo-stevens are more likely to be found in the same honky tonk haunts that birthed the music. Traveling from Memphis to Charleston, Richmond to Atlanta, playing within a vibrant and supportive music scene, the bo-stevens is preparing for a second decade on the road. Richard Boyd II, the best frontman in the business, keeps Greg Bell’s Hulacaster and Jeff Shu’s mandolin and pedal steel and Steven Molega’s swingin’ snare in the groove. The roots of this roots band go deep into the mantle of country music. Richard came to love the Tele twang and pedal steel swells of Honky Tonk at his father’s knee. In fact, Richard Sr. recorded two country songs in the 1950s just a few doors down from the Trade Street art studio where in 2002 the bo-stevens got their start. And for a Carolina-based band that never left their roots behind, they’re proud as can be of their latest release, “Your Crazy Heart.” Take their commitment to tradition and mix some rockabilly, a pinch of gospel, and a dash of bluegrass into the stew to serve up a tasty Saturday night.
About Bonnie Montgomery
Upon first listening to Bonnie Montgomery, it’s easy to mistakenly assume that you’ve stumbled upon a long-buried track by a legend from the golden era of country/western music. Such is the artistry of this Arkansas native and silver-voiced songstress. Her story is of her journey, but she presents it through a folk/bluegrass/country perspective that’s traditional and timeless.
About The Straights 8s
Rockabilly, Neo-Rockabilly, Hillbilly, Jump Blues, Swing … One of the finest things about the Straight 8s is their ability to cover a lot of ground within their genre. From traditionally styled numbers to barn burners, old country to jazz, the 8s manage to keep it feeling fresh, relevant, and braised in just the right blend of nostalgic juices. NOT a cover band, NOT an oldies act, but a truly unique trio who work hard to write, record, and perform music that resonates with listeners drawn to the raw energy embodied in traditional rockabilly music while still wandering freely outside the prescribed boundaries.
About John Howie Jr. & Rosewood Bluff
When North Carolina’s honky-tonk heroes the Two Dollar Pistols broke up in 2008 – leaving behind a legacy that included five full-length CD’s, an EP of duets with Grammy nominee Tift Merritt, and several US and European tours – lead singer/songwriter John Howie Jr. already had the seeds planted for a new group, one that would continue the Pistols tradition of making soulful honky-tonk based music for contemporary times. Bringing drummer Matt Brown over from the Pistols, John recruited pedal steel guitar ace Nathan Golub, christened the new band John Howie Jr and the Rosewood Bluff, and set about writing a new batch of songs.
After a solid year of playing live, opening for everyone from Junior Brown to Lucero, plans were made for the band to enter the studio. Brian Paulson (Wilco, The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo) was called on to take the producer’s chair, having done a stellar job in that capacity on the Two Dollar Pistols 2004 Yep Roc release, Hands Up! Studio time was blocked off at Kudzu Ranch, owned and operated by Rick Miller (Southern Culture on the Skids). Several months later, the band emerged with Leavin’ Yesterday, an album that expands upon the Pistols trademark sound, adding prominent pedal steel guitar, piano (by DB’s/REM member Peter Holsapple), and strings to the mix for a landmark country music collection that should please Pistols fans, while breaking new ground at the same time.
About The Genuine
Based out of Winston-Salem, NC, The Genuine is an Indie/Americana trio, blending harmony heavy vocals & punchy melodies supported by creative rhythmic foundation. Comprised of Matthew Allivato, Katelyn Allivato, and Devin Forkel, the three emit heartfelt, often hymn-like, tracks tangled in ensnaring harmonies. We love making music and letting music make us.
About I, Anomoly
I, Anomaly began as a side project of Akissforjersey member Cory Wood and has grown into something larger and more unique than the simple recordings done while on tour. Pulling from personal experience “Lost in the Waves”, the second EP from Winston-Salem based indie rock band I, Anomaly, speaks vulnerably about love and loss. With influences ranging from Pedro the Lion to Justin Timberlake.
About Scrub Pine
Scrub Pine is a North Carolina band with members hailing from all but one corner of the United States. Scrub Pine is a smoky North Western mining town. It is a capsized fishing boat off the coast of Maine. It is a Spanish bayonet in a Floridian cypress swamp. With influences ranging from Neil Young to The Eagles, and Low to Lambchop, Scrub Pine is a healthy dose of American rock, with a pensive side. Their songwriting could be described as personal, evocative, earnest, and sometimes humorous. With a bent towards storytelling, Scrub Pine delivers relatable narratives wrapped up in a paper package of swelling guitars and sweeping cymbals. Scrub Pine is an oil lamp on a moonless night, and it’s the match that lit it.
COMPANYON is a producer, singer and songwriter out of South Dakota, recently replanting in North Carolina. With nine years of music making comes much change and growth for any artist; however, COMPANYON’S goal remains the same – each song stands as an offering to the listener; a gift to meet you where you are regardless of where you might be.
About Possum Jenkins
Since coming together during their final year at Boone, North Carolina’s Appalachian State University in 2004, Possum Jenkins has toiled and triumphed in bars, clubs and festivals across the Carolinas and into Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.
A sonic marriage of arresting melodies married to off-the-rails energy find the veteran group zeroing in on a sound that variously features elements of Appalachian string music, Raleigh-bred alt. country, a deep love of blues and soul and, at times, more than a little Southern rock. The band has been fortunate to share the stage with a number of fine musicians, including Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver, Tift Merritt, Southern Culture On The Skids, Greg Humphries, The North Mississippi Allstars, Yarn, Andy Friedman & The Other Failures, Naked Gods and Shooter Jennings.
About Wurlitzer Prize
The band started in a writer’s round. Every third Wednesday of the month, Dave Willis (Possum Jenkins) hosted a songwriter’s night at the Old Winston Social Clubin Winston-Salem, NC. The writer’s night drew musicians from across the Triad, including Molly McGinn (Amelia’s Mechanics), bassist Jared Church (Possum Jenkins), and harp-player Brent Buckner (Possum Jenkins and Emma Gibbs Band). Playing a mix of vintage country tunes by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Little Feat, the group moved from monthly shows to weekly rehearsals, writing and arranging new songs.
Named after the Waylon Jennings song “Wurlitzer Prize,” the band features alt-country tunes and originals. And with drummer Kelly Linville, a recent addition on the drums, the tunes could be accused of a little soul-saving.
About Skyler Drew Foust
Reared in Central North Carolina, representing the common wealth of Alamance County, residing in Haw River. Skyler Drew Foust blends his experience of the American south and his steep musical influences into a one man band featuring strings, percussion and harmonica. “Good for You” features songs of bitter truths, satirical narratives, love and hope.
About Roy Roberts & The Quest Blues Band
Roy Roberts became hooked on music while growing up in a small town in Tennessee, listening to blues and R&B on radio stations WLAC out of Nashville. Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do” was the clincher and at the age of 14, Roy worked on a nearby farm to earn the money for his first guitar, a mail order Sears Silvertone.
When he turned 18, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to live with an uncle. There he had another inspiration to become a professional musician, when he and a carload of friends happened upon a nightclub where Jerry Butler was performing and making quite an impression on the ladies. Roy sharpened his skills while playing in makeshift bands until he landed a job with local hero Guitar Kimbers’ Untouchables. Before long, Roy was backing up major artists who came through town. One of those artists, Solomon Burke, took young Roy under his wing after letting him sit in as a bass player during a local gig. He was soon handling the guitar chores behind the future soul legend on tour. Roberts subsequently picked up touring gigs with such luminaries as Eddie Floyd, “Little” Stevie Wonder, Dee Clark, and Otis Redding, while fronting his own band, The Roy Roberts Experience, on the regional club scene and Southeastern beach town circuit.
Roy began to cut records in the mid-sixties, staying mostly behind the scenes as a session man. The tragic death of Otis Redding inspired him to step up to the microphone with a song dedicated to the late crooner. The record was released on Nina Simone’s NinaAndy label and backed by an ace studio band. Roy followed this successful effort with a string of 45’s that carried him well into the seventies. During the disco years, Roy turned his talents to country music, touring with the great O.B. McClinton and releasing a number of country records. After a brief hiatus from the music scene, Roy built a recording studio in Virginia in 1989, where he produced records by regional gospel artists and cut a gospel record of his own.
One day in the early nineties, he heard a young Robert Cray singing the blues on the radio. “That cat’s got my style,” he declared, and got the blues fever once again. Besides recording his own material on Rock House, Roberts has produced albums for the label by Priscilla Price, Lou Pride, Chick Willis, Skeeter Brandon, Floyd Miles, Eddie Floyd, and many more. Roy continues to record and produce records for his label, and tours the U.S. and Europe regularly. After receiving numerous awards, Roy has earned his place among the finest artists playing blues today.
About The Black Lillies
The Black Lillies have never backed down from a challenge: proudly independent since their formation, they are always pushing forward and evolving, letting the inspiration and music take focus. That drive has led them to become one of Americana’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and rock.
With four albums under their belts, the band has been a mainstay on radio and album sales charts, promoting each release in the blue-collar tradition: by hitting the highway, averaging 175 gigs per year. That road-warrior work ethic has become as integral to the band’s success as founder Cruz Contreras’ songwriting, taking the band from coast to coast, border to border, and even country to country. And they have racked up accolades as easily as the miles on their Sprinter, winning praise from outlets including American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, NPR, CMT, Wall Street Journal and Billboard.
The Black Lillies have enthralled audiences at festivals including Bonnaroo Music + Arts, New Orleans Jazz Fest, MerleFest, Stagecoach, CMA Fest & Fan Fair, and Pickathon. Equally at home on theatre stages and in rock clubs, they were one of the first independent bands to play the Grand Ole Opry and have since returned dozens of times – sharing that stage with big-budget bands and major-label mainstreamers. They’ve chased down success on their terms, ignoring the trends of Nashville and focusing on a sound that, as Vanity Fair notes, “continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and a touch of the Dead, for good measure.”
About Tyler Nail
Tyler Nail is a songwriter from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Nail established himself throughout the Southeast with his Americana trio, The Tyler Nail Trio. Since the trio disbanded in 2016, Nail has taken on multiple iterations of his show. Tyler Nail sometimes describes a solo singer, sometimes an acoustic small group, and sometimes a full-speed, six-body stage show. Regardless of the arrangement, the consistency is found among the songs. Tyler Nail is most fundamentally a performer of musical literature, with a uniquely rough voice and an ear for composition. The band arrangement may change show by show, but the experience of the songs and the singer transcends the unpredictability of the instrumentation.
Founded in 1997 by Michael Thomas, ENVISION also consists of four vibrant female vocalists – Sylvania Wilder, Michelle Scales, Iris Daye and Charlene Legette.
The vocal group is also backed by a strong rhythm section that consists of Leroy Roberson (musical director) on Bass, Herb Stephens on Guitar, Vincent Crenshaw on Keyboards and Matthew Parrish on Drums. The dynamic and mighty horn section consists of C. Michael Hinson (Trombone), James Armstrong (Trumpet) and Chris Evernham (Saxophone).
ENVISION’s stage show is as exciting to watch as it is to dance to, covering hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, all the way up to the contemporary sound of Today’s Top 40. The band’s repertoire encompasses a wide variety of musical styles, including R&B, Beach, Motown/Oldies, Pop, Dance, Funk and Jazz.
Athenaeum celebrates the 20th anniversary release of their 1998 major label debut, Radiance, with this special, one-time-only reunion show. Gathering on stage together for the first time in more than a dozen years, founding members Mark Kano, Alex McKinney, and Nic Brown will be joined by Mike Garrigan (and other special guests from their past) exactly twenty years to the release date of Radiance.
Released by Atlantic Records, Radiance featured the top-ten modern rock single “What I Didn’t Know,” the top-forty modern rock single “Flat Tire,” and brought this Greensboro-based alternative rock band critical and commercial success across the globe, topping charts in places as far flung as the Philippines. Nowhere was Athenaeum more popular than in their home state, North Carolina, however, and their Winston-Salem shows were always favorites of the band and fans alike. Join Athenaeum for this special reunion celebration before you have to wait another twenty years for the next one.
About The Plaids
We’re not going to tell you about The Plaids. We’re just not going to tell you all that boring bio stuff, such as “The Plaids have been rockin’ the Carolinas and beyond for years now,” and how members of this band have played in or with most of the great regional party bands, such as Absolute 80’s, the Breakfast Club, McFly, Ultraviolet, The Vagabond Saints’ Society, blah, blah, blah.
So what do you need to know about The Plaids? Well, many say that they throw the most rocking parties around. Many shake their heads in wonder and say, “How do they do that?” Others shake their heads in wonder and say “WHY do they do that?” Lots of cheesy 80’s? You got it. Do they bring the rock? You betcha. But what about Neil Diamond? Are they afraid to fire up a fog machine and sing like girls? Check, no way, and they prefer it like that.
Do you need catch The Plaids in action? Well, we strongly encourage it.
The Plaids. Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.