The Ballroom Thieves

The Ballroom Thieves

Mona Dowell

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Off Sale

The Ballroom Thieves
The Ballroom Thieves
The room is dark, as feet shuffle and people slowly mill about the open space in front of the barely-lit stage. The hiss as beer cans are cracked open mixes in with the swilling of whiskey and the dropping of ice in glasses and throwaway cups. It’s a lively, talkative crowd that starts moving closer and closer to the stage as the room lights dim and the stage lights come on. All of a sudden, the simple, lightly-strummed chords of “Coward’s Son” echo over that intimate room, and as Martin Earley’s vocals come into play, the melody continues to build, adding layer after layer. The low end of Calin Peters’ cello adds a haunting, echoing rhythm to the bright chime of Earley’s guitar part, while the accents of cymbal hits, djembe, and floor tom from Devin Mauch introduce the heartbeat of the group, their soaring three-part harmonies, with a bang. As the song grows, the band transforms from a folk three-piece in a small room into an arena-filling orchestra of soul, spilling their raw emotions into every microphone and corner. Audiotree said of the performance, “Three unique voices separate and intertwine to emit one call, channeling sounds from the Delta and bits of old Gospel guises and transcends this Boston trio’s urban roots.”
Mona Dowell
Mona Dowell
Mona Dowell is a singer-songwriter currently residing in Durham, NC. Her singular vocal delivery and folky arrangements are layered under a wide breathed of genres ranging from jazz to bluegrass to old time music. Her intimate acoustic songs are translated into rich layered iterations with her band, The Barangay. Often sparse lyrics and straight forward phrases contrast her running, elusive melody lines. Mona Dowell adds another contribution to the dynamic genre of American folk music.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
http://www.local506.com/