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School House Rock : Local Tunes @ PVCCs V. Earl

Posted in PVCC Arts with tags , , , , , , , on November 19, 2011 by jeyon

Doing our first full-on show with Piedmont Virginia Community College today. Helping produce. Helped promote. But ultimately helping make PVCC students aware of this great 500 capacity seated venue they have at their disposal. Where they can jump on stage, sing, dance, shout and make all sorts of general fools of themselves if they want. It’s pretty awesome. Tonight Magnus partners with 106.1 FM for another installment of their “CORNER LOUNGE LIVE!” where musicians are introduced to the city by playing a full set interspersed with an introductory line of questions.

Local young bluesmen ELI COOK, with a singing voice landing somewhere between Howlin Wolf and Layne Staley and wicked guitar chops to boot was tapped to showcase tonight’s event in V. Earl Dickinson Bldg. The Blues is where Eli’s rooted, but his inspirations are broad. Last Wednesday afternoon, during an impromptu preview performance in the Bolick Student Center, this PVCC math student joked about wanting to cover Motley Crue’s “Smoking In The Boys Room” but played “Hide Your Love Away” by the Beatles instead. Tonight set will be a 50/50 split covers / originals.

Opening the night is local alternative rock band GREY MATTER, who won PVCC’s Youth Mentorship Club’s Battle Of The Bands last April. GM have been playing out locally and throughout the state for 4 years. Their keyboardist Nicholas Mann is studying Computer Science at PVCC. It was their tight musicianship and command of their tunes completed dominated over the younger competitors, and subsequently won this awesome radio promo slot, but it was a spirited evening nonetheless. There was metal acts, soul acts, jam bands. All sort of students came outta the woodwork to share their talent. We’ll definitely let you know about it next year.

Grey Matter goes on tonight at 7:30 pm. Radio Jock BRAD SAVAGE will be emceeing the proceedings, introducing the bands and taking breaks with them during their sets to ask his questions.

106.1 The Corner Lounge LIVE Presents
SAT. NOV. 19th – ELI COOK BAND and GREY MATTER at Piedmont VA Community College’s V. Earl Dickinson Bldg. 501 College Dr, All Ages, Free for PVCC Students w/ Vouchers / $5 gen. pub., 7 pm doors, 434-961-5376

For folks who can’t make it, the show is being recorded and will be aired multiple times of 106.1 FM. The vibe’s gonna be great. It’s a “dry” event since it’s still on State-funded school property but it’ll let out by 10 so you’ll still be able to get something to eat and a nightcap for sure.

Got the Blues? Eli Cook Plays PVCCs Dickinson

Posted in PVCC Arts with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by jeyon

While many musicians local to Charlottesville — or any city really for that matter — fall prey to not leaving their hometown and sharing their music with the world, local 25 yr old bluesmen ELI COOK has quietly — or rather not so “quietly” but methodically busted outta CVille and gained a name for himself out in the wild.

Bringing to mind CVillians like Tom Peloso (Modest Mouse), Corey Harris, or Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri (huge in the UK) as musicians who focused elsewhere and came back with their coffers full, Eli’s been very busy.

His brand of rocking blues, which lends itself just as much to Mississippi John Hurt as it does to ZOSO or, at times, even Kid Rock, is being spun on radio stations all over. He’s released no less than 4 albums. His latest Ace, Jack, & King came out last June to accolades that just keep on coming in. He’s toured nationally, opened up for Johnny Winter and Robert Cray. He’s even played the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center for crying out loud!

Join local radio station 106.1 THE CORNER and radio host BRAD SAVAGE and their annual CORNER LOUNGE LIVE! at PIEDMONT VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S V. EARL DICKINSON THEATER this SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19th for an interview / performance of the ELI COOK BAND with openers GREY MATTER. It’s a $5 admission for the general public but PVCC Students get in FREE with vouchers, which can be claimed in the Main Building anytime during office hours before Saturday’s performance.

106.1 The Corner Lounge LIVE Presents
SAT. NOV. 19th – ELI COOK BAND and GREY MATTER at Piedmont VA Community College’s V. Earl Dickinson Bldg. 501 College Dr, All Ages, Free for PVCC Students w/ Vouchers / $5 gen. pub., 7 pm doors, 434-961-5376
Genres: Blues / Rock